The American Past A Survey of American History, Volume I: To 1877

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  • Copyright: 2006-03-16
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Now in its Eighth Edition, Conlin's introductory American history book continues to offer a colorful and engaging look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped our nation's past. Accessible and lively, it sets the story in political context, while providing balanced coverage of social, cultural, economic, intellectual, constitutional, diplomatic, and military events. Consistent scholarship and a unique organization make this book comprehensive and manageable. The book benefits from Conlin's literary prose style, which lends a unifying voice that captures and holds readers' interest.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. xv
How They Livedp. xvii
Prefacep. xix
Discoveries: Indians, Europeans, and the Americas About 15,000 B.C. to A.D. 1550p. 1
The First Colonizationp. 2
How They Lived: Locked in a Circle of Timep. 5
Europe: Driven and Expansivep. 8
Portugal and Spain: The Van of Explorationp. 10
The Spanish Empirep. 13
The Columbian Exchangep. 17
Further Readingp. 18
Key Termsp. 19
Online Sources Guidep. 19
Settlements Across the Sea: The Reasons, the Failures, and a Success 1550-1624p. 20
The English Reformationp. 21
Elizabethan England: The Seedbed of English Americap. 23
How They Lived: Common Seamenp. 25
Beginnings of an Empirep. 26
Jamestownp. 30
Other Beginningsp. 35
Further Readingp. 36
Key Termsp. 37
Online Sources Guidep. 37
Thirteen Colonies: England's American Empire 1620-1732p. 38
The New England Coloniesp. 38
Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshirep. 45
How They Lived: Puritan Sundayp. 47
Proprietary Coloniesp. 48
Further Readingp. 53
Key Termsp. 54
Online Sources Guidep. 54
English Intentions, American Facts of Life: Colonial Society in the 1600sp. 55
Tradep. 56
Mercantilism in the Southp. 58
How They Lived: Finding the Wayp. 61
New Englandp. 64
The Middle Coloniesp. 68
Further Readingp. 69
Key Termsp. 70
Online Sources Guidep. 70
Other Americans: Colonial Indians and Africansp. 71
Eastern Woodlands Indiansp. 71
A World Turned Upside Downp. 76
Americans from Africap. 80
The African Slave Tradep. 84
How They Lived: Slave Stationsp. 86
Further Readingp. 88
Key Termsp. 89
Online Sources Guidep. 89
Competition for a Continent: French America and British America 1608-1763p. 90
New France and Louisianap. 91
A Century of Warp. 94
Social Developmentsp. 96
Social Mobilityp. 98
Politics: Imperial and Colonialp. 99
How They Lived: Piracy's Golden Agep. 100
Culture and Religionp. 102
Britin's Glorious Triumphp. 105
Further Readingp. 108
Key Termsp. 109
Online Sources Guidep. 109
Family Quarrels: Dissension in the Colonies 1763-1770p. 110
Imperial Problemsp. 110
The Stamp Act Crisisp. 117
How They Lived: School for Politiciansp. 102
Act Twop. 121
Further Readingp. 123
Key Termsp. 123
Online Sources Guidep. 124
From Riot to Rebellion: The Road to Independence 1770-1776p. 125
Storms Within the Lullp. 125
How They Lived: Redcoatsp. 128
The March Toward Warp. 131
Rebellionp. 134
Cutting the Tiep. 137
Further Readingp. 140
Key Termsp. 140
Online Sources Guidep. 140
The War for Independence: Winning the Revolution 1776-1781p. 141
An Imbalance of Powerp. 141
Boston Won, New York Lostp. 144
The Tide Turnsp. 149
How They Lived: Ignoring the Revolutionp. 154
Further Readingp. 156
Key Termsp. 156
Online Sources Guidep. 156
Inventing a Country: American Constitutions 1781-1789p. 157
State Constitutionsp. 157
America Under the Articles of Confederationp. 161
How They Lived: Laying Out the Landp. 164
Difficulties and Failuresp. 166
The Constitutionp. 169
Ratificationp. 173
Further Readingp. 174
Key Termsp. 175
Online Sources Guidep. 175
We the People: Putting the Constitution to Work 1789-1800p. 176
The First Presidencyp. 176
Troubles Abroadp. 182
How They Lived: Turning Forests into Farmsp. 185
The Tumultuous Northwestp. 187
The Presidency of John Adamsp. 189
Further Readingp. 192
Key Termsp. 192
Online Sources Guidep. 193
Jeffersonian America: Expansion and Frustration 1800-1815p. 194
The Election of 1800p. 194
The Sage of Monticellop. 195
The Louisiana Purchasep. 198
Foreign Woesp. 202
Jemmy Applejohn and the War of 1812p. 204
How They Lived: Frontier Societyp. 206
Further Readingp. 210
Key Termsp. 211
Online Sources Guidep. 211
Beyond the Appalachians: The West in the Early Nineteenth Centuryp. 212
The First American Westp. 212
Patterns of Settlementp. 214
Programsp. 218
The Transportation Revolutionp. 222
How They Lived: Digging the Erie Canalp. 223
Further Readingp. 228
Key Termsp. 228
Online Sources Guidep. 228
Nation Awakening: Political and Economic Development 1815-1824p. 229
The Era of Good Feelingsp. 229
Successful Diplomacyp. 232
Industrializationp. 235
A Country Made for Industryp. 238
How They Lived: Roadsp. 239
The South at the Crossroadsp. 241
Further Readingp. 246
Key Termsp. 247
Online Sources Guidep. 247
The People's Hero: Andrew Jackson and a New Era 1824-1830p. 248
The Skewed Election of 1824p. 248
The Age of the Common Manp. 251
The Revolution of 1828p. 254
How They Lived: Dueling the American Wayp. 256
Issues of Jackson's First Termp. 260
Further Readingp. 265
Key Termsp. 265
Online Sources Guidep. 265
In the Shadow of Old Hickory: Personalities and Politics 1830-1842p. 266
Van Buren Versus Calhounp. 266
The War with the Bankp. 269
The Second American Party Systemp. 272
How They Lived: Alma Materp. 274
Further Readingp. 280
Key Termsp. 280
Online Sources Guidep. 280
Religion and Reform: Evangelicals and Enthusiasts 1800-1850p. 282
Age of Reason, Age of Reactionp. 282
Religious Fermentp. 283
Reformersp. 286
How They Lived: European Observersp. 288
Home-Grown Religion; Utopian Reformp. 292
Further Readingp. 297
Key Termsp. 297
Online Sources Guidep. 297
A Different Country: The South and Slaveryp. 299
Southern Antislaveryp. 299
Threats to the Southern Orderp. 303
How They Lived: African Slave Traders: Defying the Lawp. 306
The South Closes Ranksp. 307
Further Readingp. 311
Key Termsp. 312
Online Sources Guidep. 312
The Peculiar Institution: Slavery as It Was Perceived; Slavery as It Wasp. 313
"De Old Plantation"p. 313
The Abolitionistsp. 315
What Slavery Was Likep. 317
How They Lived: Fugitive Slavesp. 318
Life in the Quartersp. 323
Protestp. 323
Further Readingp. 327
Key Termsp. 327
Online Sources Guidep. 327
From Sea to Shining Sea: American Expansion 1820-1848p. 328
The Mexican Borderlandsp. 328
The Oregon Countryp. 333
How They Lived: Zorro and the Californiosp. 334
Further Readingp. 342
Key Termsp. 342
Online Sources Guidep. 342
Apples of Discord: The Poisoned Fruits of Victory 1844-1854p. 343
The Sectional Split Takes Shapep. 343
The Crisis of 1850p. 345
How They Lived: How They Mined the Goldp. 349
The Compromisep. 350
The Kansas-Nebraska Actp. 353
Further Readingp. 355
Key Termsp. 355
Online Sources Guidep. 355
The Collapse of the Union: From Debate to Violence 1854-1861p. 356
Bleeding Kansasp. 356
A Hardening of Linesp. 360
How They Lived: The Irish Famine and the Know-Nothingsp. 365
The Election of 1860p. 366
The Confederacyp. 367
Further Readingp. 372
Key Termsp. 372
Online Sources Guidep. 372
Tidy Plans, Ugly Realities: The Civil War through 1862p. 373
The Art and Science of Warp. 373
The Sobering Campaign of 1861p. 377
How They Lived: Facing Battlep. 381
1862 and Stalematep. 382
Further Readingp. 389
Key Termsp. 390
Online Sources Guidep. 390
Driving Old Dixie Down: General Grant's War of Attrition 1863-1865p. 391
The Campaigns of 1863p. 391
How They Lived: Marching through Georgiap. 396
Total Warp. 398
The American Tragedyp. 402
Consequences of the Civil Warp. 404
Further Readingp. 406
Key Termsp. 407
Online Sources Guidep. 407
Aftermath: Reconstructing the Union; Failing the Freedmen 1865-1877p. 408
The Reconstruction Crisisp. 408
1866: The Critical Yearp. 413
Radical Reconstructionp. 415
How They Lived: Gullahp. 416
Grant's Troubled Administrationp. 420
The Twilight of Reconstructionp. 421
Further Readingp. 423
Key Termsp. 423
Online Sources Guidep. 423
Appendixp. 1
Key Termsp. 1
Photo Creditsp. 1
Indexp. 1
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