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American Past A Survey of American History

ISBN-10: 0495050148
ISBN-13: 9780495050148
Edition: 8th 2007
Authors: Joseph R. Conlin
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Description: Now in its Eighth Edition, Conlin's introductory American history text continues to offer a colorful and engaging look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped our nation's past. Accessible and lively, it sets the story in political  More...

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List price: $204.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/16/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 960
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 4.730
Language: English

Now in its Eighth Edition, Conlin's introductory American history text continues to offer a colorful and engaging look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped our nation's past. Accessible and lively, it sets the story in political context, while providing balanced coverage of social, cultural, economic, intellectual, constitutional, diplomatic, and military events. Consistent scholarship and a unique organization make this book comprehensive and manageable. The text benefits from Conlin's literary prose style, which lends a unifying voice that captures and holds students' interest. Conlin's text is available in the following volume options: THE AMERICAN PAST: A SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY, Comprehensive, (Chapters 1-51), ISBN: 0495050148; VOLUME I:TO 1877, (Chapters 1-25), ISBN: 0495050571; VOLUME II: SINCE 1865, (Chapters 25-51), ISBN: 0495050598.

Joseph Conlin was born in Philadelphia and educated at Villanova University (A.B.) and the University of Wisconsin (M.A., Ph.D.). He taught American history at half a dozen colleges and universities, spending most of his career at California State University, Chico. He was a Fulbright Professor in Rome and Salzburg and was twice Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Social History Centre at Warwick University, England. For 30 years (60 semesters), with a few subtracted for sabbaticals, he taught between one and four sections of the United States history survey course each term, a total of about 200 times. He won four awards for excellence in teaching. Conlin has written a dozen books, about 70 articles in scholarly journals and magazines of popular history, some 100 book reviews in a variety of journals, and more newspaper journalism than he can or cares to remember. Several of his published essays and one book were awarded "best of the year" prizes.

List of Maps
How They Lived
Preface
Discoveries: Indians, Europeans, and the Americas About 15,000 B.C. to A.D. 1550
The First Colonization
How They Lived: Locked in a Circle of Time
Europe: Driven and Expansive
Portugal and Spain: The Van of Exploration
The Spanish Empire
The Columbian Exchange
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Settlements Across the Sea: The Reasons, the Failures, and a Success 1550-1624
The English Reformation
Elizabethan England: The Seedbed of English America
How They Lived: Common Seamen
Beginnings of an Empire
Jamestown
Other Beginnings
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Thirteen Colonies: England's American Empire 1620-1732
The New England Colonies
Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire
How They Lived: Puritan Sunday
Proprietary Colonies
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
English Intentions, American Facts of Life: Colonial Society in the 1600s
Trade
Mercantilism in the South
How They Lived: Finding the Way
New England
The Middle Colonies
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Other Americans: Colonial Indians and Africans
Eastern Woodlands Indians
A World Turned Upside Down
Americans From Africa
The African Slave Trade
How They Lived: Slave Stations
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Competition for a Continent: French America and British America 1608-1763
New France and Louisiana
A Century of War
Social Developments
Social Mobility
Politics: Imperial and Colonial
How They Lived: Piracy's Golden Age
Culture and Religion
Britain's Glorious Triumph
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Family Quarrels: Dissension in the Colonies 1763-1770
Imperial Problems
The Stamp Act Crisis
How They Lived: School for Politicians
Act Two
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
From Riot to Rebellion: The Road to Independence 1770-1776
Storms Within the Lull
How They Lived: Redcoats
The March Toward War
Rebellion
Cutting the Tie
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The War for Independence: Winning the Revolution 1776-1781
An Imbalance of Power
Boston won, New York Lost
The Tide Turns
How They Lived: Ignoring the Revolution
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Inventing a Country: American Constitutions 1781-1789
State Constitutions
America Under the Articles of Confederation
How They Lived: Laying Out the Land
Difficulties and Failures
The Constitution
Ratification
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
We the People: Putting the Constitution to Work 1789-1800
The First Presidency
Troubles Abroad
How They Lived: Turning Forests into Farms
The Tumultuous Northwest
The Presidency of John Adams
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Jeffersonian America: Expansion and Frustration 1800-1815
The Election of 1800
The Sage of Monticello
The Louisiana Purchase
Foreign Woes
Jemmy Applejohn and the War of 1812
How They Lived: Frontier Society
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Beyond the Appalachians: The West in the Early Nineteenth Century
The First American West
Patterns of Settlement
Programs
The Transportation Revolution
How They Lived: Digging the Erie Canal
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Nation Awakening: Political and Economic Development 1815-1824
The Era of Good Feelings
Successful Diplomacy
Industrialization
A Country Made for Industry
How They Lived: Roads
The South at the Crossroads
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The People's Hero: Andrew Jackson and a New Era 1824-1830
The Skewed Election of 1824
The Age of the Common Man
The Revolution of 1828
How They Lived: Dueling the American Way
Issues of Jackson's First Term
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
In the Shadow of Old Hickory: Personalities and Politics 1830-1842
Van Buren Versus Calhoun
The War With the Bank
The Second American Party System
How They Lived: Alma Mater
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Religion and Reform: Evangelicals and Enthusiasts 1800-1850
Age of Reason, Age of Reaction
Religious Ferment
Reformers
How They Lived: European Observers
Home-Grown Religion; Utopian Reform
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
A Different Country: The South and Slavery
Southern Antislavery
Threats to the Southern Order
How They Lived: African Slave Traders: Defying the Law
The South Closes Ranks
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The Peculiar Institution: Slavery as It Was Perceived; Slavery as It Was
"De Old Plantation"
The Abolitionists
What Slavery Was Like
How They Lived: Fugitive Slaves
Life in the Quarters
Protest
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
From Sea to Shining Sea: American Expansion 1820-1848
The Mexican Borderlands
The Oregon Country
How They Lived: Zorro and the Californios
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Apples of Discord: The Poisoned Fruits of Victory 1844-1854
The Sectional Split Takes Shape
The Crisis of 1850
How They Lived: How They Mined the Gold
The Compromise
The Kansas-Nebraska Act
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The Collapse of the Union: From Debate to Violence 1854-1861
Bleeding Kansas
A Hardening of Lines
How They Lived: The Irish Famine and the Know-Nothings
The Election of 1860
The Confederacy
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Tidy Plans, Ugly Realities: The Civil War through 1862
The Art and Science of War
The Sobering Campaign of 1861
How They Lived: Facing Battle
1862 and Stalemate
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Driving Old Dixie Down: General Grant's War of Attrition 1863-1865
The Campaigns of 1863
How They Lived: Marching through Georgia
Total War
The American Tragedy
Consequences of the Civil War
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Aftermath: Reconstructing the Union; Failing the Freedmen 1865-1877
The Reconstruction Crisis
1866: The Critical Year
Radical Reconstruction
How They Lived: Gullah
Grant's Troubled Administration
The Twilight of Reconstruction
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Parties, Patronage, and Pork: Politics in the Late Nineteenth Century
How the System Worked
Presidents and Personalities
How They Lived: A District Leader's Day
Issues
Politics in the Cities
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Technology, Industry, and Business: Economic Revolution in the Late Nineteenth Century
A Land Made for Industry
Conquering the Wide-Open Spaces
The Transcontinental Lines
How They Lived: Building the Transcontinental
The Organizers
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Living with Leviathan: Big Business and Great Wealth
Regulating Railroads and Trusts
Social Critics
Defenders of the Faith
How They Lived: The Last Dance of the Idle Rich
How the Very Rich Lived
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
We Who Built America: Factories and Immigrants
A New Way of Life
Who Were the Workers?
Organize!
Nation of Immigrants
Ethnic America
How They Lived: Crossing the Atlantic
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Urban America: The Growth of Big Cities and Big City Problems
Cities as Alien Enclaves
Of the Growth of Great Cities
How They Lived: Sweatshops
The Evils of City Life
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The Last Frontier: Winning the Last of the West 1865-1900
The Last Frontier
The Cattle Kingdom
How They Lived: Punching Cows
The Wild West in American Culture
The Mining Frontier
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Stressful Times Down Home: American Agriculture 1865-1896
Farming in a Dry Land
Southern Farmers
Protest and Organization
The Money Question
How They Lived: The Cigarette Kingdom
The Populists
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The Days of McKinley: The United States as a World Power 1896-1903
The Landmark Election of 1896
Jim Crow Segregation
An American Empire
The Spanish-American War
How They Lived: Avenging the Maine
Empire Confirmed
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The World of Teddy Roosevelt: Society and Culture in Transition 1890-1917
Symbol of an Age
The New Middle Class
A Lively Culture
Americans at Play
How They Lived: Coney Island: Democratic Amusement
Sports
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Age of Reform: The Progressives
The Progressives
Progressivism Down Home
Making People Better
How They Lived: Bindlestiffs, Tramps, and Bums
Left of Progressivism
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The Progressive Presidents: Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson 1901-1916
T. R. Takes Over
Roosevelt's Reforms
A Conservattive President in a Progressive Era
How They Lived: The Mann Act
Democratic Party Progressivism
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Over There: The United States and the First World War 1914-1918
Wilson, the World, and Mexico
The Great War
How They Lived: The Tin Lizzie
America Goes to War
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Over Here: World War I at Home 1917-1920
The Progressive War
Social Changes
Conformity and Repression
Wilson and the League of Nations
How They Lived: "They Dropped Like Flies": The Great Flu Epidemic
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Troubled Years: America after the Great War 1919-1923
"The Worst President"
Postwar Tensions: Labor, Reds, Immigrants
Racial Tensions
How They Lived: The National Pastime Business
Prohibition and Fundamentalism
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Calvin Coolidge and the New Era: When America Was Business 1923-1929
The Collidge Years
Prosperity and Business Culture
Get Rich Quick
How They Lived: Fads, Sensations, and Ballyhoo
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Hard Times: The Great Depression 1930-1933
The Face of the Creature
The Failure of the Old Order
How They Lived: Weeknights at Eight
Responses to Hard Times
The Election of 1932
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Rearranging America: FDR and the New Deal 1933-1938
The Pleasant Man Who Changed America
The Hundred Days
New Deal-Failures and Successes
How They Lived: Not Feeling Sorry for the Rich
Populist Spellbinders
The Legacy of the New Deal
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The Second Great War: America and the World 1933-1942
New Deal Foreign Policy
The World Goes to War
The United States and the War
America Goes to War
How They Lived: Rationing and Scrap Drives
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
World War II: The Pinnacle of Power 1942-1945
Stopping Japan
Defeating Germany First
The Twilight of Japan, the Nuclear Dawn
How They Lived: Amphibious Landing
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Cold War: The United States and the Nuclear Age 1946-1952
The Shadow of Cold War
Domestic Politics Under Truman
Success in Japan, Conflict With China
Years of Tension
How They Lived: The Negro Leagues
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
"Happy Days": Popular Culture in the Fifties 1947-1963
Let the Good Times Roll
Suburbia
Dissenters
How They Lived: The World of Fashion
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Cold War and Civil Rights: The Eisenhower and Kennedy Years 1953-1963
The Middle of the Road
How They Lived: Answer the Door, Somebody's Ringing the Bell
1960: Changing of the Guard
Kennedy Foreign Policy
Civil Rights: The Battle in the Courts
Civil Rights: From the Courts to the Streets
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Johnson's Great Society: Reform and Conflict 1961-1968
LBJ
The Great Society
Vietnam! Vietnam!
Mr. Johnson's War
Troubled Years
How They Lived: The Drug Culture
The Election of 1968
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The Presidency in Crisis: The Nixon, Ford, and Carter Administrations 1968-1980
The Nixon Presidency
Nixon and Vietnam
Nixon-Kissinger Foreign Policy
Watergate and Gerald Ford
How They Lived: Sex: From No-No to Everybody's Doing It
Quiet Crisis
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Morning in America: The Age of Reagan 1980-1993
The Ayatollah and the Actor
The Reagan Revolution
Foreign Policy in the Eighties
The Bush Presidency
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
The Millennium Years: Decadence? Renewal? 1993-2006
Cultural Dissonance
Clinton and the World
Clintonian America
Catastrophe, Renewal, War
Further Reading
Key Terms
Online Sources Guide
Appendix
Key Terms
Photo Credits
Index

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