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Tennesseans & Their History [Paperback]

by Paul H. Bergeron, Jeannette Keith, Stephen V. Ash
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September 30, 1999 1572330562 978-1572330566 1
The history of Tennessee is full of dramatic episodes and colorful characters that give the Volunteer State a major place in the American saga. From the bloody battle of Shiloh in 1862 to the Dayton "monkey trial" of 1925 to the assassination of Martin Luther King in Memphis in 1968, Tennessee has been the locale for many of America's most important events.

This new book presents a synthesis of Tennessee history from earliest times to the present. Striking a balance of social, economic, and political perspectives, it moves from frontier times to early statehood, antebellum society through the Civil War to Reconstruction, then establishes Tennessee's place in the New South and in modern times. Full coverage is devoted to the Civil Rights era and to events in the later years of this century, including environmental issues. The text deals honestly with slavery and segregation and also corrects shortcomings of previous works by placing the state's history in the context of national issues and events within the South.

The authors introduce readers to famous personages like Andrew Jackson and Austin Peay, often using quotations to give them voice. They also tell stories of ordinary people and their lives to show how they are an integral part of history. Sidebars throughout the text highlight stories of particular interest, and reading lists at the end of chapters further enhance the text's utility.

Tennesseans and Their History was written for students needing a basic introduction to state history and to general readers looking for a lively introduction to Tennessee's past. Written to be entertaining as well as instructive, it makes the state's
 history relevant to a new generation of Tennesseans.
The Authors: Paul H. Bergerson is professor of history at the University of Tennessee and the editor of The Papers of Andrew Johnson.
Stephen V. Ash is associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee and author of Middle Tennessee Transformed, 1860-1870: War and Peace in the Upper South.
Jeanette Keith is associate professor of history at Bloomsburg University and the author of Country People in the New South: Tennessee's Upper Cumberland.



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Book Description

The history of Tennessee is full of dramatic episodes and colorful characters that give the Volunteer State a major place in the American saga. From the bloody battle of Shiloh in 1862 to the Dayton "monkey trial" of 1925 to the assassination of Martin Luther King in Memphis in 1968, Tennessee has been the locale for many of America's most important events.

This new book presents a synthesis of Tennessee history from earliest times to the present. Striking a balance of social, economic, and political perspectives, it moves from frontier times to early statehood, antebellum society through the Civil War to Reconstruction, then establishes Tennessee's place in the New South and in modern times. Full coverage is devoted to the Civil Rights era and to events in the later years of this century, including environmental issues. The text deals honestly with slavery and segregation and also corrects shortcomings of previous works by placing the state's history in the context of national issues and events within the South.

The authors introduce readers to famous personages like Andrew Jackson and Austin Peay, often using quotations to give them voice. They also tell stories of ordinary people and their lives to show how they are an integral part of history. Sidebars throughout the text highlight stories of particular interest, and reading lists at the end of chapters further enhance the text's utility.

Tennesseans and Their History was written for students needing a basic introduction to state history and to general readers looking for a lively introduction to Tennessee's past. Written to be entertaining as well as instructive, it makes the state's
 history relevant to a new generation of Tennesseans.
The Authors: Paul H. Bergerson is professor of history at the University of Tennessee and the editor of The Papers of Andrew Johnson.
Stephen V. Ash is associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee and author of Middle Tennessee Transformed, 1860-1870: War and Peace in the Upper South.
Jeanette Keith is associate professor of history at Bloomsburg University and the author of Country People in the New South: Tennessee's Upper Cumberland.


About the Author

Paul H. Bergerson is professor of history at the University of Tennessee and the editor of The Papers of Andrew Johnson.

Stephen V. Ash is associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee and author of Middle Tennessee Transformed, 1860-1870: War and Peace in the Upper South.

Jeanette Keith is associate professor of history at Bloomsburg University and the author of Country People in the New South: Tennessee's Upper Cumberland.



Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press; 1 edition (September 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572330562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572330566
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Written in a conversational style with text broken up here and there with maps, photographs, and sidebars, this is a book that undergraduate students taking a class in Tennessee history and armchair historians will find useful and well-worth reading.

Content is arranged chronologically: 1. Tennessee's Beginnings; 2. Frontier Times; 3. Southwest Territory; 4. Early Statehood Years; 5. Antebellum Politics, Economy and Society; 6. The Civil War; 7. Reconstruction; 8. The New South; 9. The Era of Reform; 10. Modern Times; 11. Depression and War; 12. The Civil Rights Era; and 13. The 1960s to Centuries End. With each chapter followed by 15-20 "Suggested Readings" and the book's text followed by a very good index.

Two of the authors - Paul H. Bergeron and Stephen V. Ash -- are on the History faculty at the University of Tennessee, and the third - Jeanette Keith - is a professor of history at Bloomsburg University. All three have published books previously on Tennessee history, thus they come to this text as confident, seasoned writers of Tennessee's rich and vibrant history.

Highly recommended for academic and public library collections with any interest in Southern and Tennessee History.

R. Neil Scott
Middle Tennessee State University
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, informative read on TN history March 17, 2007
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I purchased this book for a course on TN history. I've found it an easy read but written in a manner that captivates and holds your attention. Not your typical boring history book but instead a well written timeline of the state of TN's history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good history but diminished by mediocre editing January 1, 2013
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I do not think that the book's final editing matches the high level of its authors' scholarship. It was written only 13 years ago, yet some of its language is quite outdated: "truth to tell""; "thence." The narrative is sometimes awkward for a first time reader of Tennessee history. As an example, in the first paragraph of page 160, the subject is postwar Tennessee's increase in industrialization. There are supporting statistics. It is not until the next paragraph that the writers explain further that these statistics belie the true state of the industrial economy. It is plain awkward for the reader. I would hope that before the next printing, the authors would invest in serious editing that does justice to their book's scholarship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tennesseans and Their History December 28, 2008
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I would highly recommend the book and was in the condition mentioned and was received in a timely fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Received in timely manner July 25, 2008
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received item in timely manner. This is a cheaper way to receive my daughter's book for college then buying on campus. Books usually are in great condition
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