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The Sum of Our Dreams

A Concise History of America

Louis Masur

November 2020

ISBN: 9780190692575

368 pages
Hardback
235x156mm

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Price: £22.99

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Masur's book is both sweeping and concise, offering an immersion in American history, from the pre-colonial era to the current moment, and covering all of the main themes and defining events. At its core the book is guided by those whose vision of America's potential has been fulfilled, as well as by those whose dreams remained unrealized but still essential to the country's identity.

  • Written by a well-known American historian
  • A concise one volume history of the United States
  • Evaluates contested meanings of the American Dream, offering fresh and comprehensive perspectives

About the Author(s)

Louis Masur, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University

Louis P. Masur is Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He is the author of many books, including The Civil War: A Concise History, The Soiling of Old Glory, and Lincoln's Last Speech. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Slate and he lectures around the country for One Day University.

Table of Contents

    Prologue: "Land of Hope and Dreams"
    Chapter 1: To Plant and to Conquer
    Virginia
    Massachusetts
    New York
    Native Americans
    Seven Years War
    Chapter 2: If Men Were Angels
    Revolution
    Constitution
    Political Parties
    War of 1812
    Missouri Compromise
    Chapter 3: Empire of Liberty
    Nullification
    Revival
    Removal
    Mexican-American War
    Westward Course of Empire
    Chapter 4: A Higher Law
    Compromise
    Abolition
    Bleeding Kansas
    Dred Scott
    John Brown's Raid
    Chapter 5: Government of the People
    Secession
    Civil War
    Emancipation
    Home Fronts
    Reconstruction
    Chapter 6: Survival of the Fittest
    Corruption
    Competition
    Cooperation
    Frontiers
    Imperialism
    Chapter 7: Land of Promise
    Immigration
    Progressivism
    Segregation
    Socialism
    World War I
    Chapter 8: This New Battle
    Prohibition
    Depression
    Dust Bowl
    New Deal
    WW II
    Chapter 9: Blowin' in the Wind
    Consumerism
    Cold War
    Civil Rights
    Counterculture
    Vietnam
    Chapter 10: Government is the Problem
    Watergate
    The Great Inflation
    New Right
    New Democrat
    New World Order
    Chapter 11: The Change That We Seek
    War on Terror
    Globalization
    Vote for Change
    Social Media
    American Ideals
    Epilogue: "Let America Be America Again"

Reviews

"General readers will find Masur's book interesting, but its greatest value may be in its use as an undergraduate textbook, whose 11 well-written chapters, prologue, epilogue, and 36 well-chosen images (all well worth unpacking) make it easily accessible." - B. F. Le Beau, CHOICE

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