James L. Roark
Michael P. Johnson
(Johns Hopkins University)
Patricia Cline Cohen
(University of California, Santa Barbara)
(Arizona State University)
Susan M. Hartmann
(The Ohio State University)
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Voices of individuals make history memorable by putting a human face on historical events. The words of hundreds of Americans — explorers, abolitionists, industrialists, soldiers, feminists, civil rights activists, politicians — highlight human agency and make the narrative engaging and meaningful for students.
The clear political organization frames an accessible, engaging narrative. With a text animated by the voices of hundreds of ordinary and extraordinary Americans, students get a clear view of how human agency affected the political arc of American history. Whether in print or e-book formats, a strong narrative stands at the core of the book.
The revised feature program offers high-interest assignments that emphasize important content and build critical thinking skills. In print, the features offer primary sources, visuals, essays, and discussion questions; in Launchpad, the feature program comes fully to life with both short answers and multiple choice questions that test students’ critical reading skills. The new “Making Historical Arguments” offers active, skills-based activities that demonstrate to students how historians make and support historical arguments. "Analyzing Historical Evidence" will then give students the opportunity to practice the skills introduced in “Making Historical Arguments.” Also included are "Beyond America’s Borders" essays that connect U.S. history to developments around the globe.
A colorful map and art program supplies instructional amplification. Over 300 contemporaneous illustrations and 165 maps—more than most brief books—engage, inform, and reinforce student understanding. Visual and map activities in each chapter prompt students to actively engage with these extensions to the narrative.
Pedagogical tools help students absorb the information and think critically within and across chapters. In the chapter review both in print and in LaunchPad, a Chronology gives an overview of key events, Review Questions guide students toward comprehension of main ideas, Making Connections ask students to think about broad developments within the chapter, and Linking to the Past questions reach across chapters to encourage students to make comparison, see causality and understand change over longer periods of time. LaunchPad makes all these questions plus additional LaunchPad-only activities easy to assign and assess.
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