Originally released in 1990, The New American History, edited for the American Historical Association by Eric Foner, has become an indispensable volume for teachers and students. In essays that chart the shifts in interpretation within their fields, some of our most prominent American historians survey the key works and themes in the scholarship of the last three decades. Along with the substantially revised essays from the first edition, this volume presents three entirely new ones -- on intellectual history, the history of the West, and the histories of the family and sexuality. The second edition of The New American History reflects, in Foner's words, \u0022the continuing vitality and creativity of the study of the past, how traditional fields are being expanded and redefined even as new ones are created.\u0022
Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books, including Reconstruction, 1863-1877, which was awareded the Bancroft Prize.
Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition - Eric Foner Introduction to the First Edition - Eric Foner Part I: Eras of the American Past 1. Beneficiaries of Catastrophe: The English Colonies in America - John M. Murin 2. The Revolutionary Generation: Ideology, Politics, and Culture in the Early Republic - Linda K. Kerber 3. Society, Politics, and the Market Revolution, 1815-1848 - Sean Wilentz 4. Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction - Eric Foner 5. Public Life in Industrial America, 1877-1917 - Richard L. McCormick 6. Prosperity, Depression, and War, 1920-1945 - Alan Brinkley 7. America since 1945 - William H. Chafe Part II: Major Themes in American Experience 8. Intellectual and Cultural History - Thomas Bender 9. Western History - Richard White 10. Social History - Alice Kessler-Harris 11. U.S. Women's History - Linda Gordon 12. The History of the Family and the History of Sexuality - Estelle B. Freedman 13. African-American History - Thomas C. Holt 14. American Labor History - Leon Fink 15. Ethnicity and Immigration - Thomas B. Shenton and Kevin Kenny 16. Liberty and Power: U.S. Diplomatic History, 1750-1945 - Walter LaFeber About the Contributors