The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-06-01
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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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

Each chapter includes “Recovering the American Past,” and a conclusion.

16. The Union Reconstructed.
The Bittersweet Aftermath of War.
National Reconstruction.
Life After Slavery.
Reconstruction in the States.


17. The Realities of Rural America.
Modernizing Agriculture.
The Second Great Removal.
The New South.
Farm Protest.

18. The Rise of Smokestack America.
The Texture of Industrial Progress.
Steel: The Engine of Industrial Growth.
Urban Expansion in the Industrial Age.
The Industrial City, 1880-1900.
The Life of the Middle Class.
Industrial Work and the Laboring Class.
Congressional Hearings.
Capital versus Labor.
Technology Changes the American People.
The Flush Toilet.

19. Politics and Reform.
Politics in the Gilded Age.
Middle-Class Reform.
The Pivotal 1890S.
Political Campaign Artifacts: Buttons and Posters.
Technology Changes the American People.
The Bicycle.

20. Becoming a World Power.
Steps Toward Empire.
Expansionism in the 1890S.
Cuba and the Philippines.
Theodore Roosevelt's Energetic Diplomacy.
Political Cartoons.


21. The Progressives Confront Industrial Capitalism.
The Social Justice Movement.
Documentary Photographs.
The Worker in the Progressive Era.
Reform in the Cities and States.
Theodore Roosevelt and the Square Deal.
Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom.

22. The Great War.
The Early War Years.
The United States Enters the War.
Government Propaganda.
The Military Experience.
Domestic Impact of the War.
Planning for Peace.

23. Affluence and Anxiety.
Postwar Problems.
A Prospering Economy.
The Impact of the Automobile.
Hopes Raised, Promises Deferred.
The Business of Politics.
Technology Changes the American People.
Wireless Communication.

24. The Great Depression and the New Deal.
The Great Depression.
Roosevelt and the First New Deal.
One Hundred Days.
The Second New Deal.
The Last Years of the New Deal.
The Other Side of the 1930s.

25. World War II.
The Twisting Road to War.
The Home Front.
Social Impact of the War.
War Monuments.
A War of Diplomats and Generals.
Technology Changes the American People.


26. Postwar Growth and Social Change.
Economic Boom.
Demographic and Technological Trends.
The Computer.
Consensus and Conformity.
The Other America.
Technology Changes the American People.
Air Conditioning.

27. Chills and Fever During the Cold War.
Origins of the Cold War.
Containing the Soviet Union.
Containment in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Atomic Weapons and the Cold War.
The Cold War at Home.
Continuing Confrontations With Communists.
The Quagmire of Vietnam.
Public Opinion Polls.
The Vietnam War.

28. High Water and Ebb Tide of the Liberal State.
The Origins of the Welfare State.
The High Water Mark of Liberalism.
The Decline of Liberalism.

29. The Struggle for Social Reform.
The Black Struggle for Equality.
Pressure From the Women's Movement.
Latino Mobilization.
Native American Protest.
Social and Cultural Protest.
Popular Music.

30. The Revival of Conservatism.
The Conservative Transformation.
An End to Social Reform.
The Postindustrial Economy.
Demographic and Regional Change.
The United States in a Changed World.
Technology Changes the American People.
The Internet and the World Wide Web.

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