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America's Promise: A Concise History of the United States (Volume I)

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ISBN-13: 978-0742511897
ISBN-10: 0742511898
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America’s Promise offers a well-written and insightful account of American history. Students will find it highly engaging and informative. Unlike most textbooks, the authors blend political, social, cultural, and economic history into a synthetic account of where our country came from, where it has been, and where it might be going. (Julian E. Zelizer, associate professor and director of the Undergraduate Program in Public Policy at SUNY Albany)

America's Promise is a model textbook: Concise, inexpensive, and filled with anecdotes that make it interesting to read. It is a book that students will actually purchase and read—no small accomplishment in an era of overpriced, bloated textbooks often left unused on store shelves. The authors have turned the history textbook from a 'necessary evil' into a 'positive good.' Two thumbs up. Way up! (Jonathan Bean, professor of history, Southern Illinois University Carbonale)

About the Author

William J. Rorabaugh is professor of history at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition, The Craft Apprentice: From Franklin to the Machine Age, Berkeley at War: The 1960s and Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties. Donald T. Critchlow is professor of history at Saint Louis University. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Policy History, and the author of a number of books, including Intended Consequences: Birth Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government and Studebaker: The Life and Death of an American Corporation. Paula Baker is associate professor of history at the Ohio State University and is the author of The Moral Framework of Public Life: Gender, Politics, and the State in Rural New York, 1870–1930, editor of Money and Politics, and co-editor of Major Problems in American History since 1945.
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Product Details

  • Series: America's Promise (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742511898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742511897
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael W. Martinez on July 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
While the scope of the book was satisfactory, I had a problem with some of the interpretations. As an example, the statement that the 2nd Amendment was designed to protect the rights of "militiamen." While a topic of some debate, the preponderence of evidence, not to mention recent Supreme Court decisions, clearly indicates that the right is an individual right that all citizens enjoy, and not a collective right belonging to a certain class.

Other aspects of the book are more enjoyable, and the treatment of the historical aspects, in all other sections, prove to be highly readable.
The book is recommended, with the only caveat as listed above.
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This is a required school book. The book arrived in very good condition, better than I was expecting given the description, which was a pleasant surprise.
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Finally, a collegiate level histyory text that students find both readable and inexpensive. I have used both volumes of America's Promise and couldn't be more pleased with the methodology invoked by the authors in covering the themes in U.S. History. Do I agree with all of their conclusions? Of course not. Unless a professor writes the text book he/she will inevitably find something with which to disagree in any history textbook. I highly recommend this book as an introductory level college history text.
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