American People : Creating a Nation and a Society From 1863

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Copyright: 1990-01-01
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
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A condensed version of "The American People, Fifth Edition," this engaging text examines U.S. history as revealed through the experiences of all Americans, both ordinary and extraordinary. With a thought-provoking and rich presentation, the authors explore the complex lives of Americans of all national origins and cultural backgrounds, at all levels of society, and in all regions of the country. A vibrant four-color design and compact size make this book accessible, convenient, and easy-to read.

Table of Contents

I. A Colonizing People, 1492-1776
Three Worlds Meet
The People of America Before Columbus
Recovering the Past
Archaeological Artifacts
Africa on the Eve of Contact
Europe in the Age of Exploration
The Iberian Conquest of America
The Columbian Exchange
England Looks West
Conclusion: Converging Worlds
Colonizing a Continent
The Chesapeake Tobacco Coast
Recovering the Past
Massachusetts and its Offspring
From the St. Lawrence to the Hudson
Proprietary Carolina: A Restoration Reward
The Quaker's Peaceable Kingdom New Spain's Northern Frontier
Conclusion: The Achievement of New Societies
Mastering the New World
African Bondage
The African Slave Trade
Slave Culture
The Struggle for Land
An Era of Instability
Recovering the Past
Contending for a Continent
Conclusion: Controlling the New Environment
The Maturing of Colonial Society
America's First Population Explosion
Beyond the Appalachians
A Land of Family Farms
Ecological Transformation
The Plantation South
The Urban World of Commerce and Ideas
The Urban Social Structure
Recovering the Past
Household Inventories
The Great Awakening
Political Life
Technology Changes the American People
Lightning Rods
Conclusion: America in 1750
Bursting the Colonial Bonds
The Climactic Seven Years' War
The Crisis with England
Recovering the Past
The Ideology of Revolutionary Republicanism
The Turmoil of Revolutionary Society
Technology Changes the American People
Smallpox Inoculations
Conclusion: Forging a Revolution
A Revolutionary People, 1775-1828
A People in Revolution
The War for American Independence
The Experience of War
Recovering the Past
Patriotic Paintings
The Ferment of Revolutionary Politics
Conclusion: The Crucible of Revolution
Consolidating the Revolution
Struggling with the Peacetime Agenda
Recovering the Past
Indian Treaties
Revolutionary Politics in the States
Political Tumult in the States
Toward a New National Government
Conclusion: Completing the Revolution
Creating a Nation
Launching the National Republic
Recovering the Past
Foreign Travel Journals
The Republic in a Threatening World
The Political Crisis Deepens
Technology Changes the American People
Industrial Technology in the "Wooden Age"
Conclusion: Toward the Nineteenth Century
Society and Politics in the Early Republic
Restoring American Liberty
Building an Agrarian Nation
A Nation of Regions
Recovering the Past
The Movement of White and Black Population into Trans-Appalachia, 1790-1830
Indian-White Relations in the Early Republic
Perfecting a Democratic Society
A Foreign Policy for the New Nation
Politics in Transition
Technology Changes the American People
Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin
Conclusion: The Passing of an Era
An Expanding People, 1820-1877
Currents of Change in the Northeast and the Old Northwest
Economic Growth
Early Manufacturing
A New England Textile Town
Urban Life
Recovering the Past
Family Paintings
Rural Communities
Conclusion: The Character of Progress
Slavery and the Old South
Building the Cotton Kingdom
Slavery Expands with the Cotton Boom
Morning: Master in the Big House
Noon: Slaves in House and Fields
Night: Slaves in Their Quarters
Resistance and Freedom
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