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Cengage Advantage Series: The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, Vol. I, 8th Edition

  • Paul S. Boyer
  • Clifford E. Clark, Jr.
  • Karen Halttunen
  • Joseph F. Kett
  • Neal Salisbury
  • Harvard Sitkoff
  • Nancy Woloch
  • ISBN-10: 1285193393
  • ISBN-13: 9781285193397
  • 576 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2005
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, this text is an economically priced version of THE ENDURING VISION, Eighth Edition (©2014). The Advantage Edition offers readers the complete narrative while limiting the number of photos, tables, and maps. Its engaging presentation integrates political, social, and cultural history within a chronological framework. Known for its focus on the environment and the land, the text is also praised for its innovative coverage of cultural history, public health and medicine, and the West-including Native American history. The eighth edition incorporates new scholarship throughout, includes a variety of new photos, and brings the discussion fully up to date with coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign. Paired with any of the supplements developed for the full text, the Advantage Edition of THE ENDURING VISION offers a complete experience for cost-conscious instructors and students. Available in the following split options: CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: THE ENDURING VISION, Eighth Edition (Chapters 1-31), ISBN: 978-1-285-19338-0; Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-16), ISBN: 978-1-285-19339-7; and Volume II: Since 1865 (Chapters 16-31), ISBN: 978-1-285-19340-3.


  • THE ENDURING VISION's focus on culture, the land, and environmental history helps students visualize and relate to the challenges different groups of people faced throughout America's past.

  • “Going to the Source” is a one-page excerpt of a primary source, highlighting issues related to the environment and the land. These appear throughout select chapters with analysis questions to serve as review, with additional “Going to the Source” features available on the companion website. A rich selection of primary documents from speeches, diaries, and other writings are included.

  • “Beyond America-Global Interactions” essays explore the worldwide context of key developments in American history, including the American Revolution as an international war, the Panic of 1837, slavery as a global institution, decolonization and the Cold War, and the Black Freedom movement.

  • “Technology and Culture” essays demonstrate the importance of these two forces in American history. Topics include public sanitation in Philadelphia, guns and gun culture, flush toilets, and the interstate highway system.

About the Author

Paul S. Boyer

Paul S. Boyer, Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. An editor of NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN, 1607-1950 (1971), he also co-authored SALEM POSSESSED: THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF WITCHCRAFT (1974), for which, with Stephen Nissenbaum, he received the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association. His other works include URBAN MASSES AND MORAL ORDER IN AMERICA, 1820-1920 (1978), BY THE BOMB’S EARLY LIGHT: AMERICAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE AT THE DAWN OF THE ATOMIC AGE (1985), WHEN TIME SHALL BE NO MORE: PROPHECY BELIEF IN MODERN AMERICAN CULTURE (1992), and PROMISES TO KEEP: THE UNITED STATES SINCE WORLD WAR II (3e, 2003). He is also editor-in-chief of the OXFORD COMPANION TO UNITED STATES HISTORY (2001). His articles and essays have appeared in the “American Quarterly,” “New Republic,” and other journals. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles; Northwestern University; and the College of William and Mary.

Clifford E. Clark, Jr.

Clifford E. Clark, Jr., M.A. and A.D. Hulings Professor of American Studies and professor of history at Carleton College, earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has served as both the chair of the History Department and director of the American Studies program at Carleton. Clark is the author of HENRY WARD BEECHER: SPOKESMAN FOR A MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA (1978), THE AMERICAN FAMILY HOME, 1800-1960 (1986), THE INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF ANGLO-AMERICA SINCE 1789 in the GENERAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS SERIES, and, with Carol Zellie, NORTHFIELD: THE HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE OF A COMMUNITY (1997). He also has edited and contributed to MINNESOTA IN A CENTURY OF CHANGE: THE STATE AND ITS PEOPLE SINCE 1900 (1989). A past member of the Council of the American Studies Association, Clark is active in the fields of material culture studies and historic preservation, and he serves on the Northfield, Minnesota, Historical Preservation Commission.

Karen Halttunen

Karen Halttunen, professor of history at the University of Southern California, earned her Ph.D. from Yale University. Her works include CONFIDENCE MEN AND PAINTED WOMEN: A STUDY OF MIDDLE-CLASS CULTURE IN AMERICA, 1830-1870 (1982) and MURDER MOST FOUL: THE KILLER AND THE AMERICAN GOTHIC IMAGINATION (1998). She edited THE BLACKWELL COMPANION TO AMERICAN CULTURAL HISTORY (2008) and co-edited, with Lewis Perry, MORAL PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN LIFE: NEW ESSAYS ON CULTURAL HISTORY (1998). As president of the American Studies Association and as vice-president of the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association, she has actively promoted K-16 collaboration in teaching history. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim and Mellon Foundations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the National Humanities Center, and has been principal investigator on several Teaching American History grants from the Department of Education.

Joseph F. Kett

Joseph F. Kett, James Madison Professor of History at the University of Virginia, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His works include THE FORMATION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL PROFESSION: THE ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS, 1780-1860 (1968), RITES OF PASSAGE: ADOLESCENCE IN AMERICA, 1790-PRESENT (1977), THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE UNDER DIFFICULTIES: FROM SELF-IMPROVEMENT TO ADULT EDUCATION IN AMERICA, 1750-1990 (1994), and THE NEW DICTIONARY OF CULTURAL LITERACY (2002), of which he is co-author. A former History Department chair at Virginia, he also has participated on the Panel on Youth of the President’s Science Advisory Committee, has served on the Board of Editors of the “History of Education Quarterly,” and is a past member of the Council of the American Studies Association.

Neal Salisbury

Neal Salisbury, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor Emeritus in the Social Sciences (History), at Smith College, received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of MANITOU AND PROVIDENCE: INDIANS, EUROPEANS, AND THE MAKING OF NEW ENGLAND, 1500-1643 (1982), editor of THE SOVEREIGNTY AND GOODNESS OF GOD, by Mary Rowlandson (1997), and co-editor, with Philip J. Deloria, of THE COMPANION TO AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY (2002). With R. David Edmunds and Frederick E. Hoxie, he has written THE PEOPLE: A HISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICA (2007). He has contributed numerous articles to journals and edited collections and co-edits a book series, CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY. He is active in the fields of colonial and Native American history and has served as president of the American Society for Ethnohistory and on the Council of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

Harvard Sitkoff

Harvard Sitkoff, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of A NEW DEAL FOR BLACKS (Thirtieth Anniversary Edition, 2009), THE STRUGGLE FOR BLACK EQUALITY (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition, 2008), KING: PILGRIMAGE TO THE MOUNTAINTOP (2008), TOWARD FREEDOM LAND, THE LONG STRUGGLE FOR RACIAL EQUALITY IN AMERICA (2010), and POSTWAR AMERICA: A STUDENT COMPANION (2000); co-author of the National Park Service's RACIAL DESEGREGATION IN PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES (2000), and THE WORLD WAR II HOMEFRONT (2003); and editor of FIFTY YEARS LATER: THE NEW DEAL REEVALUATED (1984), A HISTORY OF OUR TIME (2012), and PERSPECTIVES ON MODERN AMERICA: MAKING SENSE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (2001). His articles have appeared in the AMERICAN QUARTERLY, JOURNAL OF AMERICAN HISTORY, and JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN HISTORY, among others. A frequent lecturer at universities abroad, he has been awarded the Fulbright Commission's John Adams Professorship of American Civilization in the Netherlands and the Mary Ball Washington Professorship of American History in Ireland.

Nancy Woloch

Nancy Woloch received her Ph.D. from Indiana University. She is the author of WOMEN AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (fifth edition, 2011), editor of EARLY AMERICAN WOMEN: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY, 1600-1900 (second edition, 2002), and coauthor, with Walter LaFeber and Richard Polenberg, of THE AMERICAN CENTURY: A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE 1890S (seventh edition, 2013). She is also the author of MULLER V. OREGON: A BRIEF HISTORY WITH DOCUMENTS (1996). She teaches American History and American Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Table of Contents

1. Native Peoples of America, to 1500.
2. The Rise of the Atlantic World, 1400–1625.
3. The Emergence of Colonial Societies, 1625–1700.
4. The Bonds of Empire, 1660–1750.
5. Roads to Revolution, 1750–1776.
6. Securing Independence, Defining Nationhood, 1776–1788.
7. Launching the New Republic, 1788–1800.
8. America at War and Peace, 1801–1824.
9. The Transformation of American Society, 1815–1840.
10. Democratic Politics, Religious Revival, and Reform, 1824–1840.
11. Technology, Culture, and Everyday Life, 1840–1860.
12. The Old South and Slavery, 1830–1860.
13. Immigration, Expansion, and Sectional Conflict, 1840–1848.
14. From Compromise to Secession, 1850–1861.
15. Crucible of Freedom: Civil War, 1861–1865.
16. Reconstruction and Resistance, 1865–1877.

New to this edition

  • New scholarship is incorporated throughout the eighth edition, complemented by updated bibliographies for each chapter that are available on the companion website.
  • A variety of new photos, as well as updates to select maps, illuminate and clarify the narrative.
  • Chronologies are now conveniently located at the beginning of every chapter to help set a chronological framework for students as they begin to read.
  • A few of the many new or expanded topics include: the motives, backgrounds, and postwar fates of Loyalists (Ch. 6); the grassroots origins of the woman's rights movement (Ch. 10); and why the lower South seceded from the Union before Lincoln took office (Ch. 14).
  • Based on the popularity of the “Going to the Source” feature introduced in the previous edition, the eighth edition offers additional “Going to the Source” selections online. New “Going to the Source” topics in the text include “The Declaration of Sentiments” issued by the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 (Ch. 10); and Henry Bibb's decision to escape to freedom (Ch. 12).


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Mobile Lecture: U.S. History Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1428272402 | ISBN-13: 9781428272408)

MOBILE LECTURE: U.S. HISTORY is a narrated collection of lessons covering the significant people, events, and movements of American history. In each of 32 lectures, the narrator talks through bulleted text, maps, and images, to review the key events and milestones of that period. Students can access the content from any computer or mobile device, call up a chapter, and then take a self-test to determine what they may need to review again.

Student Supplements

Mobile Lecture: U.S. History Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1428272402 | ISBN-13: 9781428272408)

MOBILE LECTURE: U.S. HISTORY is a narrated collection of lessons covering the significant people, events, and movements of American history. In each of 32 lectures, the narrator talks through bulleted text, maps, and images, to review the key events and milestones of that period. Access the content from any computer or mobile device, call up a chapter, and then take a self-test to determine what you need to review again.