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THE AMERICAN PAGEANT enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular, effective, and entertaining texts on American history. The colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and trademark wit bring American history to life. The 16th edition includes a major revision of Part Six (the period from 1945 to the present), reflecting recent scholarship and providing greater thematic coherence. The authors also condensed and consolidated material on the Wilson presidency and World War I (formerly Chapters 29 and 30) into a new single chapter. A new feature, “Contending Voices,” offers paired quotes from original historical sources, accompanied by questions that prompt students to think about conflicting perspectives on controversial subjects. Additional pedagogical aids make THE AMERICAN PAGEANT accessible to students: part openers and chapter-ending chronologies provide a context for the major periods in American history, while other features present additional primary sources, scholarly debates, and key historical figures for analysis. Available in the following options: THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, Sixteenth Edition (Chapters 1–41); Volume 1: To 1877 (Chapters 1–22); Volume 2: Since 1865 (Chapters 22–41).
- A major revision of Part Six, which covers the post-1945 period, provides greater thematic coherence. Reflecting an emerging scholarly consensus, content on the period is divided into two eras: a midcentury era defined by economic growth and broadly shared prosperity followed, starting in the 1970s, by more fitful growth, increasing economic inequality, and increasing social inclusiveness. Anchoring the narrative of events in a coherent interpretive framework facilitates students' acquisition of historical thinking skills, including periodization, synthetic reasoning, and contextual analysis.
- Material on the Wilson presidency and World War I (formerly Chapters 29 and 30) has been condensed into a new Chapter 29, “Wilsonian Progressivism in Peace and War, 1913−1920.” This change reduces the total number of chapters to 41 in this edition.
- A new feature in each chapter, “Contending Voices,” adds to the wealth of primary source material. This feature offers paired quotes from original historical sources, accompanied by questions that prompt students to think about conflicting perspectives on controversial subjects. Examples of topics include: Anne Hutchinson: Accused and Defended (Ch. 3); Debating the New Constitution (Ch. 9); The Role of Women (Ch. 15); Perspectives on Race and Slavery (Ch. 16); The Ghost Dance and the Wounded Knee Massacre (Ch. 26); All that Jazz (Ch. 30); and Differing Visions of Black Freedom (Ch. 38).
- A new “Thinking Globally” essay on The Global Sixties (Ch. 37) places the youth politics of that era in an international and comparative context. The “Thinking Globally” item on globalization, now in Chapter 38, has been heavily revised to emphasize the changing international economic context for domestic U.S. developments beginning in the 1970s.
- A new “Examining the Evidence” item in Chapter 41, entitled “The National Security Strategy, 2002,” grapples explicitly with the task of crafting arguments from historical evidence.
- “Varying Viewpoints” essays on the 1960s (Ch. 37) and conservatism (Ch. 39) have been updated extensively to incorporate new historiography, and to emphasize the challenges of weighing differing historical interpretations.
- 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.
- “Varying Viewpoints” essays reflect new interpretations of significant trends and events, as well as concern for their global context. Updated essays such as those on the 1960s (Ch. 37) and conservatism (Ch. 39) incorporate new historiography and emphasize the challenges of weighing differing historical interpretations.
- 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; small regional/global locator maps to reinforce students' understanding of U.S. geography and its global context; and bolded key terms with a related glossary.
- 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 that chapter−appear at the end of the chapter to help students review chapter highlights. Both lists also 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.
- One of the most popular, effective, and entertaining American history texts ever written, THE AMERICAN PAGEANT combines colorful anecdotes, a wealth of primary source materials, an abundance of photos and cartoons, and the authors' scholarship and trademark wit to bring American history to life.
- “Contending Voices,” new to the 16th Edition, adds to the wealth of primary source material. This feature offers paired quotes from original historical sources, accompanied by questions that prompt students to think about conflicting perspectives on controversial subjects. Examples of topics include: Anne Hutchinson: Accused and Defended (Ch. 3); Debating the New Constitution (Ch. 9); The Role of Women (Ch. 15); Perspectives on Race and Slavery (Ch. 16); The Ghost Dance and the Wounded Knee Massacre (Ch. 26); All that Jazz (Ch. 30); and Differing Visions of Black Freedom (Ch. 38).
- “Thinking Globally” essays (now totaling 14) 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 18th 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.
Part IV: FORGING AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY 1865−1909.
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.
Part V: STRUGGLING FOR JUSTICE AT HOME AND ABROAD 1901−1945.
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.
Part VI: MAKING MODERN AMERICA 1945 TO THE PRESENT.
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.
“[THE AMERICAN PAGEANT] doesn't neglect the social and economic aspects of the American experience as do too many other texts that are too exclusively political histories. In addition, it has what I would call a 'macro' and 'micro' approach to history; it presents the American drama both in terms of broad, over-arching themes and through the eyes of the individuals who were the players on its stage. In short, you get to see the forest and the trees!”
“I have examined other texts but always return to THE AMERICAN PAGEANT. I like the text very much. It is easy for students to read.”
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