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LaunchPad for Understanding the American Promise (Combined Edition) (Six Month Access)

A History

James L. Roark (Emory University) , Michael P. Johnson (Johns Hopkins University) , Patricia Cline Cohen (University of California, Santa Barbara) , Sarah Stage (Arizona State University) , Susan M. Hartmann (The Ohio State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-06384-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-06384-9; Format: LaunchPad

Chapter-wide pedagogical tools have been expanded with the addition of Marginal Review questions and Connect to the Present questions. Marginal questions encourage students to practice historical thinking skills as they work their way through the narrative text. Connect to the Present Questions, now added to the end of the chapter review, prompt students to draw connections between the past and the present and identify key themes and questions that still resonate today.

The new "Analyzing Historical Evidence" feature emphasizes skills-based learning. With "Analyzing Historical Evidence," students will practice historical thinking skills through analysis of textual and visual primary sources. This feature offers a range of new content, including attention to white servant women and slave men in the seventeenth century Chesapeake, the Northwest Ordinance and slavery, and advertising in the early 20th century.

Highlights of the revised narrative include coverage of Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing and same-sex marriage; updated information about immigration; 2015 changes to the No Child Left Behind law; the rise of ISIS; the Iran nuclear deal; and the opening to Cuba.

New source-based questions in the test bank and in the LearningCurve adaptive learning tool in LaunchPad give instructors easier ways to test students on their understanding of sources in the book.

Questions in the test bank can now be sorted by chapter learning objectives. Because learning objectives are keyed to the major sections of each chapter, this new ability to sort allows instructors to test portions of the chapters, making it easier to see what major concepts students need to work on. Details from images and excerpts from the documents are provided to students for easy of reference as they answer the questions.