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A Companion to 19th-Century America

William Barney (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-99846-5
432 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to 19th-Century America is an authoritative overview of current historiographical developments and major themes in the history of nineteenth-century America. Twenty-seven scholars, all specialists in their own thematic areas, examine the key debates and historiography. A thematic and chronological organization brings together the major time periods, politics, the Civil War, economy, and social and cultural history of the nineteenth century. Written with the general reader in mind, each essay surveys the historical research, the emerging concerns, and assesses the future direction of scholarship.

  • Complete coverage of all the major themes and current debates in nineteenth-century US history assessing the state of the scholarship and future concerns.
  • 24 original essays by leading experts in nineteenth-century American history complete with up-to-date bibliographies.
  • Chronological and thematic organization covers both traditional and contemporary fields of research - politics, periods, economy, class formation, ethnicity, gender roles, regions, culture and ideas.
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List of Contributors.

Introduction: William Barney (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

Part I: Politics and Public Life:.

1. Early National Politics and Power: 1800-1824: Robert M. S. McDonald (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

2. The Jacksonian Era: 1825-1860: Jonathon Atkins (Berry College).

3. The Sectionalization of Politics: 1845-1860: John Ashworth (University of Hull).

4. Civil War and Reconstruction: Vernon Burton (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

5. The Guilded Age: 1878-1900: Robert W. Cherney (San Francisco State) and William Barney (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

6. American Law in the Nineteenth Century: John E. Semonche (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

Part II: Foreign Relations:.

7. American Expansion: 1800-1867: John M. Belohlavek (University of South Florida).

8. The Global Emergence of the United States: 1867-1900: Eric Rauchway (University of Nevada at Reno).

Part III: The Economy and Class Formations:.

9. The Emergence of a Market Economy before 1860: Stanley L. Engerman (University of Rochester) and Robert E. Gallman (University of North Carolina).

10. Industrialization and the Rise of Corporations: 1860-1900: David B. Sicilia (University of Maryland at College Park).

11. Immigration: Nora Faires (University of Michigan).

12. Urbanization: Timothy J. Gilfoyle (Loyola University of Chicago).

13. The Development of the Working Classes: Kevin Kenny (University of Texas at Austin).

14. The Evolution of the Middle Class: Cindy S. Aron (University of Virginia).

Part IV: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender:.

15. African Americans: Donald R. Wright (SUNY, College at Cortland).

16. Native-American History: Michael D. Green (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Theda Perdue (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

17. Gender and the Changing Roles of Women: Laura F. Edwards (University of California at Los Angeles).

Part V: Regional Perspectives:.

18. The South: From Old to New: Stephen W. Berry (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

19. The Middle West: Andrew R.L. Cayton (Miami University).

20. The Regional West: Molly P. Rozum (University of North Carolina).

Part VI: Culture and Ideas:.

21. The Communications Revolution and Popular Culture: David Hochfelder (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

22. Interpreting American Religion: Catherine A. Brekus (University of Chicago).

23. Science and Technology: Alan I. Marcus (Iowa State University).

24. A History/Historiography of Representations of America: Barbara Groseclose (Ohio State University).

Index.

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William L. Barney is Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has specialized in the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, especially the Civil War period, and is the author of The Road to Secession (1972), Flawed Victory: A New Perception of the Civil War (1975), and co-edited The American Journey: A History of the United States (1997). In 1987 he was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Genoa in Italy and served as Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor at the University of North Carolina from 1990 to 1993.
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  • Complete coverage of all the major themes and current debates in nineteenth-century US history assessing the state of the scholarship and future concerns.

  • 24 original essays by leading experts in nineteenth-century American history complete with up-to-date bibliographies.

  • Chronological and thematic organization covers both traditional and contemporary fields of research - politics, periods, economy, class formation, ethnicity, gender roles, regions, culture and ideas.
See More
“This series marks a major milestone in historiography and has no comparable, contemporary counterpart... The writing is jargon free, straightforward, and accessible to the scholar and sophisticated student as well as the general reader." History: Reviews of New Books

"The volume fulfils its mission admirably: teachers will get their students up to speed by recommending chapters...They will also find many essays a ready means of enrichment and updating." Journal of American Studies

"William Barney has assembled a talented and diverse group of scholars, including some of the most eminent historians in the field and a number of the brightest young scholars working in this period. Given the complexity of the period and richness of scholarship, this book does an excellent job summarizing the existing literature and suggesting new directions for future research." Saul Cornell, Ohio State University

"Anyone who cares about the history of the United States will find this book of great interest and value. The authors cover every important facet of American history in this pivotal century and do so with grace, fairness, and confidence. The essays are as engaging as they they are sophisticated and up to date." Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia

"William Barney has assembled a talented and diverse group of scholars, including some of the most eminent historians in the field and a number of the brightest young scholars working in this period. Given the complexity of the period and richness of scholarship, this book does an excellent job summarizing the existing literature and suggesting new directions for future research."
Saul Cornell, Ohio State University

"Anyone who cares about the history of the United States will find this book of great interest and value. The authors cover every important facet of American history in this pivotal century and do so with grace, fairness, and confidence. The essays are as engaging as they they are sophisticated and up to date."
Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia

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