Who Built America? Volume One: To 1877: Working People and the Nation's History / Edition 3

Who Built America? Volume One: To 1877: Working People and the Nation's History / Edition 3

by American Social History Project, Christopher Clark, Nancy A. Hewitt, Roy Rosenzweig
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312446918

ISBN-13: 9780312446918

Pub. Date: 12/21/2007

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

Who Built America? explores fundamental conflicts in United States history by placing working peoples’ struggle for social and economic justice at center stage. Unique among U.S. history survey textbooks for its clear point of view, Who Built America is a joint effort of Bedford/St. Martin’s and the American Social History Project, based

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Who Built America? explores fundamental conflicts in United States history by placing working peoples’ struggle for social and economic justice at center stage. Unique among U.S. history survey textbooks for its clear point of view, Who Built America is a joint effort of Bedford/St. Martin’s and the American Social History Project, based at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and renowned for its print, visual, and multimedia productions such as the "History Matters" Web site. With vivid prose, penetrating analysis, an acclaimed visual program, and rich documentary evidence, Who Built America? gives students a thought-provoking book they’ll want to read and instructors an irreplaceable anchor for their course.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312446918
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
12/21/2007
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
752
Product dimensions:
7.76(w) x 8.73(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter ends with a timeline, "The Years in Review," and a bibliography, "Additional Readings."

VOLUME I

Preface

PART I COLONIZATION AND REVOLUTION, 1492-1815

1. A Meeting of Three Worlds: Europe, Africa, and American Colonization, 1492-1680

Peoples of the New World

The Background to Overseas Expansion: Europe and Africa

The Invasion of the Americas Begins: Portugal, Spain, and the Need for Labor

Early Colonization Efforts in North America

The English Colonial Experience

Native Americans: Decline, Resistance, Exchange

Conclusion: The Remaking of Three Worlds

2. Servitude, Slavery, and the Growth of the Southern Colonies, 1620-1760

The Development of the Southern Colonies

The Making of Southern Slave Societies

African-American Culture in the South

Prosperity, Inequality, and Shifting Ideas in Slave Societies

Conclusion: The Southern Colonies at Mid-Eighteenth Century

3. Family Labor and the Growth of the Northern Colonies, 1640-1760

Early New England

America and England in the Late Seventeenth Century

Rural Societies in the Eighteenth Century

Urban America

Hierarchy and Equality in Northern Societies

Conclusion: Prosperity and Inequality at Mid-Century

4. Toward Revolution, 1750-1776

The Colonial Roots of Rebellion

The First British Empire: Triumph and Crisis

Imperial Conflict Grows

Resistance Becomes Revolution

Conclusion: What Sort of American Society?

5. Revolution, Constitution, and the People, 1776-1815

The Course of the War

Building a Republic

Creating a National Government

American Society: Competing Visions

Post-Revolutionary America in the World

Conclusion: Legacies of Revolution

PART II FREE LABOR AND SLAVERY, 1790-1850

6. The Consolidation of Slavery in the South, 1790-1836

Cotton and the Expansion of Slavery

Southern Slave Experiences

Southern White Experiences

Religion, Resistance, and Rebellion

The Planter Class Consolidates Power

Conclusion: The Challenges of a Slave Society

7. Northern Society and the Growth of Wage Labor, 1790-1837

The Early Nineteenth-Century North

A Transformation Begins

Wage Labor and Resistance

Democracy and Class in Jacksonian Society

Conclusion: A Divided Republic

8. Immigration, Urban Life, and Social Reform in the Free Labor North, 1838-1860

The Transformation of the American Labor Force

Urban Mayhem and Middle Class Reform

Radical Reform

Conclusion: The Free Labor North Faces an Uncertain Future

9. The Spread of Slavery and the Crisis of Southern Society, 1836-1848

The Master's Precarious Domain

New Frontiers and New Challenges for Southern Slavery

Extending an Empire of Slavery

Conclusion: Western Expansion and the Path to War

PART III WAR, RECONSTRUCTION AND LABOR, 1848-1877

10. The Deepening Rift over Slavery, 1848-1860

The Transformation of the West

Uneasy Compromises over Slavery

The Labor Question in a Time of Rising Tension

Toward a Showdown

Conclusion The Deepening Rift Becomes a Chasm

11. The Civil War: America's Second Revolution, 1861-1865

The Nation Disintegrates

The War for the Union and Against Slavery

The Cold Realities of War

War Transforms the North

War Transforms the South

Military Victory Assured

Conclusion: Revolutionary Consequences and Daunting Questions

12. Reconstructing the Nation, 1865-1877

The Beginnings of Reconstruction

African Americans Build New Lives After Emancipation

The Drama of Reconstruction Unfolds

The End of Reconstruction

Conclusion: Still Searching for Freedom

13. New Frontiers: Westward Expansion and Industrial Growth, 1865-1877

Change and Violence on the Frontier

Industrialization and the Working Class

An American Labor Movement Emerges

Conclusion: The Lessons of 1877

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