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Cengage Advantage Books: The American Pageant, 15th Edition

  • David Kennedy Stanford University
  • Lizabeth Cohen Harvard University
  • ISBN-10: 1133959725  |  ISBN-13: 9781133959724
  • 1072 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, this economically priced version of THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, Fifteenth Edition, offers readers the complete narrative while limiting the number of features, photos, and maps. All volumes feature a paperback, two-color format for those seeking a comprehensive, trade-sized history text. THE AMERICAN PAGEANT 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 fifteenth edition includes markedly deeper explorations of the cultural innovations, artistic movements, and intellectual doctrines that have engaged and inspired Americans and shaped the course of American history. Additional pedagogical features make THE AMERICAN PAGEANT accessible to students: chapter-ending chronologies provide a context for the major periods in American history, while other features present scholarly debates and key historical figures for analysis. Available in the following split options: CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, Fifteenth Edition Complete, Volume 1: To 1877, and Volume 2: Since 1865.

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Features and Benefits

  • "Thinking Globally" essays 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 eighteenth century, the phenomenon of nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century, the rise of socialist ideology in the nineteenth 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 global focus throughout the text includes 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.
  • Boxed quotes, many relating to international events or figures, add personal voices to the events chronicled in the text's historical narrative.
  • Helpful pedagogy includes visual material (documentary images, graphs, and tables) to illuminate complex and important historical ideas; maps with topographical detail and clear labeling to communicate analytical points; and bolded chapter terms.
  • Every chapter concludes with an expanded chronology and a list of 10 approachable books to consult "To Learn More." A more extensive 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 each chapter--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.

Table of Contents

1. New World Beginnings 33,000 B.C.E.-1769 C.E.
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 1992-2011.
42. The American People Face a New Century.

What's New

  • This edition offers a deeper exploration of cultural innovations, artistic movements, and intellectual doctrines that have engaged and inspired Americans and shaped the course of American history. For example, new material on Transcendentalism in Chapter 15; on post-Civil War literature and art in Chapter 25; on the transnational spread of artistic "modernism" in Chapter 31; and on late-twentieth-century letters, art, and architecture in Chapters 37 and 42.
  • Expanded treatment of history in a global context, including revised and expanded "Thinking Globally" essays, and a new essay on twentieth-century modernism in Chapter 31.
  • Updated tables, graphs, Key Terms, People to Know, and To Learn More sections throughout.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Text + LMS Integrated for CourseMate™, 2 terms (12 months) Printed Access Card

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"[What I like best about THE AMERICAN PAGEANT is the] rich, flowing narrative in every chapter that will draw the student to the material . . . and, mysteriously to them, enlighten, educate, entertain and painlessly expose them to all the themes, issues, trends and personalities in U.S. history. Most textbooks are so huge, detailed with a maze of tables, charts, graphs that overwhelm if not frighten students. . . . Kennedy is the best written, brief or otherwise text I've seen/read, and I've read/studied most of the Top 20 college US history textbooks. . . . "

— Bob McConaughy, Austin Community College

". . . What I loved most about this book when I read it 20 years ago . . . were the political cartoons. These are fantastic because they really show the reader something tangible to latch on to in an amusing or thought provoking way. . . . The text is written in a straightforward way that students can understand."

— Jon Timothy Kelly, West Valley College

[in a letter to the authors] ". . . I would just like to say the subtle humor found occasionally in the book is awesome. It's like I've found a little nugget of gold. Thank you and your colleagues for a textbook that succeeds in keeping me awake while reading it--quite an accomplishment for a history textbook."

— Andy Fisher, student

"I like the connection between a historical event and how it affects the future. i.e., it mentions early seeds of civil rights movement to later more militant movement."

— Will Corprew, Broome Community College


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Instructor Supplements

The American Pageant (AP® Edition), 15th: PowerLecture DVD-ROM with ExamView Testing  (ISBN-10: 0840029098 | ISBN-13: 9780840029096)

An all-in-one multimedia resource for class preparation, presentation and testing. The Instructor's Resource Manual includes focus questions, chapter themes, chapter summaries, suggested lecture or discussion topics, additional class topics, character sketches, questions for class discussion, and more. Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides of lecture outlines, as well as images and maps from the text, can be used as offered or customized by importing personal lecture slides or other material; JoinIn™ PowerPoint® slides with clicker content are also provided. An Image Library contains .jpg images from the text. The Test Bank includes short answer, multiple-choice, and essay questions. ExamView®, an easy-to-use assessment and tutorial system, allows instructors to create, deliver, and customize tests in minutes. Instructors can build tests with as many as 250 questions using up to 12 question types. Using the complete word-processing capabilities of ExamView®, instructors can enter an unlimited number of new questions or edit existing ones.

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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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Student Supplements

CourseReader 0-30: U.S. History Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111475520 | ISBN-13: 9781111475529)

Easy-to-use and affordable access to readings, audio, and video selections for your courses with this customized online reader. COURSEREADER: U.S. HISTORY helps you to stay organized and facilitates convenient access to course material, no matter where you are.

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Rand McNally Atlas of American History  (ISBN-10: 0618842012 | ISBN-13: 9780618842018)

This comprehensive atlas features more than 80 maps, with new content covering global perspectives, including events in the Middle East from 1945 to 2005, as well as population trends in the U.S. and around the World. Additional maps document voyages of discovery; the settling of the colonies; major U.S. military engagements, including the American Revolution and World Wars I and II; and sources of immigration, ethnic populations, and patterns of economic change.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David 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.