The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People
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Known for its clear narrative voice and impeccable scholarship, Alan Brinkley's best-selling survey text invites students to think critically about the many forces that continually create the Unfinished Nation that is the United States. In a concise but wide-ranging narrative, Brinkley shows the diversity and complexity of the nation and our understanding of its history--one that continues to evolve both in the events of the present and in our reexamination of new evidence and perspectives on the past. This sixth edition features a new series of Patterns of Popular Culture essays, as well as expanded coverage of pre-Columbian America, new America in the World essays, and updated coverage of recent events and developments that demonstrates how a new generation continues to shape the American story.
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Nationalism 194 Jacksonian America 213 America’s Economic Revolution 237 Cotton, Slavery, and the Old South 266 Antebellum Culture and Reform 287 The Impending Crisis 310 The Civil War 337 Reconstruction and the New South 369 The Conquest of the Far West 401 Industrial Supremacy 427 The Age of the City 452 From Crisis to Empire 481 The Progressives 518 America and the Great War 552 The New Era 579 The Great Depression 602 The New Deal 627 The Global Crisis, 1921–1941 652 America in a World at War
ways in which the nation has continually transformed itself and to how it continues to do so in our own time. And it is also a description of the writing of American history itself—of the ways in which historians are engaged in a continuing, ever unfinished, process of asking new questions of the past. Like any history, The Unfinished Nation is a product of its time and reflects the views of the past that historians of recent generations have developed. The writing of our nation’s history—like
our nation itself— changes constantly. It is not, of course, the past that changes; rather, there are shifts in the way historians, and the publics they serve, ask and answer questions about the past. There are now, as there have always been, critics of changes in historical understanding who argue that history is a collection of facts and should not be subject to “interpretation” or “revision.” But historians insist that history is not and cannot be simply a collection of facts. Names and dates