Making America: A History of the United States

  • AUTHORS: Carol Berkin; Christopher L. Miller; Robert W. Cherny; James L. Gormly
  • ISBN-13: 9781285194790 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 928 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 7th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2012, 2008, 2006
  • ©2015     Published
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About The Product

Shaped with a clear political chronology, MAKING AMERICA reflects the variety of individual experiences and cultures that comprise American society. The book's clear and helpful presentation speaks directly to students, sparking their curiosity and inviting them to “do history” as well as read about it. For instructors whose classrooms mirror the diversity of today's college students, the strongly chronological narrative, together with visuals and an integrated program of learning and teaching aids, makes the historical content vivid and comprehensible to students at all levels of preparedness. Available in the following split options: MAKING AMERICA, Seventh Edition (Chapters 1–29), ISBN: 978-1-285-19479-0; Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1–15), ISBN: 978-1-285-19480-6; Volume II: Since 1865 (Chapters 15–29), ISBN: 978-1-285-19481-3.


  • The chapters in MAKING AMERICA feature a tried-and-true integration of aids and tools that help readers understand the material. One feature many students appreciate is the on-page glossary, which defines terms and explains their historically specific usage when they first appear in the narrative. The glossary also offers brief identifications of the major historical events, people, or documents discussed on the page.
  • “Individual Choices” features spotlight people whose experiences provide a window on the major events and themes of the chapter. Whether the focus is on well known historical figures or lesser-known individuals, this feature demonstrates the importance of agency, or the ability to make choices and act on them. “Individual Voices” features at the end of each chapter present a primary source by, about, or related to the person or idea discussed in “Individual Choices.” The primary source includes an introduction and notes alongside the source to help the reader understand main ideas.
  • In each chapter, an essay titled “It Matters Today” points out critical connections between current events and past ones. Each essay is accompanied by discussion and reflection questions.

About the Contributor

  • Carol Berkin

    Carol Berkin received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her PhD from Columbia University. Her dissertation won the Bancroft Award. She is now presidential professor of history at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York. She has written JONATHAN SEWALL: ODYSSEY OF AN AMERICAN LOYALIST (1974), FIRST GENERATIONS: WOMEN IN COLONIAL AMERICA (l996), A BRILLIANT SOLUTION: INVENTING THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION (2002), and REVOLUTIONARY MOTHERS: WOMEN IN THE STRUGGLE FOR AMERICA'S INDEPENDENCE (2005). She has edited WOMEN OF AMERICA: A HISTORY (with Mary Beth Norton, 1979); WOMEN, WAR AND REVOLUTION (with Clara M. Lovett, 1980); WOMEN'S VOICES, WOMEN'S LIVES: DOCUMENTS IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY (with Leslie Horowitz, 1998); and LOOKING FORWARD/LOOKING BACK: A WOMEN'S STUDIES READER (with Judith Pinch and Carole Appel, 2005). She was contributing editor on southern women for THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SOUTHERN CULTURE and has appeared in the PBS series “Liberty! The American Revolution,” “Ben Franklin,” and “Alexander Hamilton,” and in The History Channel's “Founding Fathers.” Professor Berkin chaired the Dunning Beveridge Prize Committee for the American Historical Association, the Columbia University Seminar in Early American History, and the Taylor Prize Committee of the Southern Association of Women Historians. She served on the program committees for both the Society for the History of the Early American Republic and the Organization of American Historians. She has served on the Planning Committee for the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress, and she chaired the CLEP Committee for Educational Testing Service. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Council for History Education.

  • Christopher L. Miller

    Christopher L. Miller received his BS degree from Lewis and Clark College and his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently associate professor of history at the University of Texas-Pan American. He is the author of PROPHETIC WORLDS: INDIANS AND WHITES ON THE COLUMBIA PLATEAU (1985), which was republished in 2003 as part of the “Columbia Northwest Classics Series” by the University of Washington Press. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and anthologies as well as standard reference works. Dr. Miller also is active in contemporary Indian affairs. He served, for example, as a participant in the American Indian Civics Project funded by the Kellogg Foundation. He has been a research fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and was the Nikolay V. Sivachev Distinguished Chair in American History at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). Professor Miller also has been active in projects designed to improve history teaching, including programs funded by the Meadows Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and other agencies.

  • Robert W. Cherny

    Robert W. Cherny received his BA from the University of Nebraska and his MA and PhD from Columbia University. He is professor of history at San Francisco State University. His books include COMPETING VISIONS: A HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA (with Richard Griswold del Castillo, 2005); AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE GILDED AGE, 1868-1900 (1997); SAN FRANCISCO, 1865-1932: POLITICS, POWER, AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (with William Issel, 1986); A RIGHTEOUS CAUSE: THE LIFE OF WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN (1985, 1994); and POPULISM, PROGRESSIVISM, AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF NEBRASKA POLITICS, 1885-1915 (1981). He is coeditor of AMERICAN LABOR AND THE COLD WAR: UNIONS, POLITICS, AND POSTWAR POLITICAL CULTURE (with William Issel and Keiran Taylor, 2004). His articles on politics and labor in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have appeared in journals, anthologies, and historical dictionaries and encyclopedias. In 2000, he and Ellen Du Bois coedited a special issue of the “Pacific Historical Review” that surveyed women's suffrage movements in nine locations around the Pacific Rim. He has been an NEH Fellow, Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He has served as president of H-Net (an association of more than 100 electronic networks for scholars in the humanities and social sciences), the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the Southwest Labor Studies Association; as treasurer of the Organization of American Historians; and as a member of the council of the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch.

  • James L. Gormly

    Born in Riverside, California, James L. Gormly received a B.A. from the University of Arizona and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He is now professor of history and chair of the history department at Washington and Jefferson College. He has written THE COLLAPSE OF THE GRAND ALLIANCE (1970) and FROM POTSDAM TO THE COLD WAR (1979). His articles and reviews have appeared in DIPLOMATIC HISTORY, THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY, THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, THE HISTORIAN, THE HISTORY TEACHER, and THE JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY.

Table of Contents

1. Making a “New” World, to 1588.
2. A Continent on the Move, 1400–1725.
3. Founding the English Mainland Colonies, 1585–1732.
4. The English Colonies in the Eighteenth Century, 1689–1763.
5. Deciding Where Loyalties Lie, 1763–1776.
6. Recreating America: Independence and a New Nation, 1775–1783.
7. Competing Visions of the Virtuous Republic, 1770–1796.
8. The Early Republic, 1796–1804.
9. Increasing Conflict and War, 1805–1815.
10. The Rise of a New Nation, 1815–1836.
11. Modernization and Expansion, 1828–1848.
12. Responses to Expansion and Change, 1828–1848.
13. Sectional Conflict and Shattered Union, 1848–1860.
14. A Violent Choice: Civil War, 1861–1865.
15. Reconstruction: High Hopes and Shattered Dreams, 1865–1877.
16. The Nation Industrializes, 1865–1900.
17. Life in the Gilded Age, 1865–1900.
18. Politics and Foreign Relations in a Rapidly Changing Nation, 1865–1902.
19. The Progressive Era, 1900–1917.
20. The United States in a World at War, 1913–1920.
21. Prosperity Decade, 1920–1928.
22. The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929–1939.
23. America's Rise to World Leadership, 1929–1945.
24. Truman and Cold War America, 1945–1952.
25. Quest for Consensus, 1952–1960.
26. Great Promises, Bitter Disappointments, 1960–1968.
27. America Under Stress, 1967–1976.
28. New Economic and Political Alignments, 1976–1992.
29. Entering a New Century, 1992–2013.
Declaration of Independence.
Articles of Confederation.
Constitution of the United States of America and Amendments.
Presidential Elections.

New to this Edition

  • A new feature, “A Deeper Understanding of History,” actively engages students in methods of historical investigation and critical thinking by introducing them to the processes historians use as they work. Each includes a visual component, and many make use of graphs and maps, to help students learn how to read and interpret visual data as well as primary sources. For example, the feature in Chapter 11 shows how use of a graph-enhanced map can make historical information manageable; one in Chapter 25 guides students in analyzing a television ad picturing the “typical” American family.
  • A new “Toward a More Perfect Union” section briefly explains how a constitutional issue was addressed by an amendment or a Supreme Court decision. This new feature appears in most chapters of Volume 1 and all chapters of Volume 2. In pre-Constitution chapters where the feature appears, it offers background on matters related to the Constitution, such as the Magna Carta (Chapter 1) and direct versus virtual representation (Chapter 5).
  • Several new “Individual Choices” and “Individual Voices” profiles and primary sources appear in this edition: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and the XYZ affair (Ch. 8); Jarena Lee, an African American woman who became a licensed preacher (Ch. 11); Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, a reformer who became a Sanitary Commission leader and feminist activist (Ch. 14); the Chinese American family of Mary Tape, who challenged the San Francisco School Board on segregated schools (Ch. 17); reformer Jane Addams (Ch. 19); Alan Freed, rock 'n' roll's “Moondog” (Ch. 25); and STOP-ERA leader Phyllis Schlafly (Ch. 28).
  • “Suggested Resources” have been added to the “Study Tools” section at the end of each chapter, directing students to Internet, print, and film sources where they can gain further insight into chapter topics and conduct research on their own.


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