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The American Spirit: United States History as Seen by Contemporaries, 13th Edition

  • David M. Kennedy Stanford University
  • ISBN-10: 1305101774  |  ISBN-13: 9781305101777
  • 912 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2006, 2002
  • © 2016 | Published
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This comprehensive primary source reader focuses on political, diplomatic, and social history, presenting a rich collection of documents and images that includes travel literature, religious sermons, newspaper articles, court testimony, diary entries, and political cartoons. An ideal companion for the sixteenth edition of THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, the text can be used with any U.S. history survey text.

Features and Benefits

  • Chapters of THE AMERICAN SPIRIT correlate directly to the chapters of THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, 16E.
  • THE AMERICAN SPIRIT is a full-service primary source reader, offering a rich collection of documents and images (including letters, religious sermons, travel literature, court testimony, diary entries, and political cartoons).

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 in Peace and War 1913–1920.
30. American Life in the “Roaring Twenties” 1920–1929.
31. The Politics of Boom and Bust 1920–1932.
32. The Great Depression and the New Deal 1933–1939.
33. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War 1933–1941.
34. America in World War II 1941–1945.
35. The Cold War Begins 1945–1952.
36. American Zenith 1952–1963.
37. The Stormy Sixties 1963–1973.
38. Challenges to the Postwar Order 1973–1980.
39. The Resurgence of Conservatism 1980–1992.
40. America Confronts the Post-Cold War Era 1992–2000.
41. The American People Face a New Century 2001–2014.

What's New

  • The thirteenth edition has been consolidated into a convenient single-volume format that still covers the full span of American history.
  • Material related to the Wilson presidency and World War I (formerly Chapters 29 and 30) has been condensed into a new single Chapter 29, “Wilsonian Progressivism in Peace and War, 1913–1920.” This change reduces the total number of chapters in this edition to 41.
  • Revised content includes more than 20 new primary source selections that reflect changes in THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, 16E. New material is contained primarily in the post-World War II section.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Text + AP Teacher Resource Guide + The American Pageant (AP® Edition), 16th: AP® Teacher’s Resource DVD-ROM with ExamView Test Generator + Text Bank

ISBN-10: 1305714873 | ISBN-13: 9781305714878

List Price = $303.95  | CengageBrain Price = $303.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $228.50

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  • AP Teacher Resource Guide for Kennedy/Cohen’s American Pageant, 16th
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  • The American Pageant (AP® Edition), 16th: AP® Teacher’s Resource DVD-ROM with ExamView Test Generator
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  • Test Bank for Kennedy/Cohen’s The American Pageant, AP® Edition, 16th
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  • The American Spirit: United States History as Seen by Contemporaries
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Efficacy and Outcomes


“THE AMERICAN SPIRIT represents a lot of different sides to every topic. It allows for great opportunities for discussion and historiography assignments.”

— Brian Hitchcox, Ooltewah High School

“I like the summary at the beginning as well as the [Thought Provoker] questions posed throughout. I see many, many examples of higher level/critical thinking questions.”

— Susan Autry, Central Piedmont Community College

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.