The American Pageant,
17th Edition

David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen

ISBN-13: 9781337616225 | ISBN-10: 1337616222

Copyright 2020

| Published 2019

| 1152 pages

List Price USD $159.95


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 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.

Lizabeth Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the History department and the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2007 – 2008 she was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. Previously, she taught at New York University and Carnegie Mellon University. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author of many articles and essays, Dr. Cohen was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her first book, MAKING A NEW DEAL: INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN CHICAGO, 1919 – 1939, for which she later won the Bancroft Prize and the Philip Taft Labor History Award. She authored A CONSUMERS' REPUBLIC: THE POLITICS OF MASS CONSUMPTION IN POSTWAR AMERICA (2003), and will soon be publishing SAVING AMERICA'S CITIES: ED LOGUE AND THE STRUGGLE TO RENEW URBAN AMERICA IN THE SUBURBAN AGE (2019), on urban renewal in American cities after World War II. At Harvard, she has taught courses in 20th-century American History, with particular attention to the intersection of social and cultural life and politics. She now oversees the Radcliffe Institute, a major center for scholarly research, creative arts and public programs.

  • Discussion of slavery in Volume 1 is significantly revised to show cotton cultivation as a capitalist enterprise.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Every chapter concludes with an expanded chronology and a list (titled To Learn More) of ten approachable books to consult for additional information.
  • 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.
  • Varying Viewpoints essays reflect new interpretations of significant trends and events, as well as concern for their global context.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

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PART I: PEOPLING A CONTINENT c. 33,000 B.C.E. – 1700 C.E.
1. New World Beginnings 33,000 B.C.E. – 1680 C.E.
2. Aspiring Empires in North America 1500 – 1664.
3. Settling the English Colonies 1619 – 1700.
4. American Life in the Seventeenth Century 1607 – 1692.
5. Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution 1700 – 1775.
6. The Road to Revolution 1754 – 1775.
7. America Secedes from the Empire 1775 – 1783.
8. The Confederation and the Constitution 1776 – 1790.
9. Launching the New Ship of State 1789 – 1800.
10. The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic 1800 – 1812.
11. The War of 1812 and the Upsurge of Nationalism 1812 – 1824.
12. The Rise of a Mass Democracy 1824 – 1840.
13. Forging the National Economy 1790 – 1860.
14. The Ferment of Reform and Culture 1790 – 1860.
15. The South and Slavery 1793 – 1860.
16. Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy 1841 – 1848.
17. Renewing the Sectional Struggle 1848 – 1854.
18. Drifting Toward Disunion 1854 – 1861.
19. Girding for War: The North and the South 1861 – 1865.
20. The Furnace of Civil War 1861 – 1865.
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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