Michael P. Johnson

Testimonials


“For me, the appeal of UTAP is/was the visual resources and the focus on social/cultural history. After using it for a full academic year I would add that students are truly engaged by the organization and visual production of the book.”
- Caroline Hoefferle, Wingate University

“The organization and presentation within the chapters of this text serves to promote historical thinking among students. Students can thus access and analyze the major historical developments for the period covered in each chapter. In addition the online interactive text offers students a convenient and affordable alternative to the traditional hardcopy textbook.”
-Wesley Moody, Florida State College at Jacksonville

“ It an easy to understand narrative of the United States that allows students to see different perspectives of class, race, and gender.”
- Laura Dunn, Eastern Florida State College

“ A strength of the book is the pairing of each chapter with primary sources from Reading the American Past in the interactive e-book, so that students first read in the chapter about a specific historical period and subsequently read primary sources that highlight the major themes of that period.”
-Wesley Moody, Florida State College at Jacksonville

“The American Promise is an excellent and balanced text, reflecting the most recent synthesis of current scholarship in the field. But, Understanding the American Promise takes TAP to a whole new level. Students can read a history textbook, but they may have trouble knowing HOW to read a history textbook, for meaning. UTAP is a pedagogically-enhanced version of TAP, and its embedded navigation aids and chapter-opening questions help students make sense of the material.”
-A. Glenn Crothers, University of Louisville

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“For me, the appeal of UTAP is/was the visual resources and the focus on social/cultural history. After using it for a full academic year I would add that students are truly engaged by the organization and visual production of the book.”
- Caroline Hoefferle, Wingate University

“The organization and presentation within the chapters of this text serves to promote historical thinking among students. Students can thus access and analyze the major historical developments for the period covered in each chapter. In addition the online interactive text offers students a convenient and affordable alternative to the traditional hardcopy textbook.”
-Wesley Moody, Florida State College at Jacksonville

“ It an easy to understand narrative of the United States that allows students to see different perspectives of class, race, and gender.”
- Laura Dunn, Eastern Florida State College

“ A strength of the book is the pairing of each chapter with primary sources from Reading the American Past in the interactive e-book, so that students first read in the chapter about a specific historical period and subsequently read primary sources that highlight the major themes of that period.”
-Wesley Moody, Florida State College at Jacksonville

“The American Promise is an excellent and balanced text, reflecting the most recent synthesis of current scholarship in the field. But, Understanding the American Promise takes TAP to a whole new level. Students can read a history textbook, but they may have trouble knowing HOW to read a history textbook, for meaning. UTAP is a pedagogically-enhanced version of TAP, and its embedded navigation aids and chapter-opening questions help students make sense of the material.”
-A. Glenn Crothers, University of Louisville

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“For me, the appeal of UTAP is/was the visual resources and the focus on social/cultural history. After using it for a full academic year I would add that students are truly engaged by the organization and visual production of the book.”
- Caroline Hoefferle, Wingate University

“The organization and presentation within the chapters of this text serves to promote historical thinking among students. Students can thus access and analyze the major historical developments for the period covered in each chapter. In addition the online interactive text offers students a convenient and affordable alternative to the traditional hardcopy textbook.”
-Wesley Moody, Florida State College at Jacksonville

“ It an easy to understand narrative of the United States that allows students to see different perspectives of class, race, and gender.”
- Laura Dunn, Eastern Florida State College

“ A strength of the book is the pairing of each chapter with primary sources from Reading the American Past in the interactive e-book, so that students first read in the chapter about a specific historical period and subsequently read primary sources that highlight the major themes of that period.”
-Wesley Moody, Florida State College at Jacksonville

“The American Promise is an excellent and balanced text, reflecting the most recent synthesis of current scholarship in the field. But, Understanding the American Promise takes TAP to a whole new level. Students can read a history textbook, but they may have trouble knowing HOW to read a history textbook, for meaning. UTAP is a pedagogically-enhanced version of TAP, and its embedded navigation aids and chapter-opening questions help students make sense of the material.”
-A. Glenn Crothers, University of Louisville

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“It is a book that students will actually read. It has a nice balance of information and is readable. The chapters aren't too long, but they have enough detail for students to pick up relevant material. It's a relatively affordable text that most students will purchase. It's a student friendly text, and that is what distinguishes it.”
- John Franklin, Graceland University

“It is a solid, traditional survey textbook that is affordably priced and has more extras, including Launchpad and Reading the AP, included for free. The best packaged product on the market as far as I know.”
- Caroline Hoefferle, Wingate University

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“It is a book that students will actually read. It has a nice balance of information and is readable. The chapters aren't too long, but they have enough detail for students to pick up relevant material. It's a relatively affordable text that most students will purchase. It's a student friendly text, and that is what distinguishes it.”
- John Franklin, Graceland University

“It is a solid, traditional survey textbook that is affordably priced and has more extras, including Launchpad and Reading the AP, included for free. The best packaged product on the market as far as I know.”
- Caroline Hoefferle, Wingate University

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“It is a book that students will actually read. It has a nice balance of information and is readable. The chapters aren't too long, but they have enough detail for students to pick up relevant material. It's a relatively affordable text that most students will purchase. It's a student friendly text, and that is what distinguishes it.”
- John Franklin, Graceland University

“It is a solid, traditional survey textbook that is affordably priced and has more extras, including Launchpad and Reading the AP, included for free. The best packaged product on the market as far as I know.”
- Caroline Hoefferle, Wingate University

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"The text is very well written and the organization is excellent. Students will find the book engaging and easy to follow. The primary sources in each chapter reinforce chapter themes and are useful for class discussions."-Karen Cook Bell, Bowie State University "The American Promise is a textbook that looks at American history from the bottom up -- using the experiences of everyday Americans to help inform students about the larger contexts and issues in the history of the United States at large. By focusing on social issues and the men and women who lived with the consequences of governmental and business policy, it is able to paint a compelling picture of the past. This perspective is helpful for students who want to feel a connection to how regular people lived throughout American history."
-Steven Heise, Holyoke Community College
"The book is what's needed in a survey class. A chronological foundation enriched by documents, photos, maps, and charts that help students grasp what's going on in the time period discussed. The book includes interesting and provocative forays into all the aspects of history in the period discussed: political, economic, social, cultural, diplomatic, military, and intellectual analysis; but it helps students stay focused in the time period being analyzed. I have used the text in the past and it is very easy for students to clearly recognize how the material relates to the topic discussed."
- Randy Finley, Georgia Perimeter College "The special sections on "Historical Question," "Visualizing History," "Seeking the American Promise," and "Beyond America's Borders" are all excellent. They bring a nice balance between individuals and how they fit into the bigger, global picture."
-Veronica Bale, MiraCosta College

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  "The text is very well written and the organization is excellent. Students will find the book engaging and easy to follow. The primary sources in each chapter reinforce chapter themes and are useful for class discussions."

-Karen Cook Bell, Bowie State University

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The American Promise is a textbook that looks at American history from the bottom up -- using the experiences of everyday Americans to help inform students about the larger contexts and issues in the history of the United States at large. By focusing on social issues and the men and women who lived with the consequences of governmental and business policy, it is able to paint a compelling picture of the past. This perspective is helpful for students who want to feel a connection to how regular people lived throughout American history."
-Steven Heise, Holyoke Community College

"The book is what's needed in a survey class. A chronological foundation enriched by documents, photos, maps, and charts that help students grasp what's going on in the time period discussed. The book includes interesting and provocative forays into all the aspects of history in the period discussed: political, economic, social, cultural, diplomatic, military, and intellectual analysis; but it helps students stay focused in the time period being analyzed. I have used the text in the past and it is very easy for students to clearly recognize how the material relates to the topic discussed."
- Randy Finley, Georgia Perimeter College

"The special sections on "Historical Question," "Visualizing History," "Seeking the American Promise," and "Beyond America's Borders" are all excellent. They bring a nice balance between individuals and how they fit into the bigger, global picture."
-Veronica Bale, MiraCosta College
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  "The text is very well written and the organization is excellent. Students will find the book engaging and easy to follow. The primary sources in each chapter reinforce chapter themes and are useful for class discussions."

-Karen Cook Bell, Bowie State University

"
The American Promise is a textbook that looks at American history from the bottom up -- using the experiences of everyday Americans to help inform students about the larger contexts and issues in the history of the United States at large. By focusing on social issues and the men and women who lived with the consequences of governmental and business policy, it is able to paint a compelling picture of the past. This perspective is helpful for students who want to feel a connection to how regular people lived throughout American history."
-Steven Heise, Holyoke Community College

"The book is what's needed in a survey class. A chronological foundation enriched by documents, photos, maps, and charts that help students grasp what's going on in the time period discussed. The book includes interesting and provocative forays into all the aspects of history in the period discussed: political, economic, social, cultural, diplomatic, military, and intellectual analysis; but it helps students stay focused in the time period being analyzed. I have used the text in the past and it is very easy for students to clearly recognize how the material relates to the topic discussed."
- Randy Finley, Georgia Perimeter College "The special sections on "Historical Question," "Visualizing History," "Seeking the American Promise," and "Beyond America's Borders" are all excellent. They bring a nice balance between individuals and how they fit into the bigger, global picture."
-Veronica Bale, MiraCosta College
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“The book’s biggest strength is that it provides instructors and students alike with interesting material about which all involved can form their own opinions and have evidence to support their points.”
— Brian Maxson, East Tennessee State University
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Reading the American Past is a succinct collection of primary sources that supplements the major topics and themes covered in class, and it provides students with a good starting point for working with primary documents. The selections allow for discussion on a range of topics but do not slight some of the key documents with which students should be familiar in their study of American history.”
— Tonia M. Compton, Columbia College
 
“This is an excellent document reader, appropriate for use by a wide range of American history survey students. I can think of no better reader for teaching students the skills necessary for interpreting the past.”
— Luke E. Harlow, Oakland University 

Reading the American Past anticipates all the readings you would want for an introductory course. It balances politics and foreign policy with an excellent selection of social and cultural documents.”
— Jeffrey P. Moran, University of Kansas 

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“The book’s biggest strength is that it provides instructors and students alike with interesting material about which all involved can form their own opinions and have evidence to support their points.”
— Brian Maxson, East Tennessee State University
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Reading the American Past is a succinct collection of primary sources that supplements the major topics and themes covered in class, and it provides students with a good starting point for working with primary documents. The selections allow for discussion on a range of topics but do not slight some of the key documents with which students should be familiar in their study of American history.”
— Tonia M. Compton, Columbia College
 
“This is an excellent document reader, appropriate for use by a wide range of American history survey students. I can think of no better reader for teaching students the skills necessary for interpreting the past.”
— Luke E. Harlow, Oakland University 
 
Reading the American Past anticipates all the readings you would want for an introductory course. It balances politics and foreign policy with an excellent selection of social and cultural documents.”
— Jeffrey P. Moran, University of Kansas 

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“This collection beautifully illuminates historical transformation as well as Lincoln's own vantage point on his world. Supported by richly insightful essays contextualizing the primary evidence, it works as a piece of scholarship as well as a documents volume -- better than any other similar documentary reader. It is a gem.”
-- Amy Dru Stanley, University of Chicago
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“After reading through this volume, I am once again reminded of Lincoln's power as both a writer and a thinker. This is exactly what I want my students to understand and appreciate about his public life.”
-- Joan Waugh, University of California, Los Angeles
 
“The accompanying narrative is written beautifully. Undergraduates should have no problem following the development of Lincoln's career and thinking. The text shows Johnson's complete mastery of the Lincoln canon but is presented in a completely clear and easy-to-follow manner.”
-- Nicole Etcheson, Ball State University
 
“This volume anchors Lincoln strongly in the moment and effectively shows the challenges that he faced as president.”
-- Elizabeth Nelson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
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Michael P. Johnson