About this Product


THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, International Edition enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular, effective, and entertaining texts in American history. The colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and trademark wit bring American history to life. The 14th edition places an even greater emphasis on the global context of American history through a new feature, "Thinking Globally." Revised primary source features excite student interest and help them learn to examine documents the way historians do. Additional pedagogical features make THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, International Edition accessible to students: part openers and chapter-ending chronologies provide a context for the major periods in American history, while other features present primary sources, scholarly debates, and key historical figures for analysis.

About The Author

David M. Kennedy

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.

Lizabeth Cohen

Lizabeth Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the history department and the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2007—2008 she was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. Previously, she taught at New York University and Carnegie Mellon University. The author of many articles and essays, Dr. Cohen was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her first book, MAKING A NEW DEAL: INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN CHICAGO, 1919—1939, for which she later won the Bancroft Prize and the Philip Taft Labor History Award. She authored A CONSUMERS' REPUBLIC: THE POLITICS OF MASS CONSUMPTION IN POSTWAR AMERICA (2003), and is currently writing SAVING AMERICA'S CITIES: ED LOGUE AND THE STRUGGLE TO RENEW URBAN AMERICA IN THE SUBURBAN AGE, on urban renewal in American cities after World War II. At Harvard, she has taught courses in 20th century American history, with particular attention to the intersection of social and cultural life and politics. She now oversees the Radcliffe Institute, a major center for scholarly research, creative arts, and public programs.

Thomas A. Bailey

Thomas A. Bailey (1903-1983) taught history at his alma mater, Stanford University, for nearly forty years. Long regarded as one of the nation's premier historians of American diplomacy, he was honored by his colleagues in 1968 with election to the presidencies of both the Organization of American Historians and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He was the author, editor, or co-editor of some twenty-books, but the work in which he took the most pride was The American Pageant through which, he liked to say, he had taught American history to several million students.

Table of Contents

Part 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.
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.
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.
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. Empire and Expansion, 1890-1909.
28. Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt, 1901-1912.
29. Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad, 1912-1916.
30. The War to End War, 1917-1918.
31. American Life in the "Roaring Twenties," 1919-1929.
32. The Politics of Boom and Bust, 1920-1932.
33. The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1933-1939.
34. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War, 1933-1941.
35. America in World War II, 1941-1945.
36. The Cold War Begins, 1945-1952.
37. The Eisenhower Era, 1952-1960.
38. The Stormy Sixties, 1960-1968.
39. The Stalemated Seventies, 1968-1980.
40. The Resurgence of Conservatism, 1980-1992.
41. America Confronts the Post-Cold War Era, 1992-2004.
42. The American People Face a New Century.


  • The revised and improved pedagogy includes: new visual material—documentary images, graphs and tables—to illuminate complex and important historical ideas; completely redesigned maps with topographical detail and clear labeling to better communicate analytical points; small regional/global locator maps to reinforce students' understanding of U.S. geography and its global context; and bolded chapter terms with a related glossary.
  • Every chapter concludes with an expanded chronology and a list of 10 readable books to consult "To Learn More." A fuller, chapter by chapter annotated bibliography suitable for deeper research is provided on the student website.
  • A list of the chapter key terms and a list of "People to Know"—created to help students focus on the most significant people introduced in that chapter—appear side by side at the end of the chapter to help students review chapter highlights. Both lists also are included on the student website with expanded definitions/explanations.
  • A revised Appendix contains abundant statistical data on many aspects of the American historical experience, as well as how the United States compares to other nations.
  • Directives at the beginning and end of each chapter remind students to take advantage of the many interactive activities and study materials found on the AMERICAN PAGEANT Student Companion Site: www.cengage.com/history/kennedy/ampageant14e.

New to this Edition

  • Twelve new "Thinking Globally" essays, two within each of the text's six parts, present a different aspect of the American experience contextualized within world history. Readers learn how developments in North America were part of worldwide phenomena, be it the challenge to empire in the 18th century, the rise of socialist ideology in the 19th century, or the globalization that followed World War II. Students see how key aspects of American history were faced by other nations but resolved in distinct ways according to each country's history, cultural traditions, and political and economic structures.
  • A renewed and strengthened global focus throughout the text includes new graphics to help students compare American developments to developments around the world in areas such as railroad building, cotton production, city size and urban reform strategies, immigration, automobile ownership, the economic effects of the Great Depression, and women's participation in voting and the workforce.
  • Additional attention to the global nature of U.S. history is explored in many new box-quotes. These features add more international voices to the events chronicled in the text's historical narrative.
  • Updated "Varying Viewpoints" essays reflect new interpretations of significant trends and events, as well as concern for their global context.
  • New and revised primary source features, called "Examining the Evidence," include topics such as what correspondence between Abigail and John Adams in 1776 reveals about women in the American Revolution; how the Gettysburg Address sheds light on President Lincoln's vision of the American nation; how a letter from a black freedman to his former master in 1865 illuminates his family's experience in slavery, as well as their hopes for a new life; what the manuscript census teaches us about immigrant households on the Lower East Side of New York in 1900; and how a new kind of architectural structure—the shopping mall—changed consumers' behavior and politicians' campaign tactics after World War II.

Online Resources

Online Course Content - Blackboard/WebCT/eCollege Instant Access Code
ISBN-10: 1423926056 |  ISBN-13: 9781423926054

Premium Assets Instant Access Code
ISBN-10: 0495830593 |  ISBN-13: 9780495830597
Premium, passkey-protected web site content includes ACE Plus self-test questions and an interactive eBook with links that take students to maps, primary sources, and other features.


Instructor Resources 

Rand McNally Atlas of American History
ISBN-10: 0618842012 |  ISBN-13: 9780618842018
Featuring more than eighty maps, this comprehensive atlas also covers global perspectives.

Student Resources 

Rand McNally Atlas of American History
ISBN-10: 0618842012 |  ISBN-13: 9780618842018
Featuring more than eighty maps, this comprehensive atlas also covers global perspectives.

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