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Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-93406-9
  • 6.2 × 9.2 in / 992 pages
  • Volume(s): 1 / New World-Reconstruction
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide


America

A Narrative History

Eighth Edition (See all editions)

Paperback

Volume(s): 1

George Brown Tindall (Author, late of the University of North Carolina), David E. Shi (Author, Furman University)

 

A book students will read.

America, now in its twenty-fifth year, has sold more 1.2 million copies over the past seven editions and remains the most affordable history text on the market. The narrative wins students over with compelling storytelling, colorful anecdotes and biographical sketches that make the material more memorable. The text includes helpful in-text study aids, and a host of electronic media resources to help teachers teach and students learn.

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.


    Part One / A NEW WORLD

    1 THE COLLISION OF CULTURES

    1. Pre-Columbian Indian Civilizations
    2. European Visions Of America
    3. The Expansion Of Europe
    4. The Voyages Of Columbus
    5. The Great Biological Exchange
    6. Professional Explorers
    7. The Spanish Empire
    8. The Protestant Reformation
    9. Challenges To The Spanish Empire

    2 BRITAIN AND ITS COLONIES

    1. The English Background
    2. Settling The Chesapeake
    3. Settling New England
    4. Indians In New England
    5. The English Civil War In America
    6. Settling The Carolinas
    7. Settling The Middle Colonies And Georgia
    8. Thriving Colonies

    3 COLONIAL WAYS OF LIFE

    1. The Shape Of Early America
    2. Society And Economy In The Southern Colonies
    3. Society And Economy In New England
    4. Society And Economy In The Middle Colonies
    5. Colonial Cities
    6. The Enlightenment
    7. The Great Awakening

    4 THE IMPERIAL PERSPECTIVE

    1. English Administration Of The Colonies
    2. The Habit Of Self-Government
    3. Troubled Neighbors
    4. The Colonial Wars

    5 FROM EMPIRE TO INDEPENDENCE

    1. The Heritage Of War
    2. British Politics
    3. Western Lands
    4. Grenville And The Stamp Act
    5. Fanning The Flames
    6. Discontent On The Frontier
    7. A Worsening Crisis
    8. Shifting Authority
    9. Independence

    Part Two / BUILDING A NATION

    6 THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

    1. 1776: Washington’s Narrow Escape
    2. American Society At War
    3. 1777: Setbacks For The British
    4. 1778: Both Sides Regroup
    5. The War In The South
    6. Negotiations
    7. The Political Revolution
    8. The Social Revolution
    9. The Emergence Of An American Culture

    7 SHAPING A FEDERAL UNION

    1. The Confederation
    2. Adopting The Constitution

    8 THE FEDERALIST ERA

    1. A New Nation
    2. Hamilton’s Vision
    3. The Republican Alternative
    4. Crises Foreign And Domestic
    5. Settlement Of New Land
    6. Transfer Of Power
    7. The Adams Years

    9 THE EARLY REPUBLIC

    1. Jeffersonian Simplicity
    2. Jefferson In Office
    3. Divisions In The Republican Party
    4. War In Europe
    5. The War Of 1812

    Part Three / AN EXPANSIVE NATION

    10 NATIONALISM AND SECTIONALISM

    1. Economic Nationalism
    2. “Good Feelings”
    3. Crises And Compromises
    4. Judicial Nationalism
    5. Nationalist Diplomacy
    6. One-Party Politics

    11 THE JACKSONIAN IMPULSE

    1. Setting The Stage
    2. Nullification
    3. Jackson’s Indian Policy
    4. The Bank Controversy
    5. Contentious Politics
    6. Van Buren And The New Party System
    7. Assessing The Jackson Years

    12 THE DYNAMICS OF GROWTH

    1. Agriculture And The National Economy
    2. Transportation And The Market Revolution
    3. A Communications Revolution
    4. The Industrial Revolution
    5. The Popular Culture
    6. Immigration
    7. Organized Labor
    8. The Rise Of The Professions
    9. Jacksonian Inequality

    13 AN AMERICAN RENAISSANCE : RELIGION, ROMANTICISM, AND REFORM

    1. Rational Religion
    2. The Second Great Awakening
    3. Romanticism In America
    4. The Flowering Of American Literature
    5. Education
    6. Antebellum Reform

    14 MANIFEST DESTINY

    1. The Tyler Years
    2. The Western Frontier
    3. Moving West
    4. Annexing Texas
    5. Polk’s Presidency
    6. The Mexican War

    Part Four / A HOUSE DIVIDED AND REBUILT

    15 THE OLD SOUTH

    1. The Distinctiveness Of The Old South
    2. White Society In The South
    3. Black Society In The South
    4. The Culture Of The Southern Frontier
    5. Anti-Slavery Movements

    16 THE CRISIS OF UNION

    1. Slavery In The Territories
    2. The Compromise Of 1850
    3. Foreign Adventures
    4. The Kansas-Nebraska Crisis
    5. The Deepening Sectional Crisis
    6. The Center Comes Apart

    17 THE WAR OF THE UNION

    1. The End Of The Waiting Game
    2. The Balance Of Force
    3. The War’s Early Course
    4. Emancipation
    5. The War Behind The Lines
    6. Government During The War
    7. The Faltering Confederacy
    8. The Confederacy’s Defeat
    9. A Modern War

    18 RECONSTRUCTION : NORTH AND SOUTH

    1. The War’s Aftermath
    2. The Battle Over Reconstruction
    3. Reconstructing The South
    4. The Reconstructed South
    5. The Grant Years