The American Past: A Survey of American History, Volume I: To 1877

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Cengage Learning, Jan 20, 2009 - History - 504 pages
Author Joseph R. Conlin's award-winning teaching and writing styles are reflected in this colorful and engaging look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped our nation's past. Organized into short chapters and updated with new insights into recently published research, this text sets the story in a political context, weaving in social, cultural, economic, intellectual, constitutional, diplomatic, and military events along the way. Conlin's popular sidebars and How They Lived vignettes-many of which are new in this edition-bring historical stories to life and emphasize the human and social dimensions of history. With its literary prose style and its unifying voice, THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition will capture and hold your students' interest as it guides them on a fascinating, eye-opening walk through the years gone by. Conlin's text is available in the following volume options: THE AMERICAN PAST: A SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY, Comprehensive, (Chapters 1-52), ISBN: 049557287X; VOLUME I: TO 1877, (Chapters 1-24), ISBN: 0495572888; VOLUME II: SINCE 1865, (Chapters 24-52), ISBN: 0495572896.
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This book is horribly written. Mr. Conlin is more concerned with using high dollar words than being understood. His sentence arrangement is vague at best! The topics of the book jump over 50 year time spans back and forth. If this is a book you will be using for a college course be prepared. To actually understand and digest the information you will need a lot of time referencing other sources to get a good grasp of the material. The upside about the book is that Mr. Conlin is very well informed- Historical genius even. He just does not belong anywhere near a keyboard. Next edition- Have someone else type up the information Joe!  

Contents

Discoveries
1
Settlements Across the Sea
20
Thirteen Colonies
39
English Designs American Facts of Life
55
Other Americans
71
Contest for a Continent
91
Family Quarrels
112
From Riot to Rebellion
126
The Peoples Hero
252
In the Shadow of Old Hickory
269
Religion and Reform
284
The Peculiar Institution
301
From Sea to Shining Sea
319
Apples of Discord
334
The Collapse of the Union
347
Tidy Plans Ugly Realities
364

The War for Independence
143
Inventing a Country
160
We the People
178
The Age of Jefferson
196
Nationalism Culture Politics Diplomacy
216
Machines Cotton Land
234
Driving Dixie Down
382
Aftermath
399
Appendix
1
Credits
25
Index
29
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About the author (2009)

Joseph Conlin was born in Philadelphia and educated at Villanova University (A.B.) and the University of Wisconsin (M.A., Ph.D.). He taught American history at half a dozen colleges and universities, spending most of his career at California State University, Chico. He was a Fulbright Professor in Rome and Salzburg and was twice Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Social History Centre at Warwick University, England. For 30 years (60 semesters), with a few subtracted for sabbaticals, he taught between one and four sections of the United States history survey course each term, a total of about 200 times. He won four awards for excellence in teaching. Conlin has written a dozen books, about 70 articles in scholarly journals and magazines of popular history, some 100 book reviews in a variety of journals, and more newspaper journalism than he can or cares to remember. Several of his published essays and one book were awarded "best of the year" prizes.

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