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Published: 15 September 2021

848 Pages | 189

ISBN: 9780197586167

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Of the People

Volume II: Since 1865 with Sources

Fifth Edition

Michael McGerr, Author Camilla Townsend, Karen M. Dunak, Mark Summers, and Jan Ellen Lewis

  • Provides students with a history of the United States that focuses on the evolution of American democracy, people, and power.
  • Exceptionally strong portrayal of political and social history, written in a clear, compelling narrative voice.
  • Each chapter opens with an American Portrait feature, a story of someone whose life in one way or another embodies the basic theme of the pages to follow.
  • Select chapters include an American Landscape feature, a particular place in time where issues of power appeared in especially sharp relief. The new American Landscape features in the fifth edition more explicitly look at American places from an environmental perspective.
  • To underscore the fundamental importance of global relationships, select chapters include a feature on America in the World. Formerly called "America and the World," the subtle change to the name of this feature reflects the greater attention it now gives to topics related to immigration.
  • Each chapter includes a Struggles for Democracy feature, focusing on moments of debate and public conversation surrounding events that have contributed to the changing ideas of democracy, as well as the sometimes constricting but overall gradually widening opportunities that evolved for the American people as a result.
  • Common Threads, located at the beginning of each chapter, offer focus questions that ask the student to consider the main problems examined in the discussions that follow.
  • Timelines provide dates for all the key events discussed in the chapters.
  • A list of chapter-ending key terms, Who, What, Where, helps students recall the important people, events, and places of that chapter.
  • All chapters end with both Review Questions, which test students' memory and understanding of chapter content, and Critical-Thinking Questions, which ask students to analyze and interpret chapter content.

New to this Edition:

  • Throughout the text the authors have continued to intensify the focus on the environment, diversity, and immigration and to offer coverage of events such as the devastation of Tenochtitlan in the face of smallpox in the sixteenth century, the influenza pandemic of 1918, and the Tulsa Race massacre of 1921 that speak to the contemporary challenges of the United States.
  • Acknowledging the upheavals of recent history, the authors have reorganized and rewritten chapters 29 and 30 to give full coverage to the twenty-first century.
  • New American Portrait, American Landscape, America in the World, and Struggles for Democracy Features: These popular features have been updated with three new American Portraits, seven new American Landscapes, five new America and in the World features, and three new Struggles for Democracy.
  • All versions of the text now include end-of-chapter primary source documents, both textual and visual, designed to reinforce students' understanding of the material by drawing connections among topics. Nearly all chapters in the fifth edition include at least one new source document.
  • The "Who, What, Where" glossary terms have been significantly revised so that the most essential and fundamental ideas, people, and places are consistently highlighted, and the terms are now boldfaced in the text.
  • Many chapters now include new "Common Thread" focus questions, and new maps have been added to Chapters 25 and 27.
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