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American Journey, The: Combined Volume, 6th Edition

By David Goldfield, Carl Abbott, Virginia DeJohn Anderson, Jo Ann E. Argersinger, Peter H. Argersinger, William Barney, Robert M. Weir

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Oct 22, 2010


Explore the history of America through personal and collective journeys.


Offering a blend of political and social histories, THE AMERICAN JOURNEY shows that our attempt

to live up to our American ideals is an ongoing journey—one that has become increasingly more

inclusive of different groups and ideas. With a goal of making American history accessible, the authors

offer a strong, clear narrative and provide the reader with the tools they need to understand history.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1   Worlds Apart

Native American Societies before 1492

West African Societies

Western Europe on the Eve of Exploration


Competition for a Continent


Chapter 2  Transplantation and Adaptation, 1600–1685

The French in North America

The Dutch Overseas Empire

English Settlement in the Chesapeake

The Founding of New England

Competition in the Caribbean

The Restoration Colonies


Chapter 3  A Meeting of Cultures

Indians and Europeans

Africans and Europeans

European Laborers in Early America


Chapter 4  English Colonies in an Age of Empire 1660s–1763

Economic Development and Imperial Trade in the British Colonies

The Transformation of Culture

The Colonial Political World

Expanding Empires

A Century of Warfare


Chapter 5  Imperial Breakdown 1763–1774

The Crisis of Imperial Authority

Republican Ideology and Colonial Protest

The Stamp Act Crisis

The Townshend Crisis

Domestic Divisions

The Final Imperial Crisis


Chapter 6  The War for Independence 1774–1783

From Rebellion to War

The Continental Congress Becomes a National Government

The Combatants

The War in the North, 1776–1777

The War Widens, 1778–1781

The War and Society, 1775–1783

The American Victory, 1782–1783


Chapter 7  The First Republic 1776–1789

The New Order of Republicanism

Problems at Home

Diplomatic Weaknesses

Toward a New Union


Chapter 8  A New Republic and the Rise of Parties 17891800

Washington’s America

Forging a New Government

The Emergence of Parties

The Last Federalist Administration


Chapter 9   The Triumph and Collapse of Jeffersonian Republicanism


 Jefferson’s Presidency

Madison and the Coming of War

The War of 1812

The Era of Good Feelings

The Breakdown of Unity


Chapter 10  The Jacksonian Era 1824–1845

The Egalitarian Impulse

Jackson’s Presidency

Van Buren and Hard Times

The Rise of the Whig Party

The Whigs in Power


Chapter 11 Slavery and the Old South 1800–1860

The Lower South

The Upper South

Slave Life and Culture

Free Society

The Proslavery Argument


Chapter 12  The Market Revolution and Social Reform 18151850

Industrial Change and Urbanization

Reform and Moral Order

Institutions and Social Improvement

Abolitionism and Women’s Rights


Chapter 13 The Way West 1815–1850

The Agricultural Frontier

The Frontier of the Plains Indians

The Mexican Borderlands

Politics, Expansion, and War


Chapter 14 The Politics of Sectionalism 1846–1861

Slavery in the Territories

Political Realignment

The Road to Disunion


Chapter 15 Battle Cries and Freedom Songs the Civil War 1861–1865

Mobilization, North and South

The Early War, 1861–1862

Turning Points, 1862–1863

The War Transforms the North

The Confederacy Disintegrates

The Union Prevails, 1864–1865


Chapter 16  Reconstruction 1865–1877

White Southerners and the Ghosts of the Confederacy, 1865

More Than Freedom: African American Aspirations in 1865

Federal Reconstruction, 1865–1870

Counter-Reconstruction, 1870–1874

Redemption, 1874–1877


Chapter 17 A New South: Economic Progress and Social Tradition


The “Newness” of the New South

The Southern Agrarian

Women in the New South

Settling the Race Issue


Chapter 18 Industry, Immigrants, and Cities 1870—1900

New Industry

New Immigrants

New Cities


Chapter 19 Transforming the West 1865—1890

Subjugating Native Americans

Exploiting the Mountains: The Mining Bonanza

Using the Grass: The Cattle Kingdom

Working the Earth: Homesteaders and Agricultural Expansion


Chapter 20 Politics and Government 1877—1900

The Structure and Style of Politics

The Limits of Government

Public Policies and National Elections

The Crisis of the 1890s


Chapter 21 The Progressive Era 1900—1917

The Ferment of Reform

Reforming Society

Reforming Country Life

Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Presidency

Woodrow Wilson and Progressive Reform


Chapter 22 Creating an Empire 1865—1917

The Roots of Imperialism

First Steps

The Spanish-American War

Imperial Ambitions: The United States and East Asia, 1899—1917

Imperial Power: The United States and Latin America, 1899—1917

Engaging Europe: New Concerns, Old Constraints


Chapter 23 America and the Great War 1914—1920

Waging Neutrality

Waging War in America

Waging War and Peace Abroad

Waging Peace at Home


Chapter 24 Toward a Modern America The 1920s

The Economy That Roared

The Business of Government

Cities and Suburbs

Mass Culture in the Jazz Age

Culture Wars

A New Era in the World?

Herbert Hoover and the Final Triumph of the New Era


Chapter 25 The Great Depression and the New Deal 1929—1939

Hard Times in Hooverville

Herbert Hoover and the Depression

Launching the New Deal

Consolidating the New Deal

The New Deal and American Life

Ebbing of the New Deal

Good Neighbors and Hostile Forces


Chapter 26 World War II 1939—1945

The Dilemmas of Neutrality

Holding the Line

Mobilizing for Victory

The Home Front

War and Peace


Chapter 27 The Cold War at Home and Abroad 1946—1952

Launching the Great Boom

Truman, Republicans, and the Fair Deal

Confronting the Soviet Union

Cold War and Hot War

The Second Red Scare


Chapter 28 The Confident Years 1953—1964

A Decade of Affluence

Facing Off with the Soviet Union

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

Righteousness Like a Mighty Stream: The Struggle for Civil Rights


Chapter 29 Shaken to the Roots 1965—1980

The End of Consensus

Cities Under Stress

The Year of the Gun, 1968

Nixon, Watergate, and the Crisis of the Early 1970s

Jimmy Carter: Idealism and Frustration in the White House


Chapter 30 The Reagan Revolution and a Changing World 1981—1992

Reagan’s Domestic Revolution

The Climax of the Cold War

Growth in the Sunbelt

Values in Collision


Chapter 31 Complacency, Crisis, and Global Reengagement 1993—2008

Politics of the Center

A New Economy?

Broadening Democracy

Edging into a New Century

Paradoxes of Power