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American Passages : A History of the American People, Volume I : To 1877

American Passages : A History of the American People, Volume I : To 1877 - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0618914524

Cover of American Passages : A History of the American People, Volume I : To 1877 2ND 04 (ISBN 978-0618914524)
ISBN13: 978-0618914524
ISBN10: 0618914528
Edition: 2ND 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2004
International: No

American Passages : A History of the American People, Volume I : To 1877 - 2ND 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618914524

Edward Ayers, Lewis L. Gould, David M. Oshinsky and Jean R. Soderlund

ISBN13: 978-0618914524
ISBN10: 0618914528
Edition: 2ND 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2004
International: No

This is Volume I (to 1877) of AMERICAN PASSAGES, SECOND EDITION that examines U.S. history the way people live--in the flow of time. Rather than pursuing one topic (such as politics, culture, society, reform, the military, or economics) at a time, each chapter of the text interweaves important themes and issues into one interrelated narrative. Through this method of presentation, students can observe the many ways that events, movements, and groups of people have served to shape history and can learn to make connections between these themes and issues.


  • NEW! The authors have carefully edited each chapter, incorporating recent scholarship and streamlining the narrative by approximately 10 percent to provide succinct coverage and clear analysis.
  • Eight "Passages" features use visuals and narratives to illustrate the passage of time and act as both a summation of previous material and a preview of what is to come (connections across chapters). These essays appear every fourth chapter, introducing the coming chapters with maps that indicate political boundaries, settlements, and other geographical changes throughout the given time period often giving a comparative look at events, people and movements. Charts of population growth, a comprehensive timeline, and photographs also accompany the essays. The combination of the "Passages" sections with the chapter introductions and conclusions show the progression of history and the integration of people, events, and movements within the whole story rather than history in isolation.
  • The accompanying Book Companion Web site adds interest and interactivity through a rich collection of maps, audio clips, photographs, cartoons, and documents. Every chapter in the textbook includes elements that are linked to material found exclusively on the Web site. Carefully coordinated with the text and following the book's chronology, over 400 items are available to enhance the student's learning experience.
  • Each chapter includes two to three primary source documents intended to enliven history with real voices of the past. Documents range from speeches by prominent figures to diary entries, poems, and ordinary citizens' eyewitness accounts of historical events. They represent many areas of history from minorities (The Japanese Relocation Order, 1942, and the Petition of Philadelphia Jews for Equal Rights, 1783) to women (Sarah Morgan's "Diary") to Native Americans (Memorial and Protest of the Cherokee Nation, 1836), to the journals of Lewis and Clark. These incorporate much of social history, along with political and economic history.
  • The solid, full-color mapping and illustration program includes more than 100 maps, photos, reproductions of works of fine art, political cartoons, posters, architectural plans, book covers, contemporary advertisements, graphs and tables.
  • Chapter chronologies appear near the beginning of each chapter to help students see the scope and major events of the time period discussed. Each chapter concludes with an annotated list of recommended readings and InfoTrac College Edition and American Journey Online search terms.
  • U.S. History Video Library: This completely new selection of videos, from Films for the Humanities and Sciences and other sources, includes a variety of titles, including "Colonialism, Nationalism, and Migration"; "From Workshops to Factory"; "Revolution, Progress: Politics, Technology, and Science"; and many more. Contact your Thomson/Wadsworth representative for additional information on requesting videos. Available to qualified adopters.
  • NEW! New Web site icons link material in each chapter to related primary documents, illustrations, and additional student resources on the companion Web site.
  • NEW! "Passages" sections have been refined to focus on themes of "Everyday Life in Motion," such as family and social connections, transportation, and economy during each time period. In answer to reviewers' requests, illustrations and maps included in the Passages sections are accompanied by informative captions. As in the first edition, the "Passages" sections provide broad overviews and thematic framework for the chapters to follow.
  • NEW! New chapter outlines appear at the opening of each chapter.
  • NEW! Thematic connections have been strengthened between material in separate chapters, while maintaining AMERICAN PASSAGES' distinctive approach.
  • NEW! Enhanced photo captions allow students to see images through a trained historian's eyes, identifying historically significant and noteworthy details.
  • NEW! The accompanying American Passages Web site has a new design, in addition to 100 additional documents with accompanying introductions, 65 new images, 65 new links, and 20 new animated maps with map exercises that require student interactivity.
  • Within a tightly woven chronological framework, the authors provide balanced coverage of political, economic, social, cultural, military, religious, and intellectual history.
  • The authors, who are well-respected scholars in their respective areas of specialization, provide a current and accurate narrative history of America.

Author Bio

Ayers, Edward L. : University of Virginia

Oshinsky, David M. : University of Texas

Soderlund, Jean R. : Lehigh University

Gould, Lewis L. :

Table of Contents


1. Contact, Conflict, and Exchange in the Atlantic World to 1590.
2. Colonization of North America, 1590-1675.
3. Crisis and Change, 1675-1720.
4. The Expansion of Colonial British America, 1720-1763. PASSAGES: 1764 TO 1814.
5. Wars for Independence, 1764-1783.
6. Toward a More Perfect Union, 1783-1788.
7. The Federalist Republic.
8. The New Republic Faces a New Century, 1800-1814.

PASSAGES: 1815 TO 1855.

9. Exploded Boundaries, 1815-1826.
10. The Years of Andrew Jackson, 1827-1836.
11. Panic and Boom, 1837-1845.
12. Expansion and Reaction, 1846-1854. PASSAGES: 1855-1877.
13. Broken Bonds, 1855-1861.
14. Descent into War, 1861-1862.
15. Blood and Freedom, 1863-1867.
16. Reconstruction Abandoned, 1867-1877.

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