The Unfinished Nation (Brinkley), 8th Edition © 2016

The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People © 2016, by Alan Brinkley, fully addresses the newly enhanced AP United States History Curriculum providing students with guidance and support to master key concepts and themes, develop historical thinking skills, and succeed on the new AP U.S. History Exam.


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  • Consider the Source primary document features in every chapter.
  • Debating the Past Historical Argumentation questions help students evaluate historical arguments.

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  • CHAPTER 1 The Collision of Cultures

  • CHAPTER 2 Transplantations and Borderlands

  • CHAPTER 3 Society and Culture in Provincial America

  • CHAPTER 4 The Empire in Transition

  • CHAPTER 5 The American Revolution

  • CHAPTER 6 The Constitution and the New Republic

  • CHAPTER 7 The Jeffersonian Era

  • CHAPTER 8 Varieties of American Nationalism

  • CHAPTER 9 Jacksonian America

  • CHAPTER 10 America’s Economic Revolution

  • CHAPTER 11 Cotton, Slavery, and the Old South

  • CHAPTER 12 Antebellum Culture and Reform

  • CHAPTER 13 The Impending Crisis

  • CHAPTER 14 The Civil War

  • CHAPTER 15 Reconstruction and the New South

  • CHAPTER 16 The Conquest of the Far West

  • CHAPTER 17 Industrial Supremacy

  • CHAPTER 18 The Age of the City

  • CHAPTER 19 From Crisis to Empire

  • CHAPTER 20 The Progressives

  • CHAPTER 21 America and the Great War

  • CHAPTER 22 The New Era

  • CHAPTER 23 The Great Depression

  • CHAPTER 24 The New Deal

  • CHAPTER 25 The Global Crisis, 1921-1941

  • CHAPTER 26 America in a World at War

  • CHAPTER 27 The Cold War

  • CHAPTER 28 The Affluent Society

  • CHAPTER 29 The Turbulent Sixties

  • CHAPTER 30 The Crisis of Authority

  • CHAPTER 31 From “The Age of Limits” to the Age of Reagan

  • CHAPTER 32 The Age of Globalization

Alan Brinkley is the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University. He served as university provost at Columbia from 2003 to 2009. He is the author of Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression, which won the 1983 National Book Award; American History: Connecting with the Past; The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War; Liberalism and Its Discontents; Franklin D. Roosevelt; and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century. He is board chair of the National Humanities Center, board chair of the Century Foundation, and a trustee of Oxford University Press. He is also a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998–1999, he was the Harmsworth Professor of History at Oxford University, and in 2011–2012, the Pitt Professor at the University of Cambridge. He won the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Award at Harvard and the Great Teacher Award at Columbia. He was educated at Princeton and Harvard.

John Giggie is associate professor of history and African American studies at the University of Alabama. He is the author of After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875–1917, editor of America Firsthand, and editor of Faith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Commercial Culture. He is currently preparing a book on African American religion during the Civil War. He has been honored for his teaching, most recently with a Distinguished Fellow in Teaching award from the University of Alabama. He received his PhD from Princeton University.

Andrew Huebner is associate professor of history at the University of Alabama. He is the author of The Warrior Image: Soldiers in American Culture from the Second World War to the Vietnam Era and has written and spoken widely on the subject of war and society in the twentieth-century United States. He is currently working on a study of American families and public culture during the First World War. He received his PhD from Brown University.