Available 12.21.2018
Exploring American Histories, Combined Volume
Third Edition   ©2019

Exploring American Histories, Combined Volume

A Brief Survey with Sources

Nancy A. Hewitt (Rutgers University) , Steven F. Lawson (Rutgers University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-10637-4; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-10637-9; Format: Paper Text, 1216 pages

New Secondary Source Analysis extends the building-block approach to working with sources to include secondary sources.  Placed near the end of each chapter, these sections put historians in conversation with each other, offering differing perspectives on an important historical issue or event that extends from the chapter’s narrative such as “Why Union Soldiers Fought the Civil War” and “New Deal or Raw Deal?” With a brief introduction that frames the issue, and prompts that ask students to think critically about the source and topic in context, students are invited into the discussion.

An updated narrative with more expansive attention paid to regional, racial, and ethnic diversity throughout the text, as well as integration of the most recent scholarship on topics such as the settlement of the Americas and how the growth of business in industrial American fostered the expansion of a managerial and a middle class.

An expanded map program strengthens student understanding of important developments and events and includes 10 new maps throughout the book.

A greater emphasis on interpretation and analysis with more questions throughout the book in all figure captions as well as a new central question that introduces each chapter’s concluding Primary Source Project.

A more straightforward chronological treatment of slavery, Westward expansion, the reform movement, along with the 1970s and the end of the Cold War, enhances student comprehension.

More source-based questions in the test bank and in the LearningCurve adaptive learning tool in LaunchPad give instructors easier ways to test students on their understanding of sources in the book. In this edition, 10 percent of test bank and LearningCurve questions are based on sources, and each primary source in the text and in the reader comes with autograded multiple choice questions, giving instructors easy ways to assess students on more than the narrative.

Achieve Read & Practice puts the most affordable and easy-to-use e-book with built-in assessment into student hands, wherever they go.  Available for the first time with this edition, Read & Practice’s interactive e-book, adaptive quizzing, and gradebook is built with an intuitive interface that can be read on mobile devices, and is fully accessible and available at a discounted price so anyone can use it.  It comes pre-loaded with LearningCurve adaptive quizzing, which, when assigned, ensures students come to class prepared.  Instructors can set due dates for reading assignments and LearningCurve quizzes in just a few clicks, making it an effective option for a simple and affordable way to engage students with the narrative.

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