Experience History: Interpreting America's Past
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This new edition is powered by Connect History, an easy-to-use learning platform that gives instructors access to engaging assignable and assessable tools, such as primary sources and interactive maps – all of which are tied to learning objectives – that support student success and help bring history to life for students.
Primary Sources, Connect History’s Image Bank allows users easy and quick access to hundreds of additional primary sources which can be downloaded and incorporated into lectures or assessment materials. The Primary Source Primer is a brief, illustrated video tutorial on how to read and analyze a primary source. As students watch, they are prompted at various points in order to confirm understanding.
SmartBook makes study time as productive and efficient as possible. It identifies and closes knowledge gaps through a continually adapting reading experience. This ensures that every minute spent with SmartBook is returned to the student as the most value-added minute possible. The result? More confidence, better grades, and greater success.
Interactive Maps, assignable through Connect and tied to assessment, encourage students’ geographical and historical thinking by demonstrating things like changing boundaries and migration routes, war battles and election results.
Primary Sources - Connect History’s Image Bank allows users easy and quick access to hundreds of additional primary sources which can be downloaded and incorporated into lectures or assessment materials. The Primary Source Primer is a brief, illustrated video tutorial on how to read and analyze a primary source. As students watch, they are prompted at various points in order to confirm understanding.
Critical Missions immerse students as active participants in a series of transformative moments in history. As advisors to key historical figures, they read and analyze sources, interpret maps and timelines, and write recommendations for what do to in a historically critical moment. Later, students learn to think like a historian, conducting a retrospective analysis from a contemporary perspective.
Strong environmental coverage Ecological themes--highlighted throughout the text with a sun icon--place American history within a broader environmental framework. Human history is not just the history of people but instead we find ourselves within a natural world that often shapes the course of political and social events in major ways: through climate change, epidemic disease, and the natural or even artificial environments in which we live.
Global and continental perspectives Highlighted with a globe icon, discussions throughout the text place U.S. history in global and continental contexts.
Historian's Toolbox features in every chapter show students the wide range of evidence that historians use and the questions historians pose when analyzing an artifact. Critical Thinking questions engage students in the process of analysis. Examples include political cartoons, photographs, postcards, ads, art works, comic books, mail-order catalogs, plantation inventories, clocks, calendars, money, furniture, campaign memorabilia, voting equipment, and song lyrics. In Connect, students are asked to analyze historical images from the text.
After the Fact essays take a historical problem and show the detective work that goes into using and interpreting historical evidence. Eight such essays spread throughout the book examine such topics as the relationship of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, the near extinction of the American bison, the rhetoric of manliness in the Spanish-American war, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan.
Significant Events timelines at the end of every chapter present key dates and events on a timeline engagingly illustrated with images from the chapter.
Balanced Approach A compelling and lively narrative interweaves political, social, and cultural history. Five historians have collaborated under the direction of historian and professional writer James West Davidson to provide a narrative that offers both scholarly depth and a unified voice.
Dueling Documents in each chapter contrast 2-3 primary sources that offer differing perspectives on key events or questions. Critical thinking questions at the end of the feature guide students in analyzing these sources.