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    The American Yawp Vol. I: To 1877

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    Joseph L. Locke

    Ben Wright

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    ISBN 13: 9781503608139

    Publisher: Stanford University Press

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Matthew McLin, Assistant Professor, Trine University on 4/10/24

    As a collaborative textbook, a number of voices went into the creation of this work. Excellent attempts have been made to include a wide variety of different peoples and ethnic groups in American history, as well as a good degree of attention... read more

    Reviewed by Matthew Whitlock, Adjunct Lecturer, Tidewater Community College on 1/30/23

    The first volume of The American Yawp provides an great overall understanding of pre-Columbian America through Reconstruction. It tackles most of the "big picture" topics that would be expected in a survey-level history textbook. The text lacks an... read more

    Reviewed by Kyle Welty, Lecturer, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 12/20/22

    The narrative provides a fairly comprehensive treatment of the subject matter. As with any US history textbook, the authors/editors have made choices about the amount of focus devoted to each particular subject. On the whole, their choices make... read more

    Reviewed by Graeme Mack, Lecturer of History, James Madison University, James Madison University on 11/7/22

    I think that American Yawp does a fantastic job covering the major events in the history of early America. It sheds light on many of the transformative forces that shaped our understanding of the American past. But I did feel like some specific... read more

    Reviewed by Paul Teverow, Instructor, Crowder College on 7/17/22

    The text rises to the challenge of including the broad range of historical developments -- political, economic, social, technological, to name a few -- and of showing the very different experiences and perspectives often shaped by race, ethnicity,... read more

    Reviewed by Paul Langston, Faculty - History, Community College of Aurora on 8/12/20

    In addition to doing a good job covering the "usual topics", The American Yawp provides a much more balanced view of American history than many popular hardback textbooks. The text and primary sources focus on marginalized groups that are often... read more

    Reviewed by Michael Hamilton, Adjunct professor, Community College of Aurora on 8/11/20

    Good text that covers most areas of US History. The text covers a bit of American social history, political history and contains a few military events as well read more

    Reviewed by Rebecca Brannon, Associate Professor, James Madison University on 7/27/20

    Overall, this is an excellent choice for most instructors who want to use a textbook for a US history survey course, but also plan to have lectures or discussion activities on top of a textbook. It works well for those uses. It also has... read more

    Reviewed by Anne Kerth, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst on 6/29/20

    This text covers a wide range of topics coherently and with an appropriate level of factual detail. There are certainly areas which are less developed than others (gender and sexuality, Native American history), but the text should work well for... read more

    Reviewed by Melinda Marchand, Adjunct History Professor, Worcester State University on 6/23/20

    This text very effectively covers the key themes traditionally included in print texts, from earliest Americans through to Reconstruction. The layout is generally chronological, and each chapter contains about 6 sections of content, each... read more

    Reviewed by James Korman, Professor, Mount Wachusett Community College on 6/23/20

    I thought its was an excellent text for U.S. I. Like any historical narrative, there could always be additional areas of review and exploration, but its a very well done survey of major themes running through most classic U.S. History I text books. read more

    Reviewed by Benjamin Remillard, Adjunct Professor of Humanities, Massachusetts Bay Community College on 6/7/20

    Overall the text is a wonderful resource for teachers looking for free online resources for their students. It features an array of supplementary resources that many teachers will welcome. It has some issues however; see criticisms in 'Cultural,'... read more

    Reviewed by Daniel Holbrook, Professor, Marshall University on 3/20/20

    Overall, this text compares well to other major American History survey texts. It covers a broad range of topics associated with politics, social structures and institutions, cultural attributes and changes, and economic structures, institutions,... read more

    Reviewed by Scott Martin, Professor of History and American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University on 1/17/20

    This textbook does a fine job of covering all the expected and appropriate areas of early American history. AS with any textbook, some areas receive more coverage, others less, and individual instructors will take issue with some of the choices... read more

    Reviewed by Rebecca Wrenn, adjunct professor, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on 1/14/20

    As with any textbook, it’s impossible to be truly comprehensive. The editors acknowledge this difficulty in the introduction: “Should it [a textbook] organize around certain themes or surrender to the impossibility of synthesis and retreat toward... read more

    Reviewed by Thomas Hamm, Professor of History, Earlham College on 12/17/19

    The volume includes just about all of the topics that one expects in a comprehensive US history text. It begins with pre-Columbian America, then looks at Western Europe on the eve of colonization. It treats Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, and... read more

    Reviewed by Stacey Moore, Adjunct Professor , Western Michigan University on 10/31/19

    Overall the text is comprehensive in what it includes. It's meets the standard content that is called "The first half of the U.S. history survey course." The hyper-links in the text takes the reader right to the footnotes of which links directly... read more

    Table of Contents

    • 1. The New World
    • 2. Colliding Cultures
    • 3. British North America
    • 4. Colonial Society
    • 5. The American Revolution
    • 6. A New Nation
    • 7. The Early Republic
    • 8. The Market Revolution
    • 9. Democracy in America
    • 10. Religion and Reform
    • 11. The Cotton Revolution
    • 12. Manifest Destiny
    • 13. The Sectional Crisis
    • 14. The Civil War
    • 15. Reconstruction

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    About the Book

    In an increasingly digital world in which pedagogical trends are de-emphasizing rote learning and professors are increasingly turning toward active-learning exercises, scholars are fleeing traditional textbooks. Yet for those that still yearn for the safe tether of a synthetic text, as either narrative backbone or occasional reference material, The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. Unchecked by profit motives or business models, and free from for-profit educational organizations, The American Yawp is by scholars, for scholars. All contributors—experienced college-level instructors—volunteer their expertise to help democratize the American past for twenty-first century classrooms.

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    Joseph L. Locke

    Ben Wright

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