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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $66.00
  • Forthcoming: November 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-66894-0
  • 1040 pages
  • Volume(s): 2
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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David E. Shi (Author, Furman University)


The best-selling narrative history that students love to read

America is the leading narrative history because students love to read it. Additional coverage of immigration enhances the timeliness of the narrative. New Chapter Opener videos, History Skills Tutorials, and Norton’s adaptive learning tool, InQuizitive, help students develop history skills, engage with the reading, and come to class prepared. What hasn’t changed? Our unmatched affordability.

Choose from Full, Brief (15% shorter), or The Essential Learning Edition--featuring fewer chapters and additional pedagogy.


Publication date for instructor exam copies: November 2018

On-sale date for student copies and accompanying resources: July 2019

NEW immigration coverage empowers students to understand today’s critical issues

David Shi’s thorough revision maintains his classic narrative style, while presenting balanced coverage of political, social, and cultural history. The new focus on immigration and its role in American history provides a unique opportunity for students to understand the historical context for today’s immigration debate.

NEW digital learning tools develop history skills

Enhance the reading experience for students, while also developing critical reading and analytical history skills with new tools.InQuizitive’s adaptive learning assignments ensure students come to class prepared with a strong understanding of the reading. The History Skills Tutorials and Primary-Source Exercises help them build and practice critical analysis skills.

The best learning resources at the best price

America has always been one of the most affordable books available. It’s robust resources and package options make it an incredible value.

    One-Volume: Chapters 1–32

      Volume 1: Chapters 1–16

      Volume 2: Chapters 16–32


    Part One / A Not-So-“New” World

    Chapter 1     The Collision of Cultures

    Chapter 2      England’s Colonies

    Chapter 3         Colonial Ways of Life

    Chapter 4         From Colonies to States


    Part Two / Building a Nation  
    Chapter 5         The American Revolution, 1776–1783
    Chapter 6         Strengthening the New Nation
    Chapter 7         The Early Republic, 1800–1815


    Part Three / An Expanding Nation     

    Chapter 8         The Emergence of a Market Economy, 1815–1850

    Chapter 9         Nationalism and Sectionalism, 1815–1828  

    Chapter 10       The Jacksonian Era, 1828–1840

    Chapter 11       The South, Slavery, and King Cotton 1800–1860

    Chapter 12       Religion, Romanticism, and Reform, 1800–1860


    Part Four / A House Divided and Rebuilt       

    Chapter 13       Western Expansion, 1830–1848

    Chapter 14       The Gathering Storm, 1848–1860

    Chapter 15       The War of the Union, 1861–1865

    Chapter 16       The Era of Reconstruction, 1865–1877


    Part Five / Growing Pains     

    Chapter 17       Business and Labor in the Industrial Era, 1860–1900

    Chapter 18       The New South and the New West, 1865–1900  

    Chapter 19       Political Stalemate and Rural Revolt, 1865–1900


    Part Six / Modern America

    Chapter 20       Seizing an American Empire, 1865–1913

    Chapter 21       The Progressive Era, 1890–1920  

    Chapter 22       America and the Great War, 1914–1920

    Chapter 23       A Clash of Cultures, 1920–1929

    Chapter 24       The Reactionary Twenties

    Chapter 25       The Great Depression, 1929–1939

    Chapter 26       The Second World War, 1933–1945


    Part Seven / The American Age

    Chapter 27       The Cold War and the Fair Deal, 1945–1952

    Chapter 28       Cold War America, 1950–1959

    Chapter 29       A New Frontier and a Great Society, 1960–1968

    Chapter 30       Rebellion and Reaction, the 1960s and 1970s

    Chapter 31       Conservative Revival, 1977–1990

    Chapter 32       Twenty-First Century America, 1993–present