Out of Many, Vol. 1, Brief Fourth Edition

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This major revision of a path-breaking text weaves together the complex interaction of social, political, and historical forces that have shaped the United States by emphasizing that American history has never been the preserve of any particular region or any specific group of people. Diversity is a central theme. The text's trademark "continental" approach has been refined to incorporate a greater hemispheric perspective, while a new community and memory feature analyzes the role-and the conflicts-of historical memory in shaping communities' understanding of the past. Automatically includes Mapping American History CD-ROM. Text format is 4-color, full trim size and cost 25% less than comprehensive texts.

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About the Author:

John Mack Faragher is Arthur Unobskey Professor of American History and Director of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University. Borwin Arizona and raised in southern California, he received his B.A. at the University of California, Riverside, and his Ph.D. at Yale University. He is the author of Women and Men on the Overland Trail (1979), which won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians, Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie (1986), Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (1992), and (with Robert V. Hine) The American West: A New Interpretive History (2000).

Mari Jo Buhle is William R. Kenan Jr. University Professor and Professor of American Civilization and History at Brown University, specializing in American women's history. She received her B.A. From the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Women and American Socialism, 1870-1920 (1981) and Feminism and Its Discontents: A Century of Struggle with Psychoanalysis (1998). She is also coeditor of Encyclopedia of the American Left, second edition (1998). Professor Buhle held a fellowship (1991-1996) from the John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.

Daniel Czitrom is Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. Born and raised in New York City, he received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan (1982), which won the First Books Award of the American Historical Association and has been translated into Spanish and Chinese. He has served as a historical consultant and a featured on-camera commentator for several documentary film projects, including two recent PBS series, New York: A Documentary Film and American Photography: A Century of Images.

Susan H. Armitage is Claudius O. and Mary R. Johnson Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Among her many publications on western women's history are three coedited books, The Women's West (1987), So Much To Be Done: Women on the Mining and Ranching Frontier (1991), and Writing the Range: Race, Class, and Culture in the Women's West (1997). She currently serves as an editor of a series of books on women and American history for the University of Illinois Press. She is the editor of Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies.

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Out of Many: A History of the American People, brief fourth edition, offers a distinctive and timely approach to American history, highlighting the experiences of diverse communities of Americans in the unfolding story of our country. The stories of these communities offer a way of examining the complex historical forces shaping people's lives at various moments in our past. The debates and conflicts surrounding the most momentous issues in our national life—independence, emerging democracy, slavery, westward settlement, imperial expansion, economic depression, war, technological change—were largely worked out in the context of local communities. Through communities we focus on the persistent tensions between everyday life and those larger decisions and events that continually reshape the circumstances of local life. Each chapter opens with a description of a representative community. Some of these portraits feature American communities struggling with one another: African slaves and English masters on the rice plantations of colonial Georgia, or Tejanos and Americans during the Texas war of independence. Other chapters feature portraits of communities facing social change: the feminists of Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, or the African Americans of Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. As the story unfolds we find communities growing to include ever larger groups of Americans: the soldiers from every colony who forged the Continental Army into a patriotic national force at Valley Forge during the American Revolution, or the moviegoers who aspired to a collective dream of material prosperity and upward mobility during the 1920s.

We prepared this brief edition to serve the needs of one-semester courses, teachers who assign supplemental readings, or anyone interested in a more condensed narrative of American history. While this volume is about two-thirds the length of the full-length version, it retains the distinct point of view that makes it unique among all college-level American history texts. The community focus remains fully in place as the integrating perspective that allows us to combine political, social, and cultural history.

Out of Many is also the only American history text with a truly continental perspective. With community vignettes from New England to the South, the Midwest to the far West, we encourage students to appreciate the great expanse of our nation. For example, a vignette of seventeenth-century Sante Fé, New Mexico, illustrates the founding of the first European settlements in the New World. We present territorial expansion into the American West from the viewpoint of the Mandan villagers of the upper Missouri River of North Dakota., We introduce the policies of the Reconstruction era through the experience of African Americans in Hale' County, Alabama. A continental perspective drives home to students that American history has never been the preserve of any particular region.

In these ways Out of Many breaks new ground, but without compromising its coverage of the traditional turning points that we believe are critically important to an understanding of the American past. Among these watershed events are the Revolution and the struggle over the Constitution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Great Depression and World War II. In Out of Many, however, we seek to integrate the narrative of national history with the story of the nation's many diverse communities. The Revolutionary and Constitutional period tested the ability of local communities to forge a new unity, and success depended on their ability to build a nation without compromising local identity. The Civil War and Reconstruction formed a second great test of the balance between the national ideas of the Revolution and the power of local and sectional communities. The Depression and the New Deal demonstrated the importance of local communities and the growing power of national institutions during the greatest economic challenge in our history. Out of Many also looks back in a new and comprehensive way—from the vantage point of the beginning of a new century and the end of the cold war—at the salient events of the last fifty years and their impact on American communities. The community focus of Out of Many weaves the stories of the people and the nation into a single compelling narrative.

Out of Many, brief fourth edition; includes expanded coverage of our diverse heritage. Our country is appropriately known as "a nation of immigrants," and the history of immigration to America, from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, is fully integrated into the text. There is sustained and close attention to our place in the world, with special emphasis on our relations with the nations of the Western Hemisphere, especially our near neighbors, Canada and Mexico. In a completely new final chapter we consider the promises and the risks of American diversity in the new century. The statistical data has been completely updated with the results of the 2000 census. We have also incorporated new scholarship on the South, popular culture, science and technology, and the Cold War.

The brief fourth edition also includes an important new feature, Community & Memory, in which we examine the way American communities have attempted to commemorate and memorialize the past. Communities sometimes come to blows over different ways of looking at history. Arguments over the meaning of the past are not confined to the classroom.

SPECIAL FEATURES

With each edition of Out of Many we have sought to strengthen its unique integration of the best of traditional American history with its innovative community-based focus and strong continental perspective. A wealth of special features and pedagogical aids reinforces our narrative and helps students grasp key issues.

  • Community and Diversity. Out of Many, brief fourth edition, opens with an introduction, titled "Community and Diversity," that acquaints students with the major themes of the book, providing them with a framework for understanding American history.


  • Community & Memory. New to the brief fourth edition, this special illustrated feature, located at the end of Chapters 1, 4, 6, 9, 14, 19, 21, 25, 28, and 31, examines the ways in which American communities have attempted to commemorate the past and the conflicts that arise when the meaning of the past divides the members of a community. Discussion questions and annotated links to relevant Websites for each Community & Memory feature are found on the Companion Website™ for Out of Many.


  • Maps. Out of Many, brief fourth edition contains many maps that include topographical detail to help students appreciate the impact of geography on history. Several maps have been redrawn to better reflect a hemispheric perspective.


  • Overview tables. Overview tables provide students with a summary of complex issues.


  • Graphs, charts, and tables. Every chapter includes one or more graphs, charts, or tables that help students understand important events and trends.


  • Photos and Illustrations. The abundant illustrations in Out of Many, 30 percent of them new to the fourth edition, include many that have never before been used in an American history text. None of the images is anachronistic—each one dates from the historical period under discussion. Extensive captions treat the images as visual primary source documents from the American past, describing their source and explaining their significance.


  • Chapter-opening outlines and key topics lists. These pedagogical aids provide students with a succinct preview of the material covered in each chapter.


  • Chronologies. A chronology at the end of each chapter helps students build a framework of key events.


  • Review Questions. Review questions helps students review, reinforce, and retain the material in each chapter and encourage them to relate the material to broader issues in American history.


  • Recommended Reading and Additional Bibliography. The works in the short, annotated Recommended Reading list at the end of each chapter have been selected with the interested introductory student in mind. The extensive Additional Bibliography provides a comprehensive overview of current scholarship on the subject of the chapter.


  • On the Web. New to the brief fourth edition, a section at the end of each chapter lists useful Web resources related to the topics discussed, along with helpful comments describing the material on each site. In addition, these sections include up to two interactive maps directly tied to the ones in each chapter.

CLASSROOM ASSISTANCE PACKAGE

Out of Many, brief fourth edition, brings our dynamic past alive for students with a text and accompanying print and multimedia classroom assistance package that combines sound scholarship, engaging narrative, and a rich array of cutting-edge pedagogical tools.

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Instructor's Resource Manual

A true time-saver in developing and preparing lecture presentations, the Instructor's Resource Manual contains chapter outlines, detailed chapter overviews, lecture topics, discussion questions, readings, and information about audio-visual resources.

Test Item File

The Test Item File offers a menu of more than 1,500 multiple-choice, identification, matching, true-false, and essay test questions and 10-15 questions per chapter on the maps found in each chapter. The guide includes a collection of blank maps that can be photocopied and used for map testing purposes or for other class exercises.

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