Visions of America A History of the United States, Volume 1

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Pub. Date: 2009-06-26
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This book uses great images about serious inquiries in the historical development of the United States. It also has a great narrative to go along with these images which most textbooks neglect to connect. The visual heritage of the nation’s past also provides insight into the competing visions of America that have shaped American political culture. Enjoy the read!

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Using images as primary historical evidence, "Visions of America "brings history alive for a generation of visual learners-and shows how conflicting visions of America have shaped our nation's past. "Visions of America "recognizes the value of using images to engage students in serious inquiry about the historical development of the United States. Visual images are critical primary sources, and using them effectively requires the development of key analytic skills. This new textbook revolutionizes the role of images in the history survey by integrating them into the narrative. The visual legacy of the nation's past also provides insight into the competing visions of America that have shaped American political culture. "Visions of America" explores the tensions and conflicts that have marked virtually every chapter of American history. It presents history as a dynamic, unpredictable, and dramatic process shaped by the choices made by people of all classes

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 (2006).  She has received numerous fellowships for her research, including a Mellon Fellowship and Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to Australia and France.  She works closely with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute offering Teaching American History workshops for secondary school teachers throughout the country.


Edward T. O’Donnell is an Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  He is the author of many scholarly articles for journals such as The Journal of Urban History, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and The Public Historian, as well as several books, including 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). Since 2002, he has worked with more than ten Teaching American History grant programs.


Saul Cornell is a professor of History at Ohio State University and one of the nation’s leading legal and constitutional historians. His studies A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control  and The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828 were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  He has  published  articles in the Journal of American History,  the William and Mary Quarterly, American Studies, and the Law and History Review, among other journals.


Table of Contents

Peoples in Motion: The Atlantic World to 1590
The First Americans
Migration, Settlement, and the Rise of Agriculture
The Aztec
Mound Builders and Pueblo Dwellers
Eastern Woodlands Indian Societies
American Societies on the Eve of European Contact
European Civilization in Turmoil
The Allure of the East and the Challenge of Islam
Trade, Commerce, and Urbanization
Competing Visions European and Huron Views of Nature
Renaissance and Reformation
New Monarchs and the Rise of the Nation-State
Columbus and the Columbian Exchange
Columbus Encounters the "Indians"
European Technology in the Era of the Columbian Exchange
The Conquest of the Aztec and Inca Empires
Images As History Blood of the Gods: Aztec Human Sacrifice
West African Worlds
West African Societies, Islam, and Trade
The Portuguese-African Connection
African Slavery
European Colonization of the Atlantic World
The Black Legend and the Creation of New Spain
Choices And Consequences Facing the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico City
Fishing and Furs: France's North Atlantic Empire
English Expansion: Ireland and Virginia
Europeans and the Indian Peoples of the Americas
Chapter Review
Models of Settlement: English Colonial Societies, 1590-1700
The Chesapeake
The Founding of Jamestown
Choices And Consequences The Ordeal of Pocahontas
Tobacco Agriculture and Political Reorganization
Lord Baltimore's Refuge: Maryland
Life in the Chesapeake: Tobacco and Society
New England
Plymouth Plantation
Images As History Corruption versus Piety: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century
Thanksgiving Myths and Realities
A Godly Commonwealth
Schism and Heresy
Expansion and Conflict
The Caribbean Colonies
Power Is Sweet
Barbados: The Emergence of a Slave Society
The Restoration Era and the Proprietary Colonies
The English Conquest of the Dutch Colony of New Netherland
A Peaceable Kingdom: Quakers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Competing Visions
Lord Baltimore and William Penn: Two Visions of Religious Toleration
The Carolinas
The Crisis of the Late Seventeenth Century
War and Rebellion
The Dominion of New England and the Glorious Revolution
The Salem Witchcraft Hysteria
The Whig Ideal and the Emergence of Political Stability
The Whig Vision of Politics
Mercantilism, Federalism, and the Structure of Empire
Chapter Review
Growth, Slavery, and Conflict: Colonial America, 1710-1763
Culture and Society in the Eighteenth Century
The Refinement of America
Images As History A Portrait of Colonial Aspirations
More English, Yet More American
Strong Assemblies and Weak Governors
Enlightenment and Awakening
Georgia's Utopian Experiment
Competing Visions Slavery and Georgia
American Champions of the Enlightenment
Awakening, Revivalism, and American Society
Indian Revivals
African Americans in the Colonial Era
The Atlantic Slave Trade
Southern Slavery
Northern Slavery and Free Blacks
Slave Resistance and Rebellion
An African American Culture Emerges under Slavery
Immigration, Regional Economies, and Inequality
Immigration to the Colonies
Regional Economies
New England
The Mid-Atlantic
The Upper and Lower South
The Backcountry
Cities: Expansion and Inequality
Rural America: Land Becomes Scarce
War and the Contest over Empire
The Rise and Fall of the Middle Ground
War and the Contest for Empire
Choices And Consequences Quakers, Pacifism, and the Paxton Uprising
Chapter Review
Independence and Revolution, 1766-1783
Tightening the Reins of Empire
Taxation without Representation
The Stamp Act Crisis
An Assault on Liberty
The Intolerable Acts and the First Continental Congress
Lexington, Concord, and Lord Dunmore's Proclamation
Patriots vs. Loyalists
The Battle of Bunker Hill
Images As History Trumbull's "The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill"
Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence
The Plight of the Loyalists
Choices And Consequences
A Loyalist Wife's Dilemma
at War
The War in the North
The Southern Campaigns and Final Victory at Yorktown
The Radicalism of the American Revolution
Popular Politics in the Revolutionary Era
Constitutional Experiments: Testing the Limits of Democracy
African Americans'
Struggle's for Freedom
The American Revolution in Indian Country
Liberty's Daughters: Women and the Revolutionary Movement
Competing Visions Remember the Ladies
Chapter Review
A Virtuous Republic: Creating a Workable Government 1783-1789
Republicanism and the Politics of Virtue
George Washington: The American Cincinnatus
The Politics of Virtue: Views from the States
Images As History Views of Women's Role
Democracy Triumphant?
Debtors versus Creditors
Life under the Articles of Confederation
No Taxation with Representation
Diplomacy: Frustration and Stalemate
Settling the Old Northwest
Competing Visions Reactions to Shays's Rebellion
The Movement for Constitutional Reform
Large States versus Small States
Conflict over Slavery
Filling out the Constitutional Design
The Great Debate
Federalists versus Anti-Federalists
The Theory of the Large Republic: The Genius of James Madison
Choices And Consequences To Ratify or Not, That Is the Question
The Creation of a Loyal Opposition
Chapter Review
Political Passions in the New Republic, 1789-1800
Launching the New Government
Choosing the First President
The First Federal Elections: Completing the Constitution
Filling Out the Branches of Government
Hamilton's Ambitious Program
Hamilton's Vision for the New Republic
The Assumption of State Debts
Madison's Opposition
The Bank, the Mint, and the Report on Manufactures
Jefferson and Hamilton: Contrasting Visions of the Republic
Partisanship without Parties
A New Type of Politician
The Growth of the Partisan Press
The Democratic-Republican Societies
Conflicts at Home and Abroad
The French Revolution in America
Adams versus Clinton: A Contest for Vice President
Diplomatic Controversies and Triumphs
Violence along the Frontier
Choices And Consequences Washington's Decision to Crush the Whiskey Rebellion
Cultural Politics in a Passionate Age
Political Fashions and Fashionable Politics
Literature, Education, and Gender
Federalists, Republicans, and the Politics of Race
Images As History "Liberty Displaying the Arts and Sciences"
The Stormy Presidency of John Adams
Washington's Farewell Address
The XYZ Affair and Quasi-War with France
The Alien and Sedition Acts
Competing Visions Congressional Debate over the Sedition Act
The Disputed Election of 1800
Chapter Review
Jeffersonian America, 1800-1824
Politics in Jeffersonian America
Jefferson's Visions of Government
The Jeffersonian Style
Political Slurs and the Politics of Honor
Religion in Jeffersonian America
An Expanding Empire of Liberty
Dismantling the Federalist Program
The Courts: The Last Bastion of Federalist Power
Choices And Consequences
John Marshall's Dilemma
The Louisiana Purchase
Lewis and Clark
Pan-Indian Revivalism, and Jeffersonian Expansionism
Dissension at Home
Jefferson's Attack on the Federalist Judiciary
The Controversial Mr. Burr
Confronts a World at War
The Failure of Peaceable Coercion
Madison's Travails: Diplomatic Blunders Abroad and Tensions on the Frontier
The War of 1812
Competing Visions War Hawks and Their Critics
The Hartford Convention
The Republic Reborn: Consequences of the War of 1812
The National Republican Vision of James Monroe
Images As History Samuel Morse's House of Representatives and the National Republican Vision
Diplomatic Triumphs
Economic and Technological Innovation
Judicial Nationalism
Crisis and the Collapse of the National Republican Consensus
The Panic of 1819
Denmark Vesey's Rebellion
Chapter Review
The Democratization of American Culture, 1824-1840
Democratic Culture
Competing Visions Should White Men without Property Have the Vote?
Davy Crockett and the Frontier Myth Andrew Jackson and His Age
The Election of 1824 and "The Corrupt Bargain"
The Election of 1828: "Old Hickory's"
The Reign of "King Mob"
Rights and the Nullification Crisis
White Man's Democracy
Race and Politics in the Jacksonian Era
The Cherokee Cases
Resistance and Removal
Acquiescence or Resistance: The Cherokee Dilemma
Democrats, Whigs, and the Second Party System
Third Party Challenges: Anti-Masonry and Workingmen's Parties
The Bank War and the Rise of the Whigs
Images As History "Old Hickory"
or "King Andrew": Popular Images of Andrew Jackson
Economic Crisis and the Presidency of Martin Van Buren
Playing the Democrats'
Game: Whigs in the Election of 1840
Gender and Social Class: The Whig Appeal
Democrats and Whigs: Two Visions of Government and Society
Chapter Review
Workers, Farmers, and Slaves: The Transformation of the American Economy, 1815-1848
The Market Revolution
Agricultural Changes and Consequences
A Nation on the Move: Roads, Canals, Steamboats, and Trains
Images As History Nature, Technology, and the Railroad: George Innes'
Lackawanna Valley (1855)
Spreading the News
The Spread of Industrialization
From Artisan to Worker
Women and Work
The Lowell Experiment
Competing Visions The Lowell Strike of 1834
Urban Industrialization
The Changing Urban Landscape
Old Port Cities and the New Cities of the Interior
Immigrants and the City
Free Black Communities in the North
Riot, Unrest, and Crime
Southern Society
The Planter Class
Yeoman and Tenant Farmers
Free Black Communities
White Southern Culture
Life and Labor under Slavery
Varied Systems of Slave Labor
Life in the Slave Quarters
Slave Religion and Music
Resistance and Revolt
Slavery and the Law
Choices And Consequences Conscience or Duty: Judge Ruffin's Quandary
Chapter Review
Revivalism, Reform, and Artistic Renaissance, 1820-1850
Revivalism and the Market Revolution
Competing Visions Temperance Reform and Its Critics
Schools, Prisons, and Asylums
Abolitionism and the Pro-Slavery Response
The Rise of Immediatism
Images As History "The Greek Slave"
Anti-Abolitionism and the Abolitionist Response
The Pro-Slavery Argument
The Cult of True Womanhood, Reform, and Women's Rights
The New Domestic Ideal
Controlling Sexuality
The Path Toward Seneca Falls
Religious and Secular Utopianism
Millennialism, Perfectionism, and Religious Utopianism
Choices And Consequences Mary Cragin's Experiment in Free Love at Oneida
Secular Utopias
Literature and Popular Culture
Literature and Social Criticism
Domestic Fiction, Board Games, and Crime Stories
Slaves Tell Their Story: Slavery in American Literature
Lyceums and Lectures
Nature's Nation
Landscape Painting
Parks and Cemeteries
Revival and Reform in American Architecture
Chapter Review
"To Overspread the Continent:"
Westward Expansion and Political Conflict, 1840-1848
British, French, and Indian Encounters
Manifest Destiny and the Overland Trail
The Native American Encounter with Manifest Destiny
Images As History George Catlin and Mah-to-toh-pa: Representing Indians for an American Audience
The Mormon Flight to Utah
American Expansionism into the Southwest
The Transformation of Northern Mexico
The Clash of Interests in Texas
The Republic of Texas and the Politics of Annexation
Polk's Expansionist Vision
The Mexican War and Its Consequences
A Controversial War
Choices And Consequences Henry David Thoreau and Civil Disobedience
War with Mexico
Images of the Mexican War
The Wilmot Proviso
Sectionalism and the Election of 1848
Slavery and Election of 1848
Chapter Review
Slavery and Sectionalism: The Political Crisis of 1848-1861
The Slavery Question in the Territories
The Gold Rush
Organizing California and New Mexico
The Compromise of 1850
Choices And Consequences Resisting the Fugitive Slave Act
Political Realignment
Young America
The Kansas-Nebraska Act
Republicans and Know-Nothings
Ballots and Blood
Images As History The "Foreign Menace"
Deepening Controversy
Two Societies
The Industrial North
Cotton Is Supreme
The Other South
Divergent Visions
A House Divided
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
John Brown's Raid
The Election of 1860
Competing Visions Secession or Union?
Chapter Review
A Nation Torn Apart: The Civil War, 1861-1865
Mobilization, Strategy, and Diplomacy
Comparative Advantages and Disadvantages
Mobilization in the North
Mobilization in the South
Wartime Diplomacy
The Early Campaigns, 1861-1863
The Peninsular Campaign
A New Kind of War
Toward Emancipation
Slaughter and Stalemate
Images As History Photography and the Visualization of Modern War
Behind the Lines
Meeting the Demands of Modern War
Hardships on the Home Front
New Roles for Women
Conscription and Civil Unrest
Competing Visions Civil Liberties in a Civil War
Toward Union Victory
Turning Point: 1863
The Confederacy Begins to Crumble
Choices And Consequences Equal Peril, Unequal Pay
Victory in Battle and at the Polls
War Is Hell
Chapter Review
Now That We Are Free: Reconstruction and the New South, 1863-1890
Preparing for Reconstruction
Emancipation Test Cases
Lincoln's 10 Percent Plan
Radical Republicans Offer a Different Vision
The Fruits of Freedom
Freedom of Movement
Forty Acres and a Mule
Uplift through Education
The Black Church
The Struggle to Define Reconstruction
The Conservative Vision of Freedom: Presidential Reconstruction
Demanding Rights, Protecting Privilege
Congressional Reconstruction and the Fourteenth Amendment
Radical Republicans Take Control
Implementing Reconstruction
The Republican Party in the South
Creating Reconstruction Governments in the South
The Election of 1868
The Rise of White Resistance
Reconstruction Abandoned
Corruption and Scandal
The North's Retreat
Images As History Political Cartoons Reflect the Shift in Public
The Election of 1872
The Return of Terrorism
The End of Reconstruction
The New South
Redeemer Rule
The Lost Cause
The New South Economy
The Rise of Sharecropping
Jim Crow
Choices And Consequences Sanctioning Separation
Chapter Review
Conflict and Conquest: The Transformation of the West, 1860-1900
Congress Promotes Westward Settlement
The Diversity of the Native American West
Native American Tribes of the Great Plains
The Great Westward Migration
The Economic Transformation of the West
The Railroad Fuels Western Development
Hard Times for Farmers
The Cattle Kingdom
Fortunes Beneath the Ground: The Mining Booms
The Environmental Legacy
Competing Visions Preservation versus Exploitation
Native Americans under Siege
Mounting Problems for Native Americans
Wars on the Plains
War and Conflict in the Far West
In Pursuit of a Solution
Choices And Consequences Forced Assimilation versus Cultural
Resistance and Romanticism
Resistance and Persistence
Creating Mythical Heroes and Images
Images As History Annie Oakley
The West in Art and Literature
Historians Reinterpret the American West
Chapter Review
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