This work aims to show how power is gained, lost and used in both public and private life. This edition has been updated to include recent US history, including the balanced budget, the crisis in Iraq, and the Lewinksy-Clinton affair. This volume looks at the history since 1863.
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John M. Murrin is a specialist in American colonial and revolutionary history and the early republic. He has edited one multivolume series and five books, including two co-edited collections, COLONIAL AMERICA: ESSAYS IN POLITICS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, Fifth Edition (2001) and SAINTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES: ESSAYS IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY (1984). His own essays on early American history range from ethnic tensions, the early history of trial by jury, the rise of the legal profession, and the political culture of the colonies and the new nation, to the rise of professional baseball and college football in the 19th century. Professor Murrin served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 1998-99. He is the author of Chapters 1-6.
Paul E. Johnson. A specialist in early national social history, he is also the author of SAM PATCH, THE FAMOUS JUMPER (2003); A SHOPKEEPERS MILLENNIUM: SOCIETY AND REVIVALS IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, 1815-1837 (1978); coauthor (with Sean Wilentz) of THE KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS: SEX AND SALVATION IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICA (1994); and editor of AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY: ESSAYS IN HISTORY (1994). He has been awarded the Merle Curti Prize of the Organization of American Historians (1980), a National Endowment for the Humanities-American Antiquarian Society Fellowship (1985), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1995), and a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship (2001). He is the author of Chapters 7-12.
James M. McPherson is a distinguished Civil War historian, he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for his book BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM: THE CIVIL WAR ERA. His other publications include MARCHING TOWARD FREEDOM: BLACKS IN THE CIVIL WAR, Second Edition, (1991); ORDEAL BY FIRE: THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION, Third Edition, (2001); ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1991); FOR CAUSE AND COMRADES: WHY MEN FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR (1997), which won the Lincoln Prize for 1998; and HALLOWED GROUND: A WALK AT GETTYSBURG (2003). In addition he is, along with Gary Gerstle, a consulting editor of AMERICAN POLITICAL LEADERS: FROM COLONIAL TIMES TO THE PRESENT (1991) and AMERICAN SOCIAL LEADERS: FROM COLONIAL TIMES TO THE PRESENT (1993). Professor McPherson was president of the American Historical Association (2003-04). He is the author of Chapters 13-19.
Gary Gerstle is a historian of the twentieth century United States, with expertise in the history of politics, nationalism, immigration and ethnicity, and labor. He has published four books: WORKING-CLASS AMERICANISM: THE POLITICS OF LABOR IN A TEXTILE CITY, 1914-1960 (1989); THE RISE AND FALL OF THE NEW DEAL ORDER, 1930-1980 (1989); AMERICAN CRUCIBLE: RACE AND NATION IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (2001); and E PLURIBUS UNUM: IMMIGRANTS, CIVIC CULTURE, AND POLITICAL INCORPORATION (2001). His articles have appeared in the American Historical Review, Journal of American History, American Quarterly, and other journals, and he is a consulting editor, along with James M. McPherson, of AMERICAN POLITICAL LEADERS: FROM COLONIAL TIMES TO THE PRESENT (1991) and AMERICAN SOCIAL LEADERS: FROM COLONIAL TIMES TO THE PRESENT (1993). He has been awarded many honors, including the 2001 Saloutos Prize for the best book in immigration and ethnic history, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He chairs the Department of History at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Chapters 20-25.
Emily S. Rosenberg specializes in United States international relations in the 20th century and is the author of SPREADING THE AMERICAN DREAM: AMERICAN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL EXPANSION, 1890-1945 (1982); FINANCIAL MISSIONARIES TO THE WORLD: THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF DOLLAR DIPLOMACY (1999), which won the Ferrell Senior Book Award from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations; and A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE: PEARL HARBOR IN AMERICAN MEMORY (2003). Her other publications include (with Norman L. Rosenberg) IN OUR TIMES: AMERICA SINCE 1945, Seventh Edition, (2003) and numerous articles on international finance, gender issues, and international relations. She was an associate editor of the OXFORD COMPANION TO AMERICAN HISTORY, and edits a book series called "American Encounters/Global Interactions" with Duke University Press. She has served on the board of the Organization of American Historians, on the board of editors of the Journal of American History, and as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. She is coauthor, along with Norman L. Rosenberg, of chapters 26-31.
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