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The Brief American Pageant: A History of the Republic, Volume I: To 1877, 8th Edition

  • David M. Kennedy Stanford University
  • Lizabeth Cohen Harvard University
  • Mel Piehl Valparaiso University
  • ISBN-10: 0495915351  |  ISBN-13: 9780495915355
  • 416 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2000
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

THE BRIEF AMERICAN PAGEANT presents a concise and vivid chronological narrative, focusing on the great public debates that have dominated American history. Colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and the text's trademark wit are all evident throughout. Focus questions, chapter outlines and summaries, marginal glossaries, and links to additional online study aids ensure that students understand and retain the material as they read and prepare for exams. Available in the following split options: THE BRIEF AMERICAN PAGEANT, Eighth Edition (Chapters 1-42), ISBN: 978-0-495-91535-5; Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-22), ISBN: 978-0-495-91535-5; Volume II: Since 1865 (Chapters 22-42), ISBN: 978-0-495-91537-9.

Features and Benefits

  • Colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and the text's trademark wit contribute to the book's reputation as one of the most popular, effective, and entertaining texts in American history.
  • Quote boxes sprinkled liberally throughout the chapters take students back to the period under discussion and give them a sense of what people of the time said and thought about various events, questions, and controversies. The "Examining the Evidence" features give students a chance to practice the art of historical thinking in another way--by showing how historians develop interpretations of the past. The "Examining the Evidence" boxes cover a wide range of sources that lead students to discover. For example, how a letter from a black freedman to his former master in 1865 illuminates his family's experience in slavery as well as their hopes for a new life.
  • In every chapter, focus questions, chapter outlines and summaries, marginal glossaries, and links to related primary sources ensure that students understand and retain the material as they read and prepare for exams.
  • A full, chapter-by-chapter annotated bibliography suitable for deeper research is provided on the student website.

Table of Contents

1. New World Beginnings.
2. The Planting of English America.
3. Settling the Northern Colonies.
4. American Life in the Seventeenth Century.
5. Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution.
6. The Duel for North America.
7. The Road to Revolution.
8. America Secedes from the Empire.
9. The Confederation and the Constitution.
10. Launching the New Ship of State.
11. The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic.
12. The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism.
13. The Rise of a Mass Democracy.
14. Forging the National Economy.
15. The Ferment of Reform and Culture.
16. The South and the Slavery Controversy.
17. Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy.
18. Renewing the Sectional Struggle.
19. Drifting Toward Disunion.
20. Girding for War: The North and the South.
21. The Furnace of Civil War.
22. The Ordeal of Reconstruction.

What's New

  • New maps in THE BRIEF AMERICAN PAGEANT provide precise topographical detail and clear labels to better communicate the text's analytical points. In addition, a global locator map in a corner of each map provides geographical context for the area under discussion.
  • A renewed and strengthened global focus throughout the Eighth Edition helps students appreciate the American story within a worldwide context. New "Thinking Globally" essays demonstrate how developments in North America were part of worldwide phenomena and include essays on the slave trade (Chapter 7) and revolutions (Chapter 10). 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.
  • New! "Key Terms" and "People to Know" lists have been created to help students focus on the most significant people introduced in each chapter. Key terms are highlighted in the text and defined in the margins where they are first introduced. Both key terms and key people lists appear at the end of the chapter to help students review chapter highlights.
  • Now included on the student CourseMate website are a variety of resources for further study and review, including lists with definitions of "Key Terms" and "People to Know" identified in each text chapter, access to interactive versions of the maps in the text, flashcards, links to primary sources and history sites, and other activities. The website also contains a full, chapter-by-chapter annotated bibliography suitable for deeper research and an extensive visual profile of the United States with charts and graphs illustrating many aspects of the American historical experience—many with comparisons to other nations.

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History CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code, Vol. I  (ISBN-10: 1111767009 | ISBN-13: 9781111767006)

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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.

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

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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.

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The Brief American Pageant: A History of the Republic, Volume II: Since 1865  (ISBN-10: 0495915378 | ISBN-13: 9780495915379)

THE BRIEF AMERICAN PAGEANT presents a concise and vivid chronological narrative, focusing on the great public debates that have dominated American history. Colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and the text's trademark wit are all evident throughout. Focus questions, chapter outlines and summaries, marginal glossaries, and links to additional online study aids ensure that students understand and retain the material as they read and prepare for exams. Available in the following split options: THE BRIEF AMERICAN PAGEANT, Eighth Edition (Chapters 1-42), ISBN: 978-0-495-91535-5; Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-22), ISBN: 978-0-495-91535-5; Volume II: Since 1865 (Chapters 22-42), ISBN: 978-0-495-91537-9.

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History CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code, Vol. I  (ISBN-10: 1111767009 | ISBN-13: 9781111767006)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. Read your textbook, take notes, review flashcards, watch videos, and take practice quizzes--online with CourseMate. In addition you can access the History Resource Center, a "virtual reader" that provides you with hundreds of primary sources.

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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 = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.75

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.

List Price = $67.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.00

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 = $37.95  | CengageBrain Price = $37.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $28.50

The Brief American Pageant: A History of the Republic, Volume II: Since 1865  (ISBN-10: 0495915378 | ISBN-13: 9780495915379)

THE BRIEF AMERICAN PAGEANT presents a concise and vivid chronological narrative, focusing on the great public debates that have dominated American history. Colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and the text's trademark wit keep readers engaged. Focus questions, chapter outlines and summaries, marginal glossaries, and links to additional online study aids ensure that you understand and retain the material.

List Price = $101.95  | CengageBrain Price = $101.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $76.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

David M. 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.

Mel Piehl

Mel Piehl received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is professor of Humanities and History at Valparaiso University. His scholarly interests center on American intellectual and religious history, with particular emphasis on American Catholic history and the relations between religion and social thought. His book, BREAKING BREAD: THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL WORKER AND THE ORIGIN OF CATHOLIC RADICALISM IN AMERICA, was a finalist for the Robert Kennedy National Book Award. Dr. Piehl has written numerous articles on American Catholicism and American religion and social thought. He was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Dayton in 2001–2002.