Building the American Republic, Volume 1: A Narrative History to 1877

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6.0 X 8.8 X 1.5 inches | 0.02 pounds

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About the Author

Harry L. Watson is the Atlanta Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina. He is the author of Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America and An Independent People: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1770-1820. His coedited books include Southern Cultures: The Fifteenth Anniversary Reader and The American South in a Global World.


"Building the American Republic tells the story of the United States with remarkable grace and skill, its fast-moving narrative making the nation's struggles and accomplishments new and compelling. Weaving together stories of a broad range of Americans, drawing from the best scholarship, and writing in a warm and engaging voice, Watson and Dailey have crafted an inclusive history that is a pleasure to read."--Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, University of Richmond
"Learned and inviting, this beautifully realized consideration of the American experience deploys the craft of history to advance a profound account of fundamental themes. By integrating political, social, demographic, and economic understanding, the combination of analysis and narrative power in Building the American Republic will prove stimulating to teachers as well as their students."--Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University
"Written by two leading political historians, Building the American Republic provides an engaging and accessible narrative of US history that combines a lucid discussion of American political institutions with an analysis of major social movements and cultural developments. Students will find the book an invaluable point of departure for gaining a deeper understanding of the American past."--Rosemarie Zagarri, University Professor and Professor of History, George Mason University
"Watson and Dailey have authored an engaging two-volume narrative history of the United States appropriate for a year-long survey course at the college level. . . . What these volumes do offer, in addition to very competitive pricing on paperback copies, is one of the first peer-reviewed US history textbooks in free digital format."--Choice
"Most of our teaching materials have morphed into four-color glossy multimedia extravaganzas with interactive features, hot-links, and 'chat with the author' interfaces that confront students with a food court of undifferentiated choices. But these new volumes look like and read like books. Without reverting to a pompous omniscience, which so often mars this kind of effort, these books manage to exhibit many perspectives and voices in a narrative that provokes discussion and invites reflection. . . .

This is an extraordinary achievement by a master teacher and writer of American history. Modestly priced in paperback, the e-book (as well as Jane Dailey's companion volume) is available for free at the University of Chicago Press website. Where can you find a better deal than that?"
--Journal of the Early Republic