9780765618191

Currents in American History: A Brief History of the United States, Volume II: From 1861: A Brief History of the United States, Volume II: From 1861

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    9780765618191

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    0765618192

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2007-02-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

The history of the United States is a fascinating tale of intrigue, adventure, and progress, with many surprising twists and turns--and Currents in American History is designed to convey the defining elements of the story in an engaging, quick-paced narrative. Rather than covering a bit of everything, this volume traces the American people's drive to expand liberty and equality through important turning points as represented by eight pivotal days from from colonial times through 1877. Far shorter than most standard texts, this affordable work makes it possible for students to conceptualize America's complex history by assessing the causes and consequences of eight momentous days that changed the nation's course. Currents in American History includes an online Student Learning Center that provides access to primary sources; audio and visual materials; original maps, photos, drawings, posters, and paintings; self-testing quizzes; tools for organizing, printing, and exporting primary documents; and more. Visit the online Student Learning Center at http://www.sharpelearning.com/history/currents.

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Maps
Acknowledgments
The M.E. Sharpe Student Learning Center
Introduction: The Genesis of America
The History of History
American History as a Flowing Current
Conceived in Liberty: The Story Behind the Story
The Peopling of America
Becoming American
Prelude to Rebellion
Defining the American Dream, July 2, 1776: The Declaration of Independence and the Forging of a New Nation
Implementing the American Dream
The Critical Period: The Economy of Impotence
America Reinvents Itself
The Evolution of the Two-Party System: Balancing Freedom and Power
Foreign Affairs of the Federalist Era
By-Products of Jay's Treaty
Undeclaring War, February 18, 1799: Navigating Neutrality and the Ramifications of the Pursuit of Peace
Inherited Problems: Friction with France
From Hawk to Dove: The Shifting Priorities of President Adams
Decision Day and Its Aftermath
Long-Term Ramifications: The Ascendancy of Republicanism
Other By-Products of Peace: The Louisiana Purchase
America in Search of Respect: The Limits of Neutrality
Struggling for Survival, September 13, 1814: The Battle of Baltimore and the Emergence of American Nationalism
Mr. Madison's War
The Treaty of Ghent: America's Christmas Gift of 1814
The Battle of New Orleans
The Legacy of the War of 1812
Politics of the Era of Good Feelings
From Good Feelings to Bad: The Revival of Political Strife
The Inauguration of Andrew Jackson, March 4, 1829: America Enters the Age of the Common Man
Day of Destiny: Partying with Andrew Jackson
Jackson's Ascendancy and the Emergence of Modern America
Democracy in the Age of Jackson
Jackson: Symbol of the Common Man
Dispositions of a Commoner: The Peggy Eaton Affair
Nullifying the Nullifiers
Executive Leadership and the Expansion of Presidential Powers
Jacksonian Democracy without Jackson
In the Name of Manifest Destiny, May 9, 1846: The War with Mexico and the Acquisition of the American West
The Causes of the Mexican War: The Story of Texas
Debating Annexation: U.S. Relations with the Republic of Texas
Problems with Britain: The Oregon Question
Brinkmanship with Mexico: The Slidell Mission
Decision Day: May 9, 1846
Immediate Consequences: Congress Declares War
The Mexican War: Military and Diplomatic Affairs
War and Peace: The Trist Mission and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Long-Term Consequences: TheBenefits and Costs of the War with Mexico
A Nation Divides, April 12, 1861: Fort Sumter and the Era of the American Civil War
The Road to Disunion
The Immediate Aftermath: The American Civil War
From Saving the Union to Abolishing Slavery
Long-Term Consequences: Reconstructing the Nation
Bumps on the Road to Reunion
Presidential Bargaining, February 26, 1877: The Compromise of 1877 and the Price of National Unity
Prelude to Compromise: The Politics of Reconstruction
The Wormley House Agreement: February 26, 1877
Immediate Consequences: The Inauguration and Administration of Hayes
Long-Term Consequences: Reunion and the Rise of the New South
Jim Crow and the Limits of Southern Progress
The Emerging Industrial North: Immigration and Urbanization
Party Politics: Choosing Between Tweedledee and Tweedledum
Whether Golden or Gilded, America Comes of Age
The Sinking of the Maine, February 15, 1898: The Spanish- American War and the Emergence of America as a World Power
Brewing Troubles in China
Consequences of the Spanish-American War
Roosevelt, Progressivism, and Progressive Foreign Diplomacy
From Progressivism to World War
Waging War and Peace: Ending the War to End All Wars
The Silencing of Woodrow Wilson, September 25, 1919: Peace, Normalcy and the Rise of American Isolationism
Negotiating the Treaty of Versailles
Wilson's Last Speech: September 25, 1919
The Convalescence of of President Wilson
Returning to Normalcy: The Election of 1920
The Leave-Me-Alone Decade: America in the Twenties
The Politics of Prosperity
Hoover, the Great Depression, and the Coming of the New Deal
The Day of Infamy, December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor and the Transformation of the Modern World
The End of Isolationism
Dr. New Deal Gives Way to Dr. Win the War
The Buck Stops Here: The Presidency of Harry S. Truman
Cold War Politics
Liking Ike in the Happy Days of Death Valley
From Sputnik to Camelot
A Nation Mourns, November 22, 1963: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the End of American Innocence
The Legend of Camelot
Foreign Concerns: Cuba and Vietnam
Dallas, Texas: November 22, 1963
The Political Consequences of Kennedy's Death
The Whiplash of Backlash: America in Troubled Times
The Election of 1968 and the Return of Richard Nixon
Watergate and the Fall of a President
America Taken Hostage, November 4, 1979: The Iranian Hostage Crisis and the Restructuring of the World Order
Energy and the Stagflated Economy
Jimmy Carter: Humble, Humanitarian, and Hard to Know
The Crisis of Confidence of 1979
A Nation Held Hostage: The Aftermath of the Student Takeover
Standing Tall: Ronald Reagan and the Rise of the New Right
Second-Term Troubles and Successes
George Bush and the Ebb Tide of Republican Ascendancy
Bill Clinton and the Politics of the Nasty Nineties
The Twin Legacies of President Clinton
Terrorists Stun America, September 11, 2001: Negotiating Security and Liberty in the Twenty-first Century
Tracing the Sources of Hate
Politics in the New Millennium
From Disunity to Unity and Back Again: The Attack and Its Aftermath
Singing the Second-Term Blues
Looking through the Past into the Future
Map of the United States
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States
Admission of States
Area and Population of the United States: 1790-2006
Presidential Elections
Party Affiliations in Congress, 1789-Present
Statistics of Major U.S. Wars
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors
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