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U.S. History

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Multiple Authors, OpenStax

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781938168369

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Kathleen Pannozzi, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Rhode Island College on 6/20/18

This US History text is certainly comprehensive. In its 32 chapters all phases of the development of the American nation are addressed. In some cases there are multiple chapters on one era. The period of 1760-1790 is explored in chapters 5, 6... read more

 

Reviewed by Arlene Reilly-Sandoval, Associate Professor, Colorado State University-Pueblo on 2/2/18

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 industrialization, struggles of indigenous populations, and the development of a nation. This book... read more

 

Reviewed by Jonathan Rees, Professor of History, Colorado State University - Pueblo on 2/2/18

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 period, the same years are (rightfully) covered in multiple chapters. In the post-1945 periods,... read more

 

Reviewed by Morten Bach, Associate Lecturer, Ohio University - Zanesville on 2/2/18

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 most part, it compares favorably to the commercial text I’ve been using in my U.S. history survey... read more

 

Reviewed by Leah Hagedorn, Professor of History, Tidewater Community College on 8/16/17

This promising textbook would benefit from greater comprehensiveness and greater depth. The book is easily searchable. In considering the text for community college use, at least twenty percent of community college students have disabilities and... read more

 

Reviewed by Matthew Whitlock, Adjunct Instructor, Tidewater Community College on 8/16/17

The textbook is very comprehensive, covering pre-contact to the 21st Century in 32 chapters. The authors provide thorough details in 1052 pages. Providing some additional primary sources into some of the chapters would be great. read more

 

Reviewed by Tom Nejely, Instructor, Klamath Community College on 6/21/17

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 population has certain needs and behaviors that influence the way I'm going to review the text.... read more

 

Reviewed by Thomas Woodhouse, Instructor, Riverland Community College on 6/21/17

This textbook is comprehensive. It covers events from pre-1492 through the last years of President Obama's administration. It looks at social, economic, cultural, political, racial, gender and military history, and it often goes beyond those... read more

 

Reviewed by John Haymond, Adjunct Instructor of History, Riverland Community College on 6/21/17

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 sections bracketing that date range. In its aim to cover the entire sweep of American history from... read more

 

Reviewed by Kurt Kortenhof, History Instructor, Saint Paul College on 4/12/17

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 easily adaptable to the two US History survey structure most colleges and universities follow.... read more

 

Reviewed by Gerd Horten, Professor of History, Concordia University--Portland, Oregon on 2/16/17

The coverage of this textbook is very comprehensive. The 32 chapters are very similar to many other textbooks which are commercially available, and they are well suited for two-semester and three-term surveys of US history. Especially in the... read more

 

Reviewed by David Jamison, Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University -- Middletown on 8/22/16

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 including fairly detailed recountings of events (with some exceptions to come), the editors are... read more

 

Reviewed by Matthew Lindaman, Professor, Winona State University on 8/22/16

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 appendix as the flow is strong "as is." read more

 

Reviewed by Joe Austin, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on 8/22/16

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 chapters prior cover the material prior to the 1960s (chapter 29) are more comprehensive than those... read more

 

Reviewed by Charles Young, Associate Professor, Umpqua Community College on 8/22/16

The textbook is quite comprehensive in covering key ares and ideas. For example, I was quite impressed with the well written and broad details concerning "John Winthrop and the Puritans" in Chapter 3 and with "The New Nixon," "The Domestic... read more

 

Reviewed by Caryn Neumann, Lecturer, Miami University of Ohio on 8/22/16

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 images. The book is not as polished-looking as a "normal" textbook. However, the quality of the... read more

 

Reviewed by Robert Maloy, Senior Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Amherst on 1/8/16

The book is impressively comprehensive. Its 1052 pages include 32 chapters, beginning with the “Americas, Europe, and Africa Before 1492” and ending with the “Challenges of the 21st Century.” The first eight chapters explore colonial America,... 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. Historycovers 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

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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