America's Promise A Concise History of the United States

ISBN-10: 0742511898
ISBN-13: 9780742511897
Edition: 2003
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Description: From the colonial town green to the televised town hall, Americans have shaped their destiny through their public life and the communities in which they continue to live and work towards America's Promise. In this text, authors William J. Rorabaugh,  More...

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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

From the colonial town green to the televised town hall, Americans have shaped their destiny through their public life and the communities in which they continue to live and work towards America's Promise. In this text, authors William J. Rorabaugh, Donald T. Critchlow, and Paula Baker effectively blend political, social and cultural history to present a balanced portrait of America's past. Designed to emphasize major themes and events, the work also captures the rich and often amusing character of the American people. Extensively revised and expanded from America: A Concise History (Rorabaugh and Critchlow), America's Promise is a succinct, highly readable introduction to American history.

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Big Country
Prehistory and the First Americans
North American Indians in 1500
Europeans Explore and Exploit the Americas
Building the Spanish Empire, 1513-1542
France and Spain Become Rivals in North America
England Comes Late to the Party
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
The Plantation South, 1607-1771
Virginia's Early Days, 1607-1624
Governor Sir William Berkeley's Virginia, 1642-1677
The Great Planters Turn to Slavery
Founding the Other Southern Colonies
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
Religious New England, 1620-1760
The Pilgrims Found Plymouth Colony, 1620
England in 1620
The Puritans Found Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1629-1642
Puritan Life Revolves around Religion
Troubles Come to Massachusetts, 1660-1692
Awakenings, Commercial and Religious, 1700-1760
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
The Diverse Middle Colonies, 1624-1760
The Dutch Found New Netherland, 1624-1664
The English Add New York to Their Empire, 1651-1750
Multiethnic Experimenting in Pennsylvania, 1681-1760
Philadelphia Grows and Prospers, 1682-1760
Founding the Other Middle Colonies
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
The American Revolution, 1750-1783
Americans Help Maintain the British Empire, 1750-1763
The Mother Country Abuses Her Children, 1764-1774
Americans Make a Revolution, 1774-1783
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
The New Nation, 1783-1800
Living under the Articles of Confederation, 1783-1787
Planning the United States Constitution, 1787-1789
George Washington's Presidency, 1789-1797
John Adams's Presidency, 1797-1801
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
Thomas Jefferson's America, 1801-1829
Thomas Jefferson Envisions a Great, Expanding Nation
Friction with Britain Leads to the War of 1812
The Era of Good Feelings, 1816-1824
John Quincy Adams's Presidency, 1825-1829
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
The Market Revolution, 1790-1850
Textile Manufacturing Starts the Market Revolution
King Cotton Drives the Economy
Improved Transportation Stimulates Commerce
The Market Revolution Transforms Society
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
Evangelical Religion and Reform, 1790-1850
Southerners Embrace Revivals but Disdain Reform
Northeasterners Undertake Revivals with Reforms
Reformers Tackle Social Problems
Idealists Seek Change
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
Andrew Jackson of the West
The Frontier West Gives Birth to Jacksonian Ideals
Jackson Brings Frontier Democracy to the Nation
Jackson Fights to Preserve the Union
Jackson Wrecks the Banking System and the Economy
Jackson Removes Eastern Indians to Western Reservations
Jackson Casts a Shadow, 1836-1845
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
The Problem of Slavery
The Revolutionary Generation Attacks Slavery
Black Life in the South
Colonizationists Urge Abolition with Removal
Southerners Adopt a Positive View of Slavery
Religious Abolitionists Call Slavery a Sin
Militant Abolitionists Denounce Slavery
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
Americans at Midcentury: Unbounded Optimism
Rapid Growth Reshapes the Country
The Middle Class Adopts Modern Values
Americans Lay Claim to the Continent
The Texas Question Leads to War with Mexico
Adopting the Compromise of 1850
Manifest Destiny and Filibusters
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
The Sectional Crisis, 1852-1861
The Territorial Slavery Issue Returns, 1852-1854
Violence Helps the Republican Party, 1854-1856
James Buchanan's Presidency, 1857-1861
Secession Crisis, 1860-1861
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
Civil War, 1861-1865
The War Begins, 1861
The War Grows Long, 1862
The Key Year, 1863
The Confederacy Crumbles, 1864-1865
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
Reconstruction, 1863-1877
Wartime Reconstruction, 1863-1865
Johnson and Congress Quarrel, 1865-1866
Radicals Continue Reconstruction, 1867-1873
Conservatives Regain Power in the South, 1868-1877
Conclusion
Recommended Readings
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States of America
U.S. Population Characteristics
Population for Selected Large Cities
Presidential Elections
Chronology
Glossary
Index
About the Authors
Maps
Location of Native Peoples around 1500
European Explorations in North America
American Seaboard Colonies
The United States in 1783
Water versus Land Transportation
The American West, 1818-1859
The United States in 1861
The Civil War in the East, 1861-1865
The Civil War in the West, 1861-1862
Gettysburg
The Civil War in the West, 1863-1865
Tables
The Columbian Exchange
Estimated Immigration to British North America, 1700-1775
The 1856 Presidential Election
The 1860 Presidential Election
Civil War Commanders

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