The American Journey: A History of the United States

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Prentice Hall, 2002 - History - 592 pages
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The Brief Edition of The American Journey was created by rewriting and cutting to condense text, and by using fewer photographs, maps, and charts to illustrate the text. The Brief Edition is about half as long as the original text. The Combined Version introduces students to the key features of American political, social, and economic history. Written in a clear, engaging style with a straightforward chronological organization, it provides students with a solid framework for understanding the past. It gives prominent coverage to the West and South and highlights the importance of religion in American history. It traces the emergence of distinctively American ideals and the way the conflict between those ideals and reality has shaped our nation's development. It brings alive the crucial issues and events behind the continuing effort of Americans to live up to their ideals. Compelling stories, ample use of quotations, and excerpts from primary sources bring the past vividly alive. The Combined Version encompasses the complete American history experience from transplantation, 1600-1685 and the creation of new worlds, to the shaping of a new America, 1965-1995 and searching for stability in a changing world since 1980. For history enthusiasts and those looking for a review of American political, social and economic history.

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User Review  - AlexTheHunn - LibraryThing

This is a good middle of the road textbook for a freshman Survery of American History. It attempts to include a wide range of cultural elements and seeks to avoid the Eurocentric approach that tainted so many texts in previous years. Read full review


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David R. Goldfield is the author of "Black, White, and Southern: Race Relations and Southern Culture".

Carl Abbott is professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. He is the author of"How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America" and several books about Portland history, including "Portland: Planning, Politics, and Growth in a Twentieth Century City; The Great Extravaganza: Portland's Lewis and Clark Exposition;" and "Greater Portland: Urban Life and Landscape in the Pacific Northwest." A now out-of-print pictorial history of the city, "Portland: Gateway to the Northwest, " was the basis for the much expanded narrative of "Portland in Three Centuries.

Virginia DeJohn Anderson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of New England's Generation and co-author (with David Goldfield, et al.) of The American Journey: A History of the United States.

William L. Barney is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Student Companion (OUP, 2001), The Passage of the Republic, Battleground for the Union, Flawed Victory, The Secessionist Impulse, and The Road to
Secession. He is coauthor of The American Journey, Second Edition, and editor of A Companion to 19th-Century America.

Robert M. Weir is a distinguished professor emeritus of history at the University of South Carolina and the author of Colonial South Carolina: A History and The Last of American Freemen: Studies in the Political Culture of the Colonial and Revolutionary South.

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