American Destiny Narrative of a Nation, Volume 2

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 6/27/2011
  • Publisher: Pearson

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American Destiny's pedagogical mission is to show readers how history connects to the experiences and expectations that mark their lives. The authors pursue that mission through a variety of distinctive features, including "American Lives" essays and "Re-Viewing the Past" movie essays. This book is the abridged version of The American Nation, 14thedition.

Author Biography

Mark C. Carnes

Mark C. Carnes received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his Ph.D in history from Columbia University. He has chaired both the history and American studies departments at Barnard College and Columbia University, where he serves as the Ann Whitney Olin professor of history. He is also the general editor of the American National Biography, whose 27th volume will appear in 2011. Carnes has published numerous books on American social and cultural history, including Secret Ritual and Manhood in Victorian America (1989), Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies (1995), Novel History: Historians and Novelists Confront America’s Past (2001) and Invisible Giants: 50 Americans That Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books (2002). Carnes also pioneered the Reacting to the Past pedagogy, which won the Theodore Hesburgh Award as the top outstanding pedagogical innovation in the nation (2004). In Reacting to the Past, college students play elaborate games, set in the past, their roles informed by classic texts. (For more on Reacting, see: www.barnard.edu/reacting.) In 2005 the American Historical Association named Carnes the recipient of the William Gilbert Prize for the best article on teaching history. His Mind Games: Rethinking Higher Education will be published in 2012.


John A. Garraty

John A. Garraty held a Ph.D from Columbia University and an L.H.D. from Michigan State University. He was the Gouverneur Morris professor emeritus of history at Columbia. He was also the author, co-author and editor of scores of books and articles, among them biographies of Silas Wright, Henry Cabot Lodge, Woodrow Wilson, George W. Perkins and Theodore Roosevelt. With Carnes, he co-edited the American National Biography. Garraty also contributed a volume — The New Commonwealth — to the New American Nation series and published a pioneering comparative study of the Great Depression.

Table of Contents

Detailed Contents

Maps and Graphs

Feature Essays


Supplements for Instructors and Students

About the Authors


Chapter 15 Reconstruction and the South


Chapter 16 The Conquest of the West


Chapter 17 An Industrial Giant Emerges


Chapter 18 American Society in the Industrial Age


Chapter 19 Intellectual and Cultural Trends in the Late Nineteenth Century


Chapter 20 From Smoke-Filled Rooms to Prairie Wildfire: 1877-1896


Chapter 21 The Age of Reform


Chapter 22 From Isolation to Empire


Chapter 23 Woodrow Wilson and the Great War


Chapter 24 Postwar Sociert and Culture: Change and Adjustment


Chapter 25 From "Normalcy" to Economic Collapse: 1921-1933


Chapter 26 The New Deal: 1933-1941


Chapter 27 War and Peace: 1941-1945


Chapter 28 Collision Courses, Abroad and at Home: 1946-1960


Chapter 29 From Camelot to Watergate: 1961-1975


Chapter 20 Running on Empty: 1975-1991


Chapter 31 From Boomers to Millennials


Chapter 32 Shocks and Responses, 1992-Present





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