The American Pageant, Volume II,
17th Edition

David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen

ISBN-13: 9780357030585 | ISBN-10: 0357030583

Copyright 2020

| Published 2019

List Price USD $98.95


You may not think that a history book could make you laugh, but THE AMERICAN PAGEANT just might. It's known for being one of the most popular, effective and entertaining texts on American history. Colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations and the authors' trademark wit bring history to life. Learning aids make the book as accessible as it is enjoyable: part openers and chapter-ending chronologies provide a context for the major periods in American history, while primary sources and introductions to key historical figures give you a front row seat to the nation's past.

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Meet the Authors

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David M. Kennedy is Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and founding Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. He also serves as editor of the Oxford History of the United States series. His volume in the series, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, won the Pulitzer Prize for History, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Ambassador's Prize, and the California Gold Medal for Literature. He is also the author of Over Here: The First World War and American Society, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger, which won the Bancroft Prize. He is also editor of The Modern American Military, and co-editor of World War II and the West it Wrought. He lives in Stanford, California.

Lizabeth Cohen is an historian of the United States in the 20th century in the Harvard History Department, where she is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies and a Harvard University Distinguished Professor. She is the author most recently of Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age, which won the Bancroft Prize in American History. Previous books include A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America and Making A New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939, which also won the Bancroft and was a finalist for the Pulitzer in History. She was Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study from 2011-2018.

  • Discussion of slavery in Volume 1 is significantly revised to show cotton cultivation as a capitalist enterprise.
  • Organizational changes enhance the new framework and assure a cohesive narrative. Chapters 2 and 3 introduce English colonization in the context of French, Spanish and Dutch colonization. Material in the previous edition's Chapter 6 is condensed and integrated into Chapter 2 (for the early French material) and 7 (including the French and Indian War). A new chapter (26, "Rumbles of Discontent 1865 – 1900") focuses on challenges to the political and societal status quo (formerly covered in Chapter 25). Chapter 30, on the 1920s, combines content from the previous edition's Chapters 30 and 31.
  • Substantial revisions, particularly in Volume 1, incorporate more non-white history and reflect more recent historiography. Native American history particularly receives thorough attention, with Native American agency and history emphasized from the pre-Columbian era through the Civil War. Substantial additions to the book's features incorporate more non-white and female voices.
  • Increased coverage of the Spanish West and California helps move the focus of the narrative beyond the geographic bounds of the English colonies and early states.
  • This edition aligns more closely with the current Advanced Placement Curriculum Framework (AP CF). The authors created a new nine-part structure that approximately correlates to the nine periods outlined in the AP CF. New part essays each include two focus questions to provide additional signposts for students.
  • Examining the Evidence primary source features include topics such as what correspondence between Abigail and John Adams reveals about women in the American Revolution, how the Gettysburg Address sheds light on President Lincoln's vision of the nation, what the manuscript census shows us about immigrant households on New York's Lower East Side in 1900 and government policy and homeownership.
  • Every chapter concludes with an expanded chronology and a list (titled To Learn More) of ten approachable books to consult for additional information.
  • Varying Viewpoints essays reflect new interpretations of significant trends and events, as well as concern for their global context.
  • 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.
  • A chapter-ending list of People to Know--created to help students focus on the most significant people introduced--and a list of key terms help students review chapter highlights.
  • Contending Voices boxes pair quotes from original historical sources, accompanied by questions that prompt students to think about conflicting perspectives on controversial subjects. Topics include: Anne Hutchinson: Accused and Defended (Ch. 3), War in 1812 (Ch. 10, new to this edition), The Role of Women (Ch. 14, new to this edition), Debating Slavery (Ch. 15, revised for this edition), Populism and Anti-Populism (Ch. 26, new to this edition), All That Jazz (Ch. 30) and Differing Visions of Black Freedom (Ch. 36).
  • 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.
  • Boxed quotes, many relating to international events or figures, add personal voices to the events chronicled in the text's historical narrative. This edition incorporates not only more non-white voices, but also more female voices.
  • The seventeenth edition aligns even more closely with the Advanced Placement Curriculum Framework, with a new nine-part structure approximately correlating to the nine periods outlined in the current Curriculum Framework. Each of the new part essays includes two focus questions to provide additional signposts for students.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Globally essays (now totaling 13) 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. They also 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.

Table of Contents

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21. The Ordeal of Reconstruction 1865 – 1877.
22. The Industrial Era Dawns 1865 – 1900.
23. Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age 1869 – 1896.
24. America Moves to the City 1865 – 1900.
25. The Conquest of the West 1865 – 1896.
26. Rumbles of Discontent 1865 – 1900.
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 – 1932.
31. The Great Depression and the New Deal 1933 – 1939.
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War 1933 – 1941.
33. America in World War II 1941 – 1945.
34. The Cold War Begins 1945 – 1952.
35. American Zenith 1952 – 1963.
36. The Stormy Sixties 1963 – 1973.
37. A Sea of Troubles 1973 – 1980.
38. The Resurgence of Conservatism 1980 – 1992.
39. America Confronts the Post-Cold War Era, 1992 – 2000.
40. The American People Face a New Century, 2001 – 2018.

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