how conflicting visions of America have shaped our nation’s past.
Visions of America recognizes the value of using images to engage students in serious inquiry about the historical development of the United States. Visual images are critical primary sources, and using them effectively requires the development of key analytic skills. This new textbook revolutionizes the role of images in the history survey by integrating them into the narrative. The visual legacy of the nation’s past also provides insight into the competing visions of America that have shaped American political culture. Visions of America explores the tensions and conflicts that have marked virtually every chapter of American history. It presents history as a dynamic, unpredictable, and dramatic process shaped by the choices made by people of all classes.
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Jennifer D. Keene is a professor of history and chair of the History Department at Chapman University in Orange, California. Dr. Keene has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War: Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001); The United States and the First World War (2000); and World War I (2006). She has received numerous fellowships for her research, including a Mellon Fellowship and Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to Australia and France. She works closely with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute offering Teaching American History workshops for secondary school teachers throughout the country.
Edward T. O’Donnell is an Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He is the author of many scholarly articles for journals such as The Journal of Urban History, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and The Public Historian, as well as several books, including Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum (Random House, 2003) and the forthcoming Talisman of a Lost Hope: Henry George and Gilded Age America (Columbia University Press). Since 2002, he has worked with more than ten Teaching American History grant programs.
Saul Cornell is a professor of History at Ohio State University and one of the nation’s leading legal and constitutional historians. His studies A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control and The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828 were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has published articles in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, American Studies, and the Law and History Review, among other journals.
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