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Visions of America: A History of the United States, Volume Two, 2nd Edition

By Jennifer D. Keene, Saul T. Cornell, Edward T. O'Donnell

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 27, 2011

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See history. Understand history.


Praised by instructors and students alike, the first edition of Visions of America has brought history to life for a generation of visual learners–and has shown how competing visions of America have shaped our nation’s past.


We’ve made the second edition of this program even better by adding engaging new features and even easier access to new teaching resources. And, thorough integration with the new MyHistoryLab enables instructors to personalize learning for each student.


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This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience–for you and your students. Here’s how:

  • Personalize Learning — The new MyHistoryLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking — Chapter openers and end-of-chapter study materials that are tied to MyHistoryLab combine visual sources, narrative, and questions to help students study effectively.
  • Engage Students — Features focusing on visions that have shaped America and images are integrated with the new MyHistoryLab for a comprehensive learning program. 
  • Support Instructors — MyHistoryLab, Annotated Instructor’s eText, MyHistoryLab Instructor’s Guide, Teaching Images with Teaching Notes, Class Preparation Tool, Instructor’s Manual, MyTest, and PowerPoints are available to be packaged with this text.

For volume one of this text, search ISBN-10: 0205092675

For the combined volume of this test, search ISBN-10: 0205092667


Note: MyHistoryLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MyHistoryLab, please visit: or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MyHistorylab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 1256463590 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9781256463597.

Table of Contents

Found in this section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents




Chapter 14 Now That We Are Free: Reconstruction and the New South, 1863–1890 

Chapter 15 Conflict and Conquest: The Transformation of the West, 1860–1900  

Chapter 16 Wonder and Woe: The Rise of Industrial America, 1865–1900  

Chapter 17 Becoming a Modern Society: America in the Gilded Age, 1877–1900 

Chapter 18 Creating a Democratic Paradise: The Progressive Era, 1895 –1915  

Chapter 19 Imperial America: The United States in the World, 1890–1914  

Chapter 20 The Great War: World War I, 1914–1918

Chapter 21 A Turbulent Decade: The Twenties 

Chapter 22 A New Deal for America: The Great Depression, 1929–1940  

Chapter 23 World War II: Fighting the Good War, 1939–1945 

Chapter 24 A Divided World: The Early Cold World, 1945–1963  

Chapter 25 In a Land of Plenty: Contentment and Discord, 1945–1960  

Chapter 26 A Nation Divided: The Vietnam War, 1945–1975  

Chapter 27 A Decade of Discord: The Challenge of the Sixties  

Chapter 28 Righting a Nation Adrift: America in the 1970s and 1980s  

Chapter 29 Building a New World Order: The United States, 1989–2009  





Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Envisioning Evidence

Images as History

Competing Visions

Choices and Consequences

About the Authors

Supplements for Instructors and Students


Chapter 14: Now That We Are Free:Reconstruction and the New South, 1863–1890

Preparing for Reconstruction 

The Fruits of Freedom 

The Struggle to Define Reconstruction

Competing Visions

Demanding Rights, Protecting Privilege

Implementing Reconstruction 

Reconstruction Abandoned

Images as History

Political Cartoons Reflect the Shift in Public Opinion 

The New South

Choices and Consequences

Sanctioning Separation 

Chapter Review


Chapter 15: Conflict and Conquest:The Transformation of the West, 1860–1900

Natives and Newcomers 

The Economic Transformation of the West 

Native Americans Under Siege 

Competing Visions

Inevitable Progress or Unjust Invasion? 

Choices and Consequences

Forced Assimilation versus Cultural Preservation 

Persecution and Romanticism

Images as History

Annie Oakley 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 16: Wonder and Woe:The Rise of Industrial America, 1865–1900

The Emergence of Big Business 

Creating a Mass Market 

The World of Work Transformed 

Competing Visions

The Legitimacy of Unions 

Conflicting Visions of Industrial Capitalism

Images as History

Why Fear Big Business?

Choices and Consequences

To Strike or Not to Strike? 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 17: Becoming a Modern Society:America in the Gilded Age, 1877–1900

The Rise of the City 

A Search for Solutions 

Images as History

Seeing the Poor 

New Habits, Roles, and Lifestyles 

The Challenge from Below 

Competing Visions

Progress or Peril? 

Choices and Consequences

The Pullman Strike 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 18: Creating a Democratic Paradise:The Progressive Era, 1895 –1915

The Progressive Impulse 

Reining in Big Business

Competing Views on Transforming the Workplace 

Choices and Consequences

Regulating Workers’ Hours 

Protecting Women and Children

Images as History

Exposing the Evils of Child Labor 

Reforming the Government 

Envisioning Evidence

The Family Economy 

Competing Visions

Seeking Racial Uplift 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 19: Imperial America:The United States in the World, 1890–1914

Becoming a World Power 

The Spanish-American War 

Images as History

Atrocity Stories and Public Opinion 

Creating an American Empire 

Competing Visions

Annexing the Philippines 

America and East Asia 

Choices and Consequences

The Legal Construction of “Whiteness” 

In America’s Backyard 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 20: The Great War: World War I, 1914–1918 

The Decision for War 

The War at Home 

Images as History

Propaganda Posters

Fighting the War 

Choices and Consequences

Alvin York, Deciding to Serve

Envisioning Evidence

Understanding the Battlefield 


Competing Visions

Joining the League of Nations 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 21: A Turbulent Decade: The Twenties

Cars and Planes: The Promise of the Twenties

Envisioning Evidence

Scientific Management in Action 

Cultural Unrest 

Racial Violence and Civil Rights  

Competing Visions

Debating Garveyism 

The New Woman

Images as History

Advertising the New Woman 

Ensuring Peace: Diplomacy in the Twenties 

Choices and Consequences

Preventing War in Europe

Chapter Review 


Chapter 22: A New Deal for America: The Great Depression, 1929–1940 

The Early Days of the Depression

Choices and Consequences

Evicting the Bonus Marchers 

A New President and a New Deal 

Recovering from the Depression 

A New Deal for Farmers 

Images as History

“Migrant Mother” —An American Icon 

Reforms to Ensure Social Justice

Competing Visions

Sharing the Wealth 

Envisioning Evidence

Interpreting Public Opinion Polls

Chapter Review 


Chapter 23: World War II: Fighting the Good War, 1939–1945 

The Approaching War 

On the Home Front

Competing Visions

Civil Liberties and National Security Clash

On the Front Lines 


Chapter 24: A Divided World: The Early Cold War, 1945—1963 

Origins of the Cold War 

Fighting Communism: Cold and Hot War 

Images as History

Surviving an Atomic Bomb Blast 

Spies in Our Midst

Competing Visions

Naming Names in Hollywood

Averting Nuclear War 

Envisioning Evidence

The Berlin Wall 

Choices and Consequences

The Cuban Missile Crisis 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 25: In a Land of Plenty: Contentment and Discord, 1945—1960

Securing the New Deal Legacy

A Middle-Class America 

Competing Visions

Suburbs–American Dream or Nightmare? 

Popular Culture in the Fifties 

Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement

Images as History

Inspiring a New Generation to Act 

Choices and Consequences

Rosa Parks Makes History 

Envisioning Evidence

A National Snapshot of Racial Discrimination 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 26: A Nation Divided: The Vietnam War, 1945—1975

The Long Road to War 

Choices and Consequences

Making Vietnam America’s War 

Fighting in Vietnam

Images as History

The Role of the Press in Vietnam 

Controversy on the Home Front 

Competing Visions

Who was Responsible for the My Lai Massacre? 

The Long Road to Peace

Envisioning Evidence

Vietnam: The Wary by the Numbers 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 27: A Decade of Discord: The Challenge of the Sixties 

The Liberal Moment 

Choices and Consequences

Is School Prayer Constitutional? 

Nonviolence Triumphant: The Civil Rights Movement, 1960—1965 

Images as History

Birmingham, 1963 

The Fractured Left 

Competing Visions

Defining “Black Power” 

The End of an Era

Chapter Review 


Chapter 28: Righting a Nation Adrift: America in the 1970s and 1980s 

Downturn and Scandal 

Images as History

Watergate Through Political Cartoons 

A Crisis of Presidential Leadership 

Choices and Consequences

Ending the Iranian Hostage Crisis

The Rights Revolution

Competing Visions

Defining the Ideal Woman 

The Rise of the Right 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 29: Building a New World Order: The United States, 1989—20011 

“A Moment Rich with Promise”

Images as History

The Fall of the Berlin Wall 

Contested Visions of Government 

Transforming Daily Life 

Competing Visions

The Economic Cost of Immigration 

New Threats in the Post-Cold War World 

Choices and Consequences

Launching a Preemptive War 

Chapter Review