What Is a Document? ; How to Read a Document ; Introduction ; Note on Sources and Interpretation ; Chapter 1: The People Rule, But Who Are the People? ; The Founders' Social Vision ; Poor White Men's Bid for Equality ; Middle- and Upper-Class Women's Bid for Intellectual Equality ; The Attack on Slavery ; Chapter 2: Creating a Political Order ; The Federalists' Political Vision ; An Elite Opposition Emerges ; A Popular Opposition Emerges ; The Clash of Parties ; President Jefferson ; Chapter 3: Expanding the National Territory ; Acquiring the Land ; Indians, White Settlers, and the Federal Government ; Squatters and the Federal Government ; Life in the Western Farm Settlements ; Expanding Slavery ; Beyond the Mississippi ; Chapter 4: The Transformation of the North ; Before the Industrial Revolution ; Economic Innovators ; Religious Innovators ; Innovators in Family Life ; A New World of Wage Labor ; Origins of the American Labor Movement ; The Beginnings of Mass Immigration ; Chapter 5: Masters and Slaves ; The Struggle for Control ; The World of the Enslaved ; Resistance, Repression, and Rebellion ; Chapter 6: Picture Essay: Picturing Families ; Chapter 7: The Triumph of Partisan Democracy ; Creating a White Male Electorate ; Re-creating Party Politics ; Party Issues, Party Principles ; Politics without Parties ; Chapter 8: Race, Reform, and Sectional Conflict ; A New Anti-Slavery Movement ; The Re-emergence of American Feminism ; A Woman's Rights Movement Emerges ; Southern Leaders Defend Slavery ; Anti-Abolitionism and a New Racial Regime in the North ; Epilogue: Becoming a Continental Nation ; Refiguring American Nationalism ; Anglos and Mexicans in the Conquered Territories ; The Sectional Conflict Deepens ; Timeline ; Further Reading ; Websites ; Text Credits ; Picture Credits ; Index
Reeve Huston is Associate Professor of History at Duke University. He is the author of Land and Freedom: Rural Society, Popular Protest, and Party Politics in Antebellum New York (OUP, 2002), which was the winner of the 2001 Theodore Saloutos Prize of the Agricultural History Society and the New York State Historical Association's 1999 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize.