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Ideas That Shape a Nation: Historical Ideas Important to the Development of the United States Paperback – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Suncrest Pubns; 3 Revised edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970158912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970158918
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James L. Smith has brilliantly composed a virtual chorus of the many voices that have molded American democracy. -- David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and co-author, with Thomas A. Bailey and Lizabeth Cohen, of The American Pageant<br /><br />James Smith deftly reveals "the power of ideas" to form a nation and its people. --James M. Banner, Jr., a historian, is co-author, with Harold C. Cannon, of The Elements of Teaching and The Elements of Learning

About the Author

James L. Smith, the 2003 New Mexico Teacher of the Year, has taught U.S. history for over twenty-five years. He has been a recipient of the James Madison Senior Fellowship and the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship.

More About the Author

James L. Smith is the author of an American history textbook titled "Ideas That Shape a Nation," a book that has been endorsed by teachers and scholars throughout the nation, including two Pulitzer Prize-winning historians (David Kennedy and Jack Rakove). He is also the author of "Skipper Hall: The Life and Religious Philosophy of Methodist Minister in New Mexico" and "Catherine's Son," a novel about Billy the Kid. "Catherine's Son," which is Smith's first novel" was recently selected as a Finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. He has published articles and book reviews in The Journal of Southern History, Phi Delta Kappan, AP Central, Historical Times, and Healthy U.

Smith taught high school history for thirty years and now spends his time writing and working as an education consultant. As a consultant, he has made presentations to teachers throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. During the time that he is not consulting or writing, he teaches community education classes on music history and Billy the Kid.

The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History has recognized Smith as the U.S. History Teacher of the Year. He has also been recognized as the New Mexico Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John P. Evans on November 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing. I read it in High School and now am in Graduate School and I am way ahead of people because this book did not just tell me what happened in American history, but why it happened.

Not only that but it is well written and intriguing. First time I have not wanted to put a philosophy or history book down. My aunt, two cousins, and I all had to go out and get our own copies.

Amazing, just Amazing.
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By Maggie on September 14, 2014
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Excellent condition. Great for school.
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