Higher Education

Cengage Advantage Books: The American Past, Volume I: To 1877, 9th Edition

  • Joseph R. Conlin Formerly at California State University, Chico
  • ISBN-10: 1111343357  |  ISBN-13: 9781111343354
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25
  *Why an online review copy?
  • It's the greener, leaner way to review! An online copy cuts down on paper and on time. Reduce the wait (and the weight) of printed texts. Your online copy arrives instantly, and you can review it anytime from your computer or favorite mobile device.

If you prefer a print copy to review, please contact your representative.

About

Overview

Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, the Advantage Edition of THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition offers readers the complete narrative while limiting the number of photos, features, tables, and maps. Author Joseph R. Conlin’s award-winning teaching and writing styles are reflected in this colorful look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped our nation’s past. Organized into short chapters and updated with new insights into recently published research, this text sets the story in a political context, weaving in social, cultural, economic, intellectual, constitutional, diplomatic, and military events along the way. Conlin’s popular “How They Lived” vignettes--many of which are new in this edition--bring historical stories to life and emphasize the human and social dimensions of history. With its literary prose style and its unifying voice, THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition will capture and hold your students’ interest as it guides them on an eye-opening walk through the past. Available in the following split options: CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition (Chapters 1-52), ISBN: 978-1-111-34339-2; Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-24), ISBN: 978-1-111-34335-4; Volume II: Since 1865 (Chapters 24-52), ISBN: 978-1-111-34340-8.

Features and Benefits

  • Conlin’s strong, accessible writing style and unified narrative voice make the material easier for students to comprehend.
  • The text’s organization--based on more, shorter chapters--serves to break the material into smaller, more manageable units.
  • Graphic chapter timelines help students see relationships among various events, and place historical figures and movements into larger context of the era.
  • Detailed captions help students identify historical significance and noteworthy details.

Table of Contents

1. Discoveries: Indians, Europeans, and the Americas, About 15,000 B.C.–A.D. 1550.
2. Settlements Across the Sea: Motives, Failures, and Finally, a Colony 1550–1624.
3. Thirteen Colonies: England’s North American Empire 1620–1732.
4. English Designs, American Facts of Life: Colonial Society in the 1600s.
5. Other Americans: Indians and Africans in the Colonies.
6. Contest for a Continent: French America and British America 1608-1763.
7. Family Quarrels: Dissension in the Colonies 1763–1770.
8. From Riot to Rebellion: The Road to Independence 1770–1776.
9. The War for Independence: The Rebels Victorious 1776–1781.
10. Inventing a Country: American Constitutions 1781–1789.
11. We the People: Putting the Constitution to Work 1789–1800.
12. The Age of Jefferson: Frustration Abroad 1800–1815.
13. Nationalism: Culture, Politics, Diplomacy 1815-1824.
14. Machines, Cotton, Land: Economy and Society 1790–1824.
15. The People’s Hero: Andrew Jackson and a New Era 1824–1830.
16. In the Shadow of Old Hickory: Personalities and Politics 1830–1842.
17. Religion and Reform: Evangelicals and Enthusiasts 1800-1850.
18. The Peculiar Institution: Southern Slavery.
19. From Sea to Shining Sea: Expansion 1820–1848.
20. Apples of Discord: Western Lands and Immigration 1844–1856.
21. The Collapse of the Union: From Debate to Violence 1854–1861.
22. Tidy Plans, Ugly Realities: The Civil War through 1862.
23. Driving Dixie Down: General Grant’s War of Attrition 1863–1865.
24. Aftermath: The Era of Reconstruction 1863-1877.

What's New

  • The Ninth Edition features new information based on recently published research, including current interpretations worth noting as well as fresh illustrations (statistical, anecdotal, documentary) of the author’s points.
  • In response to instructors’ suggestions, several sections of the book have been reorganized. For example: In Chapter 10, the section dealing with the relationship between slavery and the Constitution has been recast based on significant recent scholarship. Coverage of the Civil Rights movement is now more effectively treated in Ch. 47. Chapters dealing with the recent past (48-52) have been completely recast. The revised Chapter 51 draws on the social/cultural material to create a more focused portrait of the American people during the last quarter of the 20th century. New Chapter 52 focuses mainly on political events during the presidential administrations of Clinton and G. W. Bush.
  • Throughout the text, readers will find new and revised “How They Lived” features. Examples include “New England Mill Girls” (Ch. 14); “Waving the Bloody Shirt” (Ch. 25); and “Yellow Fever” (Ch. 35).

Alternate Formats

Choose the format that best fits your student's budget and course goals

To customize your learning solution, contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

  • Cengage Advantage, Paperbound Edition

    ISBN-10: 111134339X  | ISBN-13: 9781111343392

    List Price = $103.95  | CengageBrain Price = $103.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $78.00

  • Cengage Advantage, Volume II, Paperbound Edition

    ISBN-10:  1111343403 | ISBN-13:  9781111343408

    List Price = $82.95  | CengageBrain Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text, Vol. I + + CourseReader 0-30: U.S. History Printed Access Card + American History Resource Center with InfoTrac® 2-Semester Instant Access Code

ISBN-10: 1133225306  | ISBN-13: 9781133225300

List Price = $95.95  | CengageBrain Price = $95.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $72.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • Cengage Advantage Books: The American Past, Volume I: To 1877
    List Price = $82.95  | CengageBrain Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25
  • CourseReader 0-30: U.S. History Printed Access Card
    List Price = $66.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $49.50
  • American History Resource Center with InfoTrac® 2-Semester Instant Access Code
    List Price = $30.00  | CengageBrain Price = $30.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.00


Bundle: Text, Vol. I + CourseReader 0-30: U.S. History Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1133615368 | ISBN-13:  9781133615361

List Price = $95.95  | CengageBrain Price = $95.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $72.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • Cengage Advantage Books: The American Past, Volume I: To 1877
    List Price = $82.95  | CengageBrain Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25
  • CourseReader 0-30: U.S. History Printed Access Card
    List Price = $66.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $49.50


Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Cengage Advantage Books: The American Past  (ISBN-10: 111134339X | ISBN-13: 9781111343392)

Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, the Advantage Edition of THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition offers readers the complete narrative while limiting the number of photos, features, tables, and maps. Author Joseph R. Conlin’s award-winning teaching and writing styles are reflected in this colorful look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped our nation’s past. Organized into short chapters and updated with new insights into recently published research, this text sets the story in a political context, weaving in social, cultural, economic, intellectual, constitutional, diplomatic, and military events along the way. Conlin’s popular “How They Lived” vignettes--many of which are new in this edition--bring historical stories to life and emphasize the human and social dimensions of history. With its literary prose style and its unifying voice, THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition will capture and hold your students’ interest as it guides them on an eye-opening walk through the past. Available in the following split options: CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition (Chapters 1-52), ISBN: 978-1-111-34339-2; Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-24), ISBN: 978-1-111-34335-4; Volume II: Since 1865 (Chapters 24-52), ISBN: 978-1-111-34340-8.

List Price = $103.95  | CengageBrain Price = $103.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $78.00

Cengage Advantage Books: The American Past, Volume II: Since 1865  (ISBN-10: 1111343403 | ISBN-13: 9781111343408)

Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, the Advantage Edition of THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition offers readers the complete narrative while limiting the number of photos, features, tables, and maps. Author Joseph R. Conlin’s award-winning teaching and writing styles are reflected in this colorful look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped our nation’s past. Organized into short chapters and updated with new insights into recently published research, this text sets the story in a political context, weaving in social, cultural, economic, intellectual, constitutional, diplomatic, and military events along the way. Conlin’s popular “How They Lived” vignettes--many of which are new in this edition--bring historical stories to life and emphasize the human and social dimensions of history. With its literary prose style and its unifying voice, THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition will capture and hold your students’ interest as it guides them on an eye-opening walk through the past. Available in the following split options: CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition (Chapters 1-52), ISBN: 978-1-111-34339-2; Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-24), ISBN: 978-1-111-34335-4; Volume II: Since 1865 (Chapters 24-52), ISBN: 978-1-111-34340-8.

List Price = $82.95  | CengageBrain Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25

American History Resource Center with InfoTrac® 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111668051 | ISBN-13: 9781111668051)

Wadsworth's American History Resource Center gives your students access to a “virtual reader” with hundreds of primary sources including speeches, letters, legal documents and transcripts, poems, maps, simulations, timelines, and additional images that bring history to life. Students can browse this extensive collection of primary source materials by topic, resource type, or theme. Documents include Standard Primary Documents for study; Assignable Primary Sources with questions; and Primary Sources on the Web--links to resources contained on other websites. An assortment of maps enhances students’ understanding of history and geography. Assignable Maps include questions; Interactive Maps include clickable content and descriptions; Static Maps display map content; and Google™ Earth Maps are exercises that make use of the free, downloadable Google™ Earth application. Also included is free access to HistoryUnbound--interactive, easy-to-navigate modules that bring the past to life through seamless integration of text and context.

List Price = $30.00  | CengageBrain Price = $30.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.00

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

Featuring more than eighty maps, this comprehensive atlas also covers global perspectives.

List Price = $62.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $47.25

The History Handbook  (ISBN-10: 049590676X | ISBN-13: 9780495906766)

In this new edition of THE HISTORY HANDBOOK, success in a history course is within every student’s reach! Carol Berkin (Baruch College, City University of New York) and Betty Anderson (Boston University) have prepared a no-nonsense guide that teaches basic as well as history-specific study skills--how to read primary sources, research historical topics, correctly cite sources, and more. THE HISTORY HANDBOOK also offers tips for Internet research and evaluating online sources.

List Price = $57.95  | CengageBrain Price = $57.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $43.50

Writing for College History: A Short Handbook  (ISBN-10: 061830603X | ISBN-13: 9780618306039)

Prepared by Robert M. Frakes, Clarion University. This brief handbook for survey courses in American history, Western Civilization/European history, and world civilization guides students through the various types of writing assignments they encounter in a history class. Providing examples of student writing and candid assessments of student work, this text focuses on the rules and conventions of writing for the college history course.

List Price = $36.95  | CengageBrain Price = $36.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $27.75

Student Supplements

Cengage Advantage Books: The American Past  (ISBN-10: 111134339X | ISBN-13: 9781111343392)

Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, the Advantage Edition of THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition offers readers the complete narrative while limiting the number of photos, features, tables, and maps. America’s past is full of politics as well as personal stories. That’s why Conlin’s THE AMERICAN PAST: A SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY teaches history the way it happened: real people with real stories. Through short narratives from political figures’ lives, you’ll discover how our nation grew from a colonial project to an international superpower.

List Price = $103.95  | CengageBrain Price = $103.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $78.00

Cengage Advantage Books: The American Past, Volume II: Since 1865  (ISBN-10: 1111343403 | ISBN-13: 9781111343408)

Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, the Advantage Edition of THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition offers readers the complete narrative while limiting the number of photos, features, tables, and maps. America’s past is full of politics as well as personal stories. That’s why Conlin’s THE AMERICAN PAST: A SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY teaches history the way it happened: real people with real stories. Through short narratives from political figures’ lives, you’ll discover how our nation grew from a colonial project to an international superpower.

List Price = $82.95  | CengageBrain Price = $82.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.25

American History Resource Center with InfoTrac® 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111668051 | ISBN-13: 9781111668051)

Wadsworth's American History Resource Center gives you access to a “virtual reader” with hundreds of primary sources including speeches, letters, legal documents and transcripts, poems, maps, simulations, timelines, and additional images that bring history to life. You can browse this extensive collection of primary source materials by topic, resource type, or theme. Documents include Standard Primary Documents for study; Assignable Primary Sources with questions; and Primary Sources on the Web--links to resources contained on other websites. An assortment of maps enhances students’ understanding of history and geography. Assignable Maps include questions; Interactive Maps include clickable content and descriptions; Static Maps display map content; and Google™ Earth Maps are exercises that make use of the free, downloadable Google™ Earth application. Also included is free access to HistoryUnbound--interactive, easy-to-navigate modules that bring the past to life through seamless integration of text and context.

List Price = $30.00  | CengageBrain Price = $30.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.00

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.

List Price = $62.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $47.25

The History Handbook  (ISBN-10: 049590676X | ISBN-13: 9780495906766)

THE HISTORY HANDBOOK, by Carol Berkin (Baruch College, City University of New York) and Betty Anderson (Boston University), is a no-nonsense guide to the skills you need to succeed in a history course. You’ll learn basic as well as history-specific study skills--how to read primary sources, research historical topics, correctly cite sources, and more. THE HISTORY HANDBOOK also offers tips for Internet research and evaluating online sources.

List Price = $57.95  | CengageBrain Price = $57.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $43.50

Writing for College History: A Short Handbook  (ISBN-10: 061830603X | ISBN-13: 9780618306039)

Prepared by Robert M. Frakes, Clarion University. This brief handbook for survey courses in American history, Western Civilization/European history, and world civilization guides students through the various types of writing assignments they encounter in a history class. Providing examples of student writing and candid assessments of student work, this text focuses on the rules and conventions of writing for the college history course.

List Price = $36.95  | CengageBrain Price = $36.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $27.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joseph R. Conlin

Joseph Conlin was born in Philadelphia and educated at Villanova University (A.B.) and the University of Wisconsin (M.A., Ph.D.). He taught American history at half a dozen colleges and universities, spending most of his career at California State University, Chico. He was a Fulbright Professor in Rome and Salzburg and was twice Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Social History Centre at Warwick University, England. For 30 years (60 semesters), with a few subtracted for sabbaticals, he taught between one and four sections of the United States history survey course each term, a total of about 200 times. He won four awards for excellence in teaching. Conlin has written a dozen books, about 70 articles in scholarly journals and magazines of popular history, some 100 book reviews in a variety of journals, and more newspaper journalism than he can or cares to remember. Several of his published essays and one book were awarded "best of the year" prizes.