American Past A Survey of American History

ISBN-10: 0495566101
ISBN-13: 9780495566106
Edition: 8th 2009 (Revised)
Authors: Joseph R. Conlin
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Description: Author Joseph R. Conlin's award-winning teaching and writing styles are reflected in this colorful and engaging look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped this nation's past. Organized into short, easy-to-read chapters, this text  More...

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Book details

List price: $85.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

Author Joseph R. Conlin's award-winning teaching and writing styles are reflected in this colorful and engaging look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped this nation's past. Organized into short, easy-to-read chapters, this text sets the story in a political context, weaving in social, cultural, economic, intellectual, constitutional, diplomatic, and military events along the way. American history has never been so eye-opening--and enjoyable. This Enhanced Edition also shows you how to use the maps, images, and charts in the book to gain an edge in your studies. A brief introduction to the text--"Studying from Primary Source Materials"--reveals some of the tricks to uncovering the past that your instructor wants you to know. "Discovery" sections at the end of every chapter assist you in practicing these skills, helping you to connect the text's main ideas and excel in your course.

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.

Discoveries: Indians, Europeans, and the Americas About 15,000 B.C. to A.D. 1550
Settlements Across the Sea: The Reasons, the Failures, and a Success 1550-1624
Thirteen Colonies: England's American Empire 1620-1732
English Intentions, American Facts of Life: Colonial Society in the 1600s
Other Americans: Colonial Indians and Africans
Competition for a Continent: French America and British America, 1608-1763
Family Quarrels: Dissension in the Colonies, 1763-1770
From Riot to Rebellion: The Road to Independence 1770-1776
The War for Independence: Winning the Revolution 1776-1781
Inventing a Country: American Constitutions 1781-1789
We the People: Putting the Constitution to Work 1789-1800
Jeffersonian America: Expansion and Frustration 1800-1815
Beyond the Appalachians: The West in the Early Nineteenth Century
Nation Awakening: Political and Economic Development 1815-1824
The People's Hero: Andrew Jackson and a New Era 1824-1830
In the Shadow of Old Hickory: Personalities and Politics 1830-1842
Religion and Reform: Evangelicals and Enthusiasts, 1800-1850
A Different Country: The South and Slavery
The Peculiar Institution: Slavery as It Was Perceived Slavery as It Was
From Sea to Shining Sea: American Expansion 1820-1848
Apples of Discord: The Poisoned Fruits of Victory 1844-1854
The Collapse of the Union: From Debate to Violence 1854-1861
Tidy Plans, Ugly Realities: The Civil War through 1862
Driving Old Dixie Down: General Grant's War of Attrition 1863-1865
Aftermath: Reconstructing the Union Failing the Freedmen 1865-1877
Parties, Patronage, and Pork: Politics in the Late Nineteenth Century
Technology, Industry, and Business: Economic Revolution in the Late Nineteenth Century
Living with Leviathan: Reactions to Big Business and Great Wealth
We Who Built America: Factories and Immigrants
Urban America: The Growth of Big Cities and Big City Problems

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