America: A Concise History, Combined Volume

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2012-01-09
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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With fresh interpretations from two new authors, wholly reconceived themes, and a wealth of cutting-edge scholarship, the Fifth Edition of America: A Concise Historyis designed to work perfectly with the way you teach the survey today. Building on the book's hallmark strengths balance, explanatory power, and a brief-yet-comprehensive narrative as well as its outstanding full-color visuals and built-in primary sources, authors James Henretta, Rebecca Edwards, and Robert Self have shaped America into the ideal brief book for the modern survey course, at a value that can't be beat.

Author Biography

REBECCA EDWARDS is a Professor of History at Vassar College. Her research interests focus on the post-Civil War era and include electoral politics, environmental history, and the history of women and gender roles. She is the author of Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era and New Spirits: Americans in the "Gilded Age," 1865-1905. She is currently working on a biography of women's rights advocate and People's Party orator Mary E. Lease.
ROBERT O. SELF is an Associate Professor of History at Brown University. His research focuses on urban history, the history of race and American political culture, post-1945 U.S. society and culture, and gender and sexuality in American politics. His first book, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland, won four professional prizes, including the James A. Rawley prize from the Organization of American Historians (OAH). He is currently at work on a book about gender, sexuality, and political culture in the United States from 1964 to 2004.
JAMES A. HENRETTA is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park. His publications include The Evolution of American Society, 1700–1815: An Interdisciplinary Analysis; “Salutary Neglect”: Colonial Administration under the Duke of Newcastle; Evolution and Revolution: American Society, 1600–1820; The Origins of American Capitalism; and an edited volume, Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States, 1750–1850. His most recent publication is a long article, “Charles Evans Hughes and the Strange Death of Liberal America,” (Law and History Review, 2006), derived from his ongoing research on The Liberal State in America: New York, 1820–1975.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Creation of American Society, 1450–1763 
Chapter 1 The New Global World, 1450–1620
Chapter 2 The Invasion and Settlement of North America, 1550–1700
Chapter 3 Creating a British Empire in America, 1660–1750 
Chapter 4 Growth and Crisis in Colonial Society, 1720–1765 
Part 2 The New Republic, 1763–1820
Chapter 5 Toward Independence: Years of Decision, 1763–1776
Chapter 6 Making War and Republican Governments, 1776–1789 
Chapter 7 Politics and Society in the New Republic, 1787–1820 
Chapter 8 Creating a Republican Culture, 1790–1820 
Part 3 Overlapping Revolutions, 1820–1860 
Chapter 9 Economic Transformation, 1820–1860 
Chapter 10 A Democratic Revolution, 1820–1844 
Chapter 11 Religion and Reform, 1820–1860 
Chapter 12 The South Expands: Slavery and Society, 1800–1860 
Part 4 Creating and Preserving a Continental Nation, 1844–1877
Chapter 13 Expansion, War, and Sectional Crisis, 1844–1860 
Chapter 14 Two Societies at War, 1861–1865 
Chapter 15  Reconstruction, 1865–1877 
Chapter 16 Conquering a Continent
Part 5  Bold Experiments in an Era of Industrialization, 1877–1929 
Chapter 17  The Busy Hive: Industrial America at Work, 1877–1911 
Chapter 18  The Victorians Meet the Modern, 1880–1917 
Chapter 19  “Civilization’s Inferno”: The Rise and Reform of Industrial Cities, 1880–1917 
Chapter 20 Whose Government? Politics, Populists, and Progressives, 1880–1917 
Chapter 21  An Emerging World Power, 1877–1918 
Chapter 22  Wrestling with Modernity, 1918–1929 
Part 6 The Modern State and the Age of Liberalism, 1929–1973
Chapter 23 The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929–1939  
Chapter 24  The World at War, 1937–1945 
Chapter 25  Cold War America, 1945–1963 
Chapter 26  Triumph of the Middle Class, 1945–1963 
Chapter 27 Walking into Freedom Land: The Civil Rights Movement, 1941–1973
Chapter 28 Uncivil Wars: Liberal Crisis and Conservative Rebirth, 1964–1972 
Part 7 Global Capitalism and the End of the American Century, 1973–2011 
Chapter 29 The Search for Order in an Era of Limits, 1973–1980 
Chapter 30 Conservative America Ascendant, 1973–1991
Chapter 31  National Dilemmas in a Global Society, 1989–2011 

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