Ninth Edition   ©2018

America’s History, Value Edition, Volume 2

Rebecca Edwards (Vassar College) , Eric Hinderaker (University of Utah) , Robert O. Self (Brown University) , James A. Henretta (University of Maryland)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-06057-9; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-06057-2; Format: Paper Text, 656 pages

The Value Edition provides a high-quality text at an unbeatable price. For an enjoyable reading experience in print, the Value Edition provides a two-color, trade-size text featuring a full-length narrative and select images and maps. And online in LaunchPad it includes much more—the abundant full-color maps, images, and features from the full-sized text enrich the narrative and a wealth of assignment and assessment tools allow instructors to foster and measure the learning outcomes they wish to emphasize in their courses. With the Value Edition, students and instructors will get all of the history they need at a price they can afford.

A big picture, analytical focus helps students understand not just what happened, but why. With its hallmark interpretive voice and thoughtful analysis, America's History helps students make sense of the past so they're never left wondering what's important. A variety of learning tools from the beginning to the end of each chapter support this "Big Idea" focus, while fostering critical thinking and guiding students in their reading.

A unique nine-part framework highlights key developments. America's History's periodizes history into nine distinct eras, each characterized by major developments and an overarching theme. Each part features a Thematic Timeline with a "Thematic Understanding" question that helps students identify the important forces shaping each period, to make connections between chapters, and to understand continuity and change over time.

A companion reader that offers students practice in document analysis. Free when packaged, the new edition of the companion reader, Sources of America’s History, offers a wealth of primary source documents.

An author team of leading scholars and veteran teachers make the best of the new scholarship accessible and relevant. Rebecca Edwards, and Robert Self, and Eric Hinderaker bring fresh perspectives, new scholarship, and in particular, an increased attention to native peoples and emphasis on global context.

Emphasis on developing historical thinking skills. Students will gain proficiency in historical thinking skills via marginal review questions that ask students to "Identify Causes," "Trace Change over Time," and "Understand Points of View." "Making Connections" and "Turning Point" questions in the chapter review section ask students to consider broader historical issues, developments, and periodization.

LaunchPad helps you do more than you can with print alone. Free when packaged with the book, LaunchPad’s course space and interactive e-book is ready to use as is, or can be edited and customized with your own material and assigned right away. Developed with extensive feedback from history instructors and students, LaunchPad includes the complete narrative e-book, as well as abundant primary documents, maps, images, assignments and activities. The aims of key learning outcomes are addressed via formative and summative assessment, short answer and essay questions, multiple choice quizzing, and LearningCurve, an adaptive learning tool designed to get students to read before they come to class. Available with training and support, LaunchPad can help you take your teaching into a new era.

LearningCurve ensures students come to class prepared. Tired of your students not reading the textbook? Would you like to know what they read and how much they understood—BEFORE they come to class? Assign LearningCurve, the adaptive learning tool created for your survey textbook in LaunchPad, and the system’s analytics will show how your students are doing with the reading so that you can adapt your class as needed. Each chapter-based LearningCurve activity gives students multiple chances to understand key concepts, return to the narrative textbook if they need to reread, and answer questions correctly. Over 90% of students report satisfaction with LearningCurve’s fun and accessible game-like interface. LearningCurve& appeals to students so that they engage with the textbook, and it helps you to know what they know before class begins.

A range of options offers convenience and value. In addition to the standard bound textbook, this edition is also available in convenient, discount-priced loose-leaf and e-book formats and in an interactive e-book format in the text’s dedicated version of LaunchPad, with all accompanying study resources fully integrated. LaunchPad is a complete course’s worth of material in a course space that makes everything assignable and assessable—and all for free when packaged with the textbook.

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