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America: A Narrative History, Brief Edition,…
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So I used this textbook for AP US History in high school, and I keep it around as a reference point for things I learned (incorrectly) in high school--basically to get a sense, as a scholar and future professor (hopefully,) of what students are learning and what the dominant narratives being spread are. I was told in high school that the textbook was chosen because it was the cheapest option with color photographs, though that was in 2010, so lord only knows what the market looks like now. I will say that even at the time, the text was riddled with typos, with some pages making almost no sense at all because sentences repeated themselves or words were missing. There were also images that were misidentified--a picture of the Constitution was labeled as the Declaration of Independence (or vice versa). Adam Jortner has also written about this textbook in his essay in Why You Can't Teach US History Without American Indians and the way maps are used to eliminate indigenous presence (an essay I strongly recommend in a book I strongly recommend!) so that is also something to consider. It did prepare me to be able to spit back the dominant narrative on a standardized test, so I guess it did its job, but I'm sure there are at last marginally better books out there. ( )
  aijmiller | May 18, 2017 |
Josh and Katie
  LoBiancoBuzzard | Apr 4, 2017 |
Reading for my US History to 1877 class in college.
  KylieM_PirateQueen | Jan 16, 2016 |
It's a textbook so it's definitely not something you pick up for fun. However, I liked the format and it wasn't completely dull. It gives a good overview of American history so if you are looking for something like that, then this is the book for you. ( )
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Offering a comprehensive introduction to the history of the United States, this work gives a wide coverage of social and cultural history. The authors look at how colonial taverns not only served as places to socialize but also became hotbeds for political action before the American Revolution; they explore how the rise of baseball served to equalize whites of different classes but exacerbated racial tension through segregated leagues; and they explore the rise of rock and roll and the "youth culture" of the 1950s as a reaction to the conservative culture.

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