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Davidson, Experience History: Interpreting American's Past © 2019, 9e

Grades: 9 - 12

The first AP adaptation of the best-selling college text now in its 9th edition, this narrative is told from multiple perspectives and highlights how diverse actors have been at the center of U.S. history. Students are led to a richer engagement with and a deeper understanding of how history is created. Focusing on the lives and actions of ordinary Americans helps students to understand that no event is inevitable, and that the actions of the people create historical moments.

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With this narrative approach with a social and cultural perspective on U.S. history, students see themselves as stakeholders in an ongoing historical narrative, rather than passive recipients of a historical legacy that has little to do with their individual lives.

A first-of-its-kind for today’s AP classroom, with:
• Chapter openers focus on the key concepts in the new AP framework covered in that chapter.
• The Historian’s Toolbox presents historical evidence through primary and secondary images and artifacts for students to analyze.
• Critical Thinking that focuses on primary and secondary sources from different eras specifically developed with AP exam rubrics in mind.
• After the Fact that visually flags key text and images to support the effective use of evidence in constructing a historical argument.
• Many Histories that delivers contrasting perspectives on key events for analysis and discussion.
• Critical Thinking Questions to provide students with practice on answering DBQs.
• A wealth of AP practice, focused review, and document-based questions integrated throughout.
• An AP Teacher Manual, available in print and online, includes classroom activities, pacing guides, AP test banks, practice exams, and more.

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

James West Davidson received his Ph.D. from Yale University. A historian who has pursued a full-time writing career, his works include 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 Stoff of the Oxford New Narratives in American History, which includes his study ‘They Say’: Ida B. Wells and the Reconstruction of Race. Most recently he wrote A Little History of the United States.

Brian DeLay received his Ph.D. from Harvard and is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a frequent guest speaker at teacher workshops across the country and has won several prizes for his book War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War. His current book project, Shoot the State, explores the connection between guns, freedom, and domination around the Western Hemisphere, from the American Revolution through World War II.

Christine Leigh Heyrman is the Robert W. and ShirleyP. Grimble Professor of American History at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. The author of Commerce and Culture: The Maritime Communities of Colonial Massachusetts, 1690–1750, she received the Bancroft Prize for her second book, Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt, and the Parkman Prize for her third, American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam. Her latest book, forthcoming, is Doomed Romance: A Story of Broken Hearts, Lost Souls and Sexual Politics in Nineteenth-Century America.

Mark H. Lytle, a Ph.D. from Yale University, is the Lyford Paterson and Mary Gray Edwards Professor of History Emeritus at Bard College. He 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. His forthcoming book, The All-Consuming Nation, considers the tension between the post–World War II consumer democracy and its environmental costs.

Michael B. Stoff is Associate Professor of History and University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor 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 the University of Texas systemwide Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2008, he was named an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. 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 of the bombing of Nagasaki.