You may not think that a history book could make you laugh, but THE AMERICAN PAGEANT just might. It’s known for being one of the most popular, effective and entertaining texts on American history. Colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations and the authors’ trademark wit bring history to life. Learning aids make the book as accessible as it is enjoyable: part openers and chapter-ending chronologies provide a context for the major periods in American history, while primary sources and introductions to key historical figures give you a front row seat to the nation’s past.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I: PEOPLING A CONTINENT c. 33,000 B.C.E. – 1700 C.E. 1. New World Beginnings 33,000 B.C.E. – 1680 C.E. 2. Aspiring Empires in North America 1500 – 1664. 3. Settling the English Colonies 1619 – 1700. PART II: BUILDING A BRITISH NORTH AMERICA 1607 – 1775. 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. PART III: FOUNDING A NEW NATION 1775 – 1800. 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. PART IV: BUILDING THE NEW NATION 1800 – 1860. 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. PART V: TESTING THE NEW NATION 1841 – 1877. 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. PART VI: FORGING AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY 1865 – 1900. 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. PART VII: STRUGGLING FOR JUSTICE AT HOME AND ABROAD 1890 – 1945. 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 – 1932. 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. PART VIII: MAKING AN AMERICAN SUPERPOWER 1945 – 1980. 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. PART IX: SUSTAINING DEMOCRACY IN A GLOBAL AGE 1980 to the present. 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 – 2018.
Meet the Authors
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University
David M. Kennedy received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and co-director of The Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West at Stanford University. His first book, BIRTH CONTROL IN AMERICA: THE CAREER OF MARGARET SANGER, was honored with both the Bancroft Prize and the John Gilmary Shea Prize. He has won numerous teaching awards at Stanford, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in American political, diplomatic, intellectual and social history and in American literature. Dr. Kennedy published a volume in the OXFORD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, FREEDOM FROM FEAR: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DEPRESSION AND WAR, 1929 – 1945, for which he was honored with the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, and he served from 2002 – 2011 on the board of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Lizabeth Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the History department and the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2007 – 2008 she was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. Previously, she taught at New York University and Carnegie Mellon University. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author of many articles and essays, Dr. Cohen was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her first book, MAKING A NEW DEAL: INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN CHICAGO, 1919 – 1939, for which she later won the Bancroft Prize and the Philip Taft Labor History Award. She authored A CONSUMERS’ REPUBLIC: THE POLITICS OF MASS CONSUMPTION IN POSTWAR AMERICA (2003), and will soon be publishing SAVING AMERICA’S CITIES: ED LOGUE AND THE STRUGGLE TO RENEW URBAN AMERICA IN THE SUBURBAN AGE (2019), on urban renewal in American cities after World War II. At Harvard, she has taught courses in 20th-century American History, with particular attention to the intersection of social and cultural life and politics. She now oversees the Radcliffe Institute, a major center for scholarly research, creative arts and public programs.
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