A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Volume I: To 1877 9th Edition

Mary Beth Norton, Carol Sheriff, David W. Blight, Howard P. Chudacoff, Fredrik Logevall, Beth Bailey

  • © 2012
  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2008, 2005, 2001
  • 608 Pages


A PEOPLE AND A NATION is a best-selling text offering a spirited narrative that tells the stories of all people in the United States. The authors’ attention to race and racial identity and their inclusion of everyday people and popular culture brings history to life, engaging readers and encouraging them to imagine what life was really like in the past. Available in the following split options: A PEOPLE AND A NATION, Ninth Edition (Chapters 1–33), ISBN: 978-0-495-91525-6; Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1–16), ISBN: 978-0-495-91589-8; Volume II: Since 1865 (Chapters 16–33), ISBN: 978-0-495-91590-4.

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  • New “Visualizing the Past” feature uses images as primary sources to explore major themes. Sources include images of an artifact, a painting, a photograph, an advertisement, and so on. The illustrations and extended captions help students understand how the careful examination of visual materials can reveal aspects of America’s story that otherwise would remain unknown. Some examples of topics include Acomo Pueblo (Chapter 2), Selling War (Chapter 9), The Spectacle of Gilded Age Politics (Chapter 20), and Combating the Spread of AIDS (Chapter 32).
  • New topics are presented in the popular “Links to the World” essays (one essay in every chapter), which connects U.S. history to the history of the greater world. New essays include Turkeys (Chapter 2), Ink and Stationery Supplies (Chapter 7), William Walker and Filibustering (Chapter 14), Back to Africa Movement (Chapter 16), Tokyo Rose (Chapter 27), and The Swine Flu Pandemic (Chapter 32).
  • Newly redesigned map program: The 92 maps have been completely redesigned and revised in this edition to be more dynamic, engaging, and relevant.
  • Compelling new material further explores the daily lives of Americans: Rituals of Consumption, a new section on purchases by poor people, including slaves (Chapter 4); Social Status and Planters’ Values, new coverage on slave mortgages, including a narrative on a slave boy who was mortgaged three times (Chapter 10); Women’s Rights, new coverage on women’s roles in petitioning campaigns and early women’s rights activists (Chapter 12); Oregon and California Trails, new firsthand account about a woman giving birth on the trail (Chapter 13); Ordinary Soldiers and Ideology, new material on the motivation of common soldiers (Chapter 15).
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