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Published: 09 October 2020

784 Pages | 258

ISBN: 9780197531228

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American Horizons

US History in a Global Context, Volume Two: Since 1865

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
  • 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 16: A new opening vignette on Chinese and Irish immigration in the late 19th century
  • Chapter 17: A new opening vignette featuring the story of Andrew Carnegie
  • Chapter 18: An expanded discussion of the environmental crisis of American cities
  • Chapter 20: A new opening vignette about Ida B. Wells and her international campaign against lynching
  • Chapter 21: Expanded coverage of the impact of WWI inside the United States and of wartime efforts by the U.S. to shape the postwar order
  • Chapter 22: An expanded discussion of the 1920s sexual revolution, and increased discussion of eugenics
  • Chapter 24: New coverage of the distinct ways in which Americans, Nazi leaders, and Japanese leaders interpreted an influential Hollywood film
  • Chapter 26: A new opening vignette on comic books and popular culture during the 1950s
  • Chapter 31: An expanded analysis of the impact of the wars in the Middle East on both that region and the U.S. since 2001 and an exploration of the 2016 election and the first three years of the Trump era
  • The following "Global Passages" boxes have been refreshed with new examples of key global connections:
  • Chapter 20: The worldwide struggle for woman suffrage
  • Chapter 23: U.S. popular culture during the New Deal
  • Chapter 24: The "war of books and ideas" during WWII and how wartime publishing impacted U.S. and global literacy
  • Chapter 27: The "Hippie Trail"
  • Chapter 29: The history/impact at home and abroad of the U.S. war on drugs, from the 1930s to today
  • Chapter 30: The changing patterns and impact of global migration to the U.S. since the 1960s
  • Chapter 31: The ebb and flow of Chinese-US political, economic, and cultural rivalry over the past century
  • 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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