New content in this edition includes new coverage of slavery in the colonial period; enhanced discussion of regional interconnections in the emerging market economy in the antebellum era; coordinated examination of the development of race theory and the social construction of racial identity; expanded consideration of the West throughout; new integration of the South into the national picture; new attention to the role of religion in American social and political history; new treatment of 20th century foreign relations culture; stronger emphasis on women; and enhanced discussion of the U.S. in the world.
- New! Chapter-ending Legacy for a People and a Nation features focus on specific events, movements, or facts that show a striking relevance to present-day events and controversies. The features demonstrate how important the past is to the present, providing a forum for contemporary analysis.
- New!New co-author David Blight, a respected scholar of African American history, revised material on the antebellum South, Civil War, and Reconstruction, incorporating up-to-date scholarship and reinvigorating critical topics.
- New!The Brief Sixth Edition now features a full-color design, providing the illustrative maps and captivating artwork of its full-length counterpart at a fraction of the cost.