A People and a Nation: A History of the United States,
11th Edition

Jane Kamensky, Carol Sheriff, David W. Blight, Howard P. Chudacoff, Fredrik Logevall, Beth Bailey, Mary Beth Norton

ISBN-13: 9781337402712 | ISBN-10: 1337402710

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 1024 pages

List Price USD $159.95


Think history is dull? No way, and you're about to find out for yourself. A PEOPLE AND A NATION offers a lively narrative, telling the stories of the diverse peoples in the United States. The authors bring history to life by encouraging you to imagine what life was really like in the past. Focus questions and key terms (with definitions, of course) help you concentrate on important information and easily review it as you prep for tests. And with MindTap for A People and a Nation, you get convenient digital access to an ebook with note-taking and other time-saving features and apps. You'll also explore the people, events and places in the United States through interactive activities, videos, images and maps. Enjoy your journey.

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Meet the Authors

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Jane Kamensky earned her B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. She is now Professor of History at Harvard University and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. She is the author of A REVOLUTION IN COLOR: THE WORLD OF JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY (2016), winner of the New York Historical Society’s Barbara and David Zalzanick Book Prize in American History and the Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Her books, among others, include THE EXCHANGE ARTIST: A TALE OF HIGH-FLYING SPECULATION AND AMERICA'S FIRST BANKING COLLAPSE (2008), a finalist for the 2009 George Washington Book Prize; and THE COLONIAL MOSAIC: AMERICAN WOMEN, 1600-1760 (1995). She is co-editor of THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (2012) and the co-author of the historical novel BLINDSPOT (2008), a New York Times editor's choice and Boston Globe bestseller. Jane has served on the editorial boards of several journals as well as on the Council of the American Antiquarian Society and the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians. She has appeared on such media outlets as PBS, CSPAN, the History Channel, and NPR, and has won numerous major grants and fellowships to support her scholarship.

Carol Sheriff received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She has taught at the College of William and Mary since 1993, where she has won the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, the Alumni Teaching Fellowship Award, and the University Professorship for Teaching Excellence. Carol teaches the U.S. history survey as well as classes on the Early Republic, the Civil War Era, and the American West. Her publications include THE ARTIFICIAL RIVER: THE ERIE CANAL AND THE PARADOX OF PROGRESS (1996), which won the Dixon Ryan Fox Award from the New York State Historical Association and the Award for Excellence in Research from the New York State Archives, and A PEOPLE AT WAR: CIVILIANS AND SOLDIERS IN AMERICA’S CIVIL WAR, 1854–1877 (with Scott Reynolds Nelson, 2007). Carol has written sections of a teaching manual for the New York State history curriculum, given presentations at Teaching American History grant projects, appeared in the History Channel’s Modern Marvels show on the Erie Canal, and is engaged in several public history projects marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

David W. Blight received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He has written FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S CIVIL WAR (1989) and RACE AND REUNION: THE CIVIL WAR IN AMERICAN MEMORY, 1863–1915 (2001), which received eight awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Frederick Douglass Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and four prizes awarded by the Organization of American Historians. His most recent book, A SLAVE NO MORE: THE EMANCIPATION OF JOHN WASHINGTON AND WALLACE TURNAGE (2007), won three prizes. He has edited or co-edited six other books, and his essays have appeared in numerous journals. In 1992–1993 he was senior Fulbright Professor in American Studies at the University of Munich, Germany, and in 2006–2007 he held a fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library. A consultant to several documentary films, David appeared in the 1998 PBS series, Africans in America and has served on the Council of the American Historical Association.

Howard P. Chudacoff, the George L. Littlefield Professor of American History and Professor of Urban Studies at Brown University, was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned his A.B. (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) from the University of Chicago. He has written MOBILE AMERICANS (1972), HOW OLD ARE YOU (1989), THE AGE OF THE BACHELOR (1999), THE EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN URBAN SOCIETY (with Judith Smith, 2004), and CHILDREN AT PLAY: AN AMERICAN HISTORY (2007). He has also co-edited, with Peter Baldwin, MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN URBAN HISTORY (2004). His articles have appeared in such journals as the JOURNAL OF FAMILY HISTORY, REVIEWS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, and JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY. At Brown University, Howard has co-chaired the American Civilization Program, chaired the Department of History, and serves as Brown’s faculty representative to the NCAA. He has also served on the board of directors of the Urban History Association. The National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation have given him awards to advance his scholarship.

A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Fredrik Logevall is Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University, where he holds appointments in the Department of History and the Kennedy School of Government. He received his B.A. from Simon Fraser University and his Ph.D. from Yale University. His most recent book is EMBERS OF WAR: THE FALL OF AN EMPIRE AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA'S VIETNAM (2012), which won the Pulitzer Prize in History and the Francis Parkman Prize, in addition to other awards. His other publications include CHOOSING WAR (1999), which won three prizes, including the Warren F. Kuehl Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR); AMERICA'S COLD WAR: THE POLITICS OF INSECURITY (with Campbell Craig, 2009); THE ORIGINS OF THE VIETNAM WAR (2001); TERRORISM AND 9/11: A READER (2002); and, as co-editor, THE FIRST VIETNAM WAR: COLONIAL CONFLICT AND COLD WAR CRISIS (2007); and NIXON AND THE WORLD: AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1969-1977 (2008). A past president of SHAFR, Dr. Logevall is a member of the Society of American Historians and the Council of Foreign Relations, and serves on numerous editorial advisory boards.

Beth Bailey is Foundation Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Military, War and Society Studies at the University of Kansas (KU). She earned her B.A. (1979) from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. (1986) from the University of Chicago. At KU, she teaches courses on U.S. military, war and society and on the history of gender and sexuality in the United States. Her books include AMERICA'S ARMY: MAKING THE ALL-VOLUNTEER FORCE (2009), which received the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award; THE COLUMBIA GUIDE TO AMERICA IN THE 1960s (2001, co-authored with David Farber); SEX IN THE HEARTLAND (1999); THE FIRST STRANGE PLACE: RACE AND SEX IN WORLD WAR II HAWAII (1992, co-authored with David Farber); and FROM FRONT PORCH TO BACK SEAT: COURTSHIP IN 20TH CENTURY AMERICA (1988). She is co-editor of UNDERSTANDING THE U.S. WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN (2015); AMERICA IN THE SEVENTIES (2004); and A HISTORY OF OUR TIME (multiple editions). Dr. Bailey is a trustee of the Society of Military History and a member of the Society of American Historians. The National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars have supported her work.

Mary Beth Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at Cornell University, received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She teaches courses in the history of exploration, early America, women’s history, Atlantic world, and American Revolution. Her many books have won prizes from the Society of American Historians, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and English-Speaking Union. Her book, FOUNDING MOTHERS & FATHERS (1996), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011 her book SEPARATED BY THEIR SEX: WOMEN IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE IN THE COLONIAL ATLANTIC WORLD was published. She was Pitt Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge in 2005-2006. The Rockefeller Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and Huntington Library, among others, have awarded her fellowships. Professor Norton has served on the National Council for the Humanities and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has appeared on Book TV, the History and Discovery Channels, PBS, and NBC as a commentator on Early American history.

  • New key terms with definitions throughout chapters enable students to more easily retain the significance of and differences between various laws, acts and events.
  • The eleventh edition further promotes critical thinking and students' engagement with the content. A critical thinking question now appears in each chapter's "Legacy for A People and a Nation" essay and "Links to the World" feature.
  • A PEOPLE AND A NATION has a new, more affordable price in the form of the MindTap digital option, which reduces costs for students and offers a complete ebook plus additional interactive content and pedagogical support.
  • Focus questions in every chapter section help students comprehend and retain key information about the significance of historical events.
  • The authors reduced the number of chapters from 33 to 29 in the last edition, making the text easier to assign in a typical semester and eliminating detail to more clearly emphasize key themes. They've fine-tuned that consolidation in this edition based on suggestions from users.
  • "Visualizing the Past" features in each chapter treat images--including artifacts, paintings, photographs and advertisements--as primary sources to explore major themes. The illustrations and extended captions help students understand how the examination of visual materials can reveal aspects of America's story that otherwise would remain unknown. Topics include naming America (Chapter 1, new), Acoma Pueblo (Chapter 2), selling war (Chapter 8), gilded age politics (Chapter 17), combating the spread of AIDS (Chapter 28) and war dead (Chapter 29, new).
  • Chapter-opening vignettes are closely integrated with MindTap's chapter-opening interactive stories. Each story in MindTap takes students on a visual and/or geographic journey that extends the account of a historical person or place into a deeper, more connected exploration of the chapter.
  • More than 90 maps provide an engaging visual and geographic context for the narrative.
  • Integrated discussions of diversity throughout the narrative examine differences within broad ethnic categories and pay attention to immigration, cultural and intellectual infusions from around the world and to America's growing religious diversity.
  • "Links to the World" essays--one in each chapter--connect figures, topics or events in U.S. history to the history of the greater world. Topics include turkeys (Chapter 2), writing and stationery supplies (Chapter 5), William Walker and filibustering (Chapter 12), the "Back to Africa" movement (Chapter 14), Sputnik (Chapter 25, new), Margaret Mead (Chapter 21, new) and the Swine Flu pandemic (Chapter 29).
  • "Legacy for a People and a Nation" essays--one in each chapter--offer compelling and timely answers to students who question the relevance of historical study by exploring the historical roots of contemporary topics. Topics include revitalizing native languages (Chapter 1, new), witch hunting (Chapter 3, new), P.T. Barnum's publicity stunts (Chapter 10), the Mexican-United States border (Chapter 11, new), Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address (Chapter 13), national parks (Chapter 15), nuclear proliferation (Chapter 23) and the Immigration Act of 1965 (Chapter 26).
  • While A PEOPLE AND A NATION was the first textbook to focus on U.S. social history, its attention to international history and the place of the U.S. in the world, to politics and policy, to social movements and to clear explanations of economic issues makes it a useful resource for more specialized lectures or for AP courses.
  • New pedagogical features--including focus questions for every chapter section, critical thinking questions at the end of feature boxes and chapter key terms--help students use critical thinking skills, see connections between events and better understand the significance of historical events.

Table of Contents

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1. Three Old Worlds Create a New, 1492–1600.
2. Europeans Colonize North America, 1600–1650.
3. North America in the Atlantic World, 1650–1720.
4. Becoming America? 1720–1760.
5. The Ends of Empire, 1754–1774.
6. American Revolutions, 1775–1783.
7. Forging a Nation, 1783–1800.
8. Defining the Nation, 1801–1823.
9. The Rise of the South, 1815–1860.
10. The Restless North, 1815–1860.
11. The Contested West, 1815–1860.
12. Politics and the Fate of the Union, 1824–1859.
13. Transforming Fire: The Civil War, 1860–1865.
14. Reconstruction: An Unfinished Revolution, 1865–1877.
15. The Ecology of the West and South, 1865–1900.
16. Building Factories, Building Cities, 1877–1900.
17. Gilded Age Politics, 1877–1900.
18. The Progressive Era, 1895–1920.
19. The Quest for Empire, 1865–1914.
20. Americans in the Great War, 1914–1920.
21. The New Era, 1920–1929.
22. The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929–1939.
23. The Second World War at Home and Abroad, 1939–1945.
24. The Cold War and American Globalism, 1945–1961.
25. America at Midcentury, 1945–1960.
26. The Tumultuous Sixties, 1960–1968.
27. A Pivotal Era, 1969–1980.
28. Conservatism Revived, 1980–1992.
29. Into the Global Millennium: America Since 1992.

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