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Experience History: Interpreting America's Past
Experience History: Interpreting America's Past

Experience History: Interpreting America's Past

ISBN10: 1259541800 | ISBN13: 9781259541803
By James West Davidson, Christine Leigh Heyrman, Mark Lytle, Michael Stoff and Brian DeLay

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Experience History emphasizes that history is not a collection of facts, but is "interpreted" from the detective work of historians examining the past's evidence.  Utilizing an active learning environment that only an online solution can provide, Experience History gives students the opportunity to examine primary sources and explores specific periods and events.  As students uniquely experience American History, Experience History propels students to greater understanding while achieving greater course success.  

1 The First Civilizations of North America
2 Old Worlds, New Worlds 1400 - 1600
3 Colonization and Conflict in the South 1600 - 1750
4 Colonization and Conflict in the North 1600 - 1700
5 The Mosaic of Eighteenth-Century America 1689 - 1768
6 Imperial Triumph, Imperial Crisis 1754 - 1776
7 The American People and the American Revolution 1775 - 1783
8 Crisis and Constitution 1776 - 1789
9 The Early Republic 1789 - 1824
10 The Opening of America 1815 - 1850
11 The Rise of Democracy 1824 - 1840
12 A fire with Faith 1820 - 1850
13 Th  Old South 1820 - 1860
14 Western Expansion and the Rise of the Slavery Issue 1820 - 1850
15 The Union Broken 1850 - 1861
16 Total War and the Republic 1861 - 1865
17 Reconstructing the Union 1865 - 1877
18 The New South and the Trans-Mississippi West 1870 - 1914
19 The New Industrial Order 1870 - 1914
20 The Rise of an Urban Order 1870 - 1914
21 The Political System under Strain at Home and Abroad 1877 - 1900
22 The Progressive Era 1890 - 1920
23 The United States and the Collapse of the Old World Order 1901 - 1920
24 The New Era 1920 - 1929
25 The Great Depression and the New Deal 1929 - 1939
26 America’s Rise to Globalism 1927 - 1945
27 Cold War America 1945 - 1954
28 The Suburban Era 1945 - 1963
29 Civil Rights and Uncivil Liberties 1947 - 1969
30 The Vietnam Era 1963 - 1975
31 The Conservative Challenge 1976 - 1992
32 The United States in a Global Community 1980 - Present
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About the Author

James West Davidson

James West Davidson received his B.A. from Haverford College and his Ph.D. from Yale University. A historian who has pursued a full-time writing career, he is the author of numerous books, among them After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (with Mark H. Lytle), The Logic of Millennial Thought: Eighteenth Century New England, and Great Heart: The History of a Labrador Adventure (with John Rugge). He is co-editor with Michael Stiff of the Oxford New Narratives in American History, in which his most recent book appears: 'They Say': Ida B. Wells and the Reconstruction of Race.

Christine Leigh Heyrman

Christine Leigh Heyrman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Delaware. She received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and is the author of Commerce and Culture: The Maritime Communities of Colonial Massachusetts, 1690-1750. Her book exploring the evolution of religious culture in the Southern U.S., entitled Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt, was awarded the Bancroft Prize in 1998.

Mark Lytle

Mark H. Lytle received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is Professor of History and Environmental Studies. he has served two years as Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College, Dublin, in Ireland. His publications include The Origins of the Iranian-American Alliance, 1941-1953, After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (with James West Davidson), America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon, and, most recently, The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement. He is co-editor of a joint issue of the journals of Diplomatic History and Environmental History dedicated to the field of environmental diplomacy.

Michael Stoff

Michael B. Stoff is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. The recipient of a Ph.D. from Yale University, he has been honored many times for his teaching, most recently with election to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He is the author of Oil, War, and American Security: The Search for a National Policy on Foreign Oil,1941-1947, co-editor (with Jonathan Fanton and R. Hal Williams) of The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Age, and series co-editor (with James West Davidson) of the Oxford New Narratives in American History. He is currently working on a narrative on the bombing of Nagasaki.

Brian DeLay

Brian DeLay (Ph.D., Harvard) is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in colonial and 19th century U.S. and Mexican history. His scholarship has won awards from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Western History Association, the Council on Latin American History, the American Society for Ethnohistory, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He is the author of War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War (Yale, 2008), and is currently at work on a book about the international arms trade and the re-creation of the Americas during the long nineteenth century. He can be reached at and his website is


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