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Providing students with a thought-provoking account of Americars"s past,The American Peopleexamines how American society assumed its present shape and developed its present forms of government. Emphasizing the interaction of ordinary Americans with extraordinary events, the text combines the discussion of political events with analysis of their impact on social and economic life. The comprehensive narrative encompasses description of the lives and experiences of Americans of all national origins and cultural backgrounds, at all class levels of society, and in all regions of the country. The thoughtful analysis seeks the connections among the political, social, economic, technological, and cultural factors that have shaped and reshaped American society over four centuries.
Table of Contents
I: A Colonizing People, 1492 1776 1 Ancient America and Africa. 2 Europeans and Africans Reach the Americas. 3 Colonizing a Continent in the Seventeenth Century. 4 The Maturing of Colonial Society. 5 The Strains of Empire. II: A Revolutionary People, 1775 1828. 6 A People in Revolution. 7 Consolidating the Revolution. 8 Creating a Nation. 9 Society and Politics in the Early Republic. III: An Expanding People, 1820 1877. 10 Economic Transformations in the Northeast and the Old Northwest. 11 Slavery and the Old South. 12 Shaping America in the Antebellum Age. 13 Moving West. 14 The Union in Peril. 15 The Union Severed. 16 The Union Reconstructed. Appendix Credits Index