Understanding the past helps us navigate the present and future. When you read this text, you will not only learn about American History, you will be exposed to movies and music that tell the stories of American History in addition to the reading material you expect in a college level history book. A highly respected, balanced, and thoroughly modern approach to US History, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER, uses themes in a unique approach to show how the United States was transformed, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. This approach helps you understand not only the impact of the notions of liberty and equality, which are often associated with the American story, but also how dominant and subordinate groups have affected and been affected by the ever-shifting balance of power.
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Table of Contents
1. WHEN OLD WORLDS COLLIDE: CONTACT, CONQUEST, CATASTROPHE. Peoples in Motion. Europe and the World in the 15th Century. Spain, Columbus, and the Americas. The Emergence of Complex Societies in the Americas. Contact and Cultural Misunderstanding. Conquest and Catastrophe. Explanations: Patterns of Conquest, Submission, and Resistance. 2. THE CHALLENGE TO SPAIN AND THE SETTLEMENT OF NORTH AMERICA. The Protestant Reformation and the Challenge to Spain. New France. The Dutch and Swedish Settlements. The Challenge from Elizabethan England. The Swarming of the English. The Chesapeake and West Indian Colonies. The New England Colonies. The English Civil Wars. The First Restoration Colonies. Brotherly Love: The Quakers and America. 3. ENGLAND DISCOVERS ITS COLONIES: EMPIRE, LIBERTY, AND EXPANSION. The Atlantic Prism and the Spectrum of Settlement. The Beginnings of Empire. Indians, Settlers, Upheaval. Crisis in England and the Redefinition of Empire. The Glorious Revolution. Contrasting Empires: Spain and France in North America. An Empire of Settlement: The British Colonies. 4. PROVINCIAL AMERICA AND THE STRUGGLE FOR A CONTINENT. Expansion versus Anglicization. Expansion, Immigration, and Regional Differentiation. Anglicizing Provincial America. The Great Awakening. Political Culture in the Colonies. The Renewal of Imperial Conflict. The War for North America. 5. REFORM, RESISTANCE, REVOLUTION. Imperial Reform. The Stamp Act Crisis. The Townshend Crisis. Internal Cleavages: The Contagion of Liberty. The Last Imperial Crisis. The Improvised War. 6. THE REVOLUTIONARY REPUBLIC. Hearts and Minds: The Northern War, 1776-1777. The Campaigns of 1777 and Foreign Intervention. The Reconstitution of Authority. The British Offensive in the South. A Revolutionary Society. A More Perfect Union. 7. COMPLETING THE REVOLUTION, 1789-1815. Establishing the National Government. The Republic in a World at War, 1793-1797. The Crisis at Home, 1798-1800. The Jeffersonians in Power. The Republic and the Napoleonic Wars, 1804-1815. 8. NORTHERN TRANSFORMATIONS, 1800-1830. Postcolonial Society, 1790-1815. From Backcountry to Frontier: The Northwest. The Decline of Patriarchy. Transportation Revolution, 1815-1860. Northeastern Farms, 1815-1860. The Northwest. Farm Families. The Beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. 9 THE OLD SOUTH, 1790 -1850. Old Farms: The Southeast. New Farms: The Rise of the Deep South. The Southern Yeomanry. The Private Lives of Slaves. A Balance Sheet: The Plantation and Southern Growth. 10. TOWARD AN AMERICAN CULTURE. The Democratization of Culture. The Northern Middle Class. The Plain People of the North. A New Popular Culture. Family, Church, and Neighborhood: The White South. Race. Citizenship. 11. DEMOCRATS AND WHIGS. The American System. 1819. Republican Revival. Adams versus Jackson. Jacksonian Democracy and The South. Jacksonian Democracy and the Market Revolution. The Second American Party System. 12. WHIGS, DEMOCRATS, AND THE REMAKING OF SOCIETY. Constituencies. The Politics of Economic Development. The Politics Of Social Reform. Excursus: The Politics of Alcohol. The Politics of Race. The Politics of Gender and Sex. 13. MANIFEST DESTINY: AN EMPIRE FOR LIBERTY--OR SLAVERY? Growth as the American Way. The Mexican War. The Election of 1848. The Compromise of 1850. Filibustering. 14. THE GATHERING TEMPEST, 1853-1860. Kansas and the Rise of the Republican Party. Immigration and Nativism. Bleeding Kansas. The Election of 1856. The Economy in the 1850s. The Impending Crisis. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates. 15. SECESSION AND CIVIL WAR, 1860-1862. The Election of 1860. The Lower South Secedes. Choosing Sides. The Balance Sheet of War. Navies, the Blockade, and Foreign Relations. Campaigns and Battles, 1861-1862. Confederate Counteroffensives. 16. A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM, 1862-1865. Slavery and the War. A Winter of Discontent. Blueprint for Modern America. The Confederate Tide Crests and Recedes. Black Men in Blue. The Year of Decision. Lincoln''s Reelection and the End of the Confederacy. 17. RECONSTRUCTION, 1863-1877. Wartime Reconstruction. Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction. The Advent of Congressional Reconstruction. The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. The Grant Administration. The Retreat from Reconstruction.