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Cengage Advantage Books: Making America: A History of the United States, 7th Edition

  • Carol Berkin Baruch College, City University of New York
  • Christopher L. Miller The University of Texas, Pan American
  • Robert W. Cherny San Francisco State University
  • James L. Gormly Washington and Jefferson College
  • ISBN-10: 1305251415  |  ISBN-13: 9781305251410
  • 960 Pages
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $77.25
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Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, this economically priced version of MAKING AMERICA, Seventh Edition offers readers the complete narrative while limiting the number of features, photos, and maps. All volumes feature a two-color paperback format that appeals to those seeking a comprehensive, trade-sized history text. Shaped with a clear political chronology, MAKING AMERICA reflects the variety of individual experiences and cultures that comprise American society. For instructors whose classrooms mirror the diversity of today's college students, the clear narrative, together with an integrated program of learning and teaching aids, makes the historical content vivid and comprehensible to students at all levels of preparedness. MAKING AMERICA is available in the following options: CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: MAKING AMERICA, Seventh Edition (Chapters 1¬–29); Volume 1: To 1877 (Chapters 1–15); Volume 2: Since 1865 (Chapters 15–29).

Features and Benefits

  • The new feature “A Deeper Understanding of History” introduces students to the processes historians use as they work, actively engaging students in methods of historical investigation and critical thinking.
  • A “Study Tools” section at the end of each chapter helps readers review what they've learned. The section includes a summary to reinforce the most important information and themes, a chronology, and focus questions.
  • In each chapter, an essay titled “It Matters Today” points out critical connections between current and past events. Each essay is accompanied by discussion and reflection questions.
  • A new feature, “A Deeper Understanding of History,” introduces students to the processes historians use as they work, actively engaging students in methods of historical investigation and critical thinking.

Table of Contents

1. Making a “New” World, to 1588.
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.
Presidential Elections.

What's New

  • The chapters in MAKING AMERICA present a tried-and-true pattern 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.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carol Berkin

Carol Berkin received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her PhD from Columbia University. Her dissertation won the Bancroft Award. She is now presidential professor of history at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York. She has written JONATHAN SEWALL: ODYSSEY OF AN AMERICAN LOYALIST (1974), FIRST GENERATIONS: WOMEN IN COLONIAL AMERICA (l996), A BRILLIANT SOLUTION: INVENTING THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (2002), and REVOLUTIONARY MOTHERS: WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE FOR AMERICA'S INDEPENDENCE (2005). She has edited WOMEN OF AMERICA: A HISTORY (with Mary Beth Norton, 1979); WOMEN, WAR AND REVOLUTION (with Clara M. Lovett, 1980); WOMEN'S VOICES, WOMEN'S LIVES: DOCUMENTS IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY (with Leslie Horowitz, 1998); and LOOKING FORWARD/LOOKING BACK: A WOMEN'S STUDIES READER (with Judith Pinch and Carole Appel, 2005). She was contributing editor on southern women for THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SOUTHERN CULTURE and has appeared in the PBS series “Liberty! The American Revolution,” “Ben Franklin,” and “Alexander Hamilton,” and in The History Channel's “Founding Fathers.” Professor Berkin chaired the Dunning Beveridge Prize Committee for the American Historical Association, the Columbia University Seminar in Early American History, and the Taylor Prize Committee of the Southern Association of Women Historians. She served on the program committees for both the Society for the History of the Early American Republic and the Organization of American Historians. She has served on the Planning Committee for the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress, and she chaired the CLEP Committee for Educational Testing Service. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Council for History Education.

Christopher L. Miller

Christopher L. Miller received his BS degree from Lewis and Clark College and his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently associate professor of history at the University of Texas-Pan American. He is the author of PROPHETIC WORLDS: INDIANS AND WHITES ON THE COLUMBIA PLATEAU (1985), which was republished in 2003 as part of the “Columbia Northwest Classics Series” by the University of Washington Press. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and anthologies as well as standard reference works. Dr. Miller also is active in contemporary Indian affairs. He served, for example, as a participant in the American Indian Civics Project funded by the Kellogg Foundation. He has been a research fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and was the Nikolay V. Sivachev Distinguished Chair in American History at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). Professor Miller also has been active in projects designed to improve history teaching, including programs funded by the Meadows Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and other agencies.

Robert W. Cherny

Robert W. Cherny received his BA from the University of Nebraska and his MA and PhD from Columbia University. He is professor of history at San Francisco State University. His books include COMPETING VISIONS: A HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA (with Richard Griswold del Castillo, 2005); AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE GILDED AGE, 1868-1900 (1997); SAN FRANCISCO, 1865-1932: POLITICS, POWER, AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (with William Issel, 1986); A RIGHTEOUS CAUSE: THE LIFE OF WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN (1985, 1994); and POPULISM, PROGRESSIVISM, AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF NEBRASKA POLITICS, 1885-1915 (1981). He is coeditor of AMERICAN LABOR AND THE COLD WAR: UNIONS, POLITICS, AND POSTWAR POLITICAL CULTURE (with William Issel and Keiran Taylor, 2004). His articles on politics and labor in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have appeared in journals, anthologies, and historical dictionaries and encyclopedias. In 2000, he and Ellen Du Bois coedited a special issue of the “Pacific Historical Review” that surveyed women's suffrage movements in nine locations around the Pacific Rim. He has been an NEH Fellow, Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He has served as president of H-Net (an association of more than 100 electronic networks for scholars in the humanities and social sciences), the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the Southwest Labor Studies Association; as treasurer of the Organization of American Historians; and as a member of the council of the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch.

James L. Gormly

Born in Riverside, California, James L. Gormly received a B.A. from the University of Arizona and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He is now professor of history and chair of the history department at Washington and Jefferson College. He has written THE COLLAPSE OF THE GRAND ALLIANCE (1970) and FROM POTSDAM TO THE COLD WAR (1979). His articles and reviews have appeared in DIPLOMATIC HISTORY, THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY, THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, THE HISTORIAN, THE HISTORY TEACHER, and THE JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY.