The American Pageant, Volume 1

  • AUTHORS: David M. Kennedy; Lizabeth Cohen
  • ISBN-13: 9781111831424 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 592 Pages  Paperback 
  • 15th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2010, 2006, 2002
  • ©2013     Published
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About The Product

THE AMERICAN PAGEANT enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular, effective, and entertaining texts in 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).


  • A global focus throughout the text helps students understand American experiences as part of world trends.
  • "Thinking Globally" essays present a different aspect of the American experience contextualized within world history. Readers learn how developments in North America were part of worldwide phenomena, including the challenge to empire in the 18th century, and the phenomenon of nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century. 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.
  • 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; and how a letter from a black freedman to his former master in 1865 illuminates his family's experience in slavery.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

Part I: FOUNDING THE NEW NATION C. 33,000 B.C.E.–1783 C.E.
1. New World Beginnings 33,000 B.C.E.–1769 C.E.
2. The Planting of English America 1500–1733.
3. Settling the Northern Colonies 1619–1700.
4. American Life in the Seventeenth Century 1607–1692.
5. Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution 1700–1775.
6. The Duel for North America 1608–1763.
7. The Road to Revolution 1763–1775.
8. America Secedes from the Empire 1775–1783.
9. The Confederation and the Constitution 1776–1790.
10. Launching the New Ship of State 1789–1800.
11. The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic 1800–1812.
12. The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism 1812–1824.
13. The Rise of a Mass Democracy 1824–1840.
14. Forging the National Economy 1790–1860.
15. The Ferment of Reform and Culture 1790–1860.
16. The South and the Slavery Controversy 1793–1860.
17. Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy 1841–1848.
18. Renewing the Sectional Struggle 1848–1854.
19. Drifting Toward Disunion 1854–1861.
20. Girding for War: The North and the South 1861–1865.
21. The Furnace of Civil War 1861–1865.
22. The Ordeal of Reconstruction 1865–1877.

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.
  • Updated tables, graphs, Key Terms, People to Know, and To Learn More sections throughout.


Teacher Components

  • Rand McNally Atlas of American History  (ISBN-10: 0618842012 | ISBN-13: 9780618842018)
    Featuring more than eighty maps, this comprehensive atlas also covers global perspectives.
    Price = 48.75

Student Supplements

  • Rand McNally Atlas of American History  (ISBN-10: 0618842012 | ISBN-13: 9780618842018)
    This comprehensive atlas features more than 80 maps, with new content covering global perspectives, including events in the Middle East from 1945 to 2005, as well as population trends in the U.S. and around the World. Additional maps document voyages of discovery; the settling of the colonies; major U.S. military engagements, including the American Revolution and World Wars I and II; and sources of immigration, ethnic populations, and patterns of economic change.
    Price = 48.75