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1 The Collision Of Cultures
2 Britain And Its Colonies
3 Colonial Ways Of Life
4 The Imperial Perspective
5 From Empire To Independence
6 The American Revolution
7 Shaping A Federal Union
8 The Federalist Era
9 The Early Republic
10 Nationalism And Sectionalism
11 The Jacksonian Impulse
12 The Dynamics Of Growth
13 An American Renaissance: Religion, Romanticism, And Reform
14 Manifest Destiny
15 The Old South
16 The Crisis Of Union
17 The War Of The Union
18 Reconstruction: North And South
19 New Frontiers: South And West
20 Big Business And Organized Labor
21 The Emergence Of Urban America
22 Gilded-age Politics And Agrarian Revolt
23 An American Empire
24 The Progressive Era
25 America And The Great War
26 The Modern Temper
27 Republican Resurgence And Decline
28 New Deal America
29 From Isolation To Global War
30 The Second World War
31 The Fair Deal And Containment
32 Through The Picture Window: Society And Culture, 1945–1960
33 Conflict And Deadlock: The Eisenhower Years
34 New Frontiers: Politics And Social Change In The 1960s
35 Rebellion And Reaction In The 1960s And 1970s
36 A Conservative Insurgency
37 Triumph And Tragedy: America At The Turn Of The Century

  1. National agriculture
    1. The importance of southern cotton
      1. Invention of the cotton gin
      2. Revolutionary impact of the cotton gin
        1. Effects on slavery
        2. Spurs westward migration
        3. Increases cotton exports
    2. The westward movement
      1. Nature of the movement
      2. Incentives to move west
        1. Soil exhaustion
        2. Improved plows
        3. Effects of new land laws
  2. Developments in transportation and communication
    1. Road improvements
    2. Water transportation
      1. Flatboats
      2. Steamboats
      3. Canals
    3. Railroads
      1. Mania for railroads
      2. Problems with rail transport
      3. Advantages of rail transport
      4. Effects of railroad growth
    4. Ocean transport
      1. Transatlantic packet service
      2. The brief era of clipper ships
    5. Government involvement in transportation improvement
    6. Communications revolution
      1. Telegraph
      2. Mail “express”
  3. Industrial revolution
    1. Impact of technology
    2. Textile manufacturing
      1. Early handicraft system
      2. Basis of British lead
      3. Early American textile factories
    3. Technological improvements
      1. McCormick reaper
      2. Vulcanizing rubber
      3. Telegraph
      4. Widespread impact of other technological changes
    4. The Lowell factory system
      1. Basic features of the system
      2. Importance of paternal supervision of female workers
      3. Spread and transformation of the system
    5. Contrasts of the family system
    6. Ecological impact
      1. Textile mills on rivers
      2. Water rights
      3. Nature reshaped
    7. Growth of cities
  4. Popular culture
    1. Urban recreation
      1. Drinking
      2. Lectures and racing
      3. Blood sports
    2. Theater
    3. Minstrel shows
  5. Immigration
    1. The need for labor
    2. Increases in immigration
    3. The Irish immigration
      1. Reasons for emigrating
      2. Growth of Irish immigration
      3. Background and demography
      4. Areas of settlement
      5. Level of misery
      6. Irish success stories
      7. Strong anti-Irish attitudes
      8. Irish political involvement
      9. Linkage to the Catholic church
    4. German immigration
      1. Periods of high immigration
      2. Background and method of immigration
      3. German success stories
    5. Other groups
      1. British and Scandinavian immigrants
      2. Immigration from China
    6. Nativist reaction to immigration
      1. Causes of antagonism to immigrants
      2. Evidences of nativist activity
      3. Rise of the Know-Nothing party
    7. Immigrant makeup of the labor force
  6. Work, organized labor, and the professions
    1. Skilled work in Revolutionary era
      1. Hierarchy of guild system
      2. Daily routine
      3. Trade associations
      4. Use of slaves
    2. Organized labor
      1. Skilled workers
      2. Early labor unions
      3. Impact of the Massachusetts decision Commonwealth v. Hunt (1842)
    3. Involvement of labor in politics
      1. Nature of Working Men’s parties
      2. Evolution into Locofocos or Equal Rights party
      3. Impact of labor parties on politics
    4. Rise of professions
      1. Specialized knowledge and skills
      2. Diversified workforce
      3. Reading revolution
      4. Specific professions
        1. Teaching
        2. The law
        3. Medicine
        4. Engineering
      5. Women
        1. Nursing and teaching
        2. Religious and benevolent work
  7. Social stratification in the Jacksonian era
    1. Evidence of widening gap between rich and poor
    2. Probing waves and causes of social stratification
    3. American white population compared with Europe’s

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