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American People, The

Creating a Nation and a Society: Concise Edition, Volume 1
8th Edition

Gary Nash, Julie Roy Jeffrey, John Howe, Allan Winkler, Allen Davis, Charlene Mires, Peter Frederick, Carla Gardina Pestana

Apr 2016, Paperback, 432 pages
ISBN13: 9780134170008
ISBN10: 0134170008
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For courses in U.S. History

An accessible social history of the U.S.
The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, Concise Edition examines U.S. history as revealed through the experiences of diverse Americans, both ordinary and extraordinary. With a thought-provoking and rich presentation, the authors explore the complex lives of Americans of all national origins and cultural backgrounds, at all levels of society, and in all regions of the country. Retaining the hallmark accessible narrative and eloquent prose of previous editions, the Eighth Edition offers new and updated content that engages students and ensures an up-to-date learning experience.

1. Ancient America and Africa
2. Europeans and Africans Reach the Americas
3. Colonizing a Continent in the Seventeenth Century
4. The Maturing of Colonial Society
5. Bursting the Bonds of Empire
6. A People in Revolution
7. Creating a Nation
8. Currents of Change in the Northeast and the Old Northwest
9. Slavery and the Old South
10. Shaping America in the Antebellum Age
11. Moving West
12. The Union in Peril
13. The Civil War
14. The Union Reconstructed

Accessible features bring the stories of diverse Americans to life

  • By emphasizing social history, the author team—each member of which is a well-known scholar—best presents the history of the common people.
  • Recovering the Past features provide opportunities to review compelling evidence—from movies and popular music to diaries and political cartoons—that historians have used in reconstructing and interpreting the past. Each feature ends with thought-provoking questions.
  • Chapter-opening American Stories explore the experiences of ordinary Americans through personal stories that introduce the main themes and concepts of the specific chapter. A brief overview links the story to the text, and each chapter's conclusion revisits the individual described in the appropriate American Stories feature.
  • An international perspective throughout the text encourages students to think across national boundaries and understand the ways in which U.S. history intersects with the world.

New and updated content engages students and ensures an up-to-date learning experience
  • UPDATED! Chapter 1 incorporates the most recent research into language, genetics, and archeology to illuminate the arrival of peoples into the Americas and expands the discussions of native peoples and their societies.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 2 amplifies the discussion of Spain and its conquests in the Americas. It expands the treatment of religious issues during the Reformation and connects expansion to European religious politics. It also updates slave trade numbers in keeping with recent research.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 3 updates, clarifies, and expands the analysis of the early colonies and provides further information on the role of religion in early settlement. It reorganizes the presentation of materials across sections. It contrasts French and English settlement patterns and includes a new table showing types of colonies and change over time.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 4 expands the discussion of gendered division of labor and incorporates the latest research on slave imports in both the narrative and supporting visual materials. It extends the treatment of slave rebellions, including the Stono rebellion, and the analysis of slave religion. Further, it explains the roots of the multiple Anglo—French wars in the Glorious Revolution and enhances the discussion of diversity and the religious context of the Great Awakening.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 5 connects an expanded discussion of trade policy to mercantilism and the Navigation Acts. It uses recent research to update the discussion of Washington’s altercation with the French in the backcountry.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 6 reorders material for better flow and clarity. It explains British war strategy more fully. A new discussion shows how Congress accrued a war debt that would eventually pose a problem for the government and for the men who were paid in vouchers. It provides more coverage of the postwar economic situation and of the political developments after the war. It discusses the historiographical debate over the Constitution’s ratification.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 7 provides biographical information on Alexander Hamilton and John Adams. It clarifies two different approaches to the Indian question in the early Republic and links native resistance to the assimilation policy. The War of 1812 appears as a struggle between red, white, and black, and the Haitian revolution is shown in its Atlantic world context. The chapter explains the social context of early republic political crises and the significance of the revolution of 1800. A new travel journal appears in the Recovering the Past section.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 8 highlights the importance of new means of communication to economic growth and contrasts American and European industrial development. New material appears on the link between industrial practices and illness.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 9 emphasizes regional differences within the South and includes material reflecting new scholarship on the significance of the Missouri Compromise, its relationship to the coming of Civil War, and its contribution to growing differences between the North and South. The narrative identifies the unhealthy conditions of slave life. Material has been added on the southern response to the Nat Turner revolt.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 10 clarifies the differences between southern revivalism and actions inspired by Charles Finney. It reveals the link between notions of woman’s cultural sphere and responsibility and female commitment to reform (especially abolitionism).
  • UPDATED! Chapter 11 includes new material on the Mexican War and a discussion of the simple technology used by early miners on the mining frontier.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 12 emphasizes how the crises of the 1850s made slavery an issue that northerners could not ignore, while the profitability of slavery during the 1850s made slavery an institution southerners were determined to retain. The chapter provides more details on Bleeding Kansas to show that its importance was not due to the number of casualties but to its value as propaganda. New scholarship is woven into the discussion of Lincoln.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 13 updates casualty figures and the role of suffering and disease during the Civil War. It suggests how Europeans thought about the conflict and the ways in which immigrants participated in the war.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 14 has small additions to the narrative to make it clearer and more complete.

Gary B. Nash received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is currently Director of the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches colonial and revolutionary American history. A former president of the Organization of American Historians, his scholarship is especially concerned with the role of common people in the making of history.

Julie Roy Jeffrey earned her Ph.D. in history from Rice University. Since then she has taught at Goucher College. Honored as an outstanding teacher, Jeffrey has been involved in faculty development activities and curriculum evaluation. She was Fullbright Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, 1999—2000 and John Adams Chair of American History at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2006. She is the author of many articles on the lives and perceptions of nineteenth-century women. Her recent research interest focuses on subversion during the Civil War.

John R. Howe received his Ph.D. from Yale University. At the University of Minnesota, he has taught the U.S. history survey and courses on the American revolutionary era and the early republic. His present research deals with the social politics of verbal discourse in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Boston. He has received a Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Research Fellowship from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.

Peter J. Frederick received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. His career of innovative teaching began at California State University, Hayward, in the 1960s and continued at Wabash College (1970-2004) and Carleton College (1992-1994) He also served as distinguished Professor of American History and Culture at Heritage University on the Yakama Nation reservation in Washington between 2004 and 2006. Recognized nationally as a distinguished teacher and for his many articles and workshops on teaching and learning, Frederick was awarded the Eugene Asher Award for Excellence in Teaching by the AHA in 2000.

Allen F. Davis earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. A former president of the American Studies Association, he is a professor emeritus at Temple University and editor of Conflict and Consensus in American History (ninth edition, 1997).

Allan M. Winkler received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He has taught at Yale and the University of Oregon, and he is now Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio. An award-winning teacher, he has also published extensively about the recent past. His research centers on the connections between public policy and popular mood in modern history.

Charlene Mires earned her Ph.D. in history at Temple University. At Rutgers University-Camden, she teaches courses in public history, urban history, and material culture, and serves as director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (2002), Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press, 2013), and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia (a digital work in progress). A former journalist, she was a co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for general local news reporting with other staff members of the Fort Wayne (Indiana) News-Sentinel.

Carla Gardina Pestana received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is Professor and Joyce Appleby Chair of America and the World at UCLA. She has authored books and articles on 17th and 18th century religion, politics and empire.