Out of Many: A History of the American People
This book offers a distinctive, timely and truly continental approach to American history, highlighting the experiences of diverse communities of ... Show synopsis This book offers a distinctive, timely and truly continental approach to American history, highlighting the experiences of diverse communities of Americans and the way that the persistent tensions between everyday life and the most momentous issues in our national life -- independence, emerging democracy, slavery, westward settlement, imperial expansion, economic depression, war, technological change -- were largely worked out in the context of local communities. KEY TOPICS: The authors weave together the complex interaction of social, political and historical forces that have shaped the United States and from which "the American people" have evolved by telling stories of people and of the nation and emphasizing that American history has never been the preserve of any particular region. Traditional turning points and watershed events are integrated with the stories of the nation's many diverse communities. Also highlighted are communities growing to include ever larger groups of Americans from solders of every colony forging the continental army to American linked in virtual communities of cyberspace.