A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Brief Edition 10th Edition

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

  • © 2015
  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012, 2010, 2007
  • 960 Pages

Overview

The Brief Edition of A PEOPLE AND A NATION offers a succinct and 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. In the tenth edition, the number of chapters has been reduced from 33 to 29, making the text easier to assign in a typical semester. Available in the following split options: A PEOPLE AND A NATION, Brief Tenth Edition (Chapters 1–29), ISBN: 9781285430843; Volume I: TO 1877 (Chapters 1–14), ISBN: 9781285430850; Volume II: SINCE 1865 (Chapters 14-29), ISBN: 9781285430867

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What's New

  • A PEOPLE AND A NATION, Brief Tenth Edition, offers the most complete revision in the text's history. The number of chapters has been reduced from 33 to 29 (14 in Volume 1 and 15 in Volume 2), making the text easier to assign in a typical semester. Rather than simply combining sections into fewer chapters, the authors honed the narrative with an eye to reducing excessive detail, thereby sharpening and more clearly emphasizing key themes.
  • In this revision, the author team has recommitted to the founding principles of the book: to tell the story of America as both a people and a nation, discussing the relationship between the two. In addition to going beyond the political history of the United states to encompass the diversity of America's people, the book has integrated new themes and focuses over the years that reflect the evolution of historical questions as well as the scholarship and insights of new authors.
  • Jane Kamensky, Brandeis University, a distinguished scholar and an excellent writer, joins the author team in this edition. Professor Kamensky is primarily responsible for revisions in Chapters 1–7.
  • Chapter 1, “Three Old Worlds Create a New, 1492–1600,” features a new emphasis on a world in motion: the circulation of goods, peoples, ideas, and money around the Atlantic basin; and new content on African history and the African diaspora.
  • Chapter 3, “North America in the Atlantic World, 1650–1720,” includes revised and increased coverage of Atlantic slavery, with a new statistical foundation in the authoritative Transatlantic Slave Trade open-source database.
  • Chapter 4, “Becoming America? 1720–1760,” frames a new central problem: are Britain's North American colonies becoming more like or more unlike Britain in the mid-18th century? This chapter also includes increased coverage of imperial warfare.
  • Chapter 5, “The Ends of Empire, 1754-1774,” features new coverage of slavery and emergent antislavery in the context of the imperial crisis.
  • Chapter 6, “American Revolutions, 1775-1783,” features expanded coverage of loyalists (both black and white), and neutrals; new treatment of the Revolution as a global war; a new focus on the logic behind British tactics in prosecuting the American war, and on the relationship between war aims in the Caribbean and the shape of the conflict in North America; and a new section on funding the Revolution, including the hyperinflation of the Continental dollar.
  • Chapter 7, “Forging a Nation, 1783–1800,” introduces new concept of the “revolutionary settlement,” which continues in subsequent chapters; and expanded coverage of the role of culture and the arts in the creation of a national identity to encompass a highly pluralistic and divided society.
  • Chapter 29, “Into the Global Millennium: America Since 1992,” includes new material on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the presidential election of 2012, the end of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, the war in Afghanistan, and the death of Osama bin Laden.

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