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Of the People: A History of the United States

People, Places, and Power —the Story of American Democracy

Welcome to the Companion Website to accompany both the comprehensive and concise editions of Of the People: A History of the United States.

Here you will find a broad spectrum of history resources, as well as chapter-specific materials, for both students (open access) and professors (password protected).

The comprehensive and concise editions of Of the People are each available as complete editions or as volumes (I & II).

We invite you to compare the price and quality of Of the People to other textbooks published for your course. The comprehensive edition, at $79.95 for each volume, is on average 15–40% less expensive than other publishers’ comprehensive textbooks. Our full-color concise version is priced at $39.95, which is less expensive than any other two- or full-color concise book.

Also, students who purchase a new copy of Of the People will get FREE access to Oxford's American National Biography Online, a powerful online resource, which offers portraits of more than 18,300 women and men—from all eras and walks of life—whose lives have shaped the nation.

To order an examination copy of the textbook, simply fill out the online request form.

To start your tour of this Companion Website, click on one of the options from the left-hand navigation bar.

Click HERE to take a closer look at two sample chapters from the complete edition.

Distinctive Features

  • A Comprehensive and Balanced Account of American history
    • Covering All Spheres of Human Life — Including cultural, political, social, economic, environmental, and military
    • A Compelling Theme of American democracy — Unfolding the story of people and their struggles to shape every dimension of their lives

  • It's About PEOPLE . . .
    • American Portraits — Biographical vignettes open every chapter, focusing on one person (ordinary or not) whose individual experiences helped to shape our common history
    • "Voices from the People" — Boxed quotations and retyped letters included in many chapters (complete edition and volumes only; letters not available in concise edition)

  • It's About PLACES . . .
    • American Landscapes — Brief essays that focus on one essential space, building, locale, town, encampment, community, or region in time, examining the dynamic of people and power
    • America and the World — These brief essays also appear in every chapter, setting America's history within a global context

  • It's About POWER . . .
    • Questions of power are discussed throughout the text — Power relations shape people's lives in private as well as in public
    • Extensive discussion of economic life — Since this subject is fundamental to democracy

  • Written by Leading Scholars - Five authors, all experts in their separate fields, while in the book they maintain the narrative voice of one

  • At a Reasonable Price - As a not-for-profit company in the United States, Oxford University Press is uniquely situated to provide high-quality scholarship at a reasonable price, offering an enormous value to students.

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