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Firsthand America: A History of the United States, Volume 1, 8th Edition

Firsthand America: A History of the United States, Volume 1, 8th Edition

David Burner, Virginia Bernhard, Stanley I. Kutler

ISBN: 978-1-933-38502-0

Jul 2005, Wiley-Blackwell

616 pages

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All comprehensive United States survey textbooks, including this one, give full coverage to standard political, economic, diplomatic, and legal events. But these elements of history are largely the story of elites. This textbook also provides social history captured in the recognizable lives of ordinary people. Presidents, congressmen, and corporate executives are quoted throughout the book. So are soldiers, slaves, indentured servants, cowboys, working girls and women, and civil rights activists. Firsthand America, using more than 2,000 quotations, therefore gives due place both to the traditional leaders and to the myriad Americans never named in formal historians.

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1. Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

2. North America.

3. The Developing Colonies.

4. An Independent Spirit 1763-1776.

5. Revolution and Independence 1776-1787.

6. We the People 1787-1800.

7. Independence Confirmed 11800-1816.

8. Sinews of Nationhood.

9. Sectionalism and Part 1816-1828.

10. The Jacksonian Era 1828-1840.

11. An Age of Reform.

12.Westward Expansion: The 1840s.

13. Impending Crisis: The 1850s.

14. A Great Civil War 1861-1865.

15. “Been in the Strom So Long”: Emancipation and Reconstruction.

Appendixes.

Index.


  • New materials on Moctezuma, Cortes, their defenders and detractors; also continuing coverage of the Iraq war in close response to the latest news reports.

  • Fresh section openings on Bartoleme de las casas, colonial architecture times, the Cane Ridge Revival, the war with the Barbary States, free people of color, the eugenics movement, Pentecostalism, Amos ‘n Andy, 9/11, and the latest events in the Middle East.

  • Four-color maps at the front and back of the volume

  • Conclusion of each chapter contains a dialogue between two notable American historians