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Out of Many: A History of the American People, fourth edition, offers a distinctive and timely approach to American history, highlighting the experiences of diverse communities of Americans in the unfolding story of our country. The stories of these communities offer a way of examining the complex historical forces shaping people's lives at various moments in our past. The debates and conflicts surrounding the most momentous issues in our national life--independence, emerging democracy, slavery, westward settlement, imperial expansion, economic depression, war, technological change--were largely worked out in the context of local communities. Through communities we focus on the persistent tensions between everyday life and those larger decisions and events that continually reshape the circumstances of local life. Each chapter opens with a description of a representative community. Some of these portraits feature American communities struggling with one another: African slaves and English masters on the rice plantations of colonial Georgia, or Tejanos and Americans during the Texas war of independence. Other chapters feature portraits of communities facing social change: the feminists of Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, or the African Americans of Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. As the story unfolds we find communities growing to include ever larger groups of Americans: the soldiers from every colony who forged the Continental Army into a patriotic national force at Valley Forge during the American Revolution, or the moviegoers who aspired to a collective dream of material prosperity and upward mobility during the 1920s.
Out of Many is also the only American history text with a truly continental perspective. With community vignettes from New England to the South, the Midwest to the far West, we encourage students to appreciate the great expanse of our nation. For example, a vignette of seventeenth-century Sante Fé, New Mexico, illustrates the founding of the first European settlements in the New World. We present territorial expansion into the American West from the viewpoint of the Mandan villagers of the upper Missouri River of North Dakota. We introduce the policies of the Reconstruction era through the experience of African Americans in Hale County, Alabama. A continental perspective drives home to students that American history has never been the preserve of any particular region.
In these ways Out of Many breaks new ground, but without compromising its coverage of the traditional turning points that we believe are critically important to an understanding of the American past. Among these watershed events are the Revolution and the struggle over the Constitution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Great Depression and World War II. In Out of Many, however, we seek to integrate the narrative of national history with the story of the nation's many diverse communities. The Revolutionary and Constitutional period tested the ability of local communities to forge a new unity, and success depended on their ability to build a nation without compromising local identity. The Civil War and Reconstruction formed a second great test of the balance between the national ideas of the Revolution and the power of local and sectional communities. The Depression and the New Deal demonstrated the importance of local communities and the growing power of national institutions during the greatest economic challenge in our history. Out of Many also looks back in a new and comprehensive way--from the vantage point of the beginning of a new century and the end of the cold war--at the salient events of the last fifty years and their impact on American communities. The community focus of Out of Many weaves the stories of the people and the nation into a single compelling narrative.
Out of Many, fourth edition; includes expanded coverage of our diverse heritage. Our country is appropriately known as "a nation of immigrants," and the history of immigration to America, from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, is fully integrated into the text. There is sustained and close attention to our place in the world, with special emphasis on our relations with the nations of the Western Hemisphere, especially our near neighbors, Canada and Mexico. In a completely new final chapter we consider the promises and the risks of American diversity in the new century. The statistical data has been completely updated with the results of the 2000 census. We have also incorporated new scholarship on the South, popular culture, science and technology, and the Cold War.
The fourth edition also includes an important new feature, Community & Memory, in which we examine the way American communities have attempted to commemorate and memorialize the past. Communities sometimes come to blows over different ways of looking at history. Arguments over the meaning of the past are not confined to the classroom.
With each edition of Out of Many we have sought to strengthen its unique integration of the best of traditional American history with its innovative community-based focus and strong continental perspective. A wealth of special features and pedagogical aids reinforces our narrative and helps students grasp key issues.
Faragher, John Mack : Yale University
Buhle, Mari Jo : Brown University
Czitrom, Daniel : Mount Holyoke College
Armitage, Susan H. : Washington State University
(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 Agrarian Republic, 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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