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History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877 - 1

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Catherine Locks, Fort Valley State University

Sarah K. Mergel, Dalton State College

Pamela Thomas Roseman, Georgia Perimeter College

Tamara Spike, University of North Georgia

Copyright Year: 2013

ISBN 13: 9780988223738

Publisher: The University Press of North Georgia

Language: English

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Reviewed by Kevin Brady, Professor of History, Tidewater Community College on 7/11/22

While the textbook provides readers with a comprehensive and in-depth coverage of American History to 1877, the textbook does not include either a glossary or index. Therefore, a potential reader will struggle to find specific information and... read more

Reviewed by Seth Ridinger, Instructor, Berkshire Community College on 6/9/21

This textbook overall is very comprehensive. To begin, the table of contents at the beginning of each chapter is very thorough. You know exactly what will be covered before you browse or read over the chapter. An example of the very thorough... read more

Reviewed by Lisa Swart, Lecturer, Middle Tennessee State University on 5/18/21

As a survey of the Pre-Columbian period through Reconstruction, the authors provide comprehensive coverage of the main ideas and concepts in American history. The text is quite lengthy around 850 pages, with some chapters going into more depth... read more

Reviewed by Jennifer Bertolet, Professorial Lecturer of History, The George Washington University on 2/25/21

The textbook covers Pre-Columbian America through Reconstruction and it is certainly comprehensive in terms of the subjects it addresses and the depth and detail that it includes, overall. At 850 pages, it bucks the trend among textbook... read more

Reviewed by Daniel Elash, Adjunct Instructor, Rogue Community College on 1/11/21

Adequate attention paid to pre-colonial period augurs well for this book as a basic text for the 21st century, not the 19th. read more

Reviewed by Ian Hartman, Associate Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage on 1/4/21, updated 1/10/21

History in the Making is among the most comprehensive survey texts that I've encountered. This is perhaps both its virtue and its vice. For a survey, I tend to think this book is more detailed than is necessary. read more

Reviewed by Elizabeth George, Associate Professor, Taylor University on 12/19/19

The textbook is comprehensive, though some chapters go much further in depth than others. For example, in ch. 4 there is quite a bit of discussion about the specific ships that explorers and colonists sailed on, but in ch. 8 the discussion of the... read more

Reviewed by Linda Janke, Instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College on 6/26/19

I think the stronger sections of this book are the early chapters which focus on global colonization and Native American societies, although it still fits within the traditional framework of European “discovery.” Chapter Four provides a thorough... read more

Reviewed by Elisa Miller, Associate Professor , Rhode Island College on 11/30/18

The comprehensiveness is a mixed bag. There is an admirable effort early in the book to create a global context for colonization in the Americas which is a welcome addition. However, for the book as a whole, the authors examine American history... read more

Reviewed by Richard Saunders, Professor (dean), Southern Utah Univ. on 8/2/18

No history textbook can possibly address the entire range of experience within a national history. This one does an admirable job of including non-European perspectives in its early chapters. One is half-way through the book's 852-page content by... read more

Reviewed by Matthew Lindaman, Professor, Winona State University on 5/21/18

The Text is comprehensive in coverage of key ideas and concepts related to US History to 1877. The index and glossary are solid. The key terms list at the end of each chapter was particularly helpful and impressive. read more

Reviewed by Sarah Trembanis, Associate Professor, University of Delaware on 5/21/18

I understand that this question is meant to deal with the comprehensiveness of the content, however, I would like to highlight the absence of primary source selections. I think including short primary texts would improve the effectiveness of this... read more

Reviewed by Peter Acsay, Associate Teaching Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis on 5/21/18

This text comprehensively covers political and economic topics, and includes religious, social and cultural topics and needed. The text is more comprehensive than the "compact" versions of the texts I currently use. The index is detailed and... read more

Reviewed by Timothy Jenks, Associate Professor, East Carolina University on 2/1/18

The work is very comprehensive. A great deal of space is allocated to the coverage of extra-American developments (i.e. Asia, Europe & Africa in Chapter 2; of the English Civil War in Chapter 4, etc). This coverage is relevant, helpful, and... read more

Reviewed by Michael Brooks, Lecturer, Bowling Green State University on 2/1/18

This text is quite thorough, and it takes into account a variety of perspectives on American history. The book is an effective text for use in survey-level courses at the university level, and it can serve as a useful primer for someone seeking an... read more

Reviewed by Gautham Rao, Assistant Professor, American University on 2/1/18

This textbook is ambitious. Perhaps too ambitious. At about 850 pages, it manages to pack an enormous amount of detail into almost every chapter. But the biggest concern I have is that this amount of information is simply overwhelming for the... read more

Reviewed by Corwin Hayes, History Adjunct Instructor, Tidewater Community College - Portsmouth Campus on 8/15/17

The book presents a well written narrative of the first period of American History. I haven't seen many texts for survey US History include such an in-depth description of the civilizations in Africa beyond the West Africa during the period of... read more

Reviewed by Thomas Slonick, Professor, Tide Water Community College on 8/15/17

The text covers the history of the United States from the arrival of the people of the First Nations, though European settlement, the Revolution, the Early Republic, the Sectional Crisis, the Civil Wat, and Reconstruction. It covers key political,... read more

Reviewed by Alton Carroll, Associate Professor, Northern Virginia Community College on 6/20/17

The book is overly exhaustive in some baffling areas and entirely leaves out many vital subjects. At over 800 pages it is at least twice as long as it needs to be. Almost no student will read it all and very few instructors will use most of it.... read more

Reviewed by Kevin Brady, Professor of History, Tidewater Community College on 6/20/17

The textbook offers readers a very comprehensive examination of American History from before European contact through the Reconstruction Era. Additionally, the textbook covers all areas and ideas relating to U.S. History appropriately, and each... read more

Reviewed by Allan Millett, Professor, University of New Orleans on 2/8/17

It is too comprehensive. The pre-17th century history is too detailed and of marginal relevance, e.g. Asian and African history. More is not better, even if an electronic textbook makes itcheaper. read more

Reviewed by Joseph Stoll, Instructor, Reynolds Community College on 2/8/17

Excellent Comprehensive coverage of U.S history from Pre-Colombian era to 1877. A nice touch in the first chapter consists of coverage of indigenous "origin stories" vs. scientific theories and plugging the Age of Exploration into World History... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One: United States History Before Columbus
  • Chapter Two: The Global Context: Asia, Europe, and Africa in the Early Modern Era
  • Chapter Three: Initial Contact and Conquest
  • Chapter Four: The Establishment of English Colonies Before 1642 and Their Development Through the Late Seventeenth Century
  • Chapter Five: English Colonization After 1660
  • Chapter Six: Growing Pains in the Colonies
  • Chapter Seven: The Road to Revolution, 1754-1775
  • Chapter Eight: the American Revolution
  • Chapter Nine: Articles of Confederation and the Constitution
  • Chapter Ten: The Federalist Era
  • Chapter Eleven: The Early Republic
  • Chapter Twelve: Jacksonian America (1815-1840)
  • Chapter Thirteen: Antebellum Revival and Reform
  • Chapter Fourteen: Westward Expansion
  • Chapter Fifteen: The Impending Crisis
  • Chapter Sixteen: The Civil War
  • Chapter Seventeen: Reconstruction

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  • About the Book

    This textbook examines U.S. History from before European Contact through Reconstruction, while focusing on the people and their history.Prior to its publication, History in the Making underwent a rigorous double blind peer review, a process that involved over thirty scholars who reviewed the materially carefully, objectively, and candidly in order to ensure not only its scholarly integrity but also its high standard of quality.This book provides a strong emphasis on critical thinking about US History by providing several key features in each chapter. Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter help students to understand what they will learn in each chapter. Before You Move On sections at the end of each main section are designed to encourage students to reflect on important concepts and test their knowledge as they read. In addition, each chapter includes Critical Thinking Exercises that ask the student to deeply explore chapter content, Key Terms, and a Chronology of events.

    About the Contributors


    Catherine Locks is an instructor and also an instructional technologist/designer from Richmond, Virginia. She received her BS in history from Longwood University(1986) and her MA in history(2000) and MEd in instructional technology from Georgia College & State University(2002). She teaches online courses for the University System of Georgia’s eCore program, and face-to-face courses for Fort Valley State University. Her areas of interest include pre-history, ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and Rome, medieval English history, and colonial American history, particularly of the mid-Atlantic region. 

    Sarah K. Mergel, PhD. received her BA in history and sociology from Boston College (1997) and her MA and PhD in history from The George Washington University (2002/2007). She works as an Assistant Professor of History at Dalton State College in Northwest Georgia teaching both face-to-face and online classes. She specializes in American political, intellectual, and diplomatic history since the end of the Civil War. Much of her work in History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877 focuses on political and economic developments in the Colonial Era, the Federalist Era, the Jacksonian Era, and the Civil War Era. 

    Pamela Thomas Roseman, PhD. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Pamela T. Roseman received her BA from Florida State University, did her MA work at Florida State and Georgia State Universities, and received her PhD from Georgia State University in 1980. Her fields of concentration include American Intellectual history, Renaissance and Reformation Europe, Tudor-Stuart England, and U.S. and Latin American colonial history. Her Master’s Thesis explores Puritan motivation in the settlement of New England; her dissertation is entitled Millennial Expectation Among Southern Evangelicals in the Mid-19th century. 

    Tamara Spike, PhD. Tamara Spike is a historian of colonial Latin America and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy at the University of North Georgia. Dr. Spike earned her MA and PhD in History from Florida State University, and holds a dual BA in Anthropology and Classical Archaeology. She has worked as a professional archaeologist on historic and prehistoric digs throughout Florida. From 1999-2010, she was a staff member of the Guadalajara Census Project, a group which works to analyze censuses from the city spanning the years 1790-1930, and to digitize these censuses for use by scholars, genealogists, and the public. She is the English language editor of both Volume I and II of the published databases of the Guadalajara Census Project. Dr. Spike’s publications include “Making History Count: The Guadalajara Census Project (1791-1930)” in the Hispanic American Historical Review, “Si todo el mundo fuera Inglaterra: la teoría de Peter Laslett sobre la composición de las unidades domésticas vs. la realidad tapatía, 1821-1822,” in Estudios Sociales Nueva Época, “St Augustine’s Stomach: Indian Tribute Labor and Corn in Florida, 1565-1763” in Florida’s Labor and Working-Class Past: Three Centuries of Work in the Sunshine State, and “Death and Death Ritual among the Timucua of Spanish Florida,” in From La Florida to La California. Her research focuses on the ethnogenesis and cultural reconstruction of the Timucua Indians of Spanish Florida. 

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