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A highly respected, balanced, and thoroughly modern approach to U.S. History, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER uses these three themes in a unique approach ...Show synopsisA highly respected, balanced, and thoroughly modern approach to U.S. History, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, POWER uses these three themes in a unique approach to show how the United States was transformed, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. This approach helps students understand not only the impact of the notions of liberty and equality, which are often associated with the American story, but also how dominant and subordinate groups have affected and been affected by the ever-shifting balance of power. The text integrates the best of recent social and cultural scholarship into a political story, offering students the most comprehensive and complete understanding of American history available. The Compact Version is part of the Cengage Advantage Books program, which offers our Comprehensive text in a lower-cost format. This black and white version of the text includes eight 4-page color map inserts to bring the regions to life. While the compact version includes fewer photos than the Comprehensive version, it offers plenty of resources to make the course visual and exciting for students. In addition, students will have access to the Book Companion Website that offers quizzing, interactive maps, interactive timelines, and simulations. (Single volume contains Chapters 1-31, VOLUME I: TO 1877 contains Chapters 1-17, VOLUME II: SINCE 1863 contains Chapters 17-31).Hide synopsis
I've really enjoyed going through this history textbook. It is fascinating and well-written. It's laid out in a very orderly way and seems pretty thorough. I feel as though the authors made an honest attempt at being impartial, even though in reality it is impossible to be free of all bias. My understanding of American History is so much clearer now.
The authors do have a liberal worldview that permeates the second half of the book in particular. For example, the socialist idea that wealth should be possessed equally by all is taken for granted by the authors, and is repeatedly labeled "progress." They also portray the Socialists and Communists in a positive or (occasionally) neutral light. Such worldview presuppositions lie below the surface, so it took me a little while to catch them. They also disparage biblical mindsets about gender roles, etc. (and no, I'm not against women's suffrage, or anything like that!). I've found that oftentimes the facts stated may be true, but it's what is left out that causes a particular impression to be received.
With an awareness, however, of the philosophical presuppositions of the authors, I do think this book is well worth the read.
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