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  • Hardcover + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $114.00
  • April 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-16814-3
  • 1000 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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Inventing America

A History of the United States

Second Edition

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Volume(s): One-Volume

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Pauline Maier (Author, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Merritt Roe Smith (Author, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Alexander Keyssar (Author, Harvard University), Daniel J. Kevles (Author, Yale University)


Adopted at over 250 colleges and universities in its First Edition, Inventing America broke new ground by integrating the cultural, social, and political dimensions of the American story around the unifying theme of innovation—the pragmatic forward-looking direction of American history, the willingness of Americans to find new solutions in the face of challenge and change.

For the Second Edition, the authors have expanded and strengthened the innovation theme and pared some supporting detail to create a more concise and effective teaching text.


Expanded Innovation Theme

The Second Edition expands on the innovation theme, applying it broadly beyond technology and science to draw together political, cultural, social, and economic history in a clear narrative. The theme is now even more effective as a pedagogical device throughout the book.

Excellent Coverage of Material History

Inventing America charts the development of the material dimension in American history more closely than any other survey text. Tracing large transformations in the material life of Americans—housing, diet, health, childbearing, work, industrial growth, the rise of cities, electrification, consumerism, the automobile, among others—the authors explore the relationships among innovation, material development, and social and political history.

Strengthened Pedagogy

For the Second Edition, the authors have carefully revised and reorganized the text to make it an even better teaching tool. Now more concise, the text has been divided into eight parts, each with an opening essay on the central themes of the period. In addition, the popular American Journal boxes—primary documents related to material life—have been expanded, with one in each chapter. Also included are in-chapter focus questions, end-of-chapter review questions, chapter chronologies, and key terms.

    Part I

    Chapter 1: Men Prone to Wonder: America Before 1600

    Chapter 2: The European Settlement of North America: The Atlantic Coast to 1660

    Chapter 3: Empires (1660–1702)

    Chapter 4: Benjamin Franklin’s World: Colonial North America (1702–1763)

    Part II

    Chapter 5: Toward Independence (1764–1783)

    Chapter 6: Inventing the American Republic: The States (1776–1790)

    Chapter 7: Inventing the American Republic: The Nation (1776–1788)

    Chapter 8: Establishing the New Nation (1789–1800)

    Chapter 9: The Fabric of Change (1800–1815)

    Part III

    Chapter 10: A New Epoch (1815–1828)

    Chapter 11: Political Innovation in a Mechanical Age (1828–1840)

    Chapter 12: Worker Worlds in Antebellum America

    Chapter 13: The Age of Improvement: Religion and Reform (1825–1846)

    Part IV

    Chapter 14: National Expansion, Sectional Division (1839–1850)

    Chapter 15: A House Dividing (1851–1860)

    Chapter 16: Civil War (1861–1865)

    Chapter 17: Reconstruction (1865–1877)

    Part V

    Chapter 18: The Rise of Big Business and the Triumph of Industry (1870–1900)

    Chapter 19: An Industrial Society (1870–1910)

    Chapter 20: Politics and the State (1876–1900)

    Chapter 21: A New Place in the World (1865–1914)

    Part VI

    Chapter 22: The Progressive Era (1900–1916)

    Chapter 23: The Great War (1914–1919)

    Chapter 24: A Conservative Interlude: The 1920s

    Chapter 25: The Great Depression and the New Deal (1929–1940)

    Part VII

    Chapter 26: Whirlpool of War (1932–1941)

    Chapter 27: Fighting for Freedom (1942–1945)

    Chapter 28: A Troubled Peace (1945–1953)

    Chapter 29: Eisenhower, Affluence, and Civil Rights (1954–1960)

    Chapter 30: Reform, Rage, and Vietnam (1960–1968)

    Part VIII

    Chapter 31: Revival of Conservativism (1969–1980)

    Chapter 32: “The Cold War is Over” (1981–1992)

    Chapter 33: Innovations and Divisions in a Globalizing Society (1970–2000)

    Chapter 34: The Politics of Division (1993–2001)

    Chapter 35: At War Against Terror