Carol Berkin is a professor of American History at Baruch College and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has written five scholarly books and contributed to several collections of articles and textbooks. Berkin was a commentator for the AE series Founding Fathers and Founding Brothers, as well as a commentator for the PBS documentary, Benjamin Franklin. She lives in New York City.
Robert W. Cherny is a professor of history at San Francisco State University and the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, includingAmerican Politics in the Gilded Age, 18681900, and, with William Issel, ofSan Francisco, 18651932: Politics, Power, and Urban Development. Mary Ann Irwin is an instructor in the California community college system and the author or coeditor of several books and articles, includingWomen and Gender in the American West: Jensen-Miller Essays from the Coalition for Western Women’s History. Ann Marie Wilson is a College Fellow and Lecturer on History at Harvard University. Her first journal article received the 2010 Fishel-Calhoun Prize of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Contributors: Cameron Binkley, Eunice Eichelberger, Susan Englander, Linda Heidenreich, Mildred Nichols Hamilton, Jarrod Harrison, Sandra L. Henderson, Mark Hopkins, Teresa Hurley, Mary Ann Irwin, Michelle Kleehammer, Rebecca Mead, Joshua Paddison, and Ann Marie Wilson.
Contents Note: Each chapter begins with an Introduction and concludes with a Summary 1. Making a "New" World, to 1588 A World of Change Exploiting Atlantic Opportunities The Challenges of Mutual Discovery 2. A Continent on the Move, 14001725 The New Europe and the Atlantic World European Empires in America Indians and the European Challenge Conquest and Accommodation in a Shared New World 3. Founding the English Mainland Colonies, 15851732 England and Colonization Settling the Chesapeake New England: Colonies of Dissenters The Pluralism of the Middle Colonies The Colonies of the Lower South 4. The English Colonies in the Eighteenth Century, 16891763 The English Transatlantic Communities of Trade Community and Work in Colonial Society Conflicts Among the Colonists Reason and Religion in Colonial Society Government and Politics in the Mainland Colonies North America and the Struggles for Empire 5. Deciding Where Loyalties Lie, 17631776 Victory's New Problems Asserting American Rights The Crisis Renewed The Decision for Independence 6. Recreating America: Independence and a New Nation, 17751783 The First Two Years of War Diplomacy Abroad and Profiteering at Home From Stalemate to Victory Republican Expectations in a New Nation 7. Competing Visions of the Virtuous Republic, 17701796 America's First Constitutions Challenges to the Confederation Creating a New Government Resolving the Conflict of Vision Competing Visions Re-emerge 8. The Early Republic, 17961804 Conflict in the Adams Administration The "Revolution of 1800" Republicanism in Action Challenge and Uncertainty in Jefferson's America 9. Increasing Conflict and War, 18051815 Troubling Currents in Jefferson's America Crises in the Nation The Nation at War Peace and the Rise of New Expectations 10. The Rise of a New Nation, 18151836 An "Era of Good Feelings" Dynamic Growth and Political Consequences The "New Man" in Politics The Reign of King Andrew 11. The Great Transformation, 18281840 The Transportation Revolution The Manufacturing Boom The New Cotton Empire in the South 12. Responses to the Great Transformation, 18281840 Reactions to Changing Conditions Toward an American Culture The Whig Alternative to Jacksonian Democracy 13. Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny, 18411848 The Complicated Worlds of the West The Social Fabric in the West The Triumph of "Manifest Destiny" Expansion and Sectional Crisis 14. Sectional Conflict and Shattered Union, 18481860 New Political Options Toward a House Divided The Divided Nation The Nation Dissolved 15. A Violent Choice: Civil War, 18611865 The Politics of War From Bull Run to Antietam The Human Dimensions of War Waging Total War 16. Reconstruction: High Hopes and Shattered Dreams, 18651877 Presidential Reconstruction Freedom and the Legacy of Slavery Congressional Reconstruction Black Reconstruction The End of Reconstruction 17. An Industrial Order Emerges, 18651880 Foundation for Industrialization Railroads and Industry Workers in Industrial America Politics: Parties, Spoils, Scandals, and Stalemate The United States and the World, 18651880 18. Becoming an Urban Industrial Society, 18801890 Expansion of the Industrial Economy Organized Labor in the 1880s New Americans from Europe The New Urban America New Patterns of Urban Life The Politics of Stalemate 19. Conflict and Change in the West, 18651902 War for the West Transforming the West: Mormons, Cowboys, and Sodbusters Transforming the West: Railroads, Mining, Agribusiness, Logging, and Finance Ethnicity and Race in the West The West in American Thought 20. Economic Crash and Political Upheaval, 18901900 Poverty and the City Political Upheaval, 1890-1892 Economic Collapse and Restructuring Political Realignment Stepping into World Affairs: Harrison and Cleveland Striding Boldly in World Affairs: McKinley, War, and Imperialism 21. The Progressive Era, 19001917 Organizing for Change The Reform of Politics, the Politics of Reform Roosevelt, Taft, and Republican Progressivism "Carry a Big Stick": Roosevelt, Taft, and World Affairs Wilson and Democratic Progressivism New Patterns in Cultural Expression Progressivism in Perspective 22. The United States in a World at War, 19131920 Inherited Commitments and New Directions The United States in a World at War: 19141917 The Home Front Americans "Over There" Wilson and the Peace Conference America in the Aftermath of War, November 1918November 1920 23. Prosperity Decade Prosperity Decade The "Roaring Twenties" Traditional America Roars Back Patterns of Ethnicity, Race, Class, and Gender The Politics of Prosperity The Diplomacy of Prosperity 24. The Great Depression and the New Deal, 19291939 Hoover and Economic Crisis The New Deal Surviving the Depression 25. America's Rise to World Leadership, 19291945 The Road to War America Responds to War Waging World War 26. Truman and Cold War America, 19451952 The Cold War Begins The Korean War Postwar Politics Cold War Politics Homecoming and Social Adjustments 27. Quest for Consensus, 19521960 Politics of Consensus Eisenhower and a Hostile World The Best of Times Outside Suburbia 28. Great Promises, Bitter Disappointments, 19601968 The Politics of Action Flexible Response Defining a New Presidency New Voices 29. America Under Stress, 19671976 Liberal Forces at Work Johnson and the War Tet and the 1968 Presidential Campaign Nixon Confronts the World Nixon and the Presidency 30. Facing Limits, 19761992 The Carter Presidency A Society in Transition Resurgent Conservatism Asserting World Power In Reagan's Shadow 31. Entering a New Century, 19922002 Old Visions and New Realities The Clinton Years The Testing of President Bush