Written by an outstanding team of scholars and teachers, The American People seamlessly weaves together the rich and complex story of the creation and development of the American nation and American society. The narrative integrates discussion of public events such as presidential elections, wars, and reform movements with the private stories of ordinary Americans who participated in and responded to these events. As it unfolds the drama of American history, the Sixth Edition of The American People provides the most current scholarship and highlights the connections between the many factorspolitical, social, economic, technological, religious, cultural, international, and intellectualthat have shaped American society.
I. A COLONIZING PEOPLE, 1492-1776.
1. Ancient American 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. Qualifying Questions Do you prefer a book with a more social emphasis or Do you prefer a text that emphasizes the “humanness” of America's history as it is shown in the everyday lives of Americans? (Show any of the chapter-opening vignettes to convey this emphasis.) And, what's your reaction to the Nash/Jeffrey survey text? Do you want your students to think more like historians think? (Show “Recovering the Past” essays.) Does your present book get students into history? (Show chapter openers.) Do your students have a hard time knowing how to read graphs and data? (Show “Analyzing History” features.)