A History of the American People

Author: Paul Johnson
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061952135
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The prize winning classic work on the post Civil War period which wrenched American society, now with a new introduction by the author. "The creation of the United States of America is the greatest of all human adventures," begins Paul Johnson’s remarkable new American history. "No other national story holds such tremendous lessons, for the American people themselves and for the rest of mankind." Johnson’s history is a reinterpretation of American history from the first settlements to the Clinton administration. It covers every aspect of U.S. history—politics; business and economics; art, literature and science; society and customs; complex traditions and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character. Wherever possible, letters, diaries, and recorded conversations are used to ensure a sense of actuality. "The book has new and often trenchant things to say about every aspect and period of America’s past," says Johnson, "and I do not seek, as some historians do, to conceal my opinions." This is an in-depth portrait of a great people, from their fragile origins through their struggles for independence and nationhood, their heroic efforts and sacrifices to deal with the 'organic sin’ of slavery and the preservation of the Union to its explosive economic growth and emergence as a world power and its sole superpower. Johnson discusses such contemporary topics as the politics of racism, education, Vietnam, the power of the press, political correctness, the growth of litigation, and the rising influence of women. He sees Americans as a problem-solving people and the story of America as "essentially one of difficulties being overcome by intelligence and skill, by faith and strength of purpose, by courage and persistence... Looking back on its past, and forward to its future, the auguries are that it will not disappoint humanity." This challenging narrative and interpretation of American history by the author of many distinguished historical works is sometimes controversial and always provocative. Johnson’s views of individuals, events, themes, and issues are original, critical, and admiring, for he is, above all, a strong believer in the history and the destiny of the American people.

A Religious History of the American People

Author: Sydney E. Ahlstrom
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300100129
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This classic work, winner of the 1973 National Book Award in Philosophy and Religion and Christian Century’s choice as the Religious Book of the Decade (1979), is now issued with a new chapter by noted religious historian David Hall, who carries the story of American religious history forward to the present day. Praise for the earlier edition: "An unusual and praiseworthy book. . . . It takes a modern, almost anthropological view of history, in which worship is a part of a web of culture along with play, love, dress, and language.”--B.A. Weisberger, Washington Post Book World "The most detailed, most polished of the works in its tradition.”--Martin E. Marty, New York Times Book Review "An intellectual delight that one does not so much read as savor.”--America "The definitive one-volume study by the leading authority.”--Christianity Today "No one writing or thinking hereafter about America’s past will be able to ignore Ahlstrom’s magisterial account of the religious element.”--American Historical Review

Out of Many

Author: John Mack Faragher
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780138414955
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This work weaves together the complex interaction of social, political and historical forces that have shaped the United States and from which the American people have evolved by telling stories of people and of the nation.

Out of Many

Author: Mari Jo Buhle
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780130177032
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Through the use of stories--of the nation and its people--and with emphasis on the fact that American history has never been the preserve of any particular region, this book weaves together the complex interaction of social, political and historical forces that have shaped the United States and from which " the American people" have evolved. It integrates traditional turning points and watershed events with the stories of the country's many diverse communities. This volume covers: Reconstruction, 1863- 1877; Conquest and Survival in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1860-1900; The Incorporation of America, 1865-1900; Commonwealth and Empire, 1870-1900; Urban America and the Progressive Era, 1900-1917; World War I, 1914-1920; The Twenties, 1920-1929; The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1940; World War II, 1941-1945; The Cold War, 1945-1952; America at Mid-century, 1952-1963; The Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1966; War at Home, War Abroad, 1965-1974; The Overextended Society, 1974-1980; The Conservative Ascendancy, since 1980. For Americans with a passion for history and their country.

American Passages

Author: Edward L. Ayers
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780534169534
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Each chapter in this thorough, chronologically-organized book follows the contours of sequence, event, and connection, emphasizing the most significant events and changes of the period covered. Politics, economics, and culture are woven into an interrelated pattern, focusing the reader's attention on the way various facets of history interact and connect. This logical approach makes for a uniquely engaging, accurate presentation of American history.