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The American Pageant : A History of the Republic / Edition 11

The American Pageant : A History of the Republic / Edition 11

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ISBN-13: 9780669397307
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 1095
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 10.24(h) x (d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

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The American Pageant: A History of the Republic 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore in Honors US History and I have enough knowledge to view this incredible amount of bias. Obviously this book is written by American authors, but the bias in here angers me. The book over-glorifys narrowly-won American battles and events and quickly brushes past some of our horrific events in history. I just finished a chapter on the Trail of Tears and a sentence reads "Jackson had a protective nature over the Indians." This author attempts to make jokes throughout the book and none of which are funny. Half the time I am reading, I cannot comprehend with the overkill over metaphors and similes. You think the authors would learned to write "stuff not fluff"? Don't get me wrong, I love my country, but you CANNOT just condone significant, terrible events. I almost forgot to mention, you might fall asleep a few (hundred) times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good history book is one that is not slanted. It tries to hard to appeal to the 'younger generation' that it loses its true meaning--to tell the history of America as it originally was. In my opinion, the last chapters of the book put Richard Nixon as though he was an innocent man in the wrong time. If you want to pass the A.P. exam, I suggest getting another book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After taking the AP US History Exam, I found that reading this book and doing some worksheets (of the book)helped me to understand more the history of America. I recommend to all students to have this book as a significant tool for the AP Exam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a former A.P. U.S. History student in one of the high schools in Northeast Sacramento County and a Sacramento Public Library employee, I highly recommend this book. Its context,even though it contains some bias to it, can be concluded as well-explained. I am currently suggesting this edition of the book to replace its older version in our book shelves as part of our circulation update.
Guest More than 1 year ago
American Pageant is a pantasmagorical serving a inductive source of matriculation. Some events, for example the entire Boston massacre story, are not covered as much as an avid historian would like. Nevertheless, in a compensation for all of Kennedy's marginality in cartography and oftentimes editorializing, William Moyer, who was our teacher at the time, believing wholeheartedly in intellectual enrichment and the belief in not giving into minimalism ultimately prepared us for the accompanying Collge Board examination in May. In the aftermath of the examination administration, come to my intial suprised that I recieved a 5 of out of a possible five. Thanks to outlandish as well as controversial supplementary source known as Zinn. Prior to taking AP US History, all of this information was general knowledge to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a sophomore in high school taking AP US History. I think this book is great seeing that I get very few questions wrong on the tests.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a good history book, but the maps suck!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bailey has one of the most easily read styles of any history book I've ever read. I like the different styles of the chapters, some chronilogical, with events and dates, and some topical, covering the attitudes and ideas of the day. Very nice book, and an improvement over the 10th edition. All I would ask is for Mr. Kennedy to add better maps to the book, as the ones included are not very complete.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent as a general reference source. Some events, for example the entire Boston massacre story, are not covered as much as an avid historian would like. However, when used in conjuction with the American Spirit sister book, consisting of all primary sources, the American Pageant is a good text. Recommended for college or high school students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This history book is very biased; however it redeems itself with its completeness of history and its refreshing views. We have a conservative history teacher, and he uses this book because of his views. There is another reason to use this book: one of the authors helps make up the AP US History exam every year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
American Pageant: A History of the Republic is an informative college text that includes all the nitty gritty details of our nation's past 400 years. Though Bailey's opinions are quite obvious at times, throughout most of the text a relatively unbiased view of history is presented. A must for AP United States History classes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a student enrolled in AP US History, I find myself continually disappointed by the American Pageant on many levels; while it is surely one of the most complete American history textbooks available, the author has a nearly ridiculous writing style (readers will quickly learn that he uses a formula to introduce presidents - state their full name, their background, some prominent physical feature which bears no relevance to anything, and then state his height in both feet and meters; he also includes silly and nearly unbelievable 'quotations' without citing sources). Beyond this, his incredible bias is too evident - making moral judgements throughout the book, especially on anyone who dares to earn money, Kennedy reinforces a dangerous philosophical trend with which I cannot agree - the Kantian idea that acting in your own benefit is immoral. Claiming that those who fought for their nation were 'selfless' and that those who stood by and did nothing were 'selfish,' the author implies that it was not in the interest of the colonists to revolt - yet it certainly was. This goes beyond semantics, as he outright labels industrialists in the Gilded Age as evil. The position of a history book is not to provide its readers with analysis, but rather to present facts and ideas which the students then themselves make judgements upon. What is even further distressing is his method of organizing chapters by topic, not timeline (although there is some general chronology), making it nearly impossible to pull together a time period and get a sense for it as a whole. While I do not know of another book to recommend, I heartily suggest that History teachers look elsewhere; they do not need to subject their students to a book which is philosophically biased and which is nearly ridiculous at times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
American Pageant is a book that really narrows down on the subject material, American history. Every little detail, date, and name is typed out for you.