The United States A Brief Narrative History

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-18
  • Publisher: Wiley
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This 3rd edition remains a basic, readable, and highly affordable core text for the introductory survey of United States history. While not intended as the only resource for students enrolled in such courses, it remains the most concise U.S. survey on the market -- its length, approach, and price encouraging the use of supplementary readings, novels, research projects, and primary documents (many of which are available on the Internet) all for a price that falls well below the list price of a traditional survey text. In addition to taking the engaging narrative all the way up through the second decade of the twenty-first century, the new edition features new maps. Loyal users will appreciate that fact that the book retains its cultural literacy approach, its lively narrative style, and highly effective highlighting of the names, terms, and concepts common to an educated person's understanding of American history. Finally, its appendices comprise a useful, annotated text of The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and a list of U.S. Presidents.

Author Biography

Link Hullar is from Decatur, Alabama, and received his B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, with additional graduate studies at Ohio University. He is the author of dozen western novels and more than one hundred articles and stories. In addition to writing books and articles, Link is a song writer and co-writer/co-producer of a televised special on the Three Stooges. In a career that has spanned more than thirty-five years. Link has taught history in middle schools, community colleges, four-year institutions, and in graduate programs. In addition, Link is a priest in the Episcopal Church. He has been married for over thirty-five years to Sharon, and they have two adult children. All currently reside in Spring, Texas. Scott A. Nelson was born in California and raised in the Texas Panhandle. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston and two degrees from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). He has taught history and government for thirty-one years at various schools, colleges, and universities in Texas. Scott has published one previous book, The Discourses of Algernon Sidney (1993), and a wide variety of articles in the Houston Law Review, and The Texas Observer, the Houston Chronicle, and Texas Monthly, among others. He works for the Texas Community College Teachers Association and teaches history at Texas Women's University. He lives in Denton, Texas, with his wife, Jane.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction America's First Nationsp. 1
The First Americans
The Archaic Age
Early Indians of the West
Early Indians of the East
Variety and Indian Societies
Eastern Woodland Indians
Indians of the Great Plains
Indians of the Southwest
Changes Coming
Chapter Reviewp. 13
Discovery, Exploration, and Colonizationp. 15
Background to "Discovery"
Portugal and Spain
The New World
The Conquistadors
The French
England: Exploration and Settlement
Jamestown, Virginia, and the Southern Colonies
Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the New England Colonies
Pennsylvania and the Middle Colonies
Great Britain and the Colonies
Chapter Reviewp. 23
Revolution and Independencep. 25
The French and Indian War
Social and Intellectual Movements
The Road to Revolution
From Agitation to Revolution
Independence and Revolution
The American Revolution
The Treaty of Paris
Chapter Reviewp. 32
The Young Republicp. 35
The Articles of Confederation
The Constitutional Convention
The Genesis of Political Parties
The Washington and Adams Administrations
Chapter Reviewp. 45
Jefferson and the Democratic Republicp. 47
The Revolution of 1800
The Louisiana Purchase
Lewis and Clark
Barbary Pirates
Burr, Hamilton, and Conspiracy
John Marshall and the Supreme Court
Jefferson and Foreign Affairs
James Madison
Causes at the War of 1812
The War against England
The Indian War
Treaty at Ghent
Results of the War of 1812
James Monroe
Chapter Reviewp. 56
The Age of Jacksonp. 57
Jacksonian America
Sectional Developments
Henry Clay and the American System
John Quincy Adams and the Election of 1824
Andrew Jackson
The Jackson Presidency (1829-1837)
Martin Van Buren
The Election of 1840, Harrison and Tyler
Society and Culture in Jacksonian America
Chapter Reviewp. 66
The West (Pre-Civil War)p. 68
Manifest Destiny
Early Explorations and the Fur Trade
Oregon and California
The Republic of Texas
Annexation and the War with Mexico
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Aftermath of War
Chapter Reviewp. 72
Sectional Conflictp. 73
The Old South
Conflict and Compromise
The Road to Civil War
The Crisis of Leadership and the Election of 1860
Chapter Reviewp. 80
Civil War and Reconstructionp. 82
Disunion and War
The Two Sides
Lincoln, Johnson, the Radicals, and Reconstruction
North and South in the Reconstruction Era
The Grant Administration
Chapter Reviewp. 89
The West (Post-Civil War)p. 91
Turner and the Frontier
The Plains Indians
Miners and Boomtowns
Cattle and Cowboys
The Plains Wars
The Wild West
Chapter Reviewp. 96
The Gilded Age and Imperial Americap. 97
The Corporation
Captains of Industry and the American Dream
Survival of the Fittest?
The New Immigration
The Rise of Big Labor
The American Empire
Chapter Reviewp. 109
Populism, Progressivism, and the Great Warp. 111
Why Progressivism?
The Progressive Agenda
The Progressive Presidents: Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson
Wilson and the Great War
Chapter Reviewp. 123
Boom, Bust, and the New Dealp. 125
The Jazz Age
Three Republican Presidents: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover
The Great Depression
The New Deal
Chapter Reviewp. 135
World War II and the Origins of the Cold Warp. 137
The Road to Pearl Harbor
The War in Europe
The Pacific War and the Nuclear Age
The Home Front
The Long Cold War Begins
Chapter Reviewp. 152
Postwar America: The Fifties and Sixtiesp. 154
The Cold War Gets Hot
The Eisenhower Years (1953-1961)
The New Frontier
The Great Society
The Mood Turns Sour: Vietnam and the Late 1960s
Chapter Reviewp. 167
Retrenchment: The Seventies and Eightiesp. 169
The Counterculture Fades-and Feminism Rises
Nixon's Foreign Policy and the End of Idealism: Watergate
The Ford and Carter Years
The Reagan Years Chapter Reviewp. 179
Cold War Ends, War on Terror Beginsp. 181
A New World
The Clinton Years
Bush and the War on Terror
Septemberp. 11
War in Iraq
The 2004 Election
The Great Recession
The 2008 Election and Barack Obama
Chapter Reviewp. 195
The Declaration of Independencep. 197
The Constitution of the United Statesp. 202
Presidents of the United States of Americap. 227
Indexp. 231
The First Thirteen States, 1779p. 34
Growth of the U.S. to 1853p. 67
Secession, 1861p. 81
North African and European Campaignsp. 141
U.S. Offensive against Japanp. 145
Cold War Europep. 149
The Middle Eastp. 183
The United States (front endpaper)
The World (back endpaper)
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