Synopses & Reviews
Approaching the American history survey course in an innovative way, this mid-length text features a more expansive definition of political history that includes all forms of politics, not just electoral politics, while simultaneously incorporating cultural history. With the specific aim of expanding history beyond elite actors, The American Experiment emphasizes everyday work, family life, customs, and objects of cultural history to address its four themes: the role of government, American identity, the broad concept of "culture," and America and the world. The Third Edition features an enhanced thematic approach that helps students understand America's development as an experiment in politics, culture, and identity, within a global context.
About the Author
Steve Gillon received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He has taught American cultural and political history at Brown, Yale, and Oxford. While a Professor at Yale, he was awarded the DeVane medal, a teaching award conferred each year by graduating seniors. He currently serves as Dean of the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma, and is Resident Historian at the History Channel. Dr. Gillon's books include THE DEMOCRAT'S DILEMMA: WALTER F. MONDALE AND THE LIBERAL LEGACY and "THAT'S NOT WHAT WE MEANT TO DO": REFORM AND ITS UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICA. His most recent book is THE PACT: BILL CLINTON, NEWT GINGRICH, AND THE RIVALRY THAT DEFINED A GENERATION. Cathy D. Matson specializes in the economic culture and thought of the Atlantic World from 1500-1800. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and is currently Professor of History at the University of Delaware and Director of the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Her publications include A UNION OF INTERESTS: ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL THOUGHT IN REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA and MERCHANTS AND EMPIRE: COMMERCE IN COLONIAL NEW YORK. She is currently at work on a study comparing the economic and cultural development of the Hudson and Delaware Valleys.
Table of Contents
16. Reconstruction and the New South, 1864-1900. 17. The Western Frontier, 1862-1900. 18. The Industrial Experiment, 1865-1900. 19. The New Urban Nation, 1865-1910. 20. State and Society, 1877-1900. 21. The Progressive Era, 1889-1916. 22. The Experiment in American Empire, 1865-1917. 23. Making the World Safe for Democracy: America and World War I, 1914-1920. 24. The New Era, 1920-1928. 25. "Fear Itself": Crash, Depression, and the New Deal, 1929-1938. 26. War and Society, 1933-1945. 27. The Cold War, 1945-1952. 28. The Consumer Society, 1945-1960. 29. Consensus and Confrontation, 1960-1968. 30. The Politics of Polarization, 1969-1979. 31. The Reagan Experiment, 1979-1988. 32. America After the Cold War, 1988-2000. Epilogue The Challenges of the New Century.