History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877

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Catherine Locks, Fort Valley State University
Sarah Mergel, Dalton State College
Pamela Roseman, Georgia Perimeter College
Tamara Spike, University of North Georgia

Pub Date: 2013

ISBN 13: 978-0-9882237-3-8

Publisher: Independent

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Reviewed by Richard Saunders, Professor (dean), Southern Utah Univ., on 8/3/2018.

No history textbook can possibly address the entire range of experience within a national history. This one does an admirable job of including … read more



Reviewed by Matthew Lindaman, Professor, Winona State University, on 5/22/2018.

The Text is comprehensive in coverage of key ideas and concepts related to US History to 1877. The index and glossary are solid. The key terms list … read more



Reviewed by Sarah Trembanis, Associate Professor, University of Delaware, on 5/22/2018.

I understand that this question is meant to deal with the comprehensiveness of the content, however, I would like to highlight the absence of primary … read more



Reviewed by Peter Acsay, Associate Teaching Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, on 5/22/2018.

This text comprehensively covers political and economic topics, and includes religious, social and cultural topics and needed. The text is more … read more



Reviewed by Timothy Jenks, Associate Professor, East Carolina University, on 2/2/2018.

The work is very comprehensive. A great deal of space is allocated to the coverage of extra-American developments (i.e. Asia, Europe & Africa in … read more



Reviewed by Michael Brooks, Lecturer, Bowling Green State University, on 2/2/2018.

This text is quite thorough, and it takes into account a variety of perspectives on American history. The book is an effective text for use in … read more



Reviewed by Gautham Rao, Assistant Professor, American University, on 2/2/2018.

This textbook is ambitious. Perhaps too ambitious. At about 850 pages, it manages to pack an enormous amount of detail into almost every chapter. … read more



Reviewed by Corwin Hayes, History Adjunct Instructor, Tidewater Community College - Portsmouth Campus, on 8/16/2017.

The book presents a well written narrative of the first period of American History. I haven't seen many texts for survey US History include such an … read more



Reviewed by Thomas Slonick, Professor, Tide Water Community College, on 8/16/2017.

The text covers the history of the United States from the arrival of the people of the First Nations, though European settlement, the Revolution, the … read more



Reviewed by Alton Carroll, Associate Professor, Northern Virginia Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The book is overly exhaustive in some baffling areas and entirely leaves out many vital subjects. At over 800 pages it is at least twice as long as … read more



Reviewed by Kevin Brady, Professor of History, Tidewater Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The textbook offers readers a very comprehensive examination of American History from before European contact through the Reconstruction Era. … read more



Reviewed by Joseph Stoll, Instructor, Reynolds Community College, on 2/9/2017.

Excellent Comprehensive coverage of U.S history from Pre-Colombian era to 1877. A nice touch in the first chapter consists of coverage of indigenous … read more



Reviewed by Allan Millett, Professor, University of New Orleans, on 2/9/2017.

It is too comprehensive. The pre-17th century history is too detailed and of marginal relevance, e.g. Asian and African history. More is not … read more


Table of Contents

Chapter One: United States History Before Columbus

Chapter Two: The Global Context: Asia, Europe, and Africa in the Early Modern Era

Chapter Three: Initial Contact and Conquest

Chapter Four: The Establishment of English Colonies Before 1642 and Their Development Through the Late Seventeenth Century

Chapter Five: English Colonization After 1660

Chapter Six: Growing Pains in the Colonies

Chapter Seven: The Road to Revolution, 1754-1775

Chapter Eight: the American Revolution

Chapter Nine: Articles of Confederation and the Constitution

Chapter Ten: The Federalist Era

Chapter Eleven: The Early Republic

Chapter Twelve: Jacksonian America (1815-1840)

Chapter Thirteen: Antebellum Revival and Reform

Chapter Fourteen: Westward Expansion

Chapter Fifteen: The Impending Crisis

Chapter Sixteen: The Civil War

Chapter Seventeen: Reconstruction 

About the Book

This textbook examines U.S. History from before European Contact through Reconstruction, while focusing on the people and their history. Prior to its publication, History in the Making underwent a rigorous double blind peer review, a process that involved over thirty scholars who reviewed the materially carefully, objectively, and candidly in order to ensure not only its scholarly integrity but also its high standard of quality. This book provides a strong emphasis on critical thinking about US History by providing several key features in each chapter. Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter help students to understand what they will learn in each chapter. Before You Move On sections at the end of each main section are designed to encourage students to reflect on important concepts and test their knowledge as they read. In addition, each chapter includes Critical Thinking Exercises that ask the student to deeply explore chapter content, Key Terms, and a Chronology of events.

About the Contributors


Catherine Locks is an instructor and also an instructional technologist/designer from Richmond, Virginia. She received her BS in history from Longwood University(1986) and her MA in history(2000) and MEd in instructional technology from Georgia College & State University(2002). She teaches online courses for the University System of Georgia’s eCore program, and face-to-face courses for Fort Valley State University. Her areas of interest include pre-history, ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and Rome, medieval English history, and colonial American history, particularly of the mid-Atlantic region. 

Sarah K. Mergel, PhD. received her BA in history and sociology from Boston College (1997) and her MA and PhD in history from The George Washington University (2002/2007). She works as an Assistant Professor of History at Dalton State College in Northwest Georgia teaching both face-to-face and online classes. She specializes in American political, intellectual, and diplomatic history since the end of the Civil War. Much of her work in History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877 focuses on political and economic developments in the Colonial Era, the Federalist Era, the Jacksonian Era, and the Civil War Era. 

Pamela Thomas Roseman, PhD. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Pamela T. Roseman received her BA from Florida State University, did her MA work at Florida State and Georgia State Universities, and received her PhD from Georgia State University in 1980. Her fields of concentration include American Intellectual history, Renaissance and Reformation Europe, Tudor-Stuart England, and U.S. and Latin American colonial history. Her Master’s Thesis explores Puritan motivation in the settlement of New England; her dissertation is entitled Millennial Expectation Among Southern Evangelicals in the Mid-19th century. 

Tamara Spike, PhD. Tamara Spike is a historian of colonial Latin America and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy at the University of North Georgia. Dr. Spike earned her MA and PhD in History from Florida State University, and holds a dual BA in Anthropology and Classical Archaeology. She has worked as a professional archaeologist on historic and prehistoric digs throughout Florida. From 1999-2010, she was a staff member of the Guadalajara Census Project, a group which works to analyze censuses from the city spanning the years 1790-1930, and to digitize these censuses for use by scholars, genealogists, and the public. She is the English language editor of both Volume I and II of the published databases of the Guadalajara Census Project. Dr. Spike’s publications include “Making History Count: The Guadalajara Census Project (1791-1930)” in the Hispanic American Historical Review, “Si todo el mundo fuera Inglaterra: la teoría de Peter Laslett sobre la composición de las unidades domésticas vs. la realidad tapatía, 1821-1822,” in Estudios Sociales Nueva Época, “St Augustine’s Stomach: Indian Tribute Labor and Corn in Florida, 1565-1763” in Florida’s Labor and Working-Class Past: Three Centuries of Work in the Sunshine State, and “Death and Death Ritual among the Timucua of Spanish Florida,” in From La Florida to La California. Her research focuses on the ethnogenesis and cultural reconstruction of the Timucua Indians of Spanish Florida.