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


A new reader of document projects gives instructors more options for assignment. Available in print and in LaunchPad, the document projects cover topics such as the Atlantic Slave trade, loyalists in the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, the Cherokee Removal, debates of the abolition of Slavery, home front protest during the Civil War, women in the West, progressivism and social control, the Scopes “Monkey” trial, the New Deal and its critics, the Korean War, debating the Vietnam War, women’s liberation, and Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War.

More on Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and the West has been added to round out the multiple perspectives considered. The narrative, source features, and illustration program all contribute to this enhanced coverage. For example, such enhancement include more about alliances among Indian nations and Europeans, more on Indian removal, and updated coverage of Native American struggles during westward expansion. New primary source features include a comparison of documents on Texas independence, a comparison of documents about Chinese immigrants to the United States, a source protesting the maltreatment of Mexican laborers in California, a comparison of documents on Japanese American internment, sources on Mexican American and Chinese American teenagers, the Native American and Chicano freedom movements, and California’s Proposition 13. The image program includes new visuals such as Richard Caton Woodville’s painting War News from Mexico, an Indian pictograph of bison hunting, a photograph of a Latino mutual aid society, and a photograph of Mexican migrant workers during the Depression, among others.

New "Thinking through Sources" activities in LaunchPad extend and amplify the companion document projects reader for the book. Surrounded by a distinctive and sophisticated pedagogy of auto-graded exercises, these interactive activities guide students in assessing their understanding of the sources, in organizing those sources for use in an essay, and in drawing useful conclusions from them. Designed to build arguments and to practice historical reasoning, this unique pedagogy does for skill development what LearningCurve does for content mastery and reading comprehension. 

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 LaunchPad e-book. Details from images and excerpts from the documents are provided to students for easy of reference as they answer the questions.

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 easily test of portions of the chapters and it makes it easier to see what major concepts students need to work on.

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