America Past and Present integrates the social and political dimensions of American history into one rich chronological narrative, providing students with a full picture of the scope and complexity of the American past.
Writing in a lively narrative style by six award-winning historians, America Past and Present tells the story of all A...show moremericans—elite and ordinary, women and men, rich and poor, white majority and minorities—the authors, six active, publishing, and award-winning historians, bringing history to life for introductory students.
In the new 8th edition of America Past and Present, the authors have streamlined the coverage in the contemporary chapters and added a new feature that explores the connections between the past and the present.
Integrates political, diplomatic, social, cultural, and economic history into one rich chronological narrative, which tells the story of all Americans, white, black, Native American, Hispanic, women, politicians, business leaders, and everyday people.
Chapter-opening vignettes highlight chapter themes and reveal history’s human dimension, capturing the attention of students and leading them to consider the relevance of history in everyday life.
Feature Essays–one per chapter–offer in-depth examinations of high-interest topics and encourage students to explore further the individuals, events, and themes discussed in the chapter.
“Law and Society” essays offer detailed discussions of significant legal cases in U.S. history. Using provocative excerpts from the trial transcript and reports of media coverage about the case, essays examine the impact on U.S. society and ask students to explore the relevance of the legal cases to contemporary life.
“A Look at the Past” photographs of material culture artifacts show students the kinds of evidence historians use to understand and interpret the past. Extended captions include analytical questions that encourage students to identify and reflect on the historical significance of the object pictured.
End-of-chapter ''Recommended Readings'' highlight the most recent works of significant historical scholarship. Suggested Web sites direct students to online resources.
My History Lab icons in each chapter link chapter content to documents, images, maps, and audio clips on the MyHistoryLab.com site.
New To This Edition
The “Past and Present” feature explores connections between an event, phenomenon, or trend and a similar or related event or phenomenon in a later period. These eight brief essays explore contrasts and similarities as they illuminate connections between the past and the present on high-interest topics including ideology and fear as motivating forces in conflict and war (Chapter 4), revolutionary communication in politics of the people—from webs of communication and travel—trans-continental railroad to the World Wide Web (Chapter 18), corporate philanthropy and medical research (Chapter 23), challenges to Social Security (Chapter 26), and war strategy in Korea and Iraq (Chapter 28).
NEW! Streamlined the presentation of the most contemporary chapters for a more straightforward and manageable overview of recent American history. Chapters 31 through 33 have been revised, restructured, and condensed into two chapters: Chapter 31, To a New Conservatism, 1969-1988, and Chapter 32, To the Twenty-first Century, 1989-2006.
NEW! Two new “Feature Essays” in the eighth edition offer in-depth examinations of compelling subjects such as early trade with China (Chapter 21) and American responses to Sputnik and Soviet advances in science and technology during the 1950s and 1960s.
NEW! Questions for Discussion accompany each “Feature Essay” in every chapter to spark class discussion or to prompt writing assignments.
NEW! “A Look at the Past” images encourage students to ponder what material culture artifacts such as a soldier’s canteen, an identification badge worn by a slave, and a poster advertising English language classes for immigrants can reveal about the past.
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16. The Agony of Reconstruction.
Robert Smalls and Black Politicians During Reconstruction.
The President Versus Congress.
Reconstructing Southern Society.
Retreat from Reconstruction.
Reunion and the New South.
Conclusion: Henry McNeal Turner and the “Unfinished Revolution.”
Feature Essay: Changing Views of Reconstruction.
17. The West: Exploiting an Empire.
Lean Bear's Changing West.
Beyond the Frontier.
Crushing the Native Americans.
Settlement of the West.
The Bonanza West.
Conclusion: The Meaning of the West.
Feature Essay: Blacks in Blue: The Buffalo Soldiers in the West.
18. The Industrial Society.
A Machine Culture.
An Empire on Rails.
An Industrial Empire.
The Wage Earners.
Conclusion: Industrialization's Benefits and Costs.
Feature Essay: Chicago's “Second Nature.”
19. Toward an Urban Society, 1877-1900.
The Overcrowded City.
The Lure of the City.
Social and Cultural Change, 1877-1900.
The Stirrings of Reform.
Conclusion: A Pluralistic Society.
Feature Essay: Ellis Island: Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears.
Law and Society: Plessy v. Ferguson: The Shaping of Jim Crow.
20. Political Realignments in the 1890s.
Hardship and Heartache.
Politics of Stalemate.
Republicans in Power: The Billion-Dollar Congress.
The Rise of the Populist Movement.
The Crisis of the Depression.
The Presidential Election of 1896.
The McKinley Administration.
Conclusion: A Decade's Dramatic Changes.
Feature Essay: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
21. Toward Empire.
Roosevelt and the Rough Riders.
America Looks Outward.
War with Spain.
Acquisition of Empire.
Conclusion: Outcome of the War with Spain.
Feature Essay: Americans by the Numbers: The 1890 Census.
22. The Progressive Era.
Muckrakers' Call for Reform.
The Changing Face of Industrialism.
Conflict in the Workplace.
A New Urban Culture.
Conclusion: A Ferment of Discovery and Reform.
Feature Essay: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement.
23. From Roosevelt to Wilson in the Age of Progressivism.
The Republicans Split.
The Spirit of Progressivism.
Reform in the Cities and States.
The Republican Roosevelt.
Roosevelt Progressivism at Its Height.
The Ordeal of William Howard Taft.
Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom.
Conclusion: The Fruits of Progressivism.
Feature Essay: Madam C.J. Walker.
Law and Society: Muller v. Oregon: Expanding the Definition of Acceptable Evidence.
24. The Nation at War.
The Sinking of the Lusitania.
A New World Power.
Foreign Policy Under Wilson.
The Treaty of Versailles.
Conclusion: Post-War Disillusionment.
Feature Essay: Measuring the Mind.
25. Transition to Modern America.
Wheels for the Millions.
The Second Industrial Revolution.
City Life in the Jazz Age.
The Rural Counterattack.
Politics of the 1920s.
Conclusion: The Old and the New.
Feature Essay: Marcus Garvey: Racial Redemption and Black Nationalism.
Law and Society: The Scopes “Monkey” Trial: Contesting Cultural Differences.
26. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal.
The Struggle Against Despair.
The Great Crash.
Fighting the Depression.
Roosevelt and Reform.
Impact of the New Deal.
End of the New Deal.
Conclusion: The Impact of the New Deal.
Feature Essay: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Quest for Social Justice.
27. America and the World, 1921-1945.
A Pact Without Power.
Retreat, Reversal, and Rivalry.
The Road to War.
Turning the Tide Against the Axis.
The Home Front.
Feature Essay: The Face of the Holocaust.
28. The Onset of the Cold War.
The Potsdam Summit.
The Cold War Begins.
The Cold War Expands.
The Cold War at Home.
Eisenhower Wages the Cold War.
Conclusion: The Continuing Cold War.
Feature Essay: The “Lost Sheep” of the Korean War.
29. Affluence and Anxiety.
Levittown: The Flight to the Suburbs.
The Postwar Boom.
The Good Life?
Farewell to Reform.
The Struggle over Civil Rights.
Conclusion: Restoring National Confidence.
Feature Essay: Rise of a New Idiom in Modern Painting: Abstract Expressionism.
30. The Turbulent Sixties.
Kennedy v. Nixon: The First Televised Presidential Candidate Debate.
Kennedy Intensifies the Cold War.
The New Frontier at Home.
“Let Us Continue.”
Johnson Escalates the Vietnam War.
Years of Turmoil.
The Return of Richard Nixon.
Conclusion: The End of an Era.
Feature Essay: Unintended Consequences: The Second Great Migration.
31. Towards a New Conservatism, 1969–1988
Reagan and America’s Shift to the Right
The Tempting of Richard Nixon
The Economy of Stagflation
Private Lives, Public Issues
Politics and Diplomacy after Watergate
The Reagan Revolution
Reagan and the World
Conclusion: Challenging the New Deal
The Christian Right
Roe v. Wade:The Struggle over Women’s Reproductive Rights
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