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The American Experiment: A History of the United States / Edition 2

The American Experiment: A History of the United States / Edition 2

by Steven M. Gillon, Cathy D. Matson
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Using the framework of the new political history, this text examines the successes and failures of the democratic experiment throughout the American past. The text invigorates the new political history with a more inclusive vision of politics that captures the experience of all Americans.

The text's narrative examines social, cultural, economic, and diplomatic history to ensure that all the important events and stories of American history are covered.

  • The end-of chapter Competing Voices feature includes two primary sources, a headnote, and questions.
  • Chapter-opening vignettes tell a story and introduce the key themes of each chapter. The vignettes are followed by an introduction and three to five Focus Questions.
  • A chapter-ending Conclusion revisits and answers the Focus Questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618429493
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 12/15/2004
Pages: 1448
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Steve Gillon received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He has taught American cultural and political history at Brown, Yale, and Oxford. While a Professor at Yale, he was awarded the DeVane medal, a teaching award conferred each year by graduating seniors. He currently serves as Dean of the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma, and is Resident Historian at the History Channel. Dr. Gillon's books include THE DEMOCRAT'S DILEMMA: WALTER F. MONDALE AND THE LIBERAL LEGACY and "THAT'S NOT WHAT WE MEANT TO DO": REFORM AND ITS UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICA. His most recent book is THE PACT: BILL CLINTON, NEWT GINGRICH, AND THE RIVALRY THAT DEFINED A GENERATION.

Cathy D. Matson specializes in the economic culture and thought of the Atlantic World from 1500-1800. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and is currently Professor of History at the University of Delaware and Director of the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Her publications include A UNION OF INTERESTS: ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL THOUGHT IN REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA and MERCHANTS AND EMPIRE: COMMERCE IN COLONIAL NEW YORK. She is currently at work on a study comparing the economic and cultural development of the Hudson and Delaware Valleys.

Table of Contents

1. Out of Old Worlds, New Worlds. 2. The First Experiments, 1540-1680. 3. Imperial Connections, 1660-1748. 4. Colonial Maturation and Conflict, 1680-1754. 5. Forging the American Experiment, 1754-1775. 6. Winning Independence, 1775-1783. 7. The Federal Experiment, 1783-1800. 8. Striving for Nationhood, 1800-1824. 9. An Emerging Capitalist Nation, 1790-1820. 10. Transforming the Political Culture, 1820-1840. 11. Industry and Reform in the North, 1820-1850. 12. Living with Slavery, North and South, 1820-1850. 13. The Westward Experiment, 1820-1850. 14. The Sectional Challenge, 1848-1860. 15. Transforming the Experiment: The Civil War, 1861-1865. 16. Reconstruction and the New South, 1865-1900. 17. The Western Frontier, 1862-1900. 18. The Industrial Experiment, 1865-1900. 19. The New Urban Nation, 1865-1910. 20. State and Society, 1877-1900. 21. The Progressive Era, 1889-1916. 22. The Experiment in American Empire, 1865-1917. 23. Making the World Safe for Democracy: America and World War I, 1914-1920. 24. The New Era, 1920-1928. 25. "Fear Itself": Crash, Depression, and the New Deal, 1929-1938. 26. War and Society, 1933-1945. 27. The Cold War, 1945-1952. 28. The Consumer Society, 1945-1960. 29. Consensus and Confrontation, 1960-1968. 30. The Politics of Polarization, 1969-1979. 31. The Reagan Experiment, 1979-1988. 32. America After the Cold War, 1988-2000. Epilogue: The Challenges of the New Century.

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