Inventing America: A History of the United States

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W. W. Norton, Incorporated, Apr 1, 2006 - History - 500 pages
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Adopted at over 250 colleges and universities in its First Edition, Inventing America broke new ground by integrating the cultural, social, and political dimensions of the American story around the unifying theme of innovation—the pragmatic forward-looking direction of American history, the willingness of Americans to find new solutions in the face of challenge and change.

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Pauline Maier received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, then went on to a career as a history professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Maier wrote two books involving colonial America: "From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776" and "American Sculpture: Making the Declaration of Independence." Maier has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Pauline Maier also wrote Ratification which was published in 2010.

Alexander Keyssar is Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard University. He is a specialist in late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century social and political history. His first book, Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts , won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians. His most recent book is The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States , a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association.

Merrittt Roe Smith is Leverett and William Cutten Professor of the History of Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the history of technological innovation and social change, and his publications include Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology and Military Enterprise and Technological Change . Professor Smith is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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