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List of Tables List of Maps Preface to the Third Edition Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition Introduction Unnamed Lands: The European Settlement, 1492-1765 Revolution and Nation Building, 1765-1825 Expansion and Crisis, 1825-65 Cities and Industry, 1865-1917 War and Globalism, 1917-56 Only Yesterday, The United States 1956-92 Contemporary America, Suggestions for Further Reading Index
PHILIP JENKINS is Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Jenkins (history and religious studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.) has written a short but fairly comprehensive "from the bottom up" history of the United States. He views this country as a distinctive society radically different from its European roots. Jenkins covers the major political, social, and economic developments but is especially notable in his treatment of the cultural and religious facets of American life and the role of groups sometimes considered "outsiders": racial minorities and political dissenters. He also discusses the American tradition of identifying and stigmatizing "dangerous outsiders" and the significance of this tradition for our cultural and political history. The writing is plain but straightforward. Recommended for public libraries with American history collections.‘Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., New York
'The new chapter on Contemporary America will maintain the book's deserved reputation as a leading introductory text on the history of what is still the world's most powerful nation.' - Robert Cook, University of Sheffield, UK. 'An excellent update of a very good book.' - David Brodnax, Sr, Trinity Christian College, USA.