Exploring American Histories, Value Edition, Combined Volume
Second Edition   ©2017

Exploring American Histories, Value Edition, Combined Volume

A Survey

Nancy A. Hewitt (Rutgers University) , Steven F. Lawson (Rutgers University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03826-3; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03826-7; Format: Paper Text, 788 pages

  • Podcast

    Nancy Hewitt and Steven Lawson talk about Incorporating Primary Sources into their Text

The Value Edition provides a high-quality text at an unbeatable price. For a seamless reading experience in print, the Value Edition provides a two-color, trade-size text featuring a full-length narrative and select images and maps. But online in LaunchPad it includes so 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 get all of the history they need at a price they can afford.

A narrative constructed from multiple perspectives helps students appreciate the variety of ways people experienced the past. The inclusive view of American history shows how events at the national level, shaped by elite political and economic leaders, directly affect the lives of ordinary people, and how actions at the local level affect decisions made at the centers of national government and commerce. Through this approach students will better understand how the impact of events means different things to different people and constituent groups.

The authors are respected scholars and experienced teachers you can trust to elevate discourse and engage students. Distinguished scholars and expert U.S. survey teachers Nancy Hewitt and Steven Lawson bring extensive teaching experience and a strong command of the scholarship to help them choose the not only the most important stories of American history but also place sources most likely to engage students at the center of the course.

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, videos, 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, 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 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 print textbook, this edition is available in discount-priced loose-leaf and PDF 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 easily assignable and assessable—and all for free when packaged with the textbook