The American Pageant (AP® Edition)

  • AUTHORS: David M. Kennedy; Lizabeth Cohen
  • ISBN-13: 9781111831066 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 1344 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 15th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2010
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The American Pageant enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular, effective, and entertaining texts on the subject of American history. The colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and trademark wit bring American history to life. The Fifteenth edition includes markedly deeper explorations of the cultural innovations, artistic movements, and intellectual doctrines that have engaged and inspired Americans and shaped the course of American history. Additional pedagogical features make THE AMERICAN PAGEANT accessible to students: part openers and chapter-ending chronologies provide a context for the major periods in American history, while other features present primary sources, scholarly debates, and key historical figures for analysis. Available in the following options: THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, Fifteenth Edition (Chapters 1-42); Volume 1: To 1877 (Chapters 1-22); Volume 2: Since 1865 (Chapters 22-42).


  • Thinking Globally essays (now a total of 13) present a different aspect of the American experience contextualized within world history. Readers learn how developments in North America were part of worldwide phenomena, be it the challenge to empire in the 18th century, the rise of socialist ideology in the 19th century, or the globalization that followed World War II. Students see how key aspects of American history were faced by other nations but resolved in distinct ways according to each country's history, cultural traditions, and political and economic structures.
  • A global focus throughout the text includes graphics to help students compare American developments to developments around the world in areas such as railroad building, cotton production, city size and urban reform strategies, immigration, automobile ownership, the economic effects of the Great Depression, and women's participation in voting and the workforce.
  • Boxed quotes, many relating to international events or figures, add personal voices to the events chronicled in the text's historical narrative. Updated "Varying Viewpoints" essays reflect new interpretations of significant trends and events, as well as concern for their global context.
  • Examining the Evidence primary source features include topics such as what correspondence between Abigail and John Adams in 1776 reveals about women in the American Revolution; how the Gettysburg Address sheds light on President Lincoln's vision of the American nation; how a letter from a black freedman to his former master in 1865 illuminates his family's experience in slavery, as well as their hopes for a new life; what the manuscript census teaches us about immigrant households on the Lower East Side of New York in 1900; and how a new kind of architectural structure--the shopping mall--changed consumers' behavior and politicians' campaign tactics after World War II.
  • Pedagogy includes: visual material (documentary images, graphs and tables) to illuminate complex and important historical ideas; maps with topographical detail and clear labeling to communicate analytical points; small regional/global locator maps to reinforce students' understanding of U.S. geography and its global context; and bolded chapter terms with a related glossary.
  • Every chapter concludes with an expanded chronology and a list of 10 approachable books to consult "To Learn More." A more extensive chapter-by-chapter annotated bibliography suitable for deeper research is provided on the student website.
  • A list of the chapter key terms and a list of "People to Know"--created to help students focus on the most significant people introduced in that chapter--appear at the end of the chapter to help students review chapter highlights. Both lists also are included on the student website with expanded definitions/explanations.
  • A revised Appendix contains abundant statistical data on many aspects of the American historical experience, as well as how the United States compares to other nations.

About the Contributor

  • David M. Kennedy

    David M. Kennedy received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and co-director of The Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West at Stanford University. His first book, BIRTH CONTROL IN AMERICA: THE CAREER OF MARGARET SANGER, was honored with both the Bancroft Prize and the John Gilmary Shea Prize. He has won numerous teaching awards at Stanford, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in American political, diplomatic, intellectual, and social history, and in American literature. Dr. Kennedy published a volume in the OXFORD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, FREEDOM FROM FEAR: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DEPRESSION AND WAR, 1929—1945, for which he was honored with the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, and he served from 2002—2011 on the board of the Pulitzer Prizes.

  • Lizabeth Cohen

    Lizabeth Cohen received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the history department and the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2007—2008 she was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. Previously, she taught at New York University and Carnegie Mellon University. The author of many articles and essays, Dr. Cohen was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her first book, MAKING A NEW DEAL: INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN CHICAGO, 1919—1939, for which she later won the Bancroft Prize and the Philip Taft Labor History Award. She authored A CONSUMERS' REPUBLIC: THE POLITICS OF MASS CONSUMPTION IN POSTWAR AMERICA (2003), and is currently writing SAVING AMERICA'S CITIES: ED LOGUE AND THE STRUGGLE TO RENEW URBAN AMERICA IN THE SUBURBAN AGE, on urban renewal in American cities after World War II. At Harvard, she has taught courses in 20th century American history, with particular attention to the intersection of social and cultural life and politics. She now oversees the Radcliffe Institute, a major center for scholarly research, creative arts, and public programs.

New to this Edition

  • This edition explores the cultural innovations, artistic movements, and intellectual doctrines that have engaged and inspired Americans and shaped the course of American history. For example: new material on Transcendentalism in Chapter 15; on post-Civil War literature and art in Chapter 25; on the transnational spread of artistic "modernism" in Chapter 31; and on late-twentieth-century letters, art, and architecture in Chapters 37 and 42.
  • New "Thinking Globally" essay on twentieth-century modernism in Chapter 31.
  • New "Makers of America" feature on Beat Generation of the 1950s in Chapter 37.
  • Updated tables, graphs, Key Terms, People to Know, and To Learn More sections throughout.

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