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The American Yawp Vol. I: To 1877

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Joseph L. Locke

Ben Wright

Pub Date: 2019

ISBN 13: 9781503608139

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Language: English

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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

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.

About the Contributors


Joseph L. Locke

Ben Wright