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Gary B. Nash received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is currently Director of the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches colonial and revolutionary American history. A former president of the Organization of American Historians, his scholarship is especially concerned with the role of common people in the making of history.
Julie Roy Jeffrey earned her Ph.D. in history from Rice University. Since then she has taught at Goucher College. Honored as an outstanding teacher, Jeffrey has been involved in faculty development activities and curriculum evaluation. She was Fullbright Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, 1999-2000 and John Adams Chair of American History at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2006. She is the author of many articles on the lives and perceptions of nineteenth-century women. Her research continues to focus on abolitionism as well as on history and film.
John R. Howe received his Ph.D. from Yale University. At the University of Minnesota, he has taught the U.S. history survey and courses on the American revolutionary era and the early republic. His present research deals with the social politics of verbal discourse in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Boston. He has received a Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Research Fellowship from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.
Peter J. Frederick received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. His career of innovative teaching began at California State University, Hayward, in the 1960s and continued at Wabash College (1970-2004) and Carleton College (1992-1994) He also served as distinguished Professor of American History and Culture at Heritage University on the Yakama Nation reservation in Washington between 2004 and 2006. Recognized nationally as a distinguished teacher and for his many articles and workshops on teaching and learning, Frederick was awarded the Eugene Asher Award for Excellence in Teaching by the AHA in 2000.
Allen F. Davis earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. A former president of the American Studies Association, he is a professor emeritus at Temple University and editor of Conflict and Consensus in American History (9th ed., 1997).
Allan M. Winkler received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He has taught at Yale and the University of Oregon, and he is now Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio. An award-winning teacher, he has also published extensively about the recent past. His research centers on the connections between public policy and popular mood in modern history.
Charlene Mires earned her Ph.D. in history at Temple University. At Villanova University, she teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. history, public history, and material culture. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (2002) and serves as editor of the Pennsylvania History Studies Series for the Pennsylvania Historical Association. A former journalist, she was a co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for general local news reporting with other staff members at the Fort Wayne (Indiana) News-Sentinel.
Carla Gardina Pestana received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. She taught at Ohio State University, where she served as a Lilly Teaching Fellow and launched an innovative on-demand publishing project. Currently she holds the W.E. Smith Professorship in History at Miami University. At present, she is completing a book on religion in the British Atlantic world to 1830 for classroom use.
PART 1 AN EMERGING PEOPLE
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 Bursting the Bonds of Empire
6 A People in Revolution
7 Consolidating the Revolution
PART 2 AN EXPANDING PEOPLE
8 Currents of Change in the Northeast and the Old Northwest
9 Slavery and the Old South
10 Shaping America in the Antebellum Age
11 Moving West
12 The Union in Peril
13 The Union Severed
14 The Union Reconstructed
14 The Union Restructured
PART 3 A MODERNIZING PEOPLE
15 The Realities of Rural America
16 The Rise of Smokestack America
17 The New Metropolis
18 Becoming a World Power
19 The Progressives Confront Industrial Capitalism
20 The Great War
21 Affluence and Anxiety
PART 4 A RESILIENT PEOPLE
22 The Great Depression and the New Deal
23 World War II
24 Chills and Fever During the Cold War, 1945-1960
25 Postwar America at Home, 1945-1960
26 Reform and Rebellion in the Turbulent Sixties, 1960-1969
27 Disorder and Discontent, 1969-1980
28 Conservatism and a Shift in Course, 1980-2010