American Nation A History of the United States

ISBN-10: 0205790437

ISBN-13: 9780205790432

Edition: 14th 2012 (Revised)

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For an undergraduate introductory level survey of United States history.Bridging the present and the past through vivid narrative and creative features.Long renowned for elegant prose that is rich, memorable, and concise, this textbook offers a traditional narrative anchored in central political developments. Its pedagogical mission is to show students how history connects to the experiences and expectations that mark their lives. The authors pursue that mission through a variety of distinctive features, including an innovative art program and provocative chapter-opening questions and essays.
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List price: $108.99
Edition: 14th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 1/4/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 560
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Mark C. Carnes is Professor of History at Barnard College, Columbia University.

In This Section
Brief Table of Contents
Reconstruction and the South
The Conquest of the West
An Industrial Giant Emerges
American Society in the Industrial Age
Intellectual and Cultural Trends in the Late Nineteenth Century
From Smoke-Filled Rooms to Prairie Wildfire: 1877-1896
The Age of Reform
From Isolation to Empire
Woodrow Wilson and the Great War
Postwar Society and Culture: Change and Adjustment
From "Normalcy" to Economic Collapse: 1921-1933
The New Deal: 1933-1941
War and Peace: 1941-1945
Collision Courses, Abroad and at Home: 1946-1960
From Camelot to Watergate: 1961-1975
Running on Empty: 1975-1991
From Boomers to Millennials
Shocks and Responses, 1992-Present
Comprehensive Table of Contents
About the Authors
Reconstruction and the South
The Assasination of Lincoln
Presidential Reconstruction
Republican Radicals
Congress Rejects Johnsonian Reconstruction
The Fourteenth Amendment
The Reconstruction Acts
Congress Supreme
The Fifteenth Amendment
"Black Republican" Reconstruction: Scalawags and Carpetbaggers
The Ravaged Land
Sharecropping and the Crop-Lien System
The White Backlash
Grant as President
The Disputed Election of 1876
The Compromise of 1877
DEBATING THE PAST Were Reconstruction Governments Corrupt?
MAPPING THE PAST the Politics of Reconstruction
The Conquest of the West
The West after the Civil War
The Plains Indians
Indian Wars
The Destruction of Tribal Life
The Lure of Gold and Silver in the West
Farmers Struggle to Keep Up
Big Business and the Land Bonanza
Western Railroad Building
The Cattle Kingdom
Open-Range Ranching
Barbed-Wire Warfare
DEBATING THE PAST Did the Frontier Promote Individualism and Democracy?
An Industrial Giant Emerges
Essentials of Industrial Growth
Railroads: the First Big Business
Iron, Oil, and Electricity
Competition and Monopoly: the Railroads
Competition and Monopoly: Steel
Competition and Monopoly: Oil
Competition and Monopoly: Retailing and Utilities
American Ambivalence to Big Business
Reformers: George, Bellamy, Lloyd
Reformers: the Marxists
The Government Reacts to BIg Business: Railroad Regulation
The Government Reacts to Big Business: the Sherman Antitrust Act
The Labor Union Movement
The American Federation of Labor
Labor Millitancy Rebuffed
Whither America, Whither Democracy?
MAPPING THE PAST Were the Railroads Indispensable?
American Society in the Industrial Age
Middle-Class Life
Skilled and Unskilled Workers
Working Women
Working-Class Family Life
Working-Class Attitudes
Working Your Way Up
The "New" Immigration
New Immigrants Face New Nativism
The Expanding City and Its Problems
Teeming Tenements
The Cities Modernize
Leisure Activities: More Fun and Games
Christianity's Conscience and the Social Gospel
The Settlement Houses
Civilization and Its Discontents
DEBATING THE PAST Did Immigrants Assimilate?
MAPPING THE PAST CHOLERA A New Disease Strikes the Nation
Intellectual and Cultural Trends in the Late Nineteenth Century
Colleges and Universities
Revolution in the Social Sciences
Progressive Education
Law and History
Realism in Literature
Mark Twain
William Dean Howells
Henry James
Realism in Art
The Pragmatic Approach
The Knowledge Revolution
AMERICAN LIVES Charlotte Perkins Gilman
From Smoke-Filled Rooms to Prairie Wildfire: 1877-1896
Congress Ascendant
Recurrent Issues
Party Politics: Sidestepping the Issues
Lackluster Presidents: From Hayes to Harrison
African Americans in the South After Reconstruction
Booker T. Washington: A "Reasonable" Champion for African Americans
City Bosses
Crops and Complaints
The Populist Movement
Showdown on Silver
The Depression of 1893
The Election of 1896
The Meaning of the Election
DEBATING THE PAST Populism--Crusade of Cranks or Potent Grass-Roots Protest?
MAPPING THE PAST Agrarian Discontent and the Populist Challenge
The Age of Reform
Roots of Progressivism
The Muckrackers
The Progressive Mind
"Radical" Progressives: the Wave of the Future
Political Reform: Cities First
Political Reform: the States
State Social Legislation
Political Reform: the Woman Suffrage Movement
Theodore Roosevelt: Cowboy in the White House
Roosevelt and Big Business
Roosevelt and the Coal Strike
TR's Triumphs
Roosevelt Tilts Left
William Howard Taft: the Listless Progressive, or more is Less
Breakup of the Republican Party
The Election of 1912
Wilson: the New Freedom
The Progressives and Minority Rights
Black Militancy
DEBATING THE PAST Were the Progressives Forward-Looking?
From Isolation to Empire
Isolation or Imperialism?
Origins of the Large Policy: Coveting Colonies
Toward an Empire in the Pacific
Toward and Empire in Latin America
The Cuban Revolution
The "Splendid Little" Spanish-American War
Developing a Colonial Policy
The Anti-Imperialists
The Philippine Insurrection
Cuba and the United States
The United States in the Caribbean and Central America
The Open Door Policy in China
The Panama Canal
Imperialism without Colonies
AMERICAN LIVES Frederick Funston
Woodrow Wilson and the Great War
Wilson's "Moral" Diplomacy
Europe Explodes in War
Freedom of the Seas
The Election of 1916
The Road to War
Mobilizing the Economy
Workers in Wartime
Paying for the War
Propaganda and Civil Liberties
Wartime Reforms
Women and Blacks in Wartime
Americans: to the Trenches and Over the Top
Preparing for Peace
The Paris Peace Conference and the Versailles Treaty
The Senate Rejects the League of Nations
The Red Scare
The Election of 1920
Postwar Society and Culture: Change and Adjustment
Closing the Gates to New Immigrants
New Urban Social Patterns
The Younger Generation
The "New" Woman
Popular Culture: Movies and Radio
The Golden Age of Sports
Urban-Rural Conflicts: Fundamentalism
Urban-Rural Conflicts: Prohibition
The Ku Klux Klan
Literary Trends
The "New Negro"
Economic Expansion
The Age of the Consumer
Henry Ford
The Airplane
DEBATING THE PAST the 1920s: A Decade of Self-Absorption?
From "Normalcy" to Economic Collapse: 1921-1933
Harding and "Normalcy"
"The Business of the United States is Business"
The Harding Scandals
Coolidge Prosperity
Peace without a Sword
The Peace Movement
The Good Neighbor Policy
The Totalitarian Challenge
War Debts and Reparations
The Election of 1928
Economic Problems
The Stock Market Crash of 1929
Hoover and the Depression
The Economy Hits Bottom
The Depression and Its Victims
The Election of 1932
The New Deal: 1933-1941
The Hundred Days
The National Recovery Administration (NRA)
The Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA)
The Dust Bowl
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
The New Deal Spirit
The Unemployed
Literature During the Depression
Three Extremists: Long, Coughlin, and Townsend
The Second New Deal
The Election of 1936
Roosevelt Tries to Undermine the Supreme Court
The New Deal Winds Down
Significance of the New Deal
Women as New Dealers: the Network
Blacks During the New Deal
A New Deal for Indians
The Role of Roosevelt
The Triumph of Isolationism
War Again in Asia and Europe
A Third Term for FDR
The Undeclared War
DEBATING THE PAST Did the New Deal Succeed?
War and Peace: 1941-1945
The Road to Pearl Harbor
Mobilizing the Home Front
The War Economy
War and Social Change
Minorities in Time of War: Blacks, Hispanics, and Indians
The Treatment of German and Italian Americans
Interment of Japanese Americans
Women's Contribution to the War Effort
Allied Strategy: Europe First
Germany Overwhelmed
The Naval War in the Pacific
Island Hopping
Building the Atom Bomb
Wartime Diplomacy
Allied Suspicion of Stalin
Yalta and Potsdam
RE-VIEWING THE PAST Saving Private Ryan
DEBATING THE PAST Should A-Bombs Have Been Dropped on Japan?
Collision Courses, Abroad and at Home: 1946-1960
The Postwar Economy
Truman Becomes President
The Containment Policy
The Atom Bomb: A "winning" Weapon?
A Turning Point in Greece
The Marshall Plan and the Lesson of History
The Election of 1948
Containing Communism Abroad
Hot War in Korea
The Communist Issue at Home
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Eisenhower-Dulles Foreign Policy
McCarthy Self-Destructs
Asian Policy after Korea
Israel and the Middle East
Eisenhower and Khrushchev
Latin America Aroused
Fighting the Cold War at Home
Blacks Challenge Segregation
Direct Action Protests: the Montgomery Bus Boycott
The Election of 1960
AMERICAN LIVES Martin Luther King, Jr
From Camelot to Watergate: 1961-1975
Kennedy in Camelot
The Cuban Crises
JFK's Vietnam War
"We Shall Overcome": the Civil Rights Movement
Tragedy in Dallas: JFK Assassinated
Lyndon Baines Johnson: the Great Society
New Racial Turmoil
From the "Beat Movement" to Student Radicalism
Johson Escalates the War
The Election of 1968
Nixon as President: "Vietnamizing" the War
The Cambodian "Incursion"
Nixon in Triumph
Domestic Policy under Nixon
The Watergate Break-in and Cover-up
The Judgement on Watergate: "Expletive Deleted"
Nixon Resigns, Ford Becomes President
MAPPING THE PAST School Segregation after the Brown Decison
Running on Empty: 1975-1991
The Oil Crisis
Ford as President
The Fall of South Vietnam
Ford versus Carter
The Carter Presidency
A National Malaise
Stagflation: the Weird Economy
"Constant Decency" in Action
The Iran Crisis: Origins
The Iran Crisis: Carter's Dilemma
The Election of 1980
Reagan as President
Four More Years
"The Reagan Revolution"
The New Merger Movement
"A Job for Life": Layoffs Hit Home
Corporate Restructuring
Rogue Foreign Policy
Assessing the Reagan Revolution
The Election of 1988
George H.W. Bush as President
The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe
The War in the Persian Gulf
From Boomers to Millennials
The New Immigration
The Emergence of Modern Feminism
Roe v. Wade
Conservative Counter-Attack
The Rise of Gay and Lesbian Rights
Publicly Gay
Crime and Punisment
"Crack" and Urban Gangs
Violence and Popular Culture
From Main Street to Mall to Dot.Com
From Community to Facebook
Greying of the Boomers
Shocks and Responses, 1992-Present
A New Face: William Clinton
The Election of 1992
A New Start: Clinton as President
Emergence of the Republican Majority
The Election of 1996
Clinton Impeached
Clinton's Legacy
The Economic Boom and the Internet
The 2000 Election: George W. Bush Wins by One Vote
The New Terrorism
September 11, 2001
America Fights Back: War in Afghanistan
The Second Iraq War
2004-Bush Wins a Second Term
Crime: Good News and Bad
Hurricane Katrina
Iraq Insurgency and Bush's "Surge"
2008: McCain v. Obama
Financial Meltdown
"Yes We Can": Obama Elected President
Obama as President
Health Care Reform
Immigration Reform
Environmental Concerns and Disaster in the Gulf
Afghanistan, Again
The Persistent Past and Imponderable Future
DEBATING THE PAST Do Historians Ever Get It Right?
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