Visions of America A History of the United States, Volume 1, Black & While Plus NEW MyHistoryLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package

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See history. Understand history.


Praised by instructors and students alike, the first edition of Visions of America has brought history to life for a generation of visual learners–and has shown how competing visions of America have shaped our nation’s past.


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Author Biography

Jennifer D. Keene is a Professor of History and chair of the History Department at Chapman University in Orange, California. Dr. Keene has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War: Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001); The United States and the First World War (2000); and World War I: The American Soldier Experience (2011). She has received numerous fellowships for her research, including a Mellon Fellowship, a National Research Council Postdoctoral Award, and Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to Australia and France. Her articles have appeared in the Annales de Démographie Historique, Peace & Change, Intelligence and National Security, and Military Psychology. Dr. Keene served as an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of War and American Society (2005), which won the Society of Military History’s prize for best reference book. She works closely with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, offering Teaching American History workshops for secondary school teachers throughout the country.


Saul Cornell is the Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History at Fordham University in New York. Professor Cornell has also taught at the Ohio State University, the College of William and Mary, Leiden University in the Netherlands, and has been a visiting scholar at Yale Law School. He is the author of A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control (Langum Prize in Legal History) and The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788—1828 (Society of the Cincinnati Book Prize), both of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, American Studies, Law and History Review, and dozens of leading law reviews. His work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and several state Supreme Courts. He lectures widely on topics in legal and constitutional history and the use of visual materials to teach American history.


Edward T. O’Donnell is an Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He taught previously at Hunter College, City University of New York. He is the author of Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General

Slocum (Random House, 2003) and the forthcoming Talisman of a Lost Hope: Henry George and Gilded Age America (Columbia University Press). His articles have appeared in The Journal of Urban History, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and The Public Historian. He is also very active in the field of public history, curating exhibits and consulting at institutions such as the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the New York Historical Society. Since 2002, he has worked with more than fifty Teaching American History grant programs across the country, offering lectures and workshops for middle and high school teachers.

Table of Contents

Found in this section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents




Chapter 1 People in Motion: The Atlantic World to 1590  

Chapter 2 Models of Settlement: English Colonial Societies, 1590—1710  

Chapter 3 Growth, Slavery, and Conflict: Colonial America, 1710—1763  

Chapter 4 Revolutionary America: Change and Transformation, 1764—1783  

Chapter 5 A Virtuous Republic: Creating a Workable Government, 1783—1789 

Chapter 6 The New Republic: An Age of Political Passion, 1789—1800 

Chapter 7 Jeffersonian America: An Expanding Empire of Liberty, 1800—1824  

Chapter 8 Democrats and Whigs: Democracy and American Culture, 1820—1840  

Chapter 9 Workers, Farmers, and Slaves: The Transformation of the American Economy, 1815—1848  

Chapter 10 Revivalism, Reform, and Artistic Renaissance, 1820—1850:  

Chapter 11 “To Overspread the Continent”: Westward Expansion and Political Conflict, 1840—1848  

Chapter 12 Slavery and Sectionalism: The Political Crisis of 1848—1861  

Chapter 13 A Nation Torn Apart: The Civil War, 1861—1865  

Chapter 14 Now That We Are Free: Reconstruction and the New South, 1863—1890 





Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Envisioning Evidence

Images as History

Competing Visions

Choices and Consequences

About the Authors

Supplements for Instructors and Students


Chapter 1: People in Motion: The Atlantic World to 1590

The First Americans 

European Civilization in Turmoil 

Competing Visions

European and Huron Views of Nature 

Columbus and the Columbian Exchange 

West African Worlds

Choices and Consequences

Benin, Portugal, and the International Slave Trade 

European Colonization of the Atlantic World 

Images as History

Marketing the New World: Theodore De Bry’s Engravings of the Americas 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 2: Models of Settlement: English Colonial Societies, 1590—1710

The Chesapeake Colonies 

Choices and Consequences

The Ordeal of Pocahontas 

New England 

Images as History

Corruption versus Piety 

Envisioning Evidence

Patterns of Settlement in New England and the Chesapeake Compared 

Competing Visions

Antinomianism or Toleration: The Puritan Dilemma 

The Caribbean Colonies  

The Restoration Era and the Proprietary Colonies 

The Crises of the Late Seventeenth Century 

The Whig Ideal and the Emergence of Political Stability 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 3: Growth, Slavery, and Conflict: Colonial America, 1710—1763

Culture and Society in the Eighteenth Century 

Images as History

A Portrait of Colonial Aspirations 

Enlightenment and Awakenings 

African Americans in the Colonial Era 

Envisioning Evidence

The Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Slave Trade 

Immigration, Regional Economies, and Inequality 

War and the Contest over Empire 

Competing Visions

Sir William Johnson and the Iroquois: Indian Visions versus British Arms 

Choices and Consequences

Quakers, Pacifism, and the Paxton Uprising

Chapter Review 


Chapter 4: Revolutionary America: Change and Transformation, 1764—1783

Tightening the Reins of Empire 

Envisioning Evidence

A Comparison of the Annual Per Capita Tax Rates in Britain and the Colonies in 1765 

Patriots versus Loyalists

Images as History

Trumbull’s The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill

Choices and Consequences

A Loyalist Wife’s Dilemma 

America at War 

The Radicalism of the American Revolution 

Competing Visions

Remember the Ladies

Chapter Review


Chapter 5: A Virtuous Republic: Creating a Workable Government, 1783—1789

Republicanism and the Politics of Virtue 

Images as History

Women’s Roles: Tradition and Change 

Life under the Articles of Confederation 

The Movement for Constitutional Reform 

The Great Debate 

Competing Visions

Brutus and the Publius Debate the Nature of Republicanism 

Choices and Consequences

To Ratify or Not 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 6: The New Republic: An Age of Political Passion, 1789—1800

Launching the New Government 

Hamilton’s Ambitious Program 

Partisanship without Parties

Conflicts at Home and Abroad 

Competing Visions

Jefferson’s and Hamilton’s Reactions to the French Revolution 

Choices and Consequences

Washington’s Decision to Crush the Whiskey Rebellion 

Cultural Politics in a Passionate Age 

Images as History

Liberty Displaying the Arts and Sciences

The Stormy Presidency of John Adams 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 7: Jeffersonian America: An Expanding Empire of Liberty, 1800—1824

Politics in Jeffersonian America 

Envisioning Evidence

The World of Slavery at Monticello

An Expanding Empire of Liberty 

Choices and Consequences

John Marshall’s Predicament 

Images as History

Samuel Morse’s House of Representatives and the National Republican Vision

Dissension at Home 

America Confronts a World at War 

Competing Visions

War Hawks and Their Critics 

The Republic Reborn: Consequences of the War of 1812 

Crisis and the Collapse of the National Republican Consensus

Chapter Review


Chapter 8: Democrats and Whigs: Democracy and American Culture, 1820—1840

Democracy in America 

Competing Visions

Should White Men Without Property Have the Vote? 

Andrew Jackson and His Age

White Man’s Democracy

Choices and Consequences

Acquiesce or Resist? The Cherokee Dilemma 

Democrats, Whigs, and the Second Party System

Images as History

King Andrew and the Downfall of Mother Bank 

Playing the Democrats’ Game: Whigs in the Election of 1840

Chapter Review 


Chapter 9: Workers, Farmers, and Slaves: The Transformation of the American Economy, 1815—1848

The Market Revolution 

Images as History

Nature, Technology, and the Railroad: George Inness’s Lackawanna Valley (1855) 

The Spread of Industrialization 

Competing Visions

The Lowell Strike of 1834 

The Changing Urban Landscape

Envisioning Evidence

The Economics and Geography of Vice in Mid-Nineteenth Century New York 

Southern Society 

Life and Labor under Slavery 

Choices and Consequences

Conscience or Duty? Judge Ruffin’s Quandary 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 10: Revivalism, Reform, and Artistic Renaissance, 1820—1850

Revivalism and Reform

Abolitionism and the Proslavery Response 

Images as History

The Greek Slave

The Cult of True Womanhood, Reform, and Women’s Rights 

Religious and Secular Utopianism

Competing Visions

Reactions to Shaker Gender Roles 

Choices and Consequences

Mary Cragin’s Experiment in Free Love at Oneida 

Literature and Popular Culture 

Nature’s Nation 

Chapter Review 


Chapter 11: “To Overspread the Continent”: Westward Expansion and Political Conflict, 1840—1848

Manifest Destiny and Changing Visions of the West 

Images as History

George Catlin and Mah-To-Toh-Pa: Representing Indians for an American Audience

American Expansionism into the Southwest

The Mexican War and Its Consequences 

Choices and Consequences

Henry David Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

The Wilmot Proviso and the Realignment of American Politics 

Competing Visions

Slavery and the Election of 1848 

Chapter Review


Chapter 12: Slavery and Sectionalism: The Political Crisis of 1848—1861

The Slavery Question in the Territories

Choices and Consequences

Resisting the Fugitive Slave Act

Political Realignment

Images as History

The “Foreign Menace” 

Two Societies 

Envisioning Evidence

The Rise of King Cotton 

A House Divided

Competing Visions

Secession or Union?

Chapter Review


Chapter 13: A Nation Torn Apart: The Civil War, 1861—1865

Mobilization, Strategy, and Diplomacy 

The Early Campaigns, 1861—1863 

Images as History

Who Freed the Slaves? 

Behind the Lines

Competing Visions

Civil Liberties in a Civil War 

Toward Union Victory 

Choices and Consequences

Equal Peril, Unequal Pay 

Envisioning Evidence

Human Resources in the Armies of the Civil War

Chapter Review


Chapter 14: Now That We Are Free: Reconstruction and the New South, 1863—1890

Preparing for Reconstruction 

The Fruits of Freedom 

The Struggle to Define Reconstruction

Competing Visions

Demanding Rights, Protecting Privilege

Implementing Reconstruction 

Reconstruction Abandoned

Images as History

Political Cartoons Reflect the Shift in Public Opinion 

The New South

Choices and Consequences

Sanctioning Separation 

Chapter Review







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