Loose-leaf Version for The American Promise, Value Edition, Volume 1 Eighth Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1319208981


Loose-leaf Version for The American Promise, Value Edition, Volume 1 Eighth Edition, ISBN-13: 978-131920898

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  •  1418 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1319208983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1319208981
  •  Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s; Eighth Edition (September 23, 2019)
  • Author(s): James L. Roark, Michael P. Johnson, Francois Furstenberg, Sarah Stage, Sarah Igo
  • Language: English


The American Promise has long been a course favorite for its readability, clear chronology, and the voices of Americans that animate the book. Now with new co-authors, the eighth edition continues to deliver a strong narrative with political backbone and offers a new pedagogical design that reinforces that history is a discipline rooted in debate and inquiry. The American Promise has primary sources in each chapter, a full-color map and art program, and comprehensive supplement options.

The eighth edition has been significantly updated to reflect current scholarship. Two sections of the book in particular have been substantially revised. The coverage of early American history from the Seven Years’ War through the early Republic has been updated by François Furstenberg (chapters 6–11), and the last chapters in the book have been revised and restructured by Sarah Igo to provide a better chronological balance in coverage of the post-1960s period (chapters 26–31). Updated and Expanded Coverage of Early American History A major area of revision focused on inserting Native American history more fully into the narrative of early American history. Chapters 6–11 now focus much more on Native Americans’ struggles in the west to maintain their autonomy and territorial sovereignty, struggles which had a decisive effect on many of the great events of early American history, from the Seven Years’ War to the American Revolution, the drafting of the Constitution, and beyond. We hope students will have a better understanding of the complex interplay of forces at work in early American history, forces in which Europeans were not the only main actors. This emphasis extends to the maps (such as Map 6.1, European Areas of Influence and the Seven Years’ War, 1756–1763), where we have made changes to better locate and emphasize Native American peoples.

The second major area of revision focused on incorporating transnational forces more fully into the narrative. Thus, the discussions of the Seven Years’ War, the Revolution, and the political conflicts of the 1790s and beyond all emphasize the importance of European imperial objectives and of wars in Europe and the Caribbean. It’s important to remember, for example, that battles in North America were only part of the war we know as the “American Revolution.” Fighting also took place in the Caribbean, in Europe, and even in India.

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