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Using images as primary historical evidence, Visions of America brings history alive for a generation of visual learners–and shows how conflicting visions of America have shaped our nation’s past.

Visions of America recognizes the value of using images to engage students in serious inquiry about the historical development of the United States. Visual images are critical primary sources, and using them effectively requires the development of key analytic skills. This new textbook revolutionizes the role of images in the history survey by integrating them into the narrative. The visual legacy of the nation’s past also provides insight into the competing visions of America that have shaped American political culture. Visions of America explores the tensions and conflicts that have marked virtually every chapter of American history. It presents history as a dynamic, unpredictable, and dramatic process shaped by the choices made by people of all classes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321053107
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/16/2009
  • Series: Retrieving the American Past Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 503
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer D. Keene is a professor of history and chair of the History Department at Chapman University in Orange, California. Dr. Keene has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War: Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001); The United States and the First World War (2000); and World War I (2006). She has received numerous fellowships for her research, including a Mellon Fellowship and Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to Australia and France. She works closely with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute offering Teaching American History workshops for secondary school teachers throughout the country.

Edward T. O’Donnell is an Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He is the author of many scholarly articles for journals such as The Journal of Urban History, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and The Public Historian, as well as several books, including Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum (Random House, 2003) and the forthcoming Talisman of a Lost Hope: Henry George and Gilded Age America (Columbia University Press). Since 2002, he has worked with more than ten Teaching American History grant programs.

Saul Cornell is a professor of History at Ohio State University and one of the nation’s leading legal and constitutional historians. His studies A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control and The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828 were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has published articles in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, American Studies, and the Law and History Review, among other journals.

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 14 Now That We Are Free: Reconstruction and the New South, 1863-1890

Preparing for Reconstruction

Emancipation Test Cases

Lincoln's 10 Percent Plan

Radical Republicans Offer a Different Vision

The Fruits of Freedom

Freedom of Movement

Forty Acres and a Mule

Uplift through Education

The Black Church

The Struggle to Define Reconstruction

The Conservative Vision of Freedom: Presidential Reconstruction

COMPETING VISIONS Demanding Rights, Protecting Privilege

Congressional Reconstruction and the Fourteenth Amendment

Radical Republicans Take Control

Implementing Reconstruction

The Republican Party in the South

Creating Reconstruction Governments in the South

The Election of 1868

The Fifteenth Amendment

The Rise of White Resistance

Reconstruction Abandoned

Corruption and Scandal

The North’s Retreat

IMAGES AS HISTORY Political Cartoons Reflect the Shift in Public Opinion

The Election of 1872

Hard Times

The Return of Terrorism

The End of Reconstruction

The New South

Redeemer Rule

The Lost Cause

The New South Economy

The Rise of Sharecropping

Jim Crow



Chapter Review

CHAPTER 15 Conflict and Conquest: The Transformation of the West, 1860-1900

Natives and Newcomers

Congress Promotes Westward Settlement

The Diversity of the Native American West

Native American Tribes of the Great Plains

The Great Westward Migration

The Economic Transformation of the West

The Railroad Fuels Western Development

Hard Times for Farmers

The Cattle Kingdom

Fortunes Beneath the Ground: The Mining Booms

The Environmental Legacy

COMPETING VISIONS Preservation versus Exploitation

Native Americans under Siege

Mounting Problems for Native Americans

Wars on the Plains

War and Conflict in the Far West

In Pursuit of a Solution

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES Forced Assimilation versus Cultural Preservation

Resistance and Romanticism

Resistance and Persistence

Creating Mythical Heroes and Images


The West in Art and Literature

Historians Reinterpret the American West


Chapter Review

CHAPTER 16 Wonder and Woe: The Rise of Industrial America, 1865-1900

The Emergence of Big Business

Sources of the Industrial Revolution

The Railroads

Modern Business Practices

Rising Concern over Corporate Power

Andrew Carnegie: Making Steel and Transforming the Corporation

Rockefeller and the Rise of the Trust

Creating a Mass Market

The Art of Selling

IMAGES AS HISTORY Advertising and the Art of Cultivating Anxiety and Desire

Shopping as Experience: The Department Store

Bringing the Market to the Frontier

Selling to the World

The World of Work Transformed

The Impact of New Technology

Hard Times for Industrial Workers

Exploitation, Intimidation, and Conflict

COMPETING VISIONS The Legitimacy of Unions

New Roles and Opportunities for Women

Conflicting Visions of Industrial Capitalism

Capitalism Championed

Capitalism Criticized

Power in Numbers: Organized Labor

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES To Strike or Not to Strike?

The Great Upheaval of 1886


Chapter Review

CHAPTER 17 Becoming a Modern Society: America in the Gilded Age, 1877-1900

The Rise of the City

To the Cities: Americans and Immigrants Spur Urban Growth

The Emergence of Ethnic Enclaves

The Troubled City

“Boss Rule”: The Political Machine

COMPETING VISIONS How Best to Help the Poor?

A Search for Solutions

The Nativist Impulse

A Different View: Urban Reforms

Capturing a New View of Poverty: Jacob Riis and Housing Reform


Living among the Poor: Settlement Houses

The White City

New Habits, Roles and Lifestyles

The New Urban Landscape

New Roles and Expectations for Woman

New Forms of Leisure and Popular Culture

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

The Challenge from Below

Out of Touch Politics

The People’s Party

Industrial Conflict and Depression


The Election of 1896 and Political Realignment


Chapter Review

CHAPTER 18 The Progressive Era

The Origins of Progressive Reform

Rising Concerns and Common Ideals


Experts and Professionals

The Social Gospel

Urban and State Reforms

Attacking the Machine

Regulating Transit and Utility Monopolies

Direct Democracy

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES Representative or Direct Democracy?

Labor Legislation

The Darker Side of Progressivism

Moral Reform and Social Control

The Eugenics Movement

IMAGES AS HISTORY Promoting Racial Hygiene (Eugenics)

Failure of the Anti-Lynching Crusade

Progressivism in National Politics

Roosevelt the Reformer

Regulating Big Business

The Conservation Movement

COMPETING VISIONS The Battle of Hetch Hetchy

The Radical Challenge

Wilson’s “New Freedom”

Women’s Suffrage

Chapter 19 Imperial America: The United States in the World, 1890-1914

Becoming a World Power

The Impulse for Expansion

European Imperialism

The Spanish-American War

The Growing Conflict with Spain

IMAGES AS HISTORY Atrocity Stories

The Decision to Intervene in Cuba

Fighting the War Against Spain

Creating an American Empire

The Debate Over Colonies

COMPETING VISIONS The White Man’s Burden

The Philippine-American War

America and East Asia

The Open Door in China

Relations with Japan

Angel Island

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES The Legal Construction of “Whiteness”

In America’s Backyard

The Panama Canal

The Roosevelt Corollary


Chapter Review

Chapter 20 The Great War: World War I, 1914-1918

The Decision for War

The War in Europe

The Perils of Neutrality

America Enters the War

Conflicting Views among the Allies on the War’s Purpose

The War at Home

Gearing Up for War

Black Migration

Female Suffrage

Rallying the Public

IMAGES AS HISTORY Propaganda Posters

German Spies, Civil Liberties, and Immigrants

Fighting the War

Raising an Army

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES Alvin York, Deciding to Serve

“You’re in the Army Now”

On the Western Front

Flu Epidemic

The Final Campaigns


The Paris Peace Conference

The Treaty Fight at Home

COMPETING VISIONS Joining the League of Nations


Chapter Review

CHAPTER 21 A Turbulent Decade: The Twenties

Cars and Planes: The Promise of the Twenties

The Car Culture

On the Road

Welfare Capitalism and Consumer Culture

The Age of Flight: Charles A. Lindbergh

Cultural Turbulence

The Lost Generation


The First Red Scare and Immigration Restrictions


Racial Violence and Civil Rights

Lynching, Racial Rioting, and the Ku Klux Klan

Marcus Garvey

COMPETING VISIONS Debating Garveyism

The Harlem Renaissance

The New Woman

Life for Women in the Twenties

IMAGES AS HISTORY Advertising the New Woman

Margaret Sanger and the Fight for Birth Control

Ensuring Peace: Diplomacy in the Twenties



Wartime Debts


Chapter Review

CHAPTER 22 A New Deal for America: The Great Depression, 1929-1940

The Early Days of the Depression

Herbert Hoover

Economic Weaknesses in a Time of Prosperity

The Stock Market Crash of 1929

Hoover’s Response to the Depression

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES Evicting the Bonus Marchers

A New President and a New Deal

FDR: The Politician

Managing Appearances

The Temper of the Poor: Passivity and Anger

Recovering from the Depression

Revamping Banking and Financial Institution

Father Charles Coughlin

Helping Industry and People

Putting People to Work

A New Deal for Farmers

Handling the Farm Crisis

Hitting the Road

Repatriating Mexican Immigrants

IMAGES AS HISTORY Migrant Mother, an American Icon

Reforms to Ensure Social Justice

The Challenge from Huey Long: “Share Our Wealth”

Social Security

Supporting Unions

COMPETING VISIONS Sharing the Wealth

The Resurgence of Labor

A New Deal for African Americans

The Supreme Court Weighs In


Chapter Review

CHAPTER 23 World War II: Fighting the Good War, 1939-1945

The Approaching War

Fascism and Appeasement

The Arsenal of Democracy

War with Japan

On the Home Front

Images of the Enemy

Internment Camps

COMPETING VISIONS Civil Liberties and National Security Clash

Prosperity, Scarcity, and Opportunities for Women

Racial Discord

On the Front Lines

Defeat, Then Victory

IMAGES AS HISTORY Combat Photography

The Final Push in Europe

America’s Response to the Holocaust

The Holocaust

Ending the Pacific War

Edging Closer to Japan

Dropping the Atomic Bomb


The Final Surrender


Chapter Review

CHAPTER 24 A Divided World: The Early Cold War, 1945-1963

Origins of the Cold War

Differing Goals in the Postwar World

The American Vision Takes Shape: Kennan’s Long Telegram

The Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan

The Berlin Airlift and NATO

Fighting Communism: Cold and Hot War

Communism Rising: 1949

The Korean War

Nuclear Fallout and Fear

IMAGES AS HISTORY Surviving an Atomic Bomb Blast

Fallout Shelters

Spies in Our Midst

The Second Red Scare

HUAC against Hollywood

COMPETING VISIONS Naming Names in Hollywood


Averting Nuclear War


The Berlin Wall

Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis



Chapter Review

CHAPTER 25 In a Land of Plenty: Contentment and Discord, 1945-1960

Securing the New Deal Legacy

The Labor Movement Curtailed

Presidential Agendas: Truman and Eisenhower

A Middle Class America

Postwar Prosperity

The Move to the Suburbs

COMPETING VISIONS Suburbs: American Dream or Nightmare?

Popular Culture in the Fifties

The Television Age Arrives

Teen Culture and Rock and Roll

The Beats

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement

“Separate But Equal”: Challenging Segregated Schools

Emmett Till

IMAGES AS HISTORY Inspiring a New Generation to Act

Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955


The Little Rock Nine, 1957

The Sit-ins


Chapter Review

CHAPTER 26 A Nation Divided: The Vietnam War, 1945-1975

The Long Road to War

The Escalating Importance of Vietnam

Taking Over from the French

Debates within the Kennedy Administration

The Kennedy Assassination

The Gulf of Tonkin

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES Making Vietnam America’s War

Fighting in Vietnam

The Bombing Campaign

On the Ground

The Tet Offensive

IMAGES AS HISTORY The Role of the Press in Vietnam

Controversy of the Home Front

The Antiwar Movement

My Lai

COMPETING VISIONS Who Was Responsible for the My Lai Massacre?

The Long Road to Peace

Seeking Peace with Honor

Vietnam: The War by the Numbers

Cambodia: Invasion and Outrage



Chapter Review

CHAPTER 27 A Decade of Discord: The Challenge of the Sixties

The Liberal Moment

Kennedy and the New Frontier

A Liberal Court

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES Is School Prayer Constitutional?

The 1964 Election

IMAGES AS HISTORY Birmingham, 1963

March on Washington, 1963

Freedom Summer, 1964

Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965


Kennedy and the New Frontier

A Liberal Court

The 1964 Election

The Great Society

Nonviolence Triumphant: The Civil Rights Movement, 1960-1965

Kennedy and the Freedom Riders

Birmingham, 1963

IMAGES AS HISTORY Birmingham, 1963

March on Washington

Freedom Summer

Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Fractured Left

The New Left and the Counterculture

Malcolm X: An Alternative to Nonviolence

Watts and Chicago

Black Power and the Black Panthers

COMPETING VISIONS Defining Black Power

Women’s Liberation Movement

The End of an Era

The Faltering Civil Rights Movement

The Great Society Unravels

The Demise of the Counterculture

Keeping Protest Alive: Mexican Americans and Native Americans


Chapter Review

CHAPTER 28 A Nation Adrift: America in the 1970s and 1980s

The Age of Limits

Frustration at Home and Overseas

The Watergate Scandal

IMAGES AS HISTORY Watergate through Political Cartoons

Ford and Carter: A Crisis of Presidential Leadership

A Weakened Presidency and an Ailing Economy

Defining American Foreign Policy After Vietnam

The Leadership Crisis Continues: Carter in the White House

New Paths in Foreign Affairs

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES Ending the Iranian Hostage Crisis

The Rights Revolution

The Equal Rights Amendment and Abortion Controversies

COMPETING VISIONS Defining the Ideal Woman

Gay Rights


The Rise of the Right

The New Conservative Coalition

The Reagan Presidency


Chapter Review

CHAPTER 29: Modern Times: Living a Post-Cold War World

Changing Contours of American Society


Persian Gulf War

The Culture Wars

COMPETING VISIONS Liberalism on America’s College Campuses




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