(NOTE: Each chapter begins with chapter-opening outlines and key topic lists and concludes with a Chronology, Conclusion, Review Questions, Recommended Reading, Additional Bibliography, and History on the Internet.)
Community and Diversity.
1. A Continent of Villages, to 1500.
American Communities: Cahokia: Thirteenth-Century Life on the Mississippi. Settling the Continent. New Ways of Living on the Land. The Development of Farming. Cultural Regions of North America on the Eve of Colonization. Community and Memory: The Battle over Burials.
2. When Worlds Collide, 1492-1590.
American Communities: The English and the Algonquians at Roanoke. The Expansion of Europe. The Spanish in the Americas. Northern Explorations and Encounters.
3. Planting Colonies in North America, 1588-1701.
American Communities: Communities Struggle with Diversity in Seventeenth-Century Santa Fé. Spain and Its Competitors in North America. England in the Chesapeake. The New England Colonies. The Restoration Colonies. Conflict and War.
4. Slavery and Empire, 1441-1770.
American Communities: African Slaves Build Their Own Community in Coastal Georgia. The Beginnings of African Slavery. The African Slave Trade. The Development of North American Slave Societies. African to African American. Slavery and the Economies of Empire. Slavery and Freedom. Community and Memory: The Living History of Slavery.
5. The Cultures of Colonial North America, 1700-1780.
American Communities: From Deerfield to Kahnawake: Crossing Cultural Boundaries. North American Regions. Diverging Social and Political Patterns. The Cultural Transformation of British North America.
6. From Empire to Independence, 1750-1776.
American Communities: The First Continental Congress Shapes a National Political Community. The Seven Years' War in America. The Imperial Crisis in British North America. ''Save Your Money and Save Your Country.'' From Resistance to Rebellion. Deciding For Independence. Community and Memory: The Invention of the Liberty Bell.
7. The Creation of the United States, 1776-1786.
American Communities: A National Community Evolves at Valley Forge. The War for Independence. The United States in Congress Assembled. Revolutionary Politics in the States.
8. The United States of North America, 1787-1800.
American Communities: Mingo Creek Settlers Refuse to Pay the Whiskey Tax. Forming a New Government. The New Nation. Federalists and Jeffersonian Republicans. ''The Rising Glory of America.''
9. An AgrarianRepublic, 1790-1824.
American Communities: Expansion Touches Mandan Villages on the Upper Missouri. North American Communities from Coast to Coast. A National Economy. The Jefferson Presidency. Renewed Imperial Rivalry in North America. The War of 1812. Defining the Boundaries. Community and Memory: In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark.
10. The Growth of Democracy, 1824-1840.
American Communities: Martin Van Buren Forges a New Kind of Political Community. The New Democratic Politics in North America. The Jackson Presidency. Internal Improvements: Building an Infrastructure. Jackson and His Opponents: The Rise of the Whigs. The Second American Party System. American Arts and Letters.
11. The South and Slavery, 1790s-1850s.
American Communities: Natchez-under-the Hill. King Cotton and Southern Expansion. To Be a Slave. The African American Community. The White Majority. Planters. The Defense of Slavery.
12. Industry and the North, 1790s-1840s.
American Communities: Women Factory Workers Form a Community in Lowell, Massachusetts. Preindustrial Ways of Working. The Market Revolution. From Artisan to Worker. A New Social Order.
13. Coming to Terms with the New Age, 1820s-1850s.
American Communities: Seneca Falls: Women Reformers Respond to the Market Revolution. Urban America. The Labor Movement and Urban Politics. Social Reform Movements. Antislavery and Abolitionism. The Women's Rights Movement.
14. The Territorial Expansion of the United States, 1830s-1850s.
American Communities: Texans and Tejanos ''Remember the Alamo!'' Exploring the West. The Politics of Expansion. Americans in Texas. The Mexican-American War. California and the Gold Rush. The Politics of Manifest Destiny.
Community and Memory: Remembering the Alamo
15. The Coming Crisis, the 1850s.
American Communities: Illinois Communities Debate Slavery. America in 1850. The Compromise of 1850. The Crisis of the National Party System. The Differences Deepen. The South Secedes.
16. The Civil War, 1861-1865.
American Communities: Mother Bickerdyke Connects Northern Communities to Their Boys at War. Communities Mobilize for War. Governments Organize for War. The Fighting through 1862. The Death of Slavery. The Front Lines and the Home Front. The Tide Turns.
17. Reconstruction, 1863-1877.
American Communities: Hale County, Alabama: From Slavery to Freedom in a Black Belt Community. The Politics of Reconstruction. The Meaning of Freedom. Southern Politics and Society. Reconstructing the North.
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