Visions of America A History of the United States, Combined Volume

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-06-25
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Using images as primary historical evidence,Visions of Americabrings history alive for a generation of visual learners-and shows how conflicting visions of America have shaped our nationrs"s past. Visions of Americarecognizes the value of using images to engage students in serious inquiry about the historical development of the United States. Visual images are critical primary sources, and using them effectively requires the development of key analytic skills. This new textbook revolutionizes the role of images in the history survey by integrating them into the narrative. The visual legacy of the nationrs"s past also provides insight into the competing visions of America that have shaped American political culture.Visions of Americaexplores the tensions and conflicts that have marked virtually every chapter of American history. It presents history as a dynamic, unpredictable, and dramatic process shaped by the choices made by people of all classes

Author Biography

Jennifer D. Keene is a professor of history and chair of the History Department at Chapman University in Orange, California. Dr. Keene has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War: Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001)The United States and the First World War (2000); and World War I (2006).  She has received numerous fellowships for her research, including a Mellon Fellowship and Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to Australia and France.  She works closely with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute offering Teaching American History workshops for secondary school teachers throughout the country.


Edward T. O’Donnell is an Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  He is the author of many scholarly articles for journals such as The Journal of Urban History, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and The Public Historian, as well as several books, including Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum (Random House, 2003) and the forthcoming Talisman of a Lost Hope: Henry George and Gilded Age America (Columbia University Press). Since 2002, he has worked with more than ten Teaching American History grant programs.


Saul Cornell is a professor of History at Ohio State University and one of the nation’s leading legal and constitutional historians. His studies A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control  and The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828 were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  He has  published  articles in the Journal of American History,  the William and Mary Quarterly, American Studies, and the Law and History Review, among other journals. 

Table of Contents

Peoples in Motion: The Atlantic World to 1590
The First Americans
Migration and Earliest Settlement
The Archaic Era: The Rise of Agriculture and Complex Societies
Ancient American Civilizations
Early Mesoamerican Civilizations
Mound Builders
Pueblo Dwellers
Eastern Woodland Indian
American Indian Societies on the Eve of European Contact
European Civilization in Ferment
European Civilization
The Allure of the East and the Challenge of Islam
Urbanization, Trade, and the Commercial Revolution
The Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation
Images as History: Calvinist Iconoclasm
New Monarchs and the Rise of the Nation State
West African Worlds
West African Societies, Islam, and Trade
The Portuguese-African Connection
African Slavery
Expansion and Encounter
Columbus and the Columbian Exchange
Spanish Conquest and Colonization
Competing Visions: Native Americans: Barbarians or Innocents?
Fishing and Furs: Francersquo;s Northern Adventure
Conquerors, Traders, and Planters in a New World
Elizabethan Expansionism
The Lost Colony of Roanoke
New Spain
New France
From Pirates to Planters
Colonial Societies, 1590-1700
The Chesapeake Colonies
The Founding of Jamestown
Life and Death in Early Virginia
Choices and Consequences: The Ordeal of Pocahontas
Lord Baltimorersquo;s Refuge: Maryland
Life in Maryland
New England
Plymouth Plantation
Images as History: Corruption v. Piety: Dutch Art in the 17 th Century
Thanksgiving Myths and Realities
The Puritan City Upon a Hill
Competing Visions
Conflicting Views of Religious Liberty
Expansion and Conflict
The Caribbean Colonies
Providence Island
The Caribbean City Upon a Hill
Barbados: Sugar and Slaves
Filling Out the Eastern Seaboard: The Restoration Colonies
From New Netherland to New York
A Peaceable Kingdom: Quakers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
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