US: A Narrative History

US: A Narrative History

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By James West Davidson and Brian DeLay and Christine Leigh Heyrman and Mark Lytle and Michael Stoff

  • Copyright: 2012

  • Publication Date: May 25 2011

  • ISBN 10: 0077420764

  • ISBN 13: 9780077420765



For your classes in American History, McGraw-Hill introduces the latest edition of U*S: A Narrative History, part of the acclaimed M Series. The M Series started with you and your stu

For your classes in American History, McGraw-Hill introduces the latest edition of U*S: A Narrative History, part of the acclaimed M Series. The M Series started with you and your students. After extensive market research to gain insight into students' learning behavior and instructor’s desired course outcomes, we learned that students want text programs with visual appeal and content designed according to the way they learn. Instructors desire greater student involvement in the course content without compromising on high quality content.

From a known and trusted author team, U*S: A Narrative History tells the story the American people, with all the visually engaging, personally involving material that your students want within an engaging magazine format that helps students better connect with the nation's past. Additionally, this innovative text provides instructors with scholarly, succinct, and conventionally organized core content within a unified narrative that is continental in scope.

Best of all, the U*S: A Narrative History program now offers Connect History, an innovative online assignment and assessment platform, which combines a fully integrated eBook with powerful learning and teaching tools. Tools that make assessment easier, learning more engaging, and studying more efficient. For example within Connect History, a groundbreaking adaptive diagnostic, LearnSmart, provides a personalized study experience for each student ensuring the mastery of basic chapter content. Additionally with Connect History, engaging interactivities such as Critical Missions immerse students in pivotal historical events, asks them to explore these situations, and then, make recommendations based on their findings. Connect History sharpens students’ analytical skills, increases historical understanding, and improves overall course success.

U*S: A Narrative History is more current, more portable, and more captivating. Its rigorous and innovative research foundation, plus Connect History adds up to: more learning. When you meet students where they are, you can take them where you want them to be.

  • Language: English

  • Imprint: McGraw-Hill College

  • Dimension: 8.6 x 10.8

  • Page Count: 768

New Features

  • Connect History strengthens the link between faculty, students and coursework. Innovative, adaptive technology aligns goals of students and faculty, allowing them to work together to accomplish more, in less time. It engages students in the course content so they’re prepared, are more active in discussion, and achieve better results.

    Connect History provides tools making assessment easier, learning more engaging, and studying more efficient. A groundbreaking adaptive diagnostic, LearnSmart, provides each student with a personalized study path to ensure mastery of basic chapter content. While engaging interactivities such as Critical Missions help students understand primary sources and develop their critical thinking skills. Additionally, Connect History includes numerous map and primary sources activities, the majority of which are auto-graded and can be easily assigned. (*Fully integrated eBook included in Connect Plus History.)

  • Critical Missions immerse students as active participants in a series of transformative moments in history. As advisors to key historical figures, they read and analyze sources, interpret maps and timelines, and write recommendations for what do to in this critical moment. After finding out what actually happened, students learn to think like a historian, conducting a retrospective analysis from a contemporary perspective.
  • LearnSmart is the premier learning system designed to effectively assess a student's knowledge of course content through a series of adaptive questions, intelligently pinpointing concepts the student does not understand and mapping out a personalized study plan for success. LearnSmart prepares students, allowing instructors to focus valuable class time on higher-level concepts.
  • SmartBook - The first and only adaptive reading and learning experience. SmartBook is changing the way students read. It creates a personalized, interactive reading experience like no other by highlighting important concepts, while helping students identify their strengths and weaknesses. As a student reads, the reading experience continuously adapts by highlighting content based on what each student knows and doesn’t know. This ensures that he or she is focused on the content needed to close specific knowledge gaps, while it simultaneously promotes long-term learning.
  • Expanded coverage of environmental history, so that every chapter describes how the environment shaped the choices and actions of Americans and/or Americans altered the environment.
  • U*S has 2nd edition on its cover but is indicated as a 6th edition in the systems. This is because U*S is a 2nd edition as an M-series program but is a 6th edition as a text program. Please know this may never come up and this is just for your information.
  • Learning Solutions Best Bet: History instructors love primary sources [images & documents]. They can add more! CREATE is the best resouce - use COLLECTIONS and then select AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTS, WORLD CIVILIZATION DOCUMENTS or TRADITIONS (Humanities documents for Western Civ).
  • Multiple eBook Formats - This title is available in eBook format within Connect Plus, SmartBook, CourseSmart, and from Amazon for Kindle.
  • Review questions added to the end of each section ask students to synthesize what they've read as a way to better remember it.
  • Historian's Toolbox. These showcase the variety of evidence that historians consult when piecing together the past.

Key Features

  • Witness. Every chapter includes a brief except from a primary source document. Students can also use the Additional Reading section located at the end of each chapter.
  • Student Engagement. High interest features throughout the text captivate readers, bring history to life, and help students make connections between the past and the present. Opinion questions in every chapter ask students for their opinions on a variety of historical issues; POV (Point of View) provides quotations from historians that can serve as a springboard for discussions; Backstory brings history to life through interesting, memorable anecdotes about lesser known aspects of historical figures and events; and Then and Now features compare cultural artifacts of the American past with analogous items from the present.
  • Design. Stunning images, charts, and maps throughout grab the reader's attention and make serious scholarship enjoyable to read. Students prefer a magazine format over a conventional text. U*S.: A Narrative History is a visually stimulating, innovative learning tool that emulates the media students most consume and most enjoy.
  • Primary Source Investigator Online. This database, now online with free access to all students on the Online Learning Center, offers hundreds of primary sources such as interactive maps, charts, photos, primary source docs, audio files, and video files with contextual information on each source, and thought-provoking questions that show students how historians look at sources. In addition, PSI has a program that walks students through how to write a paper using sources as evidence and is also easy to use in the classroom to support lecture and discussion.
  • Online Learning Center. A wealth of additional online resources include a detailed Faculty Guide for instructors and a wealth of student resources such as interactive maps, quizzes, essay questions, and chapter summaries.
  • Continental perspective. With strong coverage of the environment, the West, and Native American history, this text presents a continental view of the nation's past from the very beginning, taking into account the people and forces that shaped Early American history west of the Anglo-American colonies.
  • Trusted Content. Written by a team of experts, U*S: A Narrative History offers a balanced approach that encompasses both social and political narrative to provide a more current, complete, and engaging view of the history of the nation and the people of which it is comprised. Praised by reviewers around the country, it provides scholarly, succinct content, organized the way instructors teach.
  • Integration of global material. Throughout the text, integration of global material offers greater context for the American story and a broader perspective on the ties of the United States to the rest of the world.



US: A Narrative History



Volume One

1. The First Civilizations of North America

2. Old Worlds, New Worlds (1400-1600)

3. Colonization and Conflict in the South (1600-1750)

4. Colonization and Conflict

Table of Contents


Volume One

1. The First Civilizations of North America

2. Old Worlds, New Worlds (1400-1600)

3. Colonization and Conflict in the South (1600-1750)

4. Colonization and Conflict in the North (1600-1700)

5. The Mosaic of Eighteenth-Century America (1689-1771)

6. Toward the War for American Independence (1754-1776)

7. The American People and the American Revolution (1775-1783)

8. Crisis and Constitution (1776-1789)

9: The Early Republic (1789-1824)

10. The Opening of America (1815-1850)

11. The Rise of Democracy (1824-1840)

12. The Fires of Perfection (1820-1850)

13. The Old South (1820-1860)

14. Western Expansion and the Rise of the Slavery Issue (1820-1850)

15. The Union Broken (1850-1861)

16. Total War and the Republic (1861-1865)

17. Reconstructing the Union (1865-1877)

Volume Two

17. Reconstructing the Union (1865-1877)

18. The New South and the Trans-Mississippi West (1870-1896)

19. The New Industrial Order (1870-1900)

20. The Rise of an Urban Order (1870-1900)

21. The Political System under Strain (1877-1900)

22. The Progressive Era (1890-1920)

23. The United States and the Old World Order (1901-1920)

24. The New Era (1920-1929)

25. The Great Depression and the New Deal (1929-1939)

26. America's Rise to Globalism (1927-1945)

27. Cold War America (1945-1954)

28. The Suburban Era (1945-1963)

29: Civil Rights and Uncivil Liberties (1947-1969)

30: Vietnam and the End of the Liberal Era (1963-1976)

31: The Conservative Revolution (1976-1992)

32: Nation of Nations in a Global Community (1980-2006)



About the Authors

James West Davidson

James West Davidson received his B.A. from Haverford College and his Ph.D. from Yale University. A historian who has pursued a full-time writing career, he is the author of numerous books, among them <i>After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection</i> (with Mark H. Lytle), <i>The Logic of Millennial Thought: Eighteenth Century New England</i>, and <i>Great Heart: The History of a Labrador Adventure</i> (with John Rugge). He is co-editor with Michael Stiff of the <i>Oxford New Narratives in American History</i>, in which his most recent book appears: <i>'They Say': Ida B. Wells and the Reconstruction of Race</i>.

Brian DeLay

Brian DeLay (Ph.D., Harvard) is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in colonial and 19th century U.S. and Mexican history. His scholarship has won awards from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Western History Association, the Council on Latin American History, the American Society for Ethnohistory, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He is the author of <i>War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War</i> (Yale, 2008), and is currently at work on a book about the international arms trade and the re-creation of the Americas during the long nineteenth century. He can be reached at and his website is

Christine Leigh Heyrman

Christine Leigh Heyrman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Delaware. She received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and is the author of <i>Commerce and Culture: The Maritime Communities of Colonial Massachusetts, 1690-1750</i>. Her book exploring the evolution of religious culture in the Southern U.S., entitled <i>Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt</i>, was awarded the Bancroft Prize in 1998.

Mark Lytle

Mark H. Lytle received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is Professor of History and Environmental Studies. he has served two years as Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College, Dublin, in Ireland. His publications include <i>The Origins of the Iranian-American Alliance, 1941-1953</i>, <i>After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection</i> (with James West Davidson), <i>America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon</i>, and, most recently, <i>The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement</i>. He is co-editor of a joint issue of the journals of <i>Diplomatic History</i> and <i>Environmental History</i> dedicated to the field of environmental diplomacy.

Michael Stoff

Michael B. Stoff is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. The recipient of a Ph.D. from Yale University, he has been honored many times for his teaching, most recently with election to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He is the author of <i>Oil, War, and American Security: The Search for a National Policy on Foreign Oil,1941-1947</i>, co-editor (with Jonathan Fanton and R. Hal Williams) of <i>The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Age</i>, and series co-editor (with James West Davidson) of the <i>Oxford New Narratives in American History</i>. He is currently working on a narrative on the bombing of Nagasaki.