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Maier, Pauline : Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pauline Maier is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . Her specialty is the period of the American Revolution, on which she has published extensively, including the Norton paperback From Resistance to Revolution. Her most recent book is American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Smith, Merritt Roe : Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Merritt Roe Smith is Leverett and William Cutten Professor of the History of Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the history of technological innovation and social change, and his publications include Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology and Military Enterprise and Technological Change. Professor Smith is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Keyssar, Alexander : Harvard University
Alexander Keyssar is Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard University. He is a specialist in late nineteenth and twentieth century social and political history. His first book, Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts, won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians. His most recent book is The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association.
Kevles, Daniel J. : Yale University
Daniel J. Kevles, the Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale University, taught American history for many years at the California Institute of Technology. He has written extensively on the history of science and its relationship to American politics and society in the twentieth century. His works include The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America and In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Society of American Historians, and is currently a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians.
"This promises to be a very exciting new textbook that takes students on an innovative journey through the development of American history and culture."
--Kenneth Winkle, University of Nebraska
"[Chapter 25] does an excellent job of setting up the war in all its facets."
--Wendy Wall, Colgate University
"I found Chapters 5 through 7 beautifully wrought: clear, authoritative, up-to-date, and full of wonderful phrases and insights."
--James Axtell, College of William and Mary
"Maier's chapters (5 and 6) [offer] the best accounts of creating the Republic that I have seen in a textbook. She makes the very important point, often overlooked or understated, that the War of Independence was not itself revolutionary, but that the state-making that followed was. . . . Moreover, she captures the tentativeness that characterized the early framers' efforts and presents the process as one of trial and error."
--Frank Lambert, Purdue University
"I very much enjoyed reading [Chaper 1]. . . . I thought the detail was fascinating and the chapter overall most impressive in its comprehensiveness and in its deftness in presenting connections between many disparate events."
--Helena M. Wall, Pomona College
"The authors' even-handed approach, fine literary style, compelling narrative, and clear organization, should make it a favorite with American history instructors everywhere."
--Robert M. S. McDonald, United States Military Academy
"In Chapter 10, the intersection of John C. Calhoun's reforms in the military, the development of the Springfield Armory, and the growth of the 'American System' of manufacturing is beautifully laid out."
--Charles B. Dew, Williams College
"A clear and crisply written, rigorously argued, and well-supported overview of some of the crucial moments in turn-of-the-century America. [Chapters 16 through 20] are filled with probing, interesting, and fascinating insights."
--Bryant Simon, University of Georgia
"The discussion of the decision to drop the bomb is very well done: good scholarship as well as synthesis."
--Of chapter 27, A.W. Giebelhaus, Georgia Institute of Technology
W.W. Norton and Company Web Site, October, 2002
1 "Men Prone to Wonder": America Before 1600
2 The European Settlement of North America: The Atlantic Coast to 1660
3 Empires: 1660-1702
4 Benjamin Franklin's World: Colonial North America, 1702-1763
5 Toward Independence, 1764-1783
6 Inventing the American Republic: The States
7 Inventing the American Republic: The Nation
8 Establishing the New Nation
9 The Fabric of Change, 1800-1815
10 A New Epoch: 1815-1828
11 Political Innovation in a Mechanical Age: 1828-1840
12 Worker Worlds in Antebellum America
13 The Benevolent Empire: Religion and Reform, 1825-1846
14 National Expansion, Sectional Division: 1839-1850
15 A House Dividing: 1851-1860
16 Civil War: 1861-1865
17 Reconstruction, 1865-1877
18 The Rise of Big Business and the Triumph of Industry: 1870-1900
19 An Industrial Society: 1870-1910
20 Politics, Industrialism, and the State: 1876-1900
21 A New Place in the World: 1865-1914
22 The Progressive Era
23 War, Prosperity, and the Metropolis: 1914-1929
24 The New Deal
25 Whirlpool of War
26 Fighting for Freedom
27 From Hot War to Cold War
28 Korea, Eisenhower, and Affluence
29 Renewal of Reform
30 Years of Rage
31 Conservative Revival
32 The Reagan Revolution
33 Inventing a New Order
Epilogue: A State of Shock
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