Unfinished Nation - A Concise History of the American People, 1877

ISBN-10: 0073307017
ISBN-13: 9780073307015
Edition: 5th 2008 (Revised)
Authors: Alan Brinkley
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List price: $71.56
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 12/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Known for its clear narrative voice, impeccable scholarship, and affordability, Alan Brinkley's The Unfinished Nation offers a concise but comprehensive examination of American History. Balancing social and cultural history with traditional political and diplomatic themes, it tells the story of the diversity and complexity of the United States and the forces that have enabled it to survive and flourish despite division. This fifth edition of Volume 1 includes coverage of events and developments through the year 1877 and features two new essays.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps and Charts
Preface
The Meeting of Cultures
America Before Columbus
The Civilizations of the South
The Civilizations of the North
Europe Looks Westward
Commerce and Nationalist
Christopher Columbus
The Spanish Empire
Northern Outposts
Biological and Cultural Exchanges
Africa and America
The Arrival of the English
Incentives for Colonization
The French and the Dutch in America
The First English Settlements
Debating the Past: The American Population Before Columbus
America in the World: The Atlantic Context of Early American History
Conclusion
For Further Reference
Transplantations and Borderlands
The Early Chesapeake
The Founding of Jamestown
Reorganization and Expansion
Exchanges of Agricultural Technology
Maryland and The Calverts
Bacon's Rebellion
The Growth of New England
Plymouth Plantation
The Massachusetts Bay Experiment
The Expansion of New England
Settlers and Natives
King Philip's War and the Technology of Battle
The Restoration Colonies
The English Civil War
The Carolinas
New Netherlands New York, and New Jersey
The Quaker Colonies
Borderlands and Middle Grounds
The Caribbean Islands
Masters and Slaves in the Caribbean
The Southwestern Borderlands
The Southeast Borderlands
The Founding of Georgia
Middle Grounds
The Development of Empire
The Dominion of New England
The "Glorious Revolution"
Debating the Past: Native Americans and "The Middle Ground"
Conclusion
For Further Reference
Society and Culture in Provincial America
The Colonial Population
Indentured Servitude
Birth and Death
Medicine in the Colonies
Women and Families in the Colonies
The Beginnings of Slavery in English America
Changing Sources of European Immigration
The Colonial Economies
The Southern Economy
Northern Economic and Technological Life
The Extent and Limits of Technology
The Rise of Colonial Commerce
The Rise of Consumerism
Patterns of Society
Masters and Slaves on the Plantation
The Puritan Community
Cities
Awakenings and Enlightenments
The Pattern of Religions
The Great Awakening
The Enlightenment
Literacy and Technology
Education
The Spread of Science
Concepts of Law and Politics
Debating the Past: The Origins of Slavery
Debating the Past: The Withcraft Trials
Conclusion
For Further Reference
The Empire in Transition
Loosening Ties
A Decentralized Empire
The Colonies Divided
The Struggle for the Continent
New France and the Iroquois Nation
Anglo-French Conflicts
The Great War for the Empire
The New Imperialism
Burdens of Empire
The British and the Tribes
Battles over Trade and Taxes
Stirrings of Revolt
The Stamp Act Crisis
The Townshend Program
The Boston Massacre
The Philosophy of Revolt
Sites of Resistance
The Tea Excitement
Cooperation and War
New Sources of Authority
Lexington and Concord
Conclusion
For Further Reference
The American Revolution
The States United
Defining American War Aims
The Declaration of Independence
Mobilizing for War
The War for Independence
The First Phase: New England
The Second Phase: The Mid-Atlantic Region
Securing Aid from Abroad
The Final Phase: The South
Winning the Peace
War and Society
Loyalists and Minorities
The War and Slavery
Native Americans and the Revolution
Women's Rights and Women's Roles
The War Economy
The Creation of State Governments
The Assumptions of Republicanism
The First State Constitutions
Revising State Governments
Toleration and Slavery
The Search for a National Government
The Confederation
Diplomatic Failures
The Confederation and the Northwest
Indians and the Western Lands
Debts, Taxes, and Daniel Shays
Debating the Past: The American Revolution
America in the World: The Age of Revolutions
Conclusion
For Further Reference
The Constitution and the New Republic
Framing a New Government
Advocates of Reform
A Divided Convention
Compromise
The Constitution of 1787
Adoption and Adaptation
Federalists and Antifederalists
Completing the Structure
Federalists and Republicans
Hamilton and the Federalists
Enacting the Federalist Program
The Republican Opposition
Establishing National Sovereignty
Securing the West
Maintaining Neutrality
The Downfall of the Federalists
The Election of 1796
The Quasi War with France
Repression and Protest
The "Revolution" of 1800
Conclusion
For Further Reference
The Jeffersonian Era
The Rise of Cultural Nationalism
Educational and Literary Nationalism
Medicine and Science
Cultural Aspirations of the New Nation
Religion and Revivalism
Stirrings of Industrialism
Technology in America
Transportation Innovations
Country and City
Jefferson the President
The Federal City and the "People's President"
Dollars and Ships
Conflict with the Courts
Doubling the National Domain
Jefferson and Napoleon
The Louisiana Purchase
Exploring the West
The Burr Conspiracy
Expansion and War
Conflict on the Seas
Impressment
"Peaceable Coercion"
The "Indian Problem" and the British
Tecumseh and the Prophet
Florida and War Fever
The War of 1812
Battles with the Tribes
Battles with the British
The Revolt of New England
The Peace Settlement
America in the World: The Global Industrial Revolution
Conclusion
For Further Reference
Varieties of American Nationalism
Stabilizing Economic Growth
The Government and Economic Growth
Transportation
Expanding Westward
The Great Migration
White Settlers in the Old Northwest
The Plantation System in the Old Southwest
Trade and Trapping in the Far West
Eastern Images of the West
The "Era of Good Feelings"
The End of the First Party System
John Quincy Adams and Florida
The Panic of 1819
Sectionalism and Nationalism
The Missouri Compromise
Marshall and the Court
The Court and the Tribes
The Latin American Revolution and the Monroe Doctrine
The Revival of Opposition
The "Corrupt Bargain"
The Second President Adams
Jackson Triumphant
Conclusion
For Further Reference
Jacksonian America
The Rise of Mass Politics
The Expanding Electorate
The Legitimization of Party
President of the Common Man
"Our Federal Union"
Calhoun and Nullification
The Rise of Van Buren
The Webster-Hayne Debate
The Nullification Crisis
The Removal of the Indians
White Attitudes toward the Tribes
The "Five Civilized Tribes"
Trails of Tears
The Meaning of Removal
Jackson and the Bank War
Biddle's Institution
The "Monster" Destroyed
The Taney Court
The Emergence of the Second Party System
The Two Parties
Politics after Jackson
The Panic of 1837
The Van Buren Program
The Log Cabin Campaign
The Frustration of the Whigs
Whig Diplomacy
Debating the Past: Jacksonian Democracy
Conclusion
For Further Reference
America's Economic Revolution
The Changing American Population
Population Trends
Immigration and Urban Growth, 1840-1860
The Rise of Nativism
Transportation and Communications Revolutions
The Canal Age
The Early Railroads
The Triumph of the Rails
The Telegraph
New Forms of Journalism
Commerce and Industry
The Expansion of Business, 1820-1840
The Emergence of the Factory
Advances in Technology
Innovations in Corporate Organization
Men and Women at Work
Recruiting a Native Work Force
The Immigrant Work Force
The Factory System and the Artisan Tradition
Fighting for Control
Patterns of Society
The Rich and the Poor
Social Mobility
Middle-Class Life
The Changing Family
The "Cult of Domesticity"
Leisure Activities
The Agricultural North
Northeastern Agriculture
The Old Northwest
Rural Life
Conclusion
For Further Reference
Cotton, Slavery, and the Old South
The Cotton Economy
The Rise of King Cotton
Southern Trade and Industry
Sources of Southern Difference
Southern White Society
The Planter Class
The "Southern Lady"
The Plain Folk
Slavery: The "Peculiar Institution"
Varieties of Slavery
Life under Slavery
Slavery in the Cities
Free Blacks
Slave Resistance
The Culture of Slavery
Slave Religion
Language and Music
The Slave Family
Debating the Past: The Character of Slavery
Conclusion
For Further Reference
Antebellum Culture and Reform
The Romantic Impulse
Nationalism and Romanticism in American Painting
An American Literature
Literature in the Antebellum South
The Transcendentalists
The Defense of Nature
Visions of Utopia
Redefining Gender Roles
The Mormons
Remaking Society
Revivalism, Morality, and Order
Health, Science, and Phrenology
Medical Science
Education
Rehabilitation
The Rise of Feminism
The Crusade against Slavery
Early Opposition to Slavery
Garrison and Abolitionism
Black Abolitionists
Anti-Abolitionism
Abolitionism Divided
America in the World: The Abolition of Slavery
Conclusion
For Further Reference
The Impending Crisis
Looking Westward
Manifest Destiny
Americans in Texas
Oregon
The Westward Migration
Expansion and War
The Democrats and Expansion
The Southwest and California
The Mexican War
The Sectional Debate
Slavery and the Territories
The California Gold Rush
Rising Sectional Tensions
The Compromise of 1850
The Crises of the 1850s
The Uneasy Truce
"Young America"
Slavery, Railroads, and the West
The Kansas-Nebraska Controversy
"Bleeding Kansas"
The Free-Soil Ideology
The Pro-Slavery Argument
Buchanan and Depression
The Dred Scott Decision
Deadlock over Kansas
The Emergence of Lincoln
John Brown's Raid
The Election of Lincoln
Conclusion
For Further Reference
The Civil War
The Secession Crisis
The Withdrawal of the South
The Failure of Compromise
The Opposing Sides
The Mobilization of the North
Economic Nationalism
Raising the Union Armies
Wartime Leadership and Politics
The Politics of Emancipation
African Americans and the Union Cause
Women, Nursing, and the War
The Mobilization of the South
Confederate Government
Money and Manpower
Economic and Social Effects of the War
Strategy and Diplomacy
The Commanders
The Role of Sea Power
Europe and the Disunited States
Campaigns and Battles
The Technology of War
The Opening Clashes, 1861
The Western Theater, 1862
The Virginia Front, 1862
1863: Year of Decision
The Last Stage, 1864-1865
Debating the Past: The Causes of the Civil War
America in the World: The Consolidation of Nations
Conclusion
For Further Reference
Reconstruction and the New South
The Problems of Peacemaking
The Aftermath of War and Emancipation
Competing Notions of Freedom
Plans for Reconstruction
The Death of Lincoln
Johnson and "Restoration"
Radical Reconstruction
The Black Codes
The Fourteenth Amendment
The Congressional Plan
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
The South in Reconstruction
The Reconstruction Governments
Education
Landownership and Tenancy
Incomes and Credit
The African-American Family in Freedom
The Grant Administration
The Soldier President
The Grant Scandals
The Greenback Question
Republican Diplomacy
The Abandonment of Reconstruction
The Southern States "Redeemed"
Waning Northern Commitment
The Compromise of 1877
The Legacy of Reconstruction
The New South
The "Redeemers"
Industrialization and the "New South"
Tenants and Sharecroppers
African Americans and the New South
The Birth of Jim Crow
Debating the Past: Reconstruction
Conclusion
For Further Reference
Appendices
Index

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