Storytelling makes the material memorable
An absorbing narrative wins students over, and includes colorful anecdotes and biographical sketches. A consistent narrative voice provides a clear path through the complexities of American history, with significant attention to social, cultural, economic, and political history. The compact trim size makes the book highly portable and readable, and the book’s design supports the readability of the narrative—there are no boxes, inserts or pull-outs to interrupt the flow of the story.
New pedagogy highlights core content
Carefully crafted pedagogical features have been added to guide students through the narrative. Focus questions and chapter summaries work together seamlessly to highlight the core content that students need to know. Other in-text features include chapter chronologies and lists of key terms.
New compelling theme on religion
The Eighth Edition explores the role that religion has played in our everyday lives, our culture, and our politics throughout America history. David Shi highlights the effect of religion as a motivating force behind the settlement of the America, discusses its effects on the formation of the country, explores the influence of evangelical ideas and methods on social movements, looks at the role of religion during times of warfare, and analyzes the relationship between religion and state policy. The Norton Digital History Archive includes a new DVD on religion to support this compelling new theme in the text.
Innovative emedia helps students learn and teachers teach
The free student website provides a proven, assignment-driven plan for each chapter, and includes a wealth of study and review materials, including new interactive map quizzes, and American History Map Tours using Google Earth mapping technology to reinforce the relationship between geography and history. Resources for instructors include an Instructors Resource Disk, with PowerPoint lecture outlines and figures from the text, the Norton Digital History Archive (a seven DVD set with a new disc on religion), free coursepacks (using Blackboard, WebCT and other course management systems), an Instructors Manual, and a revamped Test Bank.
The best companion primary source reader
For The Record, Fourth Edition, by David Shi and Holly Mayer, serves as the perfect companion reader for America, Eighth Edition. For the Record includes a rich collection of 225 primary sources, both textual and visual, with just the right amount of pedagogy. The Fourth Edition includes a number of documents designed to highlight the new religion theme in the main text.
Still the best value on the market
For twenty-five years, America has set the standard when it comes to providing a low cost book with high value content. The most affordably priced book on the market, America saves students $40 - $60 per volume compared to competing texts.