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American Destiny, Volume I

American Destiny, Volume I - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0321316356

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ISBN13: 978-0321316356
ISBN10: 0321316355
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 06
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 2006
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American Destiny, Volume I - 2ND 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0321316356

Mark C. Carnes and John Arthur Garraty

ISBN13: 978-0321316356
ISBN10: 0321316355
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 06
Publisher: Longman, Inc.

Published: 2006
International: No

With the political history of the nation as its organizational framework, American Destiny: Narrative of a Nation describes the development and growth of the United States as the product of the myriad actions, ideas, and forces of the immense variety of individuals and groups who together comprise the American people.

In richly detailed prose, the book examines the political, social, economic, and cultural developments that have shaped this country. This elegantly written, high-quality text offers a low-price alternative to traditional U.S. history survey textbooks.

Table of Contents




Re-Viewing the Past.

Debating the Past.


About the Authors.



Passage to Alaska.

The Demise of the Big Mammals.

The Archaic Period: A World Without Big Mammals.

The First Sedentary Communities.

Corn Transforms the Southwest.

The Diffusion of Corn.

Population Growth After 800.

Cahokia : The Hub of Mississippian Culture.

The Collapse of Urban Centers.

American Beginnings in Eurasia and Africa .

Europe in Ferment.

Debating the Past.

Who--or what killed the Big Mammals?

1. Alien Encounters:Europe in the Americas .


Spain 's American Empire.

Indians and Europeans.

Relativity of Cultural Values.

Disease and Population Losses.

Spain 's European Rivals.

The Protestant Reformation.

English Beginnings in America.

The Settlement of Virginia.

''Purifying'' the Church of England.

Bradford and Plymouth Colony.

Winthrop and Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Troublemakers: Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson.

Other New England Colonies.

French and Dutch Settlements.

Maryland and the Carolinas.

The Middle Colonies.

Indians and Europeans as ''Americanizers.''

Debating The Past.

How Many Indians Perished With European Settlement?

2. American Society in the Making.

What Is an American?

Spanish Settlement.

The Chesapeake Colonies.

The Lure of Land.

''Solving'' the Labor Shortage: Slavery.

Prosperity in a Pipe: Tobacco.

Bacon's Rebellion.

The Carolinas.

Home and Family in the South.

Georgia and the Back Country.

Puritan New England.

The Puritan Family.

Puritan Women and Children.

Visible Puritan Saints and Others.

Democracies Without Democrats.

The Dominion of New England.

Salem Bewitched.

Higher Education in New England.

Prosperity Undermines Puritanism.

A Merchant's World.

The Middle Colonies: Economic Basis.

The Middle Colonies: An Intermingling of Peoples.

''The Best Poor Man's Country.''

The Politics of Diversity.

Rebellious Women.

Re-Viewing The Past.

The Crucible.

Debating The Past.

Were Puritan Communities Peaceable?

3. America in the British Empire.

The British Colonial System.


The Navigation Acts.

The Effects of Mercantilism.

The Great Awakening.

The Rise and Fall of Jonathan Edwards.

The Enlightenment in America.

Colonial Scientific Achievements.

Repercussions of Distant Wars.

The Great War for the Empire.

The Peace of Paris .

Putting the Empire Right.

Tightening Imperial Controls.

The Sugar Act.

American Colonists Demand Rights.

The Stamp Act: The Pot Set to Boiling.

Rioters or Rebels?

Taxation or Tyranny?

The Declaratory Act.

The Townshend Duties.

The Boston Massacre.

The Pot Spills Over.

The Tea Act Crisis.

From Resistance to Revolution.

Debating The Past.

Was Economic Gain the Colonists' Main Motivation?

4. The American Revolution.

''The Shot Heard Round the World.''

The Second Continental Congress.

The Battle of Bunker Hill.

The Great Declaration.

1776: The Balance of Forces.


Early British Victories.

Saratoga and the French Alliance.

The War Moves South.

Victory at Yorktown.

The Peace of Paris.

Forming a National Government.

Financing the War.

State Republican Governments.

Social Reform.

Effects of the Revolution on Women.

Growth of a National Spirit.

The Great Land Ordinances.

National Heroes.

A National Culture.

Re-Viewing The Past.

The Patriot.

Debating The Past.

Was the American Revolution Rooted in Class Struggle?

5. The Federalist Era: Nationalism Triumphant.

Border Problems.

Foreign Trade.

The Specter of Inflation.

Daniel Shays's ''Little Rebellion.''

To Philadelphia, and the Constitution.

The Great Convention.

The Compromises That Produced the Constitution.

Ratifying the Constitution.

Washington as President.

Congress Under Way.

Hamilton and Financial Reform.

The Ohio Country: A Dark and Bloody Ground.

Revolution in France.

Federalists and Republicans: The Rise of Political Parties.

1794: Crisis and Resolution.

Jay's Treaty.

1795: All's Well That Ends Well.

Washington 's Farewell.

The Election of 1796.

The XYZ Affair.

The Alien and Sedition Acts.

The Kentucky and Virginia Resolves.

Debating The Past.

What Ideas Shaped the Constitution?

6. Jeffersonian Democracy.

The Federalist Contribution.

Thomas Jefferson: Political Theorist.

Jefferson as President.

Jefferson 's Attack on the Judiciary.

The Barbary Pirates.

The Louisiana Purchase.

The Federalists Discredited.

Lewis and Clark.

Jeffersonian Democracy.

The Burr Conspiracy.

Napoleon and the British.

The Impressment Controversy.

The Embargo Act.

Debating The Past.

Did Thomas Jefferson Father a Child by His Slave?

7. National Growing Pains.

Madison in Power.

Tecumseh and Indian Resistance.

Depression and Land Hunger.

Opponents of War.

The War of 1812.

Britain Assumes the Offensive.

''The Star Spangled Banner.''

The Treaty of Ghent.

The Hartford Convention.

The Battle of New Orleans.

Victory Weakens the Federalists.

Anglo-American Rapprochement.

The Transcontinental Treaty.

The Monroe Doctrine.

The Era of Good Feelings.

New Sectional Issues.

Northern Leaders.

Southern Leaders.

Western Leaders.

The Missouri Compromise

The Election of 1824.

John Quincy Adams as President.

Calhoun's Exposition and Protest.

The Meaning Of Sectionalism.

Debating The Past.

How Did Indians and Settlers Interact?

8. Toward a National Economy.

Gentility and the Consumer Revolution.

Birth of the Factory.

An Industrial Proletariat?

Lowell 's Waltham System: Women as Factory Workers.

Irish and German Immigrants.

The Persistence of the Household System.

Rise of Corporations.

Cotton Revolutionizes the South.

Revival of Slavery.

Roads to Market.

Transportation and the Government.

Development of Steamboats.

The Canal Boom.

New York City: Emporium of the Western World.

The Marshall Court.

Debating The Past.

Was Early Nineteenth-Century America Transformed by a Market Revolution?

9. Jacksonian Democracy.

''Democratizing'' Politics.

1828: The New Party System in Embryo.

The Jacksonian Appeal.

The Spoils System.

President of All the People.

Sectional Tensions Revived.

Jackson: ''The Bank . . . I Will Kill It!''

Jackson's Bank Veto.

Jackson Versus Calhoun.

Indian Removals.

The Nullification Crisis.

Boom and Bust.

Jacksonianism Abroad.

The Jacksonians.

Rise of the Whigs.

Martin Van Buren: Jacksonianism Without Jackson.

The Log Cabin Campaign.

Debating The Past.

Whom Did Jackson Fight for?

10. The Making of Middle-Class America.

Tocqueville and Beaumont in America .

Tocqueville in Judgment.

A Restless People.

The Family Recast.

The Second Great Awakening.

The Era of Associations.

Backwoods Utopias.

The Age of Reform.

''Demon Rum."

The Abolitionist Crusade.

Women's Rights.

Debating The Past.

Did the Antebellum Reform Movement Improve Society?

11. An American Culture.

In Search of Native Grounds.

The Romantic View of Life.

Emerson and Thoreau.

Edgar Allan Poe.

Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Herman Melville.

Walt Whitman.

The Wider Literary Renaissance.

Domestic Tastes.

Education for Democracy.

Reading and the Dissemination of Culture.

The State of the Colleges.

Civic Cultures.

American Humor.

Debating The Past.

Was There an ''American Renaissance''?

12. Westward Expansion.

Tyler 's Troubles.

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty.

The Texas Question.

Manifest Destiny.

Life on the Trail.

California and Oregon.

The Election of 1844.

Polk as President.

War with Mexico.

To the Halls of Montezuma.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

The Fruits of Victory: Further Enlargement of the United States.

Slavery: The Fire Bell in the Night Rings Again.

The Election of 1848.

The Gold Rush.

The Compromise of 1850.

Debating The Past.

Did the Frontier Change Women's Roles?

13. The Sections Go Their Ways.

The South.

The Economics of Slavery.

Antebellum Plantation Life.

The Sociology of Slavery.

Psychological Effects of Slavery.

Manufacturing in the South.

The Northern Industrial Juggernaut.

A Nation of Immigrants.

How Wage Earners Lived.

Progress and Poverty.

Foreign Commerce.

Steam Conquers the Atlantic.

Canals and Railroads.

Financing the Railroads.

Railroads and the Economy.

Railroads and the Sectional Conflict.

The Economy on the Eve of Civil War.

Debating The Past.

Did Slaves and Masters Form Emotional Bonds?

14. The Coming of the Civil War.

The Slave Power Comes North.

Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Diversions Abroad: The ''Young America '' Movement.

Stephen Douglas: ''The Little Giant.''

The Kansas-Nebraska Act.

Know-Nothings, Republicans, and the Demise of the Two-Party System.

''Bleeding Kansas.''

Senator Sumner Becomes a Martyr for Abolitionism.

Buchanan Tries His Hand.

The Dred Scott Decision.

The Lecompton Constitution.

The Emergence of Lincoln.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

John Brown's Raid.

The Election of 1860.

The Secession Crisis.

Debating The Past.

Was the Civil War Avoidable?

15. The War to Save the Union.

Lincoln 's Cabinet.

Fort Sumter : The First Shot.

The Blue and the Gray.

The Test of Battle: Bull Run.

Paying for the War.

Politics as Usual.

Behind Confederate Lines.

War in the West: Shiloh.

McClellan: The Reluctant Warrior.

Lee Counterattacks: Antietam.

The Emancipation Proclamation.

The Draft Riots.

The Emancipated People.

African American Soldiers.

Antietam to Gettysburg.

Lincoln Finds His General: Grant at Vicksburg.

Economic and Social Effects, North and South.

Women in Wartime.

Grant in the Wilderness.

Sherman in Georgia.

To Appomattox Court House.

Winners, Losers, and the Future.

Re-Viewing the Past.


Re-Viewing the Past.

Cold Mountain.

Debating The Past.

Why did the South Lose the Civil War?

16. Reconstruction and the South.

Presidential Reconstruction.

Republican Radicals.

Congress Rejects Johnsonian Reconstruction.

The Fourteenth Amendment.

The Reconstruction Acts.

Congress Supreme.

The Fifteenth Amendment.

''Black Republican'' Reconstruction: Scalawags and Carpetbaggers.

The Ravaged Land.

Sharecropping and the Crop-Lien System.

The White Backlash.

Grant as President.

The Disputed Election of 1876.

The Compromise of 1877.

Debating The Past.

Were Reconstruction Governments Corrupt and Inept?


The Declaration of Independence.

The Constitution of the United States of America.

Amendments to the Constitution.

Supplementary Reading.

Suggested Websites.



Re-Viewing the Past.

The Crucible.

The Patriot.


Cold Mountain.



Saving Private Ryan.

Debating the Past.

Who--or What--Killed the Big Mammals?

How Many Indians Perished with European Settlement?

Were Puritan Communities Peaceable?

Was Economic Gain the Colonists' Main Motivation?

Was the American Revolution Rooted in Class Struggle?

What Ideas Shaped the Constitution?

Did Thomas Jefferson Father a Child by His Slave?

How Did Indians and Settlers Interact?

Was Early Nineteenth-Century America Transformed by a Market Revolution?

Whom Did Jackson Fight for?

Did the Antebellum Reform Movement Improve Society?

Was There an ''American Renaissance''?

Did the Frontier Change Women's Roles?

Did Slaves and Masters Form Emotional Bonds?

Was the Civil War Avoidable?

Why Did the South Lose the Civil War?

Were Reconstruction Governments Corrupt and Inept?

Was the Frontier Exceptionally Violent?

Were the Industrialists ''Robber Barons'' or Savvy Entrepreneurs?

Did Immigration Destroy the Immigrants' Sense of Self?

Did the Frontier Engender Individualism and Democracy?

Were City Governments Corrupt and Incompetent?

Were the Progressives Progressive?

Did the United States Acquire an Overseas Empire for Economic Reasons?

Was Wilson Too Stubborn to Compromise with Lodge on the League of Nations?

Was the Decade of the 1920s One of Self-Absorption?

What Caused the Great Depression?

Did the New Deal Succeed?

Should the United States Have Used Atomic Bombs Against Japan?

Did Truman Needlessly Exacerbate Relations with the Soviet Union?

Would JFK Have Sent Half a Million American Troops to Vietnam?

Did Mass Culture Make Life Shallow?

Did Reagan End the Cold War?

America in Decline: Do Historians Ever Get It Right?