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With fresh interpretations from two new authors, wholly reconceived themes, and a wealth of cutting-edge scholarship, the Fifth Edition of America: A Concise Historyis designed to work perfectly with the way you teach the survey today. Building on the book's hallmark strengths balance, explanatory power, and a brief-yet-comprehensive narrative as well as its outstanding full-color visuals and built-in primary sources, authors James Henretta, Rebecca Edwards, and Robert Self have shaped America into the ideal brief book for the modern survey course, at a value that can't be beat.
REBECCA EDWARDS is a Professor of History at Vassar College. Her research interests focus on the post-Civil War era and include electoral politics, environmental history, and the history of women and gender roles. She is the author of Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era and New Spirits: Americans in the "Gilded Age," 1865-1905. She is currently working on a biography of women's rights advocate and People's Party orator Mary E. Lease.
ROBERT O. SELF is an Associate Professor of History at Brown University. His research focuses on urban history, the history of race and American political culture, post-1945 U.S. society and culture, and gender and sexuality in American politics. His first book, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland, won four professional prizes, including the James A. Rawley prize from the Organization of American Historians (OAH). He is currently at work on a book about gender, sexuality, and political culture in the United States from 1964 to 2004.
JAMES A. HENRETTA is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park. His publications include The Evolution of American Society, 1700–1815: An Interdisciplinary Analysis; “Salutary Neglect”: Colonial Administration under the Duke of Newcastle; Evolution and Revolution: American Society, 1600–1820; The Origins of American Capitalism; and an edited volume, Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States, 1750–1850. His most recent publication is a long article, “Charles Evans Hughes and the Strange Death of Liberal America,” (Law and History Review, 2006), derived from his ongoing research on The Liberal State in America: New York, 1820–1975.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Creation of American Society, 1450–1763 Chapter 1 The New Global World, 1450–1620 Chapter 2 The Invasion and Settlement of North America, 1550–1700 Chapter 3 Creating a British Empire in America, 1660–1750 Chapter 4 Growth and Crisis in Colonial Society, 1720–1765
Part 2 The New Republic, 1763–1820 Chapter 5 Toward Independence: Years of Decision, 1763–1776 Chapter 6 Making War and Republican Governments, 1776–1789 Chapter 7 Politics and Society in the New Republic, 1787–1820 Chapter 8 Creating a Republican Culture, 1790–1820
Part 3 Overlapping Revolutions, 1820–1860 Chapter 9 Economic Transformation, 1820–1860 Chapter 10 A Democratic Revolution, 1820–1844 Chapter 11 Religion and Reform, 1820–1860 Chapter 12 The South Expands: Slavery and Society, 1800–1860
Part 4 Creating and Preserving a Continental Nation, 1844–1877 Chapter 13 Expansion, War, and Sectional Crisis, 1844–1860 Chapter 14 Two Societies at War, 1861–1865 Chapter 15 Reconstruction, 1865–1877 Chapter 16 Conquering a Continent
Part 5 Bold Experiments in an Era of Industrialization, 1877–1929 Chapter 17 The Busy Hive: Industrial America at Work, 1877–1911 Chapter 18 The Victorians Meet the Modern, 1880–1917 Chapter 19 “Civilization’s Inferno”: The Rise and Reform of Industrial Cities, 1880–1917 Chapter 20 Whose Government? Politics, Populists, and Progressives, 1880–1917 Chapter 21 An Emerging World Power, 1877–1918 Chapter 22 Wrestling with Modernity, 1918–1929
Part 6 The Modern State and the Age of Liberalism, 1929–1973 Chapter 23 The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929–1939 Chapter 24 The World at War, 1937–1945 Chapter 25 Cold War America, 1945–1963 Chapter 26 Triumph of the Middle Class, 1945–1963 Chapter 27 Walking into Freedom Land: The Civil Rights Movement, 1941–1973 Chapter 28 Uncivil Wars: Liberal Crisis and Conservative Rebirth, 1964–1972
Part 7 Global Capitalism and the End of the American Century, 1973–2011 Chapter 29 The Search for Order in an Era of Limits, 1973–1980 Chapter 30 Conservative America Ascendant, 1973–1991 Chapter 31 National Dilemmas in a Global Society, 1989–2011