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Published: 09 October 2020

688 Pages | 248

6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197518915

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American Horizons

US History in a Global Context, Volume One: To 1877

Fourth Edition

Michael Schaller, Janette Thomas Greenwood, Andrew Kirk, Sarah J. Purcell, Aaron Sheehan-Dean, and Christina Snyder

  • Incorporates insights from the authors--all acclaimed scholars in their specialties--who use their individual strengths to provide students with a balanced and inclusive account of U.S. history
  • Illustrates the relevance of U.S. history to American students by centering on the matrix of key issues that dominate their lives, including population movements and growth; the evolving definition of citizenship; cultural change and continuity; people's relationship to and impact upon the environment; political and ideological contests and their consequences; and Americans' five centuries of engagement with regional, national, and global institutions, forces, and events
  • Encourages students to consider the variety of pressures that spurred historical change, both within and outside of America
  • Uses a narrative style and structure that provide the flexibility to occasionally emphasize the global aspects of American history
  • Each chapter begins with a compelling story at the core of the chapter theme
  • Global Passages boxes feature unique stories illustrating America's connection to the world
  • A rich graphics program of maps and figures helps students explore essential chapter themes
  • Timelines highlighting significant happenings in North America and the rest of the world, presented in parallel, provide students with a global context for American events
  • Study Questions throughout each chapter test students' memory and understanding of content
  • Chapter-ending Review Questions ask students to think critically and analyze what they have learned
  • Reading American Horizons: This two-volume primary source collection (Volume I: 9780197531266, and Volume II: 9780197530894), expertly edited by the authors of American Horizons, provides a diverse set of documents (both textual and visual) that situate U.S. history in a global context. The more than 200 documents--forty-seven of which are new to this edition--cover political, social, and cultural history. Each document includes a headnote and discussion questions.

New to this Edition:

  • Several chapters have been revised and updated with new content:
  • Chapter 1: Expanded coverage of African history
  • Chapter 2: A new chapter-opening vignette on Pocahontas
  • Chapter 4: More extensive coverage on how the Atlantic slave trade impacted Africa
  • Chapter 6: A new opening vignette on mob action and Massachusetts governor Thomas Hutchinson
  • Chapter 10: A new opening vignette on the experiences of Charles Ball, an enslaved man
  • Chapter 12: A revised discussion of the origins of abolition--which emphasizes the role of people of color in the more radical, post-1820s movement; and an expanded discussion of the global nature of the American Renaissance, which explores the ways in which Henry David Thoreau engaged with both European and Asian thinkers in his writing
  • Chapter 13: A new opening vignette that explains the role of Samuel Morse in creating the telegraph and also connects him to the anti-Catholic movement of the 1840s and 1850s; an emphasis on the commonalities of exploited workers in Gold-Rush-era California; and new material on Southern fears of British efforts to challenge slavery on the ocean
  • Chapter 14: A clarification of the language regarding Southerners' defense of slavery as the reason for secession; and new coverage of prisoner-of-war camps and contrabands
  • Chapter 15: A revised opening vignette that addresses the legal status of immigrants as it related to the 1790 Naturalization Act, Dred Scott, and the changes brought by the Fourteenth Amendment and birthright citizenship
  • The following "Global Passages" boxes have been refreshed with new examples of key global connections:
  • Chapter 1: New: The Doctrine of Discovery
  • Chapter 5: New: Freedom and evangelism in the Atlantic world
  • Chapter 8: Substantially revised: Revolutionary migrations
  • Chapter 14: New: A comparison of mid-century rebellions in the US, China, and India
  • Chapter 15: New: An examination of the increasingly diverse nature of immigrants coming to the US after the Civil War
  • Offers digital versions of the "America in the World" maps formerly located at the end of each chapter
  • Enhances each chapter outline with a Study Plan that includes study questions for each of the main subtopics
  • Uses larger typefaces in many of the maps in order to improve readability
  • Features a brighter and more accessible design, with new illustrations in each chapter
  • An Enhanced ebook--free with every purchase of a new book--with embedded learning tools, including: "Closer Look" videos that analyze selected artworks, accompanied by narration and self-assessment; interactive maps and timelines; flashcards; section and chapter quizzes; and primary sources
  • The Oxford Insight Study Guide--free with every purchase of a new book-- which delivers custom-built adaptive practice sessions based on students' performance

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