American Journey, The: A History of the United States, Combined Brief

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2002-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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For freshman- and sophomore-level survey courses in U.S. History. The Brief Edition of The American Journey was created by rewriting and cutting to condense text, and by using fewer photographs, maps, and charts to illustrate the text. The Combined Brief Edition is about one third the length of the original text, and comes in Volume I, Volume II, and Combined Versions. The Combined Brief Edition introduces students to the key features of American political, social, and economic history. Written in a clear, engaging style with a straightforward chronological organization, it provides students with a solid framework for understanding the past. It gives prominent coverage to the West and South and highlights the importance of religion in American history. It traces the emergence of distinctively American ideals and the way the conflict between those ideals and reality has shaped our nation's development. It brings alive the crucial issues and events behind the continuing effort of Americans to live up to their ideals. Compelling stories, ample use of quotations, and excerpts from primary sources bring the past vividly alive.

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Volume I includes Chapters 1-18 and Volume II includes Chapters 18-33.)

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Conclusion, Review Questions, Recommended Reading, Where to Learn More, and Web Resources.)
1. Worlds Apart, to 1600.

Different Worlds. Contact. Competition for a Continent.

2. Transplantation, 1600-1685.
The French in North America. English Settlement in the Chesapeake. The Founding of New England. The English in the Caribbean. The Proprietary Colonies.

3. The Creation of New Worlds, 1600-1750.
Indians and Europeans. Africans and Europeans. Non-Slave Labor in Early America.

4. Convergence and Conflict, 1660s-1763.
Economic Development and Imperial Trade in the British Colonies. The Transformation of Culture. The Colonial Political World. Expanding Empires. A Century of Warfare.

5. Imperial Breakdown, 1763-1774.
Imperial Reorganization. American Reactions. The Aftermath of Crisis. The Townshend Crisis. The Road to Revolution.

6. The War for Independence, 1774-1783.
The Outbreak of War and the Declaration of Independence, 1774-1776. The Combatants. The War in the North, 1776-1777. The War Widens, 1778-1781. The American Victory, 1782-1783. War and Society, 1775-1783.

7. The First Republic, 1776-1789.
The New Order of Republicanism. Problems at Home. Diplomatic Weaknesses. Toward a New Union.

8. A New Republic and the Rise of Parties, 1789-1800.
Washington's America. Forging a New Government. The Emergence of Parties. The Last Federalist Administration.

9. The Triumph and Collapse of Jeffersonian Republicanism, 1800-1824.
Jefferson's Presidency. Madison and the Coming of War. The War of 1812. The Era of Good Feelings. The Breakdown of Unity.

10. The Jacksonian Era, 1824-1845.
The Egalitarian Impulse. Jackson's Presidency. Van Buren and Hard Times. The Rise of the Whig Party. The Whigs in Power.

11. Industrial Change and Urbanization, 1820-1850.
The Transportation Revolution. The Rise of Cities. The Industrial Revolution. Growing Inequality and New Classes.

12. The Way West, 1815-1850.
The Agricultural Frontier. The Frontier of the Plains Indians. The Mexican Borderlands. Politics, Expansion, and War.

13. Slavery and the Old South, 1800-1860.
The Lower South. The Upper South. Slave Life and Culture. Free Society. The Proslavery Argument.

14. Reforming Antebellum Society, 1815-1850.
Reform and Moral Order. Institutions and Social Improvement. Women's Role in Reform. Abolitionism and Women's Rights.

15. The Politics of Sectionalism, 1846-1861.
Slavery in the Territories. Political Realignment. The Road to Disunion.

16. Battle Cries and Freedom Songs: The Civil War, 1861-1863.
Mobilization, North and South. The Early War, 1861-1862. Turning Points, 1862-1863.

17. The Union Preserved: The Civil War, 1863-1865.
War Transforms the North. The Confederacy Disintegrates. The Union Prevails, 1864-1865.

18. Reconstruction, 1865-1877.
White Southerners and the Ghosts of the Confederacy, 1865. More Than Freedom: African-American Aspirations in 1865. Federal Reconstruction, 1865-1870. Counter-Reconstruction, 1870-1874. Redemption, 1874-1877. The Failure of Reconstruction.

19. A New South, 1877-1900.
The Newness of the New South. The Southern Agrarian Revolt. Women in the New South. Settling the Race Issue.

20. Industry, Immigrants, and Cities, 1870-1900.
New Industry. New Immigrants. New Cities.

21. Transforming the West, 1865-1890.
Native Americans. Exploiting the Mountains: The Mining Bonanza. Exploiting the Grass: The Cattle Kingdom. Exploiting the Earth: The Expansion of Agriculture.

22. Politics and Government, 1877-1900.
The Structure and Style of Politics. The Limits of Government. Public Policies and National Elections. The Crisis of the 1890s.

23. The Progressive Era, 1900-1917.
The Ferment of Reform. Reforming Society. Reforming Politics and Government. Roosevelt and the Progressive Presidency. Woodrow Wilson and Progressive Reform.

24. Creating an Empire, 1865-1917.
The Roots of Imperialism. First Steps. The Spanish-American War. Imperial Ambitions: The United States and East Asia, 1899-1917. Imperial Power: The United States and Latin America, 1899-1917.

25. America and the Great War, 1914-1920.
Waging Neutrality. Waging War in America. Waging War and Peace Abroad. Waging Peace at Home.

26. Toward a Modern America: The 1920s.
The Economy that Roared. The Business of Government. Cities and Suburbs. Mass Culture in the Jazz Age. Culture Wars. A New Era in the World? Herbert Hoover and the Final Triumph of the New Era.

27. The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1939.
Hard Times in Hooverville. Herbert Hoover and the Depression. Launching the New Deal. Consolidating the New Deal. The New Deal and American Life. Ebbing of the New Deal.

28. World War II, 1939-1945.
The Dilemmas of Neutrality. Holding the Line. Mobilizing the Home Front. War and Peace.

29. The Cold War at Home and Abroad, 1946-1952.
Launching the Great Boom. Truman, Republicans, and the Fair Deal. Confronting the Soviet Union. Cold War and Hot War. The Second Red Scare.

30. The Confident Years, 1953-1964.
A Decade of Affluence. Facing Off with the Soviet Union. John F. Kennedy and the Cold War. Righteousness Like a Mighty Stream: The Struggle for Civil Rights. “Let Us Continue.”

31. Shaken to the Roots, 1965-1980.
The End of Consensus. The Year of the Gun, 1968. Nixon and Watergate. Jimmy Carter: Idealism and Frustration in the White House.

32. Shaping a New America, Since 1965.
A Globalized America. Making a Living. Cities and Suburbs. New Meanings for American Families. The Search for Spiritual Grounding.

33. Searching for Stability in a Changing World, Since 1980.
The Reagan Revolution. The Second (Short) Cold War. Government by Gestures. Searching for the Center.

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