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Shaped with a clear political chronology, MAKING AMERICA reflects the variety of individual experiences and cultures that comprise American society. The book's clear and helpful presentation speaks directly to students, sparking their curiosity and inviting them to “do history” as well as read about it. For instructors whose classrooms mirror the diversity of today's college students, the strongly chronological narrative, together with visuals and an integrated program of learning and teaching aids, makes the historical content vivid and comprehensible to students at all levels of preparedness. Available in the following split options: MAKING AMERICA, Seventh Edition (Chapters 1–29), ISBN: 978-1-285-19479-0; Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1–15), ISBN: 978-1-285-19480-6; Volume II: Since 1865 (Chapters 15–29), ISBN: 978-1-285-19481-3.
- A new feature, “A Deeper Understanding of History,” actively engages students in methods of historical investigation and critical thinking by introducing them to the processes historians use as they work. Each includes a visual component, and many make use of graphs and maps, to help students learn how to read and interpret visual data as well as primary sources. For example, the feature in Chapter 11 shows how use of a graph-enhanced map can make historical information manageable; one in Chapter 25 guides students in analyzing a television ad picturing the “typical” American family.
- A new “Toward a More Perfect Union” section briefly explains how a constitutional issue was addressed by an amendment or a Supreme Court decision. This new feature appears in most chapters of Volume 1 and all chapters of Volume 2. In pre-Constitution chapters where the feature appears, it offers background on matters related to the Constitution, such as the Magna Carta (Chapter 1) and direct versus virtual representation (Chapter 5).
- Several new “Individual Choices” and “Individual Voices” profiles and primary sources appear in this edition: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and the XYZ affair (Ch. 8); Jarena Lee, an African American woman who became a licensed preacher (Ch. 11); Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, a reformer who became a Sanitary Commission leader and feminist activist (Ch. 14); the Chinese American family of Mary Tape, who challenged the San Francisco School Board on segregated schools (Ch. 17); reformer Jane Addams (Ch. 19); Alan Freed, rock 'n' roll's “Moondog” (Ch. 25); and STOP-ERA leader Phyllis Schlafly (Ch. 28).
- “Suggested Resources” have been added to the “Study Tools” section at the end of each chapter, directing students to Internet, print, and film sources where they can gain further insight into chapter topics and conduct research on their own.
- The chapters in MAKING AMERICA feature a tried-and-true integration of aids and tools that help readers understand the material. One feature many students appreciate is the on-page glossary, which defines terms and explains their historically specific usage when they first appear in the narrative. The glossary also offers brief identifications of the major historical events, people, or documents discussed on the page.
- “Individual Choices” features spotlight people whose experiences provide a window on the major events and themes of the chapter. Whether the focus is on well known historical figures or lesser-known individuals, this feature demonstrates the importance of agency, or the ability to make choices and act on them. “Individual Voices” features at the end of each chapter present a primary source by, about, or related to the person or idea discussed in “Individual Choices.” The primary source includes an introduction and notes alongside the source to help the reader understand main ideas.
- In each chapter, an essay titled “It Matters Today” points out critical connections between current events and past ones. Each essay is accompanied by discussion and reflection questions.
2. A Continent on the Move, 1400–1725.
3. Founding the English Mainland Colonies, 1585–1732.
4. The English Colonies in the Eighteenth Century, 1689–1763.
5. Deciding Where Loyalties Lie, 1763–1776.
6. Recreating America: Independence and a New Nation, 1775–1783.
7. Competing Visions of the Virtuous Republic, 1770–1796.
8. The Early Republic, 1796–1804.
9. Increasing Conflict and War, 1805–1815.
10. The Rise of a New Nation, 1815–1836.
11. Modernization and Expansion, 1828–1848.
12. Responses to Expansion and Change, 1828–1848.
13. Sectional Conflict and Shattered Union, 1848–1860.
14. A Violent Choice: Civil War, 1861–1865.
15. Reconstruction: High Hopes and Shattered Dreams, 1865–1877.
16. The Nation Industrializes, 1865–1900.
17. Life in the Gilded Age, 1865–1900.
18. Politics and Foreign Relations in a Rapidly Changing Nation, 1865–1902.
19. The Progressive Era, 1900–1917.
20. The United States in a World at War, 1913–1920.
21. Prosperity Decade, 1920–1928.
22. The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929–1939.
23. America's Rise to World Leadership, 1929–1945.
24. Truman and Cold War America, 1945–1952.
25. Quest for Consensus, 1952–1960.
26. Great Promises, Bitter Disappointments, 1960–1968.
27. America Under Stress, 1967–1976.
28. New Economic and Political Alignments, 1976–1992.
29. Entering a New Century, 1992–2013.
Declaration of Independence.
Articles of Confederation.
Constitution of the United States of America and Amendments.
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