Journals Higher Education



Published: 11 December 2015

624 Pages

6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190254865

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Of the People

A History of the United States, Volume 1: To 1877

Third Edition

James Oakes, Michael McGerr, Jan Ellen Lewis, Nick Cullather, Jeanne Boydston, Mark Summers, Camilla Townsend, and Karen Dunak

Of the People: A History of the United States, Third Edition, not only tells the history of America--of its people and places, of its dealings and ideals--but it also unfolds the story of American democracy, carefully marking how this country's evolution has been anything but certain, from its complex beginnings to its modern challenges. This comprehensive survey focuses on the social and political lives of people--some famous, some ordinary--revealing the compelling story of America's democracy from an individual perspective, from across the landscapes of diverse communities, and ultimately from within the larger context of the world.

New to this Edition:

  • Condensed from 31 to 30 chapters, with revised photos throughout
  • A revised Chapter 30, "The Globalized Nation," now covers the years from 1989-2001
  • A new Epilogue, "A Nation Transformed," covers the years from 2001-2014
  • Includes more coverage of westward expansion, the growth of railroads, the emergence of the Republican Party, and a revised explanation for Reconstruction's demise
  • A new feature "Struggles for Democracy" highlights the changing ideas of democracy and the resulting new opportunities that evolved for the American people
  • Integrates environmental content into the "American Landscape" features
  • Offers new and revised "American Portrait," "American Landscape," and "America and the World" features
  • A version of the text is available with end-of-chapter sources--both textual and visual--designed to reinforce students' understanding of the material

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