Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People  -     By: David Edwin Harrell Jr., Edwin S. Gaustad, John B. Boles
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This textbook examines the same events in US history other textbooks cover---the American Revolution, slavery, political alliances and wars; however, Unto a Good Land follows the thread of America's persistence of religious faith, an under-researched and oft-neglected aspect of American history. Rather than taking the idealized and simplified perspective of America as a Christian nation, with religion as a force for good, this study examines the changes in religious demographics and beliefs and looks at how religion has been used as an agent of moral good as well as an agent of disempowerment.

Focusing on the narrative "story" of history, this informative text also includes "In Their Own Words" sidebars with excerpts from primary source documents, more than 400 historical illustrations, 40 maps, "At a glance" chapter outlines, and "suggested reading" bibliographies.

High School and College. 1216 pages, hardcover. Indexed. Black and white illustrations and photographs.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 1386
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 0802837182
ISBN-13: 9780802837189
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Publisher's Description

"Unto a Good Land offers a distinctive narrative history of the American people -- from the first contacts between Europeans and North America's native inhabitants, through the creation of a modern nation, to the standing of the United States as a world power. Written by a team of distinguished historians led by David Edwin Harrell, Jr. and Edwin S. Gaustad, this textbook shows how grasping the uniqueness of the bAmerican experimentb depends on understanding the role of religion as well as social, cultural, political, and economic factors in shaping U.S. history.

A common shortcoming of most United States history textbooks is that while, in recent decades, they have expanded their coverage of social and cultural history, they still tend to shortchange the role of religious ideas, practices, and movements in the American past. "Unto a Good Land addresses this shortcoming in a balanced way. The authors recognize that religion is only one of many factors that have influenced our past -- one, however, that has often been neglected in textbook accounts. This volume gives religion its appropriate place in the story.

"Unprecedented coverage of the forces that have shaped the history of the United States
While none of America's rich history is left out, this volume is the first U.S. history textbook to give serious attention to the religious dimension of American life. This textbook is not a religious history; instead, it offers an account of American history that includes religious ideas, practices, and movements whenever they played a shaping role.

"Comprehensive and current
This volume traces the American story from the earliest encounters between the first North Americaninhabitants and Europeans through the 2004 presidential election. Complete and balanced treatment is also given to issues of gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as cultural, political, and economic forces.

"A clear and compelling narrative
The authors are more than expert historians; they are also talented writers who recognize history to be the retelling of human life. United by a seamless narrative structure, these chapters restore the bstoryb to history.

"Multiple formats specially designed for flexible classroom use
"Unto a Good Land is available as a single hardcover edition or as two paperback volumes, offering maximum flexibility when adapting curriculum for one- and two-semester courses in U.S. history. The two paperback volumes can be used for U.S. history survey courses divided at 1865 or 1900 -- or at any date in between.

"Informative special features to complement the text
In addition to the book's exceptional narrative, an array of special features enhances the instructional value of the text and points students to resources for further study.

"Includes assistance for teaching and test preparation
The instructor's manual for "Unto a Good Land provides helpful suggestions for lesson plans and assignments, and the test bank provides multiple-choice and essay questions for use as study aids, quizzes, or tests.

"Suitable for instruction at both secular and religious colleges and universities
Drawing on their experience in both secular and religious schools, the authors have ensured that this textbook is suitable for U.S. history classes in a wide variety of settings.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Satisfys the fact and figures but also shows the GOD importance
    October 5, 2015
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    Satisfys the fact and figures but also shows the GOD importance to our countries beginnings and more. Having taught Christianity in American History for years teaching it to a liberal arts Bible College is somewhat different but students love this text
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    Lots of excellent and truth filled information!
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    September 9, 2014
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    If you wish to give your children a history of America from a Christian perspective then DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!

    I purchased this volume because of the low cost, but the content is NOT ACCURATE! They report things as factual that Scripture would prove never happened.
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