LANDS OF HOPE AND PROMISE A History of North America

LANDS OF HOPE AND PROMISE A History of North America



Presenting the history of North America from the landing of Columbus in 1492 to the late 20th century, this volume tells the story of the French, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, and English settlements, and of the native peoples and cultures with which they interacted and came in conflict. It also describes the events of the European settlement, focusing on the United States as the representative of Anglo-American culture and Mexico as the representative of Latin American culture. In addition to recounting the secular history found in standard textbooks, this volume incorporates the contributions of the Catholic Church, Catholic communities, and individual Catholics--along with Catholic ideas. It paints this history as a narrative, with all the color and drama that belongs to it. End of chapter reviews and other material highlight dates and events, characters in history, and definitions of key terms.

This textbook presents the history of North America from the landing of Columbus in 1492 to the late 20th century, including the contributions of the Catholic Church, communities, and  individuals to the rich and tempestuous American story.

Chapter 1 Explorers and Conquistadors 

Chapter 2 The Progress of Spanish America 

Chapter 3 France Settles the New World 

Chapter 4 England Comes to America 

Chapter 5 The English Colonies 

Chapter 6 The Struggle for a Continent 

Chapter 7 Spanish America in the 17th and 18th Centuries 

Chapter 8 The Causes of the American Revolution 

Chapter 9 The American Revolution 

Chapter 10 A New Nation 

Chapter 11 The First Test of the Union 

Chapter 12 Revolution in New Spain 

Chapter 13 Good Feelings and Hard Times 

Chapter 14 War and Uncertain Peace in Mexico 

Chapter 15 On the Eve of Disunion 

Chapter 16 A House Divided 

Chapter 17 A Brothers' War 

Chapter 18 To the Bitter End 

Chapter 19 Liberalism Triumphs in Mexico 

Chapter 20 Reconstruction and the Gilded Age 

Chapter 21 A New America is Born 

Chapter 22 The End of the Century 

Chapter 23 At the Crossroads 

Chapter 24 The Second Mexican Revolution 

Chapter 25 The War to End All Wars 

Chapter 26 The Roaring Twenties and the Great Crash 

Chapter 27 Depression and War 

Chapter 28 World War II and the Cold War 

Chapter 29 The Atomic Age 

Epilogue Into a New Century