The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People / Edition 7

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Known for its clear narrative voice and impeccable scholarship, Alan Brinkley's best-selling program for the U.S. survey course invites students to think critically about the many forces that continually create the Unfinished Nation that is the United States. In a concise but wide-ranging narrative, Brinkley shows the diversity and complexity of the nation and our understanding of its history—one that continues to evolve both in the events of the present and in our reexamination of new evidence and perspectives on the past. This edition features a series of Patterns of Popular Culture essays, as well as expanded coverage of pre-Columbian America, new America in the World essays, and updated coverage of recent events and developments that demonstrates how a new generation continues to shape the American story.

This one-volume history of the U.S. by one of our foremost historians tells of the country's diversity and complexity and also of "the forces that have drawn it together and allowed it to survive and flourish despite division." A superb rendering of the American past that vividly portrays a complex and great nation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073406985
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 2/11/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 61,699
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to being a best selling textbook author, ALAN BRINKLEY is the Allan Nevins Professor of History and former Provost at Columbia University. He is the author of Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression, which won the 1983 National Book Award; The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War; and Liberalism and its Discontents. His most recent books are John F. Kennedy: The American Presidents Series: The 35th President, 1961-1963 and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century both published recently. He was educated at Princeton and Harvard and taught previously at MIT, Harvard, and the City University Graduate School before joining the Columbia faculty In 1991. In 1998-1999, he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. He won the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Award at Harvard in 1987 and the Great Teacher Award at Columbia in 2003. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the board of trustees of the National Humanities Center and Oxford University Press, and chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation.

He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and the University of Torino (Italy). He was the 1998-1999 Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Ch. 1 The Meeting of Cultures 1
Ch. 2 The English "Transplantations" 26
Ch. 3 Life in Provincial America 58
Ch. 4 The Empire Under Strain 88
Ch. 5 The American Revolution 115
Ch. 6 The Constitution and the New Republic 150
Ch. 7 The Jeffersonian Era 175
Ch. 8 Varieties of American Nationalism 209
Ch. 9 Jacksonian America 234
Ch. 10 America's Economic Revolution 264
Ch. 11 Cotton, Slavery, and the Old South 294
Ch. 12 An Age of Reforms 321
Ch. 13 The Impending Crisis 342
Ch. 14 The Civil War 380
Ch. 15 Reconstruction and the New South 419
Ch. 16 The Conquest of the Far West 454
Ch. 17 Industrial Supremacy 487
Ch. 18 The Age of the City 510
Ch. 19 From Stalemate to Crisis 535
Ch. 20 The Imperial Republic 559
Ch. 21 The Rise of Progressivism 581
Ch. 22 The Battle for National Reform 610
Ch. 23 America and the Great War 633
Ch. 24 The New Era 657
Ch. 25 The Great Depression 680
Ch. 26 The New Deal 702
Ch. 27 The Global Crisis, 1921-1941 732
Ch. 28 America in a World at War 748
Ch. 29 America and the Cold War 773
Ch. 30 The Affluent Society 803
Ch. 31 The Ordeal of Liberalism 829
Ch. 32 The Crisis of Authority 861
Ch. 33 The Age of Limits 896
Ch. 34 Beyond the Cold War 916
App.: Maps A-2
The United States in 1996 A-2
United States Territorial Expansion, 1783-1898 A-4
App Documents and Tables A-5
App The Declaration of Independence A-5
App The Constitution of the United States A-10
App Presidential Elections A-30
App Population of the United States, 1790-1994 A-37
App Employment 1870-1994 A-38
App Production, Trade, and Federal Spending/Debt, 1790-1994 A-39
Suggested Readings SR-1
Illustrations Credits IC-1
Index I-1
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