Liberty, Equality, and Power - To 1877 A History of the American People

ISBN-10: 0495116068

ISBN-13: 9780495116066

Edition: 5th 2008 (Revised)

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Description: Understanding the past helps us navigate the present and future. When you read this text, you will not only learn about American History, you will be exposed to movies and music that tell the stories of American History in addition to the reading material you expect in a college level history book. A highly respected, balanced, and thoroughly modern approach to US History, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER, uses themes in a unique approach to show how the United States was transformed, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. This approach helps you understand not only the impact of the notions of liberty and equality, which are often associated with the American story, but also how dominant and subordinate groups have affected and been affected by the ever-shifting balance of power.

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List price: $177.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 3.190
Language: English

John M. Murrin is a specialist in American colonial and revolutionary history, and the early republic. He has edited one multi-volume series and five books, including two co-edited collections, COLONIAL AMERICA: ESSAYS IN POLITICS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, Fifth Edition (2001) and SAINTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES: ESSAYS IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY (1984). His own essays on early American history range from ethnic tensions, the early history of trial by jury, the rise of the legal profession, and the political culture of the colonies and the new nation, to the rise of professional baseball and college football in the 19th century. Professor Murrin served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 1998-1999. He is the author of Chapters 1-6.

James M. McPherson, McPherson was born in 1936 and received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1963. He began teaching at Princeton University in the mid 1960's and is the author of several articles, reviews and essays on the Civil War, specifically focusing on the role of slaves in their own liberation and the activities of the abolitionists. His earliest work, "The Struggle for Equality," studied the activities of the Abolitionist movement following the Emancipation Proclamation. "Battle Cry of Freedom" won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1989. "Drawn With the Sword" (1996) is a collection of essays, with one entitled "The War that Never Goes Away," that is introduced by a passage from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address on March 4, 1865 from which its title came: "Fondly do we hope - and fervently do we pray - that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, 'the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.'" "From Limited to Total War: 1861-1865" shows the depth of the political and social transformation brought about during the Civil War. It told how the human cost of the Civil War exceeded that of any country during World War I and explains the background to Lincoln's announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1862. The book also recounts the exploits of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first black regiments organized in the Civil War, and their attack on Fort Wagner in July 1863. It pays tribute to Robert Gould Shaw, the white commanding officer of the regiment, who died in the attack and was buried in a mass grave with many of his men. Professor McPherson's writings are not just about the middle decades of the nineteenth century but are also about the last decades of the twentieth century. The political turmoil prior to the Civil War, the violence of the war, Lincoln's legacy and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson shed some light on contemporary events.

When Old Worlds Collide: Contact, Conquest, Catastrophe
Peoples in Motion
Europe and the World in the 15th Century
Spain, Columbus, and the Americas
The Emergence of Complex Societies in the Americas
Contact and Cultural Misunderstanding
Conquest and Catastrophe
Explanations: Patterns of Conquest, Submission, and Resistance
The Challenge to Spain and the Settlement of North America
The Protestant Reformation and the Challenge to Spain
New France
The Dutch and Swedish Settlements
The Challenge from Elizabethan England
The Swarming of the English
The Chesapeake and West Indian Colonies
The New England Colonies
The English Civil Wars
The First Restoration Colonies
Brotherly Love: The Quakers and America
England Discovers its Colonies: Empire, Liberty, and Expansion
The Atlantic Prism and the Spectrum of Settlement
The Beginnings of Empire
Indians, Settlers, Upheaval
Crisis in England and the Redefinition of Empire
The Glorious Revolution
Contrasting Empires: Spain and France in North America
An Empire of Settlement: The British Colonies
Provincial America and the Struggle for a Continent
Expansion versus Anglicization
Expansion, Immigration, and Regional Differentiation
Anglicizing Provincial America
The Great Awakening
Political Culture in the Colonies
The Renewal of Imperial Conflict
The War for North America
Reform, Resistance, Revolution
Imperial Reform
The Stamp Act Crisis
The Townshend Crisis
Internal Cleavages: The Contagion of Liberty
The Last Imperial Crisis
The Improvised War
The Revolutionary Republic
Hearts and Minds: The Northern War, 1776-1777
The Campaigns of 1777 and Foreign Intervention
The Reconstitution of Authority
The British Offensive in the South
A Revolutionary Society
A More Perfect Union
Completing the Revolution, 1789-1815
Establishing the National Government
The Republic in a World at War, 1793-1797
The Crisis at Home, 1798-1800
The Jeffersonians in Power
The Republic and the Napoleonic Wars, 1804-1815
Northern Transformations, 1800-1830
Postcolonial Society, 1790-1815
From Backcountry to Frontier: The Northwest
The Decline of Patriarchy
Transportation Revolution, 1815-1860
Northeastern Farms, 1815-1860
The Northwest
Farm Families
The Beginnings of the Industrial Revolution
The Old South, 1790 -1850
Old Farms: The Southeast
New Farms: The Rise of the Deep South
The Southern Yeomanry
The Private Lives of Slaves
A Balance Sheet: The Plantation and Southern Growth
Toward an American Culture
The Democratization of Culture
The Northern Middle Class
The Plain People of the North
A New Popular Culture
Family, Church, and Neighborhood: The White South
Race
Citizenship
Democrats and Whigs
The American System 1819
Republican Revival
Adams versus Jackson
Jacksonian Democracy and The South
Jacksonian Democracy and the Market Revolution
The Second American Party System
Whigs, Democrats, and the Remaking of Society
Constituencies
The Politics of Economic Development
The Politics Of Social Reform
Excursus: The Politics of Alcohol
The Politics of Race
The Politics of Gender and Sex
Manifest Destiny: An Empire for Liberty--or Slavery? Growth as the American Way
The Mexican War
The Election of 1848
The Compromise of 1850
Filibustering
The Gathering Tempest, 1853-1860
Kansas and the Rise of the Republican Party
Immigration and Nativism
Bleeding Kansas
The Election of 1856
The Economy in the 1850s
The Impending Crisis
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Secession and Civil War, 1860-1862
The Election of 1860
The Lower South Secedes
Choosing Sides
The Balance Sheet of War
Navies, the Blockade, and Foreign Relations
Campaigns and Battles,1861-1862
Confederate Counteroffensives
A New Birth of Freedom, 1862-1865
Slavery and the War
A Winter of Discontent
Blueprint for Modern America
The Confederate Tide Crests and Recedes
Black Men in Blue
The Year of Decision
Lincoln's Reelection and the End of the Confederacy
Reconstruction, 1863-1877
Wartime Reconstruction
Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction
The Advent of Congressional Reconstruction
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
The Grant Administration
The Retreat from Reconstruction
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