American Stories: A History of the United States, Combined Volume

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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Based on the idea that you can't cover (and don't want to) everything in a survey course, H.W. Brands and a team of award-winning historians present the story of American history in a refreshing new way. American Stories: A History of the United States concentrates on the topics most commonly taught in an American history survey course, with a focus on the major themes and the connections between them. A unique pedagogical program developed and implemented by instructional designers provides a consistent structure for students as the story of American history unfolds.

Table of Contents

New World Encounters, Preconquest-1608
Clash of Cultures: The Meaning of Murder in Early Maryland
Native Americans Before the Conquest
Conditions of Conquest
West Africa: Ancient and Complex Societies
Europe on the Eve of Conquest
Spain in the Americas
The French Claim Canada
The English Take Up the Challenge
Conclusion: Campaign to Sell America
England'sNew World Experimentsm 1607-1732
Profit and Piety: Competing Visions for English Settlement
The Chesapeake: Dreams of Wealth
A "New" England in America
Diversity in the Middle Colonies
Planting the Southern Colonies
Conclusion: Living with Diversity
Putting Down Roots: Opportunity and Oppression in Colonial Society, 1619-1692
Families in an Atlantic Empire
Social Stability: New England Colonies of the Seventeenth Century
The Challenge of the Chesapeake Environment
Race and Freedom in British America
Blueprint for Empire
Colonial Political Revolt
Conclusion: Foundations of an Atlantic Empire
Experience of Empire: Eighteenth-Century America, 1680-1763
Constructing an Anglo-American Identity: The Journal of William Byrd
Tensions in the Backcountry
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?
The American Revolution: From Gentry Protest to Popular Revolt, 1763-1783
Moment of Decision: Commitment and Sacrifice
Structure of Colonial Society
Eroding the Bonds of Empire
Steps Toward Independence
Fighting for Independence
Conclusion: Preserving Independence
The Republican Experiment, 1783-1788
A New Political Morality
Defining Republican Culture
Stumbling Toward a New National Government
"Have We Fought for This?
Whose Constitution? Struggle for Ratification
Conclusion: Success Depends on the People
Democracy and Dissent: The Violence of Party Politics, 1788-1800
Force of Public Opinion
Principle and Pragmatism: Establishing a New Government
Hamilton's Plan for Prosperity and Security
Charges of Treason: The Battle over Foreign Affairs
Popular Political Culture
The Adams Presidency: Politics of Mistrust
Conclusion: Danger of Political Extremism
Republican Ascendancy: The Jeffersonian Vision, 1800-1814
Limits of Equality
The Republic Expands
Jefferson as President
Race and Dissent Under Jefferson
Embarrassments Overseas
The Strange War of 1812
Conclusion: The "Second War of Independence
Nation Building and Nationalism, 1815-1825
A Revolutionary Wa
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