Essay on Review of These United States: The Questions of Our Past

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Review of These United States: The Questions of Our Past

The textbook I am reviewing is These United States: The Questions of Our Past, by Irwin Unger with the historical portraits and documents by Debi Unger, Prentice Hall publishing with last publication date being 1995. This text is written by one single author and not by a committee. This is the sixth edition of this book so the author has made significant changes to its historical context and the general styling of the book. His focus was to address not only the "political, diplomatic, and military events" but also "social, cultural, and economic events and currents" (Irwin Unger, preface xiv). He attempts to include all human aspects of these events by integrating women and
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A chapter will often reflect a theme, event, or person from previous readings and connect how they were important to that time as well. The text is set up in a way that history and information flows together instead of stopped by clear chapter lines. The conclusions at the end tie up the main ideas of the chapter, but also incorporate those main ideas into the theme of the next chapter, such as with chapter twenty the last line of the conclusion states "Americans would turn their attention to overseas affairs in a way that they had not since the earliest days of the nation" with chapter 21 being "The American Empire. Why did the United States Look Abroad?" (570, 572). One fallback is that although he can link history to history he does not do an effective job at relating the past to the present, the questions help students to relate to the past, but perhaps more implicitly it helps them bring that past to the present.

I am unsure of the exact grade level this book was intended for, but after some reading and researching it is apparent that this book is intended for an upper level high school history course. There are a lot of indications that it is used widely among AP history courses and honor classes in high school. It is also used for introductory history survey courses at some colleges and universities. I feel this text is only appropriate for those two uses. I would be surprised to see this in an average junior level U.S. history class, although I think