History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877
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
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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
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 in-depth description of the civilizations in Africa beyond the West Africa during the period of European contact as discussed in chapter 2 of this text. I would have liked to see more discussion on how the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619. I think this subject is largely neglected, considering there is documentation available to support more discussion (Chapter 4.)
I think the book does a good job in providing an accurate description of American History based on the current research. I did think it odd, however, not to have mentioned that fact that Chief Justice Taney himself was a slave owner in the Chapter Fifteen discussion of the Dred Scott decision
The authors have arranged the book in such a way that as any new research findings become available, adjustments can be made without great difficulty.
The text is written in such a way that students at all levels can access the history being presented. The Terms and usage is appropriate for time period and the context of the subject.
The writing quality is consistent throughout the text. The text provides equal treatment to the diversity of topics covered.
I am quite comfortable with the way the text divides sections and subsections. My experience is that students tend to read in smaller units of information rather that attempting to digest large sections at one time.
This text follows a clear and logical organization based on the chronology of United States history and other parts of the world at varying times during and prior to America's rise.
I have not seen any significant problems with the interface of the text. The text, charts, maps and tables appear very clearly throughout the PDF file. This makes the text easy to read on Tablets and other mobile devices in addition to a desktop pc.
I did not come across any grammatical errors in my review of the text.
I think the text generally presents an inclusive narrative.
I was generally impressed with all aspects of the text, with a few small exceptions as noted in previous responses. I would use this book in one of my US History survey courses.
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
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 Early Republic, the Sectional Crisis, the Civil Wat, and Reconstruction. It covers key political, social, and economic developments effectively.
The text makes effective use of current historiography and is comprehensive and accurate.
The text is up to date and should remain relevant for quite some time. Its thoughtful organization should make it easy for the authors to update it as necessary.
The text is written in clear and understandable prose, as is appropriate to the subject matter. It steers clear from jargon, and clearly explains all technical terms and concepts.
The text is well ordered and consistent from chapter to chapter. Each chapter is well organized and clearly outlined. Support materials such as study questions and critical though exercises are provided for each chapter and are consistent throughout the text.
The text is well organized and each chapter follows the same format with makes it easy for students to navigate through the text and find materials as needed. The instructor could easily assign specific sections to suit their course needs.
the text is well organized chronologically and thematically, as is suitable and desirable in a history text.
The text is easy to navigate and well formatted. Illustrations are clear and legible. Features are well designed and do not distract from the flow of the main text.
I did not find any grammatical errors in this text.
The text handles a wide range of potentially controversial topics such as slavery and the treatment of native peoples very well. the text is inclusive and thoughtful/
This book is well suited for survey courses covering the United States from its founding through the Civil War and Reconstruction. It is comprehensive and effective. It lays out clear learning outcomes and provides materials and exercises necessary to achieve its desired outcomes.
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
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 it needs to be. Almost no student will read it all and very few instructors will use most of it. There certainly is no need for details on every single colonial government. The military history could also be reduced to almost nothing and the book would be stronger for it. The book spend several pages on the useless Battle of New Orleans fought after the war ended, notable only for its propaganda use to make Jackson a hero. Yet the book leaves out huge areas. Pre Columbian history is greatly undercovered, though this is sadly not unusual in its Eurocentric POV. What is inexcusable is ignoring hundreds of Native tribal histories that describe migration by boat and hundreds more describing Natives in America long before the Ice Age & Bering Strait Theory. The book also leaves out proven migrations by Australian Aboriginals and Polynesians, documented by indigenous accounts, DNA, and archaeology. It does describe East Asian history pre-Columbus, but leaves out two of three possible though unproven Chinese explorations of the Americas. Its worst omissions are refusing to discuss genocides. Columbus's atrocities killing from three to eight million Taino and Arawak Indians, are completely ignored. There is no excuse for censoring and frankly whitewashing mass murders. The authors describe violence between Natives or against colonists in explicit detail. But there is a clear double standard based on race in this book. Violence by Europeans and colonists are omitted. After Columbus, the worst omission is California Indian genocide, hundreds of thousand of deaths, mass rapes, and mass enslavement carried out by Anglo American gold miner militias, subsidized by the state of California. Another huge omission in the book is discussing Confederate atrocities as well as white southern atrocities both before and after the war. Slave punishments are omitted, slave revolts barely mentioned, and maroon communities absent. Confederate state terrorism is unmentioned. CSA political prisoners and mass executions of dissidents, censorship, and mass resistance to CSA tyranny are all absent. Massive white supremacist terrorism in Reconstruction gets minimized as "social violence" that was inevitable when Blacks dared to seek equality.
Very mixed with regards to accuracy. There are some admirable parts of the book that debunk popular myths, the sections on the Articles of Confederation, Constitution, women's history, and religious history. But there are some huge errors, starting with assuming only western archaeology knows anything pre Columbian. Hundreds of Native tribal histories are dismissed in outright bigoted fashion as just myths. The Bering Strait Theory is presented as ironclad fact instead of the highly disputed theory it's always been, one coming from Christian Creationism and today rejected by half of scholars. Hundreds of Native history accounts of migration by boat are never mentioned. Instead, boat migration is falsely presented as part of the BST. Some errors are just sloppy. The text claims we can't know how many Blacks fought for the British during the War for Independence. False, we know pretty well, since they were placed in all Black units like the Royal Ethiopians. We know they outnumbered Blacks fighting for the colonists by at least three to one. Some errors are inexcusable, especially leaving out two entire genocides, Columbus's on Hispaniola and California Indian genocide. How can one plausibly ignore 3,000,000-8,000,000 and 150,000-300,000 deaths, respectively? Slave punishments are omitted, slave revolts barely mentioned, and maroon communities absent. Confederate state terrorism is unmentioned. CSA political prisoners and mass executions of dissidents, censorship, and mass resistance to CSA tyranny are all absent. Massive white supremacist terrorism in Reconstruction gets minimized as "social violence" that was inevitable when Blacks dared to seek equality.
The text is very out of date on a number of striking matters. 1. It assumed the Bering Strait Theory is unassailable instead of increasingly challenged by Native accounts and communities, linguistics, DNA, and archaeological sites. 2. It failed to mention proven migrations of Australian Aboriginals and Polynesians. 3. The many pages on military history are already out of date by 30 years, anywhere outside of a military academy. 4. Multiple choice quizzes have no place in a history course. They are already fading away in both universities and even many high schools in favor of essays. 5. The Civil War and Reconstruction sections still argues the Myth of Southern Unity, making it inaccurate and already 30 years out of date.
The first third of the book is not well written. The latter two thirds are far better.
The framework is consistent but in the worst ways, consistently Eurocentric, Anglocentric, with the latter two thirds practicing primarily the history of elites, overly focused on presidents' terms.
Large parts of the book will almost never be read or used, at least half. Archaeology, Europe Asia and Africa prior to invasion of the Americas, details of each of the 13 colonies' founding, military history, and economic financing during the Civil War, will all likely be ignored.
The structure is clear, nearly all chronological in an old fashioned way, grouped primarily around European intrusion into America, and then presidents' terms.
Clear and consistent grammar.
The Pre Columbian sections are openly contemptuous of hundreds of Native history accounts. Text uses very outdated cultural groupings. Text also ignores two genocides, Columbus's and California Indian genocide. Authors also use a racial double standard with atrocities, since they describe only violence by Natives, far more rarely by Europeans and colonists. The text also downplays violence under slavery, violence by Confederates, and violence by white southerners both before and after the Civil War. Essentially the text is concerned only with not offending white southerners, and is likely to offend or be dismissed as irrelevant or dishonest by most others.
Only the sections on Articles of Confederation, Constitution and its convention and passage, and women and religious history can be recommended. The remainder of the book seems to have been written before the civil rights era.
The textbook offers readers a very comprehensive examination of American History from before European contact through the Reconstruction Era. read more
The textbook offers readers a very comprehensive examination of American History from before European contact through the Reconstruction Era. Additionally, the textbook covers all areas and ideas relating to U.S. History appropriately, and each chapter within the textbook provides readers with a bibliography, end notes, key terms, and a chronology list of important dates and events. Unfortunately, the textbook does not include an index or glossary, which would allow students to students to search for various topics within the textbook.
The textbook's content is accurate, and it is presented in an unbiased manner.
The textbook's content is up-to-date for any instructor who is wanting to teach the first half of American History (pre-1492 to 1877). However, if any updates or additional historical information is needed within the textbook, the text is written and organized in a way that updates can be easily added to the textbook.
The text is clear and concise throughout the textbook, and the authors offers readers detailed explanations and context regarding any jargon or technical terminology used in the textbook. For example, the authors do a remarkable job of placing the United States in a global context. Therefore, students are aware of how international affairs and events impacted the early history of the United States.
I believe that the text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework. For example, each chapter offers readers a bibliography, end notes, key terms, and a chronology list of important dates and events.
For an instructor who is teaching the first part of U.S. History (pre-1492 to 1877) the text can be easily divided into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course. I believe that the textbook's modularity is a tremendous benefit for students because they can easily be overwhelmed with too much information. Additionally, each of the chapters includes a "key concepts" section, which reinforces the chapter's main ideas and subjects. And, the textbook also feature "test yourself" sections, which serve as a wonderful assessment tool for students to gage their understanding of the material.
The textbook is well organized, and the information is presented in a clear and logical fashion throughout the book.
While a majority of the text is free of significant interface issues, some of the images and maps appeared slightly distorted while I was reading the PDF version of the text. However, I believe that these slightly distorted imagines would not distract nor confuse a reader.
The text does not contain any grammatical errors.
I was very impressed with the book's cultural relevance. For example, the first two chapters of the textbook examine the backgrounds and cultures of early Native American civilizations prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus and Europeans in the New World. Additionally, the authors offers readers a global perspective of history by exploring the role of Asia, Europe, and Africa in the early modern era.
History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877 is a solid textbook, and any instructor who is teaching American History would find this book to be an amazing resource for their students.
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
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 "origin stories" vs. scientific theories and plugging the Age of Exploration into World History with coverage of Ming Dynasty explorations and short history of Africa. A neede change from the Eurocentric view of U.S. history.Good strong coverage of material through seventeen chapters consisting of almost 900 pages
Books accuracy seems correct, I didn't see any errors and the historical narrative seems to reflect unbiased "points of view" of events
Content appears up- to- date and the textbook should be relevant for the foreseeable future as a survey course text. The chapters are arranged in the standard U.S. history survey class and any needed changes should be straight forward.
The text is written in a clear and concise manner that flows as a good narrative history and reads well for a textbook. Not overdone with jargon or technical terminology.
Text is consistent and the presentation of material flows in a rational manner suitable for survey course level
I feel this is one of the strengths of this textbook. The history flows in well accepted framework of presenting U.S. history for the student, the chronology is not skewed and the chapter and sub-unit readings are very readable and flow well.
Good strong organizational flow of topics. Logical coverage of events and themes in U.S. history, clear and consistent. I particular agree with the presentation of Civil War military history whereas 6 battles were chosen as examples a manageable way to cover a massive topic. Again a good narrative flow of events and themes. Each chapter has an into of key concepts. short multiple choice quiz and critical thinking exercise
straightforward presentation nothing that really distracts or confuses the reader
I didn't notice any grammatical errors and feel that the text reads well
The text does a good job of being inclusive and I appreciate that there is a separate chapter on the global context of exploration.There could be more first person accounts from a larger varieties of ethnic backgrounds ( such as slave narratives). However the text works as intro- survey course material
I would recommend this book for a survey course as a solid middle of the road coverage of U.S. history and very readable narrative . It could possibly use more primary documents and in-depth maps
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
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 better, even if an electronic textbook makes itcheaper.
I found the work generally accurate. The authors include much military history of which they have a light grasp. Some examples: Governor Berkeley hanged twenty-three leaders of Bacon's Rebellion, a shocking act of repression; Braddock's defeat is the Battle of the Monongahela, not "Wilderness"; Lexington/Concord should draw on David Hackett Fisher's PAUL REVERE'S RIDE, and Trenton on WASHINGTON'S CROSSING; There is no mention of King's Mountain, the role of the militia in the war, and Greene's southern campaign, 1781-1783; The northern campaigns of 1813-1814 need more attention; The Civil War battles need to be explained as part of campaigns. See Millett, Maslowski, and Feis, FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE: THE MILITARY HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 3rd edition (2012).
Unknown. Is it politically correct? No, thank goodness. Its relevance and longevity are limited by the fact that its length will probably mean that few will read it.
The book is one-third too long and includes too many historiographical asides. It would benefit from more maps and graphs on non-political events like population, types of economic production, transportation, and frontier movement.
The second half of the book is more focused and analytical.
The book meets this requirement. Each chapter is divided into stand-alone sections.
In addition to being too long and dense for classroom use, the book includes all sorts of educational devices that are jejeune for college students and interrupt the narrative.
No special problems, except too few visuals
I would rate the mss. high as a composition with the exception of length. It has too much "nice to know" information. It is dense with information and light on interpretation. The sentence structure is Germanic.
I think the mss. handles gender, religion, and ethnic issues well. The authors have the courage to focus on political history with contemporary implications. I think the biggest challenge is to make the first two chapters more readable and focused on Meso-American cultures. What happened to Nordic expeditions? The European background needs more compact explanation. Economic issues need more attention, e.g. Importance of North American wood and forest products to the Royal Navy and British merchant marine.
The rivalry of England and France in the early 13th century involved far more than Normandy. It involved much of France. The discussion of the Reformation should add Calvin and Knox and their influence in the Great Britain-to-be. The geographic portrayal of the African slave trade ignores the Arabs and Muslim East Africans as slavers. African slaves replaced dead Native Americans. Keep the chronology straight. Since pre-Spanish horses in North America had no important impact, "reintroduction" of horses is a misrepresentation. The conquistadors' mounts had dramatic impact on nomadic tribes and often determined tribal warfare with horses as prizes. Mounted warriors could use recurved, compound bows with great lethality. Also, torture and mutilation had spiritual impact, the passage of moral power from the victim to the victor. Europeans did not bring these "ways of war" to North America.
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.