The Brief American Pageant: A History of the Republic, Volume I: To 1877,
10th Edition

David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, Mel Piehl

ISBN-13: 9780357661536
Copyright 2023 | Published
List Price: USD $97.95

Say goodbye to boring history readings. Through colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations and the authors' signature wit, Kennedy/Cohen/O'Mara/Piehl's THE BRIEF AMERICAN PAGEANT: A HISTORY OF THE REPUBLIC has earned the reputation as one of the most popular, effective and entertaining U.S. history texts. Its concise and vivid chronological narrative focuses on the central themes and great public debates that have dominated American history. The 10th edition provides expanded emphasis on the international context of numerous developments in U.S. history, Native American history, Black historical figures, the Roaring '20s, post-World War II movements for racial justice, privacy issues in the digital age and more. In addition, a variety of study tools help maximize your success -- including MindTap's anywhere, anytime digital learning solutions.


Part I: FOUNDING THE NEW NATION ca. 33,000 B.C.E.-1700 C.E.
1. New World Beginnings 33,000 B.C.E.-1680 C.C.
2. The Contest for 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" 1920-1929.
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 2001-2021.

  • David M. Kennedy

    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

    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.

  • Mel Piehl

    Mel Piehl is professor of Humanities and History at Valparaiso University. He served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Dayton in 2001-2002 and as Visiting Scholar in Catholic Studies at Seattle University in 2013-2014. Dr. Piehl's scholarly interests center on American intellectual and religious history, with particular emphasis on American Catholic history and the relationship between religion and social thought. His book, BREAKING BREAD: THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL WORKER AND THE ORIGIN OF CATHOLIC RADICALISM IN AMERICA, was a finalist for the Robert Kennedy National Book Award. In addition, Dr. Piehl has written numerous articles on American Catholicism and American religion and social thought. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

  • The 10th edition provides new emphasis on the international context and impact of numerous developments in American history, including nationalist rivalries in colonial settlement, the American Revolution in relation to others, comparative slavery, 19th-century nationalism, international trade and technology, global wars, anti-colonial movements and environmental developments.

  • An expanded focus on Native American history throughout American history connects it with other major themes, such as Western movements, racial conflicts and political developments.

  • An all-new chapter on the Roaring '20s integrates political, economic and cultural history of the period while connecting the origin of mass consumerism and new technologies to continual modernizing forces in the 20th century.

  • New material on post-World War II civil rights and movements for racial justice includes coverage of the Obama presidency.

  • A new section highlights privacy and security issues in the digital age.

  • More attention to Black historical figures and developments includes the active role of enslaved people in creating their own culture and pushing for their own liberation during the Civil War and after -- linking issues of race to feminism, labor history and other major movements in the U.S.

  • Colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations and the authors' signature wit contribute to the book's reputation as one of the most popular, effective and entertaining texts in American history. "Makers of America" features bring to life major ethnic and social groups (the Plains Indians, Italian Americans, Vietnamese Americans) as well as prominent social and political groups and movements (the Oneida Community, environmentalists, feminists). These exceptionally well-written essays add depth and personality to the text's historical presentation.

  • Helping learners engage with topics on a personal level, quote boxes sprinkled liberally throughout the chapters take students back to the period under discussion and give them a sense of what people of the time said and thought about various events, questions and controversies.

  • "Examining the Evidence" features give students a chance to practice the art of historical thinking by showing how historians develop interpretations of the past. Covering a wide range of sources, they lead students to discover how a letter from a Black freedman to his former master illuminates his family's hopes for a new life; what the manuscript census teaches us about immigrant households in New York in 1900; how political cartoons work to make points with satire and humor; and how the shopping mall changed consumers' behavior and politicians' campaign tactics after World War II.

  • "Varying Viewpoints" provide insightful accounts of the changing historical interpretations of major events in American history, such as the American Revolution, slavery, the Civil War, the 1960s, modern conservatism and more. These essays provide instructors with a rich resource for deepening their own appreciation for the many and often conflicting ways that historians have interpreted America's history as well as a provocative means of introducing students to the relationship between historical facts and historical interpretations.

  • Exceedingly clear maps are closely linked to the textual narrative, providing precise topographical detail and clear labels to better communicate the authors' analytical points. In addition, a global locator map in a corner of each map provides geographical context for the area under discussion.

  • Key terms are highlighted in the text and defined in the margins where they are first introduced. Both key term and key people lists appear at the end of each chapter to help students review chapter highlights -- maximizing their study time.

  • In every chapter, focus questions, chapter outlines and summaries, marginal glossaries and links to related primary sources ensure that students understand and retain the material as they read and prepare for exams.

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