A History of the United States

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A History of the United States is a highly readable, lucid, and authoritative account of the course of American history, discussing political, social, economic, and cultural developments. Major themes include the relationship between territorial expansion and political history; the critical role of ethnic and racial conflict, and the complex relationship between race and class in American history; the powerful traditions of regionalism in American life and the shifting centres of gravity in American geography; and the remarkable force of radical evangelical and apocalyptic religion. The book also considers the enduring American tradition of identifying and stigmatizing 'dangerous outsiders', and the significance of these ideas for cultural and political history.

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This succinct account of the United States’ history gives a clear, introductory overview of the nation from European settlement in 1492 through colonial times, the Revolution, Western expansion, slavery, the Civil War and the wars of the 20th century. The study of each era incorporates social, cultural, economic, religious and political history, giving an insight into the many facets of American life.

Fully revised throughout, this new edition features fresh material on technological change, sport, and themes of prosperity, consumerism and leisure. The chapter on contemporary America has been thoroughly updated to include current issues, such as Black Lives Matter, the legalisation of gay marriage and the 2016 Presidential Election.

Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the evolution of this remarkable nation, A History of the United States provides a foundation for the study of American society from its inception right up to the present day. 

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Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He has published widely on contemporary religious themes, including New Age and esoteric movements, and is the author of Dream Catchers: How Mainstream America Discovered Native Spirituality, Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History, and the highly acclaimed The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity.

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