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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $90.00
  • November 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91262-3
  • 1744 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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A Narrative History

Ninth Edition


Volume(s): One-Volume

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


A book students love, now more streamlined and accessible.

America has sold more than 1.8 million copies over the past eight editions because it’s a book that students enjoy reading. Effective storytelling, colorful anecdotes, and biographical sketches make the narrative absorbing and the material more memorable. The Ninth Edition includes refreshed and updated coverage of African American history and has been streamlined from 37 to 34 chapters.


An engaging narrative

Effective storytelling, colorful anecdotes and biographical sketches, and a consistent narrative voice throughout the book make the material memorable. The political history at the core of the book is enriched by significant attention to social, cultural, and economic history. A chronological, coherent narrative provides a clear path through American History, and the narrative approach highlights connections among events. These connections are reinforced by focus questions and summaries at the beginning and end of each chapter.  

Streamlined and reorganized

The Ninth Edition has been reduced from 37 to 34 chapters. The periods on the first half of the nineteenth century and the interwar years in the twentieth century have also been heavily reorganized. 

Designed to make students better readers

The Ninth Edition includes focus questions at the beginning of each chapter, new boldface key terms, chronologies, and end of chapter summaries. New Dynamic Author Videos with David Shi demonstrate the great narrative tradition of history. These videos help to frame each chapter in a broader context, making students more astute and engaged readers. Author Videos (42 total) are available online, and explain major developments in history. Critical Reading Exercises help students identify the most important information on each page of the text, and Cross-Chapter Quizzes challenge students to make connections and comparisons across periods and trace long term developments.  

Instructor resources designed to enhance the classroom experience

America’s Instructor resources give professors everything they need for dynamic classroom lectures, with a focus on primary sources. The Norton American History Digital Archive is an 8-disc set that offers roughly 1,700 images and audio and movie files arranged chronologically and by theme, and includes a new disc on African American History. Author videos with David Shi provide context and clarity and are available online and embedded in Lecture PowerPoints.  

Updated coverage of African American history

The coverage of African American history has been substantially refreshed to bring it up-to-date with contemporary scholarship in every period, from colonial slavery, the Old South, and Reconstruction, through segregation politics and social change in the 1960’s.  

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    Volume One (Chapters 1–17)
    Volume Two (Chapters 17–34)

    Part One / A Not-So-“New” World
    1. The Collision of Cultures
    2. Britain and Its Colonies
    3. Colonial Ways of Life
    4. From Colonies to States

    Part Two / Building a Nation
    5. The American Revolution
    6. Shaping a Federal Union
    7. The Federalist Era
    8. The Early Republic

    Part Three / An Expansive Nation
    9. The Dynamics of Growth
    10. Nationalism and Sectionalism
    11. The Jacksonian Era
    12. The Old South
    13. Religion, Romanticism, and Reform

    Part Four / A House Divided and Rebuilt
    14. An Empire in the West
    15. The Gathering Storm
    16. The War of the Union
    - Note: Start of Volume 2 -

    17. Reconstruction: North and South
    - Note: End of Volume 1 –

    Part Five / Growing Pains
    18. Big Business and Organized Labor
    19. The South and the West Transformed
    20. The Emergence of Urban America
    21. Gilded Age Politics and Agrarian Revolt

    Part Six / Modern America
    22. Seizing an American Empire
    23. “Making the World Over:” The Progressive Era
    24. America and the Great War
    25. The Modern Temper
    26. Republican Resurgence and Decline
    27. New Deal America
    28. The Second World War

    Part Seven / The American Age
    29. The Fair Deal and Containment
    30. The 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in an Atomic Age
    31. New Frontiers: Politics and Social Change in the 1960s
    32. Rebellion and Reaction: The 1960s and 1970s
    33. A Conservative Realignment: 1977-1990
    34. America in a New Millennium