Summary: Features : The text that explains it all. America's History is known for its explanatory power, and this edition builds on that strength. The authors have reorganized and revised the narrative to clarify causes, connections, and consequences, and to reinforce the why of U.S. history -- such as why decisions made about slavery after independence affected the nation dividing into "free" and "slave" states in the mid-nineteenth century. Clea ...show morer, compelling writing that harnesses narrative history to historical argument further encourages student learning.
Balanced coverage, with a global perspective. The first U.S. survey text to integrate social, economic, and cultural with political and diplomatic history, America's History focuses not only on the diversity of peoples who became American but also on the institutions that forged a common national identity. America's History pioneered its placement of the American experience in a global context. In keeping with their wide-angle, inclusive view of the American past, the authors consistently reveal the interactions between America and the wider world that helped shape the United States.
A unique narrative structure built to engage and inform. Constructed with student comprehension in mind, America's History organizes its narrative into six parts, each of which begins at a crucial turning point in U.S. history, such as the American Revolution or the Cold War, and explores the dynamic forces -- the "engines of change"--that shaped each period. Two-page part openers pair a thematic timeline that visually depicts the period's key developments with an essay that explains their causes and connections.
Extensive art program. The text's highly regarded art program features over 400 pictures, all contemporaneous with the period under discussion and most in full color, with substantive captions that actively engage students with the image and encourage them to analyze artwork as primary sources. One-third of the pictures are new to this edition, selected to reflect changes in the text and to underscore chapter themes.
A wealth of special features that appeal to students and offer fresh perspectives. The rich array of special features in America's History do far more than engage the student and extend the narrative: they combine for a trove of teaching and learning opportunities.
Each chapter includes two American Voices -- excerpts from letters, diaries, autobiographies, and public testimony that convey the experience of ordinary Americans in their own words. Exciting new selections include "Red Jacket: A Seneca Chief's Understanding of Religion" and "Susana Archuleta: A Chicana Youth Gets New Deal Work."
In keeping with the text's global focus, Voices from Abroad similarly offers firsthand testimony by foreign visitors and observers in every chapter. Over 25 percent of these primary-source documents are new to this edition, including "Louis Antonine De Bougainville: 'The Defense of Canada,'" and "Fei Xiaotong: 'America's Crisis of Faith.'"
American Lives provides in every chapter an incisive biography of an influential, representative American figure of the time, with examples ranging from Robert Pearle to Bill Gates.
Twelve New Technology essays consider the impact on American history of major technological advances ranging from the cultivation of corn to the biotech revolution.
Strong, class-tested pedagogy. Every chapter begins with an outline followed by a thematic introduction. Each chapter concludes with a chapter summary paired with a timeline. A new glossary defines key concepts related to discussion in the text. Suggested References, now united at the back of the book and expanded to include Web sites, are annotated for students and divided into sections corresponding to the chapters.
New Features : A thoroughly revised map program covering every aspect of American life that can be captured geographically. With the expert assistance of Professor Gerald Danzer of the University of Illinois at Chicago, a specialist in geographic literacy, the authors reconceived all the existing maps to ensure student comprehension and to make them better teaching tools.
Over 40 additional maps visually reinforce the text's inclusive coverage as well as explicitly reveal change over time.
Map annotations provide unique learning aids that call out key points and provide important historical context for students.
A new map primer -- "Understanding History Through Maps: An Introduction for Students" -- fosters geographic literacy by walking students through maps step-by-step, offering guidance and tips on how to fully "read" and analyze maps.
Rich explanatory captions accompany every map to ensure student comprehension and help students make connections between the map and the narrative.
Cross-references to map activities in the Online Study Guide appear in each chapter to encourage students to test and improve their map skills.
A new map workbook, Maps in Context: A Workbook for American History, also by Gerald Danzer, expands upon the book's map program by helping students make connections between geography and history.
"Thinking About History" part-closing essays. In these new essays, the authors take up a major theme discussed in the preceding chapters and invite the student to consider how the present influences our reading of the past--and how study of the past enhances our understanding of the present. Topics include the recent controversy over the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and the origins of the U.S. welfare system from the perspective of feminist historians. The essays were inspired by the book's popular epilogue, retitled "Thinking About Contemporary History," which now centers on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, using them to show the daunting challenges that historians always face in evaluating current events and their legacy for the future.
A leaner, more focused narrative. Resisting the temptation to increase length while incorporating new scholarship and adding more teaching and learning tools, the authors drew on their experience in preparing a concise version of America's History to shorten text discussion by 15 percent. The result is a clearer, more sharply delineated narrative that retains the text's hallmark qualities of compelling writing, explanatory power, and balanced coverage.
Updated scholarship with increased attention to the American West. The authors, all highly regarded and active historians, have incorporated new, sound scholarship throughout, as evidenced by both the text and the bibliography. Specific examples include a more nuanced treatment of Native Americans in the colonial era, reconsideration of the role of women and gender in eighteenth-century religion and antebellum politics, new discussion of bachelorhood and masculinity in the late nineteenth century, and amplified discussion of the experience of ethnic minorities in the twentieth century. More generally, the authors have relied throughout on the insights of Western scholars to situate even more clearly the Far West in the nation's historical narrative.
Frequent cross-references to the Online Study Guide at bedfordstmartins.com/henretta. Numerous cross-references to the Online Study Guide placed throughout the text alert students to multimedia activities designed to engage all different types of learners, including self-assessment quizzing and customized study plans that focus students' attention on the areas where they need improvement most.
Plentiful primary sources in companion readers and online. In addition to the 93 documents in the book, Documents to Accompany AMERICA'S HISTORY offers a comprehensive collection of more than 350 primary-source documents following the organization of the textbook to provide students with a seamless learning experience. A new online resource, DocLinks at bedfordstmartins.com/doclinks, provides single-click access to hundreds of primary- source documents for American history selected from existing Web sites. ...show less