A People & A Nation (AP® Edition)

  • AUTHORS: Mary Beth Norton; Carol Sheriff; David W. Blight; Howard P. Chudacoff; Fredrik Logevall; Beth Bailey
  • ISBN-13: 9780495916505 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 1072 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 9th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2008
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

A PEOPLE AND A NATION is a best-selling text offering a spirited narrative that tells the stories of all people in the United States. The authors' attention to race and racial identity and their inclusion of everyday people and popular culture brings history to life, engaging readers and encouraging them to imagine what life was really like in the past.


  • Global perspective on American history is incorporated throughout the text: "Links to the World” essays help readers make connections between U.S. history and the history of the greater world.
  • Coverage of the diversity of America’s people: By examining differences within the broad ethnic categories and paying attention to immigration, cultural and intellectual infusions from around the world, and America’s growing religious diversity, the Ninth Edition strengthens and integrates the discussion of diversity throughout the narrative.
  • "Legacy for a People and a Nation” essays, one in each chapter, offer compelling and timely answers to students who question the relevance of historical study by exploring the historical roots of contemporary topics. New subjects of this feature are P.T. Barnum’s Publicity Stunts (Chapter 11); Moral Reformers’ Abstinence Campaigns (Chapter 12); Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address (Chapter 15); National Parks (Chapter 17); and Children and Mass-Produced Toys (Chapter 18).

About the Contributor

  • Mary Beth Norton

    Mary Beth Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at Cornell University, received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She teaches courses in the history of exploration, early America, women’s history, Atlantic world, and American Revolution. Her many books have won prizes from the Society of American Historians, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and English-Speaking Union. Her book, FOUNDING MOTHERS & FATHERS (1996), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011 her book SEPARATED BY THEIR SEX: WOMEN IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE IN THE COLONIAL ATLANTIC WORLD was published. She was Pitt Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge in 2005-2006. The Rockefeller Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and Huntington Library, among others, have awarded her fellowships. Professor Norton has served on the National Council for the Humanities and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has appeared on Book TV, the History and Discovery Channels, PBS, and NBC as a commentator on Early American history.

  • Carol Sheriff

    Carol Sheriff received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She has taught at the College of William and Mary since 1993, where she has won the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, the Alumni Teaching Fellowship Award, and the University Professorship for Teaching Excellence. Carol teaches the U.S. history survey as well as classes on the Early Republic, the Civil War Era, and the American West. Her publications include THE ARTIFICIAL RIVER: THE ERIE CANAL AND THE PARADOX OF PROGRESS (1996), which won the Dixon Ryan Fox Award from the New York State Historical Association and the Award for Excellence in Research from the New York State Archives, and A PEOPLE AT WAR: CIVILIANS AND SOLDIERS IN AMERICA’S CIVIL WAR, 1854–1877 (with Scott Reynolds Nelson, 2007). Carol has written sections of a teaching manual for the New York State history curriculum, given presentations at Teaching American History grant projects, appeared in the History Channel’s Modern Marvels show on the Erie Canal, and is engaged in several public history projects marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

  • David W. Blight

    David W. Blight received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He has written FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S CIVIL WAR (1989) and RACE AND REUNION: THE CIVIL WAR IN AMERICAN MEMORY, 1863–1915 (2001), which received eight awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Frederick Douglass Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and four prizes awarded by the Organization of American Historians. His most recent book, A SLAVE NO MORE: THE EMANCIPATION OF JOHN WASHINGTON AND WALLACE TURNAGE (2007), won three prizes. He has edited or co-edited six other books, and his essays have appeared in numerous journals. In 1992–1993 he was senior Fulbright Professor in American Studies at the University of Munich, Germany, and in 2006–2007 he held a fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, New York Public Library. A consultant to several documentary films, David appeared in the 1998 PBS series, Africans in America and has served on the Council of the American Historical Association.

  • Howard P. Chudacoff

    Howard P. Chudacoff, the George L. Littlefield Professor of American History and Professor of Urban Studies at Brown University, was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned his A.B. (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) from the University of Chicago. He has written MOBILE AMERICANS (1972), HOW OLD ARE YOU (1989), THE AGE OF THE BACHELOR (1999), THE EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN URBAN SOCIETY (with Judith Smith, 2004), and CHILDREN AT PLAY: AN AMERICAN HISTORY (2007). He has also co-edited, with Peter Baldwin, MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN URBAN HISTORY (2004). His articles have appeared in such journals as the JOURNAL OF FAMILY HISTORY, REVIEWS IN AMERICAN HISTORY, and JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY. At Brown University, Howard has co-chaired the American Civilization Program, chaired the Department of History, and serves as Brown’s faculty representative to the NCAA. He has also served on the board of directors of the Urban History Association. The National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation have given him awards to advance his scholarship.

  • Fredrik Logevall

    Fredrik Logevall is John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and Professor of History at Cornell University, where he serves as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. He received his B.A. from Simon Fraser University and his Ph.D. from Yale University. His most recent book is AMERICA’S COLD WAR: THE POLITICS OF INSECURITY (with Campbell Craig, 2009). His other publications include CHOOSING WAR (1999), which won three prizes, including the Warren F. Kuehl Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR); THE ORIGINS OF THE VIETNAM WAR (2001); TERRORISM AND 9/11: A READER (2002); as coeditor, the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (2002); and, as co-editor, THE FIRST VIETNAM WAR: COLONIAL CONFLICT AND COLD WAR CRISIS (2007). Fred is a recipient of the Stuart L. Bernath article, book, and lecture prizes from SHAFR and is a member of the SHAFR Council, the Cornell University Press faculty board, and the editorial advisory board of the Presidential Recordings Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. In 2006–2007, he was Mellon Senior Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

  • Beth Bailey

    Beth Bailey received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is a professor of history at Temple University. Her research and teaching fields include war and society and the U.S. military, American cultural history, popular culture, and gender and sexuality. Her other publications include FROM FRONT PORCH TO BACK SEAT: COURTSHIP IN 20TH CENTURY AMERICA (1988), THE FIRST STRANGE PLACE: THE ALCHEMY OF RACE AND SEX IN WWII HAWAII (with David Farber, 1992), THE COLUMBIA COMPANION TO AMERICA IN THE 1960s (with David Farber, 2001), and AMERICA’S ARMY: MAKING THE ALL-VOLUNTEER FORCE (2009). She is co-editor of A HISTORY OF OUR TIME (8th ed., 2011). Beth has served as a consultant and/or on-screen expert for numerous television documentaries developed for PBS and the History Channel. She has received several grants or fellowships, and was named the Ann Whitney Olin scholar at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was the director of the American Studies Program. She has been a visiting scholar at Saitama University, Japan; at Trinity College at the University of Melbourne; and a senior Fulbright lecturer in Indonesia.

New to this Edition

  • New "Visualizing the Past” feature uses images as primary sources to explore major themes. Sources include images of an artifact, a painting, a photograph, an advertisement, and so on. The illustrations and extended captions help students understand how the careful examination of visual materials can reveal aspects of America’s story that otherwise would remain unknown. Some examples of topics include Acomo Pueblo (Chapter 2), Selling War (Chapter 9), The Spectacle of Gilded Age Politics (Chapter 20), and Combating the Spread of AIDS (Chapter 32).
  • New topics are presented in the popular "Links to the World” essays (one essay in every chapter), which connects U.S. history to the history of the greater world. New essays include Turkeys (Chapter 2), Ink and Stationery Supplies (Chapter 7), William Walker and Filibustering (Chapter 14), Back to Africa Movement (Chapter 16), Tokyo Rose (Chapter 27), and The Swine Flu Pandemic (Chapter 32).
  • Newly redesigned map program: The 92 maps have been completely redesigned and revised in this edition to be more dynamic, engaging, and relevant.
  • Compelling new material further explores the daily lives of Americans: Rituals of Consumption, a new section on purchases by poor people, including slaves (Chapter 4); Social Status and Planters’ Values, new coverage on slave mortgages, including a narrative on a slave boy who was mortgaged three times (Chapter 10); Women’s Rights, new coverage on women’s roles in petitioning campaigns and early women’s rights activists (Chapter 12); Oregon and California Trails, new firsthand account about a woman giving birth on the trail (Chapter 13); Ordinary Soldiers and Ideology, new material on the motivation of common soldiers (Chapter 15).
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