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The American Pageant 14th Edition

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New Features

  • Twelve new "Thinking Globally" essays, two within each of the text's six parts, present a different aspect of the American experience contextualized within world history. Readers learn how developments in North America were part of worldwide phenomena, be they the challenge to empire in the 18th century, the rise of socialist ideology in the 19th century, or the globalization that followed World War II. Users see how key aspects of American history were faced by other nations but resolved in distinct ways according to each country's history, cultural traditions, and political and economic structures.

  • A renewed and strengthened global focus throughout the text includes new graphics to help users compare American developments to developments around the world in areas such as railroad building, cotton production, city size and urban reform strategies, immigration, automobile ownership, the economic effects of the Great Depression, and women's participation in voting and the workforce.

  • Additional attention to the global nature of U.S. history is explored in many new box-quotes. These features add more international voices to the events chronicled in the text's historical narrative.

  • Updated "Varying Viewpoints" essays reflect new interpretations of significant trends and events, as well as concern for their global context.

  • New and revised primary source features, called "Examining the Evidence," include topics such as what correspondence between Abigail and John Adams in 1776 reveals about women in the American Revolution; how the Gettysburg Address sheds light on President Lincoln's vision of the American nation; how a letter from a black freedman to his former master in 1865 illuminates his family's experience in slavery, as well as their hopes for a new life; what the manuscript census teaches us about immigrant households on the Lower East Side of New York in 1900; and how a new kind of architectural structure--the shopping mall--changed consumers' behavior and politicians' campaign tactics after World War II.

Additional Features

  • Directives at the beginning and end of each chapter remind users to take advantage of the many interactive activities and study materials found on the American Pageant (14th Edition) Student Website.

  • The revised and improved pedagogy includes: new visual material--documentary images, graphs, and tables--to illuminate complex and important historical ideas; completely redesigned maps with topographical detail and clear labeling to better communicate analytical points; small regional/global locator maps to reinforce users' understanding of U.S. geography and its global context; and bolded chapter terms with a related glossary.

  • Every chapter concludes with an expanded chronology and a list of 10 readable books to consult "To Learn More." A fuller, chapter-by-chapter annotated bibliography suitable for deeper research is provided on the Student Website.

  • A list of the chapter key terms and a list of "People to Know"--created to help users focus on the most significant people introduced in that chapter--appear side by side at the end of the chapter to help users review chapter highlights. Both lists also are included on the Student Website with expanded definitions/explanations.

  • A revised Appendix contains abundant statistical data on many aspects of the American historical experience, as well as how the United States compares to other nations.



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About the Author

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 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. 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 is currently writing SAVING AMERICA'S CITIES: ED LOGUE AND THE STRUGGLE TO RENEW URBAN AMERICA IN THE SUBURBAN AGE, 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.

Thomas A. Bailey (1903-1983) taught history at his alma mater, Stanford University, for nearly forty years. Long regarded as one of the nation's premier historians of American diplomacy, he was honored by his colleagues in 1968 with election to the presidencies of both the Organization of American Historians and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He was the author, editor, or co-editor of some twenty-books, but the work in which he took the most pride was The American Pageant through which, he liked to say, he had taught American history to several million students.
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  • Hardcover: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 14 edition (December 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547166540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547166544
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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I'm not a huge fan of history, so I don't find the text book very interesting. It is well written though. I have the Kindle version, and it is very buggy. It crashes quite a bit and has no interactivity. It's pretty much like having a PDF of the text book, which by the way, I found for free after renting it. :-(
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AP classes require this for their history courses. It is very politically correct and some chapters are downright full of left wing slander to the men and history of America. For instance, in chapter 27 the writers describe Theodore Roosevelt thusly: "...with mule like molars, squinty eyes, droopy mustache and piercing voice he was ever the delight of cartoonists." Really? They go on to insinuate that the U.S. was imperialist and empire hungry in liberating Cuba from the oppression of the Spanish. Yep- this is the way the leftists in this country want our kids to think. That the US is GUILTY of stealing the fruits of their labors and battles. That our presidents are NOT men of honor (Present office holder excluded) and that we should appease the world for our sins. While not nearly as bad as Zinn's abomination, this book is written right on the edge of the line. Some chapters are fairly middle of the road, skimming the facts and dealing mainly with the politics and overall picture of the period without giving the reader much to back up what they are selling. The Civil War chapter as an example of this is very basic and does not deal with many of the battles, leaving an incomplete picture of the overall events. Sad that this is THE textbook kids will have to read and learn. Buyer beware and make sure your kids get a BALANCED education of history through other books written by other less left wing writers.
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This book was one we needed for a class. It arrived in plenty of time and was in the condition that was advertised. Thank you!
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Exactly as promised. Thank you
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Not in good shape & overused.
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So much unknown history...
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just what was expected
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This is a required text book. I am just bored everytime I sit dowm with this book. I get the information I need from it but it dosen't pose any critical thinking questions to get you reading for deeper meaning. It does have a website and I use that to get study guides and that helps.
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