America: A Concise History, Volume 1: To 1877 by James A. Henretta, David Brody

By James A. Henretta, David Brody

Short and reasonable, but cautious to not sacrifice components very important to scholar studying, the USA provides scholars and teachers every little thing they need — and not anything they don’t. The authors’ personal abridgement preserves the hallmark explanatory energy of the mum or dad textual content, assisting scholars to appreciate not just what occurred yet why — so they’re by no means left considering what’s very important. a different seven-part narrative constitution highlights the the most important turning issues in American background and explores the dynamic forces shaping each one interval, facilitating scholars’ figuring out of continuity and alter. The narrative is enriched and strengthened by way of shiny full-color paintings and thoroughly crafted maps, which supply precious instruments for scholar comprehension and enrichment. primary-source beneficial properties in each bankruptcy make sure that scholars comprehend old occasions as they have been considered nationally and the world over. the result's a short publication that, as well as being a good cost, is a wonderful worth.

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