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The American Yawp Vol. I: To 1877

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Joseph L. Locke

Ben Wright

Copyright Year: 2019

ISBN 13: 9781503608139

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Language: English

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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

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

Editors

Joseph L. Locke

Ben Wright