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Cengage Advantage Books: Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, Volume 2: Since 1863, 7th Edition

  • John M. Murrin Princeton University
  • Pekka Hämäläinen Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford
  • Paul E. Johnson University of South Carolina, Distinguished Professor Emeritus
  • Denver Brunsman George Washington University
  • James M. McPherson Princeton University, Emeritus
  • Alice Fahs University of California, Irvine
  • Gary Gerstle Vanderbilt University
  • Emily S. Rosenberg University of California, Irvine
  • Norman L. Rosenberg Macalester College
  • ISBN-10: 1305492897  |  ISBN-13: 9781305492899
  • 608 Pages
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $57.25
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Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, this economically priced version of LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER, 7th Edition offers readers the complete narrative while limiting the number of features, photos, and maps. All volumes feature a paperback, two-color format that appeals to those seeking a comprehensive, trade-sized history text. A highly respected, balanced, and thoroughly modern approach to U.S. History, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER uses these three themes in a unique approach to show how the United States was transformed, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. This approach helps students understand not only the impact of the notions of liberty and equality, which are often associated with the American story, but also how dominant and subordinate groups have affected and been affected by the ever-shifting balance of power. The text integrates the best of recent social and cultural scholarship into a political story, offering students a comprehensive and complete understanding of American history. Available in the following split options: CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER, 7th Edition (Chapters 1−32), ISBN: 9781111830861; Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1−17), ISBN: 9781305492882; Volume II: Since 1863 (Chapters 17−32), ISBN: 9781305492899.

Features and Benefits

  • LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER's thematic approach shows how the pursuit of liberty and equality has shaped the nation, and how power has been used and abused in every aspect of American life−between men and women, whites and blacks, rich and poor, etc.
  • The strength of the book's author team accounts for its high-quality narrative and analysis. Among the members of this distinguished team are two new authors−Pekka Hämäläinen from Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford; and Denver Brunsman from The George Washington University. They join the original members, all award-winning educators and prominent scholars in their respective areas of expertise.
  • The very popular “History Through Film” features encourage students to think critically about what they see on screen, which gets them thinking about historical questions through a medium that they are already familiar and comfortable with. The features offer summaries of the films, note the interesting historical questions that they intentionally or unintentionally raise (and that students can fruitfully discuss), and offer a commentary on the accuracy or inaccuracy of historical figures and events as seen through the lens of the camera and the vision of the director. Examples new to this edition: JOHN ADAMS (2008; Chapter 5), MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (2003; Chapter 7), and 12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013; Chapter 9).
  • A new “What They Said” feature includes two or more brief primary source excerpts, along with introductory notes and questions written by the respective author, offering students an opportunity to analyze differing perspectives on a relevant topic. This new feature appears throughout the book in select chapters.

Table of Contents

17. Reconstruction, 1863−1877.
18. A Transformed Nation: The West and the New South, 1865−1900.
19. The Rise of Corporate America, 1865−1914.
20. Cities, Peoples, Cultures, 1890−1920.
21. Progressivism, 1900−1917.
22. Becoming a World Power, 1898−1917.
23. War and Society, 1914−1920.
24. The 1920s.
25. The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929−1939.
26. America During the Second World War, 1939−1945.
27. The Age of Containment, 1946−1953.
28. America at Mid–Century, 1953−1963.
29. America During a Divisive War, 1963−1974.
30. Uncertain Times, 1974−1992.
31. Economic, Social, and Cultural Change in the Late 20th Century.
32. A Time of Hope and Fear, 1993−2014.

What's New

  • Two new authors have joined this distinguished team for the seventh edition−Pekka Hämäläinen from Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford; and Denver Brunsman from The George Washington University. The new authors have expanded coverage of Native American history and revised the early chapters with an eye to recent scholarship and current teaching trends.
  • A new “What They Said” feature includes two or more brief primary source excerpts, along with introductory notes and questions written by the respective author, offering students an opportunity to analyze differing perspectives on a relevant topic. This new feature appears throughout the book in select chapters.
  • History Through Film examples new to this edition are: John Adams (2008; Chapter 5), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003; Chapter 7), and 12 Years a Slave (2013; Chapter 9).
  • Early chapters have been revised to reflect a more continental approach throughout− bringing French, Spanish, and Dutch more into the story−and expanding geographical coverage to include more on the West and Southwest.
  • Chapters covering the most recent past have been thoroughly updated, including results from the 2014 midterm elections.

Efficacy and Outcomes


“The readability of [LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER] makes it easy for students to understand sometimes complex ideas. The various [primary source features] provide opportunities to explore different ideas and often provide discussion topics, writing assignments, or extra credit.”

— Thomas Weyant, University of Akron

“One strong aspect of LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER is narrative that tries to balance cultural, economic, political, and social historical interpretations. The text is often regarded as one of the best of its type.”

— Christopher McColm, Aims Community College


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

John M. Murrin

John M. Murrin studies American colonial and revolutionary history and the early republic. He has edited one multivolume series and five books, including two essay collections−COLONIAL AMERICA: ESSAYS IN POLITICS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, Sixth Edition (2010), and SAINTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES: ESSAYS IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY (1984). His own essays cover topics ranging from ethnic tensions, the early history of trial by jury, the emergence of the legal profession, the Salem witch trials, and the political culture of the colonies and the new nation to the rise of professional baseball and college football in the nineteenth century. He served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 1998−1999.

Pekka Hämäläinen

Pekka Hämäläinen is the Rhodes Professor of American history at Oxford University. A specialist in early American, Native American, borderlands, and environmental history, he is the author of THE COMANCHE EMPIRE (2008), which won multiple awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Merle Curti Award, the Norris and Hundley Award, the William P. Clements Prize, and the Caughey Western History Association Prize. His writings have appeared in the AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, the JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY, HISTORY AND THEORY, the WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY, and the WESTERN HISTORICAL QUARTERLY. He is currently working on a project on nomadic empires in world history, which is funded by the European Research Council.

Paul E. Johnson

A specialist in early national social history, Paul E. Johnson is the author of THE EARLY AMERICAN REPUBLIC, 1789–1829 (2006); SAM PATCH, THE FAMOUS JUMPER (2003); and A SHOPKEEPER'S MILLENNIUM: SOCIETY AND REVIVALS IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, 1815–1837, 25th Anniversary Edition (2004). In addition, he is coauthor (with Sean Wilentz) of THE KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS: SEX AND SALVATION IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICA (1994) and is editor of AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY: ESSAYS IN HISTORY (1994). He was awarded the Merle Curti Prize of the Organization of American Historians (1980), the Richard P. McCormack Prize of the New Jersey Historical Association (1989), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1985–1986), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1995), the Gilder Lehrman Institute (2001), and the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People Fellowship (2006-2007).

Denver Brunsman

Denver Brunsman writes on the politics and social history of the American Revolution, the early American republic, and the British Atlantic world. His book THE EVIL NECESSITY: BRITISH NAVAL IMPRESSMENT IN THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ATLANTIC WORLD (2013) received the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize for outstanding work in eighteenth-century studies in the Americas and Atlantic world. He also is an editor of THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION READER (2013) and COLONIAL AMERICA: ESSAYS IN POLITICS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, Sixth Edition (2011), among other works. His honors include year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities at the Newberry Library, Chicago; the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan; and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He teaches an annual course on “George Washington and His World,” which meets at Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

James M. McPherson

James M. McPherson is a distinguished Civil War historian. He won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for his book BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM: THE CIVIL WAR ERA. His other publications include MARCHING TOWARD FREEDOM: BLACKS IN THE CIVIL WAR, Second Edition (1991); ORDEAL BY FIRE: THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION, Third Edition (2001); ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1991); FOR CAUSE AND COMRADES: WHY MEN FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR (1997), which won the Lincoln Prize in 1998; CROSSROADS OF FREEDOM: ANTIETAM (2002); HALLOWED GROUND: A WALK AT GETTYSBURG (2003); and TRIED BY WAR: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF (2008), which won the Lincoln Prize for 2009. Professor McPherson served as president of the American Historical Association (2003-2004).

Alice Fahs

Alice Fahs is a specialist in American cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her book THE IMAGINED CIVIL WAR: POPULAR LITERATURE OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH, 1861–1865 (2001) was a finalist in 2002 for the Lincoln Prize. Together with Joan Waugh, she published the edited collection THE MEMORY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN AMERICAN CULTURE (2004). She also edited Louisa May Alcott's HOSPITAL SKETCHES (2004), an account of Alcott's nursing experiences during the Civil War first published in 1863. Fahs's most recent book is OUT ON ASSIGNMENT: NEWSPAPER WOMEN AND THE MAKING OF MODERN PUBLIC SPACE (2011). Her honors include an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Newberry Library, and the Huntington Library.

Gary Gerstle

Gary Gerstle is the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge. He previously taught at Princeton University, the Catholic University of America, the University of Maryland, and Vanderbilt University. A historian of the twentieth-century United States, he is the author, coauthor, and coeditor of six books and the author of nearly 35 articles. His books include WORKING-CLASS AMERICANISM: THE POLITICS OF LABOR IN A TEXTILE CITY, 1914–1960 (1989); AMERICAN CRUCIBLE: RACE AND NATION IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (2001), winner of the Saloutos Prize for the best work in immigration and ethnic history; THE RISE AND FALL OF THE NEW DEAL ORDER, 1930–1980 (1989); and RULING AMERICA: WEALTH AND POWER IN A DEMOCRACY (2005). A new book on the principles underlying the use of public power in America from the Revolution to the present will soon be published by Princeton University Press. He has served on the board of editors of the Journal of American History and the American Historical Review. His honors include a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the Harmsworth Visiting Professorship of American History at the University of Oxford, and membership in the Society of American Historians.

Emily S. Rosenberg

Emily Rosenberg specializes in U.S. foreign relations in the twentieth century and is the author of SPREADING THE AMERICAN DREAM: AMERICAN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL EXPANSION, 1890–1945 (1982); FINANCIAL MISSIONARIES TO THE WORLD: THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF DOLLAR DIPLOMACY (1999), which won the Ferrell Book Award; A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE: PEARL HARBOR IN AMERICAN MEMORY (2004); and TRANSNATIONAL CURRENTS IN A SHRINKING WORLD, 1870–1945 (2014). Her other publications include (with Norman L. Rosenberg) IN OUR TIMES: AMERICA SINCE 1945, Seventh Edition (2003), and numerous articles dealing with foreign relations in the context of international finance, American culture, and gender ideology. She has served on the board of the Organization of American Historians, on the board of editors of the American Historical Review, and as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Norman L. Rosenberg

Norman L. Rosenberg specializes in legal history with a particular interest in legal culture and First Amendment issues. His books include PROTECTING THE 'BEST MEN': AN INTERPRETIVE HISTORY OF THE LAW OF LIBEL (1990) and (with Emily S. Rosenberg) IN OUR TIMES: AMERICA SINCE 1945, Seventh Edition (2003). He has published articles in Rutgers Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Law and History Review, and many other journals and law-related anthologies.