United States History II
United States History II

United States History II

Lead Author(s): Sara Eskridge

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United States History features an interactive timeline, live learning feedback, embedded video automatic grading, customizability, from Civil War-Present Day.

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Key features in this textbook

Our U.S. History textbook extends beyond the page with interactive graphing tools, real-world news clips and articles that relate to current events, and examples that are relevant to millennial audiences.
Built-in assessment questions embedded throughout chapters so students can read a little, do a little, and test themselves to see what they know!
Our US History Textbook comes with a primary sources reader (at no extra cost!) for deeper learner of significant historical events.

Comparison of U.S. History Textbooks

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Sara Eskridge, U.S. History I or II, Only One Edition Needed

Norton

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty, 5th Edition

MacMillan

Roark, Johnson, Furstenberg, Stage, and Igo, The American Promise, 2 Volumes, 8th Edition

Pearson

Keene, Cornell, and O’Donnell, Visions of America, 2013

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

$63.90

Hardcover print text only

$87.99

Per volume

$79.60

Digital only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

In-Book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Top Hat

Sara Eskridge, U.S. History I or II, Only One Edition Needed

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

Norton

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty, 5th Edition

$63.90

Hardcover print text only

MacMillan

Roark, Johnson, Furstenberg, Stage, and Igo, The American Promise, 2 Volumes, 8th Edition

$87.99

Per volume

Pearson

Keene, Cornell, and O’Donnell, Visions of America, 2013

$79.60

Digital only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Content meets standard for Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology course, and is updated with the latest content

Top Hat

Sara Eskridge, U.S. History I or II, Only One Edition Needed

Norton

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty, 5th Edition

MacMillan

Case, Fair, Oster, The American Promise, 2 Volumes

McGraw-Hill

McConnell et al., Visions of America, 2nd Edition

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Top Hat

Sara Eskridge, U.S. History I or II, Only One Edition Needed

Norton

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty, 5th Edition

MacMillan

Case, Fair, Oster, The American Promise, 2 Volumes

McGraw-Hill

McConnell et al., Visions of America, 2nd Edition

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Top Hat

Sara Eskridge, U.S. History I or II, Only One Edition Needed

Norton

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty, 5th Edition

MacMillan

Case, Fair, Oster, The American Promise, 2 Volumes

McGraw-Hill

McConnell et al., Visions of America, 2nd Edition

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Top Hat

Sara Eskridge, U.S. History I or II, Only One Edition Needed

Norton

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty, 5th Edition

MacMillan

Case, Fair, Oster, The American Promise, 2 Volumes

McGraw-Hill

McConnell et al., Visions of America, 2nd Edition

About this textbook

Lead Authors

Sara Eskridge, Ph.DRandolph-Macon College, VA

Dr. Eskridge is a Professor of History at Western Governors University. She specializes in Civil Rights, Cold War, Southern, and Cultural History. She is the author of Rube Tube: CBS as Rural Comedy in the Sixties (University of Missouri Press, 2019) as well as several articles and book chapters on southern mediated images during the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War.

Contributing Authors

Andrew WegmannLoyola University

Michael CarverCalifornia Polytechnic State University

Michael FrawleyUniversity of Texas of the Permian Basin

Linda ClemmonsIllinois State University

Angela HessCameron University

Sam NelsonRidgewater College

Volker JanssenCalifornia State University

Lance JandaCameron University

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Authoring Team


Sara Eskridge

Lead Author, Randolph-Macon College, VA

Dr. Eskridge is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Randolph-Macon College, where she teaches courses on 20th century U.S. History. She specializes in Civil Rights, Cold War, Southern, and Cultural History.


Andrew Wegmann

Contributing Author, Delta State University, MS

​Andrew N. Wegmann is an Assistant Professor of History at Delta State University, and author of essays on race, identity, and politics as well as the forthcoming bookSkin Color and Social Practice: The Problem of Race and Class in the Atlantic South, 1718-1865. He has received the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship from the Virginia Historical Society and a Bright Lectureship from Yale University. He also writes on teaching and student interaction at the Teaching U.S. History blog. His scholarship has appeared in several journals including The Journal of Transatlantic Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Louisiana State University.  


Michael Carver

Contributing Author, California Polytechnic State University, CA

​Michael Carver lectures in the History Department at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and teaches survey classes in U.S. History as well as a class on the Anglo-American Alliance. He earned his Ph.D. in History from Bowling Green State University in 2011, having completed his dissertation detailing U.S.-Turkish relations during the early Cold War era. His many research interests include local history, Military Studies, and the history of popular cinema. He lives in beautiful San Luis Obispo with his wife, a sometime collaborator and fellow ademic, and their cat.


Michael Frawley

Contributing Author, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, TX

​Micheal Frawley is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and co-ordinates the university's First Year Experience Program. His area of study is the economic history of the antebellum South focusing on the industrial development of the region. He currently teaches both sections of the U.S. History survey, Western Civilization, Slavery, and Economic History.


Linda Clemmons

Contributing Author, Illinois State University, IL

Linda M. Clemmons teaches Native American history, early nineteenth century history, and historical methodology at Illinois State University. She has published several articles analyzing the interaction of the Dakotas of Minnesota and Protestant missionaries in the early nineteenth century including Conflicted Mission: Faith, Disputes, and Deception on the Dakota Frontier in 2014. She has also published several articles in Native American encyclopedias. In 2009-2010 she won the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, and was nominated for the University Teaching Award in 2011, 2013, and 2015.


Lance Janda

Contributing Author, Cameron University, OK

​Lance Janda is a Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Cameron University. He earned his PhD in History from the University of Oklahoma in 1998, and is the author of Stronger Than Custom: West Point and the Admission of Women, along with a wide array of digital and traditional print scholarship. He currently teaches courses focusing on the American Military, 20th Century America, and surveys of United States and Western European history. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including induction into the Cameron Alumni Faculty Hall of Fame


Sam Nelson

Contributing Author, Ridgewater College, MN

Sam Nelson has taught for 23 years at Ridgewater College, a two-year community and technical college in Willmar, Minnesota. He teaches American History, World History, Western Civilization, Minnesota History, American Government, and Global Studies courses. Nelson has received twelve Golden Apple awards from students for teaching excellence and has been nominated three times for a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities outstanding educator award. Nelson was chosen as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and taught in Kazan, Russia (2012-13). He has also taught at Oxford University, England and studied at the University of Trondheim, Norway.


Volker Janssen

Contributing Author, California State University

​Volker Janssen is Professor of History at California State University Fullerton where he teaches Social and Economic History. His research on California’s prison policies and their relationship to the state’s political economy is forthcoming in Convict Labor, Civic Welfare: Prisons and Rehabilitation in Mid-Twentieth Century America with Oxford University Press. His essays on California’s prison history have also appeared in Osiris and the Journal of American History. Janssen is the editor of Where Minds and Matters Meet: Technology in California and the West (Berkeley: UC Press, 2012) which explores the relationship between technological paradigms and place in the American West and the Golden State, and, "A Tale of Two Crises: A Comparative View of the Political Economic of the Great Depression and Great Recession", which has appeared in Sheila D. Collins and Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg (eds.), When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal.


Chapter Listing

1.   First Civilizations
2.   Cultural Collision
3.   British Forays into Colonization
4.   Colonial Life
5.   Road to War
6.   American Revolution
7.   The Constitution
8.   The Federalist Era
9.   The Early Republic
10. The Market Revolution
11. Growing Democracy
12. Antebellum South 
13. Westward Expansion
14. Unravelling the Union
15. The Civil War
16. Reconstruction
17. The New South and West
18. Industrial Revolution and Organized Labour
19. Immigration and Imperialism
20. Populists and Progressives
21. World War I
22. Return to Normalcy
23. Great Depression
24. World War II
25. Cold War America
26. Civil Rights Movement and the Era of Social Change
27. The Vietnam War
28. Nixon and the 1970s
29. The Reagan Revolution
30. 21st Century America


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