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A Companion to 19th-Century America Hardcover – February 8, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0631209850 ISBN-10: 0631209859 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631209859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631209850
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,776,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This series marks a major milestone in historiography and has no comparable, contemporary counterpart... The writing is jargon free, straightforward, and accessible to the scholar and sophisticated student as well as the general reader." History: Reviews of New Books

"The volume fulfils its mission admirably: teachers will get their students up to speed by recommending chapters...They will also find many essays a ready means of enrichment and updating." Journal of American Studies

"William Barney has assembled a talented and diverse group of scholars, including some of the most eminent historians in the field and a number of the brightest young scholars working in this period. Given the complexity of the period and richness of scholarship, this book does an excellent job summarizing the existing literature and suggesting new directions for future research." Saul Cornell, Ohio State University

"Anyone who cares about the history of the United States will find this book of great interest and value. The authors cover every important facet of American history in this pivotal century and do so with grace, fairness, and confidence. The essays are as engaging as they they are sophisticated and up to date." Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia

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"William Barney has assembled a talented and diverse group of scholars, including some of the most eminent historians in the field and a number of the brightest young scholars working in this period. Given the complexity of the period and richness of scholarship, this book does an excellent job summarizing the existing literature and suggesting new directions for future research."
Saul Cornell, Ohio State University

"Anyone who cares about the history of the United States will find this book of great interest and value. The authors cover every important facet of American history in this pivotal century and do so with grace, fairness, and confidence. The essays are as engaging as they they are sophisticated and up to date."
Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book is best enjoyed and appreciated by a reader already conversant with the main themes of 19th century United States. It provides essays that explore numerous aspects. Notably and unsurprisingly, the Civil War. But also the breakneck growth of the US in its theme of Manifest Destiny.

The span from 1800 to 1900 covers profound changes. One chapter discusses how the early 1800s saw the unsteady emergence of a market economy, in a still majority rural population. While other chapters dwell on the late 1800s and the massive industrialisation that came after the Civil War. Impressive, that all these changes happened in the span of a long human lifetime.

Also, some essays include a second order analysis. Where the views of historians of previous decades is summarised, along with what the current authors have to offer that is different.
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