America Past and Present, Volume 1 (to 1877)

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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America Past and Present integrates the social and political dimensions of American history into one rich chronological narrative, providing students with a full picture of the scope and complexity of the American past. Writing in a lively narrative style to tell the story of all Americans-elite and ordinary, women and men, rich and poor, white majority and minorities-the authors, six active, publishing, and award-winning historians, bring history to life for introductory students.

Table of Contents

New World Encounters
Clash of Cultures: The Meaning of Murder in Early Maryland
Native American Histories Before Conquest
A World Transformed
West Africa: Ancient and Complex Societies
Europe on the Eve of Conquest
Imagining a New World
The French Claim Canada
The English Enter the Competition
Irish Rehearsal for American Settlement
An Unpromising Beginning: Mystery at Roanoke
Conclusion: Marketing Dreams
Feature Essay: The Columbian Exchange: Ecological Revolution
Conflicting Visions: Seventeenth-Century Colonies
Profit and Piety: Competing Blueprints for English Settlement
Breaking Away
The Chesapeake: Dreams of Wealth
Reforming England in America
Diversity in the Middle Colonies
Quakers in America
Planting the Carolinas
The Founding of Georgia
Conclusion: Living with Diversity
Feature Essay: Capital Punishment in Early America: A Kind of Moral Theater?
Putting Down Roots: Opportunity and Oppression in Colonial Society
Families in an Atlantic Empire
Sources of Stability: New England Colonies of the Seventeenth Century
Challenge of the Chesapeake Environment
Race and Freedom in British America
Rise of a Commercial Empire
Colonial Factions Spark Revolt, 1676-169
1: Local Aspirations Within an Atlantic Empire
Feature Essay: Anthony Johnson: A Free Black Planter on Pungoteague Creek
Law and Society: Witches and the Law: A Problem of Evidence in 1692
Frontiers of Empire: Eighteenth-Century America
Constructing an Anglo-American Identity: The Journal of William Byrd
Growth and Diversity
Spanish Borderlands of the Eighteenth Century. The Impact of European Ideas on American Culture. Religious Revivals in Provincial Societies
Clash of Political Cultures
Century of Imperial War
Conclusion: Rule Britannia?
Feature Essay:Learning to Live with Diversity in the Eighteenth Century: What Is an American?
The American Revolution: From Gentry Protest to Popular Revolt, 1763-1783
Rethinking the Meaning of Equality
Structure of Colonial Society
Eroding the Bonds of Empire
Steps Toward Independence
Fighting for Independence
The Loyalist Dilemma
Winning the Peace
Conclusion: Preserving Independence
Feature Essay: Popular Resistance: Religion and Rebellion
The Republican Experiment
A New Moral Order
Defining Republican Culture
Living in the Shadow of Revolution
The States: Experiments in Republicanism
Stumbling Toward a New National Government
Strengthening Federal Authority
Have We Fought for This?
Whose Constitution? Struggle for Ratification
Conclusion: Success Depends on the People
Feature Essay: The Elusive Constitution: Search for Original Intent
Law and Society: The Strange Ordeal of Quok Walker: Slavery on Trial in Revolutionary Massachusetts
Democracy in Distress: The Violence of Party Politics, 1788-1800
Partisan Passions and Public Opinion
Principle and Pragmatism: Establishing a New Government
Conflicting Visions
Hamilton's Plan for Prosperity and Security
Charges of Treason: The Battle over Foreign Affairs
Popular Political Culture
The Adams Presidency
The Peaceful Revolution: The Election of 1800
Danger of Political Extremism
Feature Essay: Defense of Superiority: Science in the Service of Nationalism in the Early Republic
Republican Ascendancy: The Jeffersoni
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