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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