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Supported by colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and its trademark wit, The American Pageant is one of the most readable, popular, and effective American history textbooks available. Pedagogy includes chapter-ending chronologies, numerous interesting quotes from historical figures, and incisive part openers that contextualize six major periods in American history. The Appendix includes "Suggested Readings" for every chapter, an annotated Constitution of the United States, and an extensive statistical profile of the United States.
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David M. Kennedy received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and co-director of The Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West at Stanford University. His first book, BIRTH CONTROL IN AMERICA: THE CAREER OF MARGARET SANGER, was honored with both the Bancroft Prize and the John Gilmary Shea Prize. He has won numerous teaching awards at Stanford, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in American political, diplomatic, intellectual, and social history, and in American literature. Dr. Kennedy published a volume in the OXFORD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, FREEDOM FROM FEAR: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DEPRESSION AND WAR, 1929--1945, for which he was honored with the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, and he served from 2002--2011 on the board of the Pulitzer Prizes.Review:
I. Founding the New Nation, c. 33,000 B.C.-A.D. 1783 1. New World Beginnings, 33,000 B.C.-A.D. 1769 2. The Planting of English America, 1500-1733 3. Settling the Northern Colonies, 1619-1700 4. American Life in the Seventeenth Century, 1607-1692 5. Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution, 1700-1775 6. The Duel for North America, 1608-1763 7. The Road to Revolution, 1763-1775 8. America Secedes from the Empire, 1775-1783 II. Building the New Nation, 1776-1860 9. The Confederation and the Constitution, 1776-1790 10. Launching the New Ship of State, 1789-1800 11. The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic, 1800-1812 12. The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism, 1812-1824 13. The Rise of a Mass Democracy, 1824-1840 14. Forging the National Economy, 1790-1860 15. The Ferment of Reform and Culture, 1790-1860 III. Testing the New Nation, 1820-1877 16. The South and the Slavery Controversy, 1793-1860 17. Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy, 1841-1848 18. Renewing the Sectional Struggle, 1848-1854 19. Drifting Toward Disunion, 1854-1861 20. Girding for War: The North and the South, 1861-1865 21. The Furnace of Civil War, 1861-1865 22. The Ordeal of Reconstruction, 1865-1877 IV. Forging an Industrial Society, 1865-1899 23. Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age, 1869-1896 24. Industry Comes of Age, 1865-1900 25. America Moves to the City, 1865-1900 26. The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution, 1865-1896 27. The Path of Empire, 1890-1899 V. Struggling for Justice at Home and Abroad, 1899-1945 28. America on the World Stage, 1899-1909 29. Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt, 1901-1912 30. Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad, 1912-1916 31. The War to End War, 1917-1918 32. American Life in the Roaring Twenties, 1919-1929 33. The Politics of Boom and Bust, 1920-1932 34. The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1933-1939 35. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War, 1933-1941 36. America in World War II, 1941-1945 VI. Creating Modern America, 1945 to the Present 37. The Cold War Begins, 1945-1952 38. The Eisenhower Era, 1952-1960 39. The Stormy Sixties, 1960-1968 40. The Stalemated Seventies, 1968-1980 41. The Resurgence of Conservatism, 1980-2000 42. The American People Face a New Century
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