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American Destiny: Narrative of a Nation, Combined Volume, 4th Edition

By Mark C. Carnes, John A. Garraty

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jun 24, 2011


Bridging the present to the past.


American Destiny’s mission is to show readers how history connects to the experiences and expectations that mark their lives. The authors pursue that mission through a variety of distinctive features, including American Lives essays and Re-Viewing the Past movie essays. This book is the abridged version of The American Nation, 14th edition.

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Table of Contents

Detailed Contents

Maps and Graphs

Feature Essays


Supplements for Instructors and Students

About the Authors


Prologue: Beginnings


Chapter 1 Alien Encounters: Europe in the Americas


Chapter 2 American Society in the Making


Chapter 3 America in the British Empire


Chapter 4 The American Revolution


Chapter 5 The Federalist Era: Nationalism Triumphant


Chapter 6 Jeffersonian Democracy


Chapter 7 National Growing Pains


Chapter 8 Toward A National Economy


Chapter 9 Jacksonian Democracy


Chapter 10 The Making of Middle-Class America


Chapter 11 Westward Expansion


Chapter 12 The Sections Go Their Own Ways


Chapter 13 The Coming of the Civil War


Chapter 14 The War to Save the Union


Chapter 15 Reconstruction and the South


Chapter 16 The Conquest of the West


Chapter 17 An Industrial Giant Emerges


Chapter 18 American Society in the Industrial Age


Chapter 19 Intellectual and Cultural Trends in the Late Nineteenth Century


Chapter 20 From Smoke-Filled Rooms to Prairie Wildfire: 1877-1896


Chapter 21 The Age of Reform


Chapter 22 From Isolation to Empire


Chapter 23 Woodrow Wilson and the Great War


Chapter 24 Postwar Sociert and Culture: Change and Adjustment


Chapter 25 From "Normalcy" to Economic Collapse: 1921-1933


Chapter 26 The New Deal: 1933-1941


Chapter 27 War and Peace: 1941-1945


Chapter 28 Collision Courses, Abroad and at Home: 1946-1960


Chapter 29 From Camelot to Watergate: 1961-1975


Chapter 20 Running on Empty: 1975-1991


Chapter 31 From Boomers to Millennials


Chapter 32 Shocks and Responses, 1992-Present