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Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the United States, Single Volume Edition Hardcover – Dec 16 2002

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Created Equal is a text that works on many is a great model for students to emulate." - Gaylen Lewis, Bakersfield College "I congratulate the authors for their willingness to take on such a difficult task, and commend them for their ability to weave so complex a tale." - Melanie Perreault, University of Central Arkansas "I think that the level, language and style of writing is both entertaining and superb...this is an engaging volume..." - Kenneth Adderley, Upper Iowa University "It is a joy to read a text that gives so much attention to the non-Anglo settlers and settlements...Created Equal gives students an excellent introduction to the lives of others." - Gaylen Lewis, Bakersfield College "As we live in a multicultural society, this approach correctly belongs at the center of any textbook. Students will respond very positively to this approach." - Yvonne Johnson, Central Missouri State University "I found the authors' approach and emphasis refreshing. What sets this text apart is that most U.S. history surveys give a nod to class, race and gender. I found the straightforward approach highlighting AmericaA 's common people to be refreshing and told in clear, powerful style." - William A. Pelz, Elgin Community College "I would definitely adopt such a text as my chosen text. The themes are excellent, especially for those like me who have become bored with the traditional views of U.S. history." - Abel A. Bartley, University of Akron "The overall themes A ' multiculturalism, class, international history, and environment A ' are excellent." - Steven D. Reschly, Truman State University "By placing the environment at the center of their discussion, the authors include an important topic that today's students expect to discuss." - Melanie Perreault, University of Central Arkansas "This text addresses many of the questions current students bring into history, such as the role of race, gender, and environmentalism in American history. This text's material would easily lead into discussions of our current societal problems and issues." - Jeremy Johnston, Northwest College "The Table of Contents is one of the most sensible I have seen in any college textbook because of its symmetrical outline of 'parts' each with three chapters...All in all, this book's organization would fit nicely with my two-semester sequence in U.S. history." - Earl Mulderink, Southern Utah University "This chapter 3 is an intriguing story well is well-written, easily understood, sophisticated, and exciting...Kudos to the chapter author." - Constance M. McGovern, Frostburg State University "While all of the chapters capture and hold attention, my favorite is Chapter 4... concision, clarity, and content are essential elements in good writing. 'African Enslavement' is a very good write." - Gaylen Lewis, Bakersfield College "The chapter (11) has a lot of new content I have not seen before. Its coverage is a good blend of geography and multiculturalism with proper attention to the rise of white male democracy and those who felt no benefit from rising democracy. Ending with the dominant symbol Jackson is appropriate, along with a reminder of its inherent contradictions" - Gregory L. Goodwin, Bakersfield College "I think this chapter 13 is the best I've read." - Melanie Perreault, University of Central Arkansas "Students who read this Chapter 14 will come away with a greater appreciation for the complexity of the Civil War and American history in general." - Melanie Perreault, University of Central Arkansas "The overall theme of this chapter 16 is excellent - an increasingly standardized economy and society." - Steven D. Reschly, Truman State University "This chapter 17 includes a great diversity of these amazingly diverse themes fit together to form a big picture of the era...would be of great benefit to students." - Steven D. 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What about the Gettysburg Address? July 29 2004
By W Boudville - Published on
A gorgeously illustrated, eye-catching text that spans the prehistory and history of the region that we now call the United States. When I was growing up in the 1970s, we had several well regarded books on American history. Yet none had the profusion of colour illustrations on almost every page. Students using this as their first text will not notice it, but the book speaks to substantial advances in the lowering cost of colour printing in 30 years. Of course, we have much more than just eye candy here. The illustrations are well integrated into the textual narrative. The text flows with a well polished grace that should draw in the interest of many students.

The book does not gloss over various bloody aspects of history. Above all, of slavery. There is extensive description of the human cost of the Middle Passage and the subsequent suffering of plantation life. Relations of the settlers with native tribes are frankly discussed. Several massacres of tribes are mentioned. Yet the book is not an anti-American screed. The common theme is that, however imperfect, the US continued to move in an ever upward and progressive manner.

Perhaps the authors could have deigned to include the full text of the Gettysburg Address. A short speech that many consider to be amongst the greatest of American discourses. By contrast, the text has, and quite rightly so, the most memorable excerpts from King's
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