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LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER offers students a clear, concise understanding of how America transformed itself, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The authors promote this understanding by telling the story of America through the lens of three major themes: liberty, equality, and power. This approach helps students understand not only the effect of the notions of liberty and equality, which are often associated with the American story, but also how dominant and subordinate groups have affected and been affected by the ever-shifting balance of power. LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER continues to offer strong political, social, and cultural coverage and valuable pedagogical tools including "History Through Film" to help draw students into the material and show the relevance of history to their own lives. Available in the following split options: LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, CONCISE SIXTH EDITION Complete, Volume 1: To 1877, and Volume 2: Since 1863.
- Chapters 19 and 20 have been substantially revised. The reorganized Chapter 19, "The Rise of Corporate America, 1865-1914," incorporates material from the fifth edition chapters 19 and 20 so that the story of growth of American corporations is now covered in one place. Much of the material in the revised chapter 20, "Cities, Peoples, Cultures, 1890-1920," is new and deepens the textbook's engagement with cultural and intellectual history.
- Chapters 29, 30, and 32 have been substantially revised. Chapter 29 has been streamlined and reorganized to clarify and focus narrative. Chapter 30 has been completely reorganized along thematic lines and includes a new section, "The Reagan Revolution." Chapter 32 has been completely revised and updated and includes analysis of the 2012 presidential election.
- New "Visual Link to the Past" features focus on a single piece of art, material culture, or photography that reveals something important about the historical era in which it was produced. Extended captions explore the historical significance of the object and then pose a question for individual assignment or classroom discussion. Topics include "A Southern View of Slavery" (Chapter 9), "Manifest Destiny" (Chapter 13), "The New Woman" (Chapter 19), and "It's Okay, We're Hunting Communists" (Chapter 27).
- New "Link to the Past" features spotlight brief primary source excerpts and include a question to involve students in "doing history." Topics include "A City Upon a Hill" (Chapter 2), "A Slave Mother and the Slave Trade" (Chapter 9), "Humor and the Woman Suffrage Movement" (Chapter 21), and "Civil Liberties in Wartime: Korematsu v. United States" (Chapter 26).
- Identification lists have been added to the study aids at the end of each chapter.
- Map captions highlight the major features and significant relationships between geographical locations, point to specific geographic/topographic features or spatial relationships, and encourage comparison between maps.
- "Musical Link to the Past" features lend an ear to musical movements and musicians of various eras. The features provide brief commentary, quotes from significant lyrics, and a "link" to sound recordings available on CD or accessible online. Features include music from "Oh Susanna" (1847, Chapter 10) to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message" (1982, Chapter 31).
- The very popular "History Through Film" features encourage students to think critically about what they see on screen and get them thinking about historical questions through a medium with which they are already familiar and comfortable. The features offer summaries of the films, note the interesting historical questions that they intentionally or unintentionally raise (and that students can fruitfully discuss), and offer a commentary on the accuracy or inaccuracy of historical figures and events as seen through the lens of the camera and the vision of the director. Featured films include 1776 (Chapter 5), A MIDWIFE'S TALE (Chapter 8), AMISTAD (Chapter 11), THE JAZZ SINGER (Chapter 24), SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (Chapter 26), and JFK (Chapter 28).
- "Discovery" sections at the end of each chapter guide students through the process of analyzing historical sources by taking a second, closer look at selected images, maps, charts, and quotes. Discovery questions provide opportunities for students to practice "doing history." An accompanying introduction at the beginning of the text explains how historians use source materials and encourages students to develop critical-thinking skills.
- The strength of the book's author team accounts for its high-quality narrative and analysis. Among the members of this distinguished team are James McPherson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and John Murrin, one of the pre-eminent colonial historians today. The concise sixth edition also incorporates the work of coauthor Alice Fahs (University of California, Irvine) who is an accomplished historian of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special expertise in cultural history and the history of gender.
- LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER includes a guide to using maps to help students identify the different types of maps (political, demographic, topographic, and military) and how these maps illustrate various types of information. This overview explains the importance of scale, using a legend, using the captions and topographic elements, as well as using maps for review when studying in order to help students get the most out of the book.
2. The Challenge to Spain and the Settlement of North America.
3. England Discovers Its Colonies: Empire, Liberty, and Expansion.
4. Provincial America and the Struggle for a Continent.
5. Reform, Resistance, Revolution.
6. The Revolutionary Republic.
7. Completing the Revolution, 1789-1815.
8. Northern Transformations, 1790-1850.
9. The Old South, 1790-1850.
10. Toward an American Culture.
11. Whigs and Democrats.
12. Antebellum Reform.
13. Manifest Destiny: An Empire for Liberty--or Slavery?
14. The Gathering Tempest, 1853-1860.
15. Secession and Civil War, 1860-1862.
16. A New Birth of Freedom, 1862-1865.
17. Reconstruction, 1863-1877.
18. A Transformed Nation: The West and the New South, 1865-1900.
19. The Rise of Corporate America, 1865-1914.
20. Cities, Peoples, Cultures, 1890-1920.
22. Becoming a World Power, 1898-1917.
23. War and Society, 1914-1920.
24. The 1920s.
25. The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1939.
26. America during the Second World War.
27. The Age of Containment, 1946-1953.
28. Affluence and Its Discontents, 1953-1963.
29. America during Its Longest War, 1963-1974.
30. Uncertain Times, 1974-1992.
31. Economic, Social, and Cultural Change in the Late 20th Century.
32. A Time of Hope and Fear, 1993-2012.
"I have been using [LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER] for 10 years at 4 different colleges; I believe it provides excellent value for the money. . . appreciate & enjoy the social history strand woven through the narrative which elevates the interest & participation of my students. . . good overall narrative appropriate for a lower division survey at the right level for the average students."
"I like the thematic approach [of LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER]--it helps students to connect the material from chapter to chapter. It also enables us to track the progress of the country in the selected areas."
"I also love the movie and music features as well as the primary documents. [Students] get at a lot of different ways to access and understand historical processes."