U.S. History

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Multiple Authors, OpenStax

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 978-1-9381683-6-9

Publisher: OpenStax

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Reviewed by Kathleen Pannozzi, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Rhode Island College, on 6/20/2018.

This US History text is certainly comprehensive. In its 32 chapters all phases of the development of the American nation are addressed. In some … read more



Reviewed by Morten Bach, Associate Lecturer, Ohio University - Zanesville, on 2/2/2018.

The text certainly aspires to be comprehensive with thirty-two chapters moving from the pre-Columbian context to Barack Obama’s second term. For the … read more



Reviewed by Jonathan Rees, Professor of History, Colorado State University - Pueblo, on 2/2/2018.

It's comprehensive, but the depth of coverage is uneven. There is far more detail on the pre-1945 period than the post-1945 period. In the earlier … read more



Reviewed by Arlene Reilly-Sandoval, Associate Professor, Colorado State University-Pueblo, on 2/2/2018.

This text covers Pre-Colombian U.S. to the 21st Century. It is comprehensive in that it covers not just the major wars or conflicts, but also the … read more



Reviewed by Matthew Whitlock, Adjunct Instructor, Tidewater Community College, on 8/16/2017.

The textbook is very comprehensive, covering pre-contact to the 21st Century in 32 chapters. The authors provide thorough details in 1052 pages. … read more



Reviewed by Leah Hagedorn, Professor of History, Tidewater Community College, on 8/16/2017.

This promising textbook would benefit from greater comprehensiveness and greater depth. The book is easily searchable. In considering the text for … read more



Reviewed by John Haymond, Adjunct Instructor of History, Riverland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

I was most interested in the portions of this text that dealt with events from mid-19th century to the First World War, but I still read through … read more



Reviewed by Thomas Woodhouse, Instructor, Riverland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This textbook is comprehensive. It covers events from pre-1492 through the last years of President Obama's administration. It looks at social, … read more



Reviewed by Tom Nejely, Instructor, Klamath Community College, on 6/21/2017.

I am reviewing this text from the viewpoint of a community college survey course, whose students may or may not be at college level writing. This … read more



Reviewed by Kurt Kortenhof, History Instructor, Saint Paul College, on 4/12/2017.

The US History text is organized into 32 chapters that adequately present an outline of American history from pre-contact to 2014. The book is also … read more



Reviewed by Gerd Horten, Professor of History, Concordia University--Portland, Oregon, on 2/16/2017.

The coverage of this textbook is very comprehensive. The 32 chapters are very similar to many other textbooks which are commercially available, and … read more



Reviewed by David Jamison, Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University -- Middletown, on 8/22/2016.

At 1052 pages, "U.S. History" is nothing if not comprehensive. Maybe comprehensive to a fault. Although it fulfills its duty as a history textbook by … read more



Reviewed by Caryn Neumann, Lecturer, Miami University of Ohio, on 8/22/2016.

This book is an acceptable replacement for any U.S. History textbook by a major publisher. To save costs, the publisher used open source material for … read more



Reviewed by Charles Young, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College, on 8/22/2016.

The textbook is quite comprehensive in covering key ares and ideas. For example, I was quite impressed with the well written and broad details … read more



Reviewed by Joe Austin, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, on 8/22/2016.

NOTE: My comments apply ONLY to the post-1865 chapters (16-32). I'd judge this book's comprehensiveness to be about average or a little better. The … read more



Reviewed by Matthew Lindaman, Professor, Winona State University, on 8/22/2016.

Very comprehensive in scope and coverage. If possible, I would like to see a few more primary sources. However, perhaps they could be located in an … read more



Reviewed by Robert Maloy, Senior Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Amherst, on 1/8/2016.

The book is impressively comprehensive. Its 1052 pages include 32 chapters, beginning with the “Americas, Europe, and Africa Before 1492” and ending … read more


Table of Contents

  • The Americas, Europe, and Africa Before 1492
  • Early Globalization: The Atlantic World, 1492–1650
  • Creating New Social Orders: Colonial Societies, 1500–1700
  • Rule Britannia! The English Empire, 1660–1763
  • Imperial Reforms and Colonial Protests, 1763-1774
  • America's War for Independence, 1775-1783
  • Creating Republican Governments, 1776–1790
  • Growing Pains: The New Republic, 1790–1820
  • The Industrial, Market, and Transportation Revolutions, 1800–1850
  • Jacksonian Democracy, 1820–1840
  • A Nation on the Move: Westward Expansion, 1800–1860
  • Cotton is King: The Antebellum South, 1800–1860
  • Antebellum Idealism and Reform Impulses, 1820–1860
  • Troubled Times: the Tumultuous 1850s
  • The Civil War, 1860–1865
  • The Era of Reconstruction, 1865–1877
  • Go West Young Man! Westward Expansion, 1840-1900
  • Industrialization and the Rise of Big Business, 1870-1900
  • The Growing Pains of Urbanization, 1870-1900
  • Politics in the Gilded Age, 1870-1900
  • Leading the Way: The Progressive Movement, 1890-1920
  • Age of Empire: American Foreign Policy, 1890-1914
  • Americans and the Great War, 1914-1919
  • The Jazz Age: Redefining the Nation, 1919-1929
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? The Great Depression, 1929-1932
  • Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1941
  • Fighting the Good Fight in World War II, 1941-1945
  • Post-War Prosperity and Cold War Fears, 1945-1960
  • Contesting Futures: America in the 1960s
  • Political Storms at Home and Abroad, 1968-1980
  • From Cold War to Culture Wars, 1980-2000
  • The Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

About the Book

U.S. History covers the breadth of the chronological history of the United States and also provides the necessary depth to ensure the course is manageable for instructors and students alike. U.S. History is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of most courses. The authors introduce key forces and major developments that together form the American experience, with particular attention paid to considering issues of race, class, and gender. The text provides a balanced approach to U.S. history, considering the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from both the top down (politics, economics, diplomacy) and bottom up (eyewitness accounts, lived experience).

OpenStax College has compiled many resources for faculty and students, from faculty-only content to interactive homework and study guides.

About the Contributors


Senior Contributors

P. Scott Corbett, PhD - Ventura College

Volker Janssen, PhD - California State University-Fullerton

John M. Lund, PhD - Keene State College

Todd Pfannestiel, PhD - Clarion University

Paul Vickery, PhD - Oral Roberts University

Sylvie Waskiewicz, PhD - Lead Editor