Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, Volume I: To 1877, Enhanced,
7th Edition

John Murrin, Pekka Hämäläinen, Paul E. Johnson, Denver Brunsman, James M. McPherson, Alice Fahs, Gary Gerstle, Emily S. Rosenberg, Norman L. Rosenberg

ISBN-13: 9780357022313 | ISBN-10: 0357022319

Copyright 2020

| Published 2019

| 592 pages

List Price USD $175.95


History isn't about memorizing names and dates. Understanding the past can help you navigate the present and future--and LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER, Enhanced 7th Edition is the book to guide you. It teaches you about American history, in part by introducing you to movies (really!) and other forms of popular culture that tell the stories of the nation's past. It shows you how the United States was transformed from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on Earth. You'll learn about the impact of the notions of liberty and equality as well as about how dominant and subordinate groups have fared in the ever-shifting balance of power. Learning aids help you get through the material, retain the most important concepts and prep for exams (whew)!

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John M. Murrin studies American colonial and revolutionary history and the early republic. He has edited one multivolume series and five books, including two essay collections--COLONIAL AMERICA: ESSAYS IN POLITICS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, 6th Edition (2010) and SAINTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES: ESSAYS IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY (1984). His own essays cover topics ranging from ethnic tensions, the early history of trial by jury, the emergence of the legal profession, the Salem witch trials, the political culture of the colonies and the new nation as well as the rise of professional baseball and college football in the nineteenth century. He served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 1998 – 1999.

Pekka Hämäläinen is the Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University. A specialist in early American, Native American, borderlands and environmental history, he is the author of THE COMANCHE EMPIRE (2008), which won multiple awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Merle Curti Award, the Norris and Hundley Award, the William P. Clements Prize and the Caughey Western History Association Prize. His writings have appeared in the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, History and Theory, the William and Mary Quarterly and the Western Historical Quarterly. He is currently working on a project on nomadic empires in world history, which is funded by the European Research Council. His new book, IKTÓMI'S PEOPLE: THE LAKOTA AGE IN AMERICA, will be published by Yale University Press in 2019.

A specialist in early national social history, Paul E. Johnson is the author of THE EARLY AMERICAN REPUBLIC, 1789 – 1829 (2006); SAM PATCH, THE FAMOUS JUMPER (2003); and A SHOPKEEPER'S MILLENNIUM: SOCIETY AND REVIVALS IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, 1815 – 1837, 25th Anniversary Edition (2004). In addition, he is coauthor (with Sean Wilentz) of THE KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS: SEX AND SALVATION IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICA (1994) and is editor of AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY: ESSAYS IN HISTORY (1994). He was awarded the Merle Curti Prize of the Organization of American Historians (1980), the Richard P. McCormack Prize of the New Jersey Historical Association (1989), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1985 – 1986), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1995), the Gilder Lehrman Institute (2001) and the National Endowment for the Humanities We the People Fellowship (2006 – 2007).

Denver Brunsman writes on the politics and social history of the American Revolution, the early American republic, and the British Atlantic world. His book THE EVIL NECESSITY: BRITISH NAVAL IMPRESSMENT IN THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ATLANTIC WORLD (2013) received the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize for outstanding work in eighteenth-century studies in the Americas and Atlantic world. He also is an editor of THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION READER (2013) and COLONIAL AMERICA: ESSAYS IN POLITICS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, Sixth Edition (2011), among other works. His honors include year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities at the Newberry Library, Chicago; the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan; and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He teaches an annual course on “George Washington and His World,” which meets at Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

James M. McPherson is a distinguished Civil War historian. He won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for his book BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM: THE CIVIL WAR ERA. His other publications include MARCHING TOWARD FREEDOM: BLACKS IN THE CIVIL WAR, Second Edition (1991); ORDEAL BY FIRE: THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION, Third Edition (2001); ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1991); FOR CAUSE AND COMRADES: WHY MEN FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR (1997), which won the Lincoln Prize in 1998; CROSSROADS OF FREEDOM: ANTIETAM (2002); HALLOWED GROUND: A WALK AT GETTYSBURG (2003); and TRIED BY WAR: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF (2008), which won the Lincoln Prize for 2009. Professor McPherson served as president of the American Historical Association (2003-2004).

Alice Fahs is a specialist in American cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her book THE IMAGINED CIVIL WAR: POPULAR LITERATURE OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH, 1861–1865 (2001) was a finalist in 2002 for the Lincoln Prize. Together with Joan Waugh, she published the edited collection THE MEMORY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN AMERICAN CULTURE (2004). She also edited Louisa May Alcott's HOSPITAL SKETCHES (2004), an account of Alcott's nursing experiences during the Civil War first published in 1863. Fahs's most recent book is OUT ON ASSIGNMENT: NEWSPAPER WOMEN AND THE MAKING OF MODERN PUBLIC SPACE (2011). Her honors include an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Newberry Library, and the Huntington Library.

Gary Gerstle is the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge. He previously taught at Princeton University, the Catholic University of America, the University of Maryland, and Vanderbilt University. A historian of the twentieth-century United States, he is the author, coauthor, and coeditor of six books and the author of nearly 35 articles. His books include WORKING-CLASS AMERICANISM: THE POLITICS OF LABOR IN A TEXTILE CITY, 1914–1960 (1989); AMERICAN CRUCIBLE: RACE AND NATION IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (2001), winner of the Saloutos Prize for the best work in immigration and ethnic history; THE RISE AND FALL OF THE NEW DEAL ORDER, 1930–1980 (1989); and RULING AMERICA: WEALTH AND POWER IN A DEMOCRACY (2005). A new book on the principles underlying the use of public power in America from the Revolution to the present will soon be published by Princeton University Press. He has served on the board of editors of the Journal of American History and the American Historical Review. His honors include a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the Harmsworth Visiting Professorship of American History at the University of Oxford, and membership in the Society of American Historians.

Emily Rosenberg specializes in U.S. foreign relations in the twentieth century and is the author of SPREADING THE AMERICAN DREAM: AMERICAN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL EXPANSION, 1890–1945 (1982); FINANCIAL MISSIONARIES TO THE WORLD: THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF DOLLAR DIPLOMACY (1999), which won the Ferrell Book Award; A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE: PEARL HARBOR IN AMERICAN MEMORY (2004); and TRANSNATIONAL CURRENTS IN A SHRINKING WORLD, 1870–1945 (2014). Her other publications include (with Norman L. Rosenberg) IN OUR TIMES: AMERICA SINCE 1945, Seventh Edition (2003), and numerous articles dealing with foreign relations in the context of international finance, American culture, and gender ideology. She has served on the board of the Organization of American Historians, on the board of editors of the American Historical Review, and as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Norman L. Rosenberg specializes in legal history with a particular interest in legal culture and First Amendment issues. His books include PROTECTING THE 'BEST MEN': AN INTERPRETIVE HISTORY OF THE LAW OF LIBEL (1990) and (with Emily S. Rosenberg) IN OUR TIMES: AMERICA SINCE 1945, Seventh Edition (2003). He has published articles in Rutgers Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Law and History Review, and many other journals and law-related anthologies.

  • The enhanced seventh edition retains the major revision and expansion of the primary source program in the last edition. What They Said, a central feature that appears in every chapter, anchors the program. Each feature focuses on a controversial issue pertinent to the time period covered in the chapter, and presents two or more sides of the issue in the words of individuals who participated in the debates.
  • The addition of Pekka Hämäläinen and Denver Brunsman to the author team in the last edition continues to influence the textbook. Specialists in the history of early America and the early Republic, the new coauthors enable this edition to preserve its robust history of British America while enhancing coverage of Spanish America, French America and Native America. They give the text a stronger continental perspective, with new coverage on the early history of North American territory that became California, New Mexico and Texas. There's also more material on environmental history.
  • Pedagogical tools proven to be popular with students and instructors are enhanced. Each chapter now begins with learning objectives. Each map now includes a brief caption instructing students about how to interpret the map's geographical and topographical data. For the first time, questions for each caption encourage students to engage with the map material. Also new are student-focused questions added to hundreds of images throughout the text. About ten percent of the images are new, and suggested readings for each chapter are updated.
  • Chapter 20, "Cities, Peoples, Cultures, 1890 – 1920," includes more robust sections on women's and gender history, including material on women's work and culture previously presented in Chapter 19, "The Rise of Corporate America, 1865 – 1914." The closing chapter is up to date with treatment of the important developments in politics, economics and culture of the 21st century, from the destruction of the World Trade Center towers to the election of Barack Obama to the the election of Donald Trump.
  • The popular History Through Film feature, along with two other primary document features--Interpreting the Visual Past and What They Said--give this edition one of the most comprehensive, diverse and intriguing programs of primary sources available in any U.S. History textbook. Five films are included for the first time: Even the Rain (2010), Hamilton's America (2016), Lincoln (2012), The Immigrant (2013) and Selma (2014).
  • What They Said, a primary source feature in each chapter, builds on (and replaces) the previous edition's Links to the Past boxes. Each feature presents two or more brief primary source excerpts along with introductory notes and questions, offering students an opportunity to analyze different perspectives on a relevant topic.
  • LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER's thematic approach shows how the pursuit of liberty and equality has shaped the nation and how power has been used and abused in every aspect of American life--for example, between men and women, whites and blacks and rich and poor.
  • The Interpreting the Visual Past feature in each chapter builds on (and replaces) the Visual Links to the Past boxes. Each feature focuses on an image relevant to the chapter's discussion, providing an extended caption and a question that asks students to analyze a painting, a cartoon, a photograph or an illustration as a piece of historical evidence.
  • A student section at the beginning of the book on 'Reading' and Studying Photographs, Artwork and Maps helps students understand what history is and how to best study it.
  • The book's pedagogy has been improved through the addition of a set of learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter and through the inclusion of specially designed questions in half of the book's images and every one of the map captions.
  • The strength of the book's author team accounts for its high-quality narrative and analysis. Among the members of this distinguished team are two new authors--Pekka Hämäläinen from Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford and Denver Brunsman from George Washington University. They join original members, all award-winning educators and prominent scholars in their respective areas of expertise.

Table of Contents

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1. When Old Worlds Collide: Encounters in the Atlantic World to 1600.
2. Colonization in North America, 1600 – 1680.
3. Empires, Indians, and the Struggle for Power in North America, 1670 – 1720.
4. Provincial America and the Struggle for a Continent, 1720 – 1763.
5. Reform, Resistance, Revolution, 1763 – 1776.
6. The Revolutionary Republic, 1776 – 1789.
7. Completing the Revolution, 1789 – 1815.
8. Northern Transformations, 1790 – 1850.
9. The Old South, 1790 – 1850.
10. Toward an American Culture, 1815 – 1850.
11. Whigs and Democrats, 1815 – 1840.
12. Antebellum Reform, 1820 – 1860.
13. Manifest Destiny: An Empire for Liberty--Or Slavery? 1845 – 1860.
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.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

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