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Exploring American Histories opens an entirely new window into the many histories of the nation’s past. It integrates an unprecedented number of primary sources—both written and visual—in a unique building blocks approach that enables students to hone their analysis skills while they actively learn the fundamental concepts of American history. By weaving sources into the story and culminating in multidocument projects around a single topic at the end of each chapter, the book brings history to life while helping students understand how sources form the basis of historical narratives and how to think critically about them.The possibilities for active learning and assessment expand with the LaunchPad e-book and course space which adds a wealth of time-saving teaching and learning tools at instructors’ fingertips. LaunchPad comes with LearningCurve, an adaptive and automatically graded learning tool that students love to use and that, when assigned, ensures students come to class prepared. Easy to integrate into your campus LMS, and featuring additional primary sources, summative quizzing, videos, new autograded source-based questions, and new autograded exercises that guide students to use sources to build an argument, LaunchPad provides an easy and fun way to help students learn about American history while helping them make progress toward learning outcomes.
Steven F. Lawson (Ph.D., Columbia University) is Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers University. His research interests include U.S. politics since 1945 and the history of the civil rights movement, with a particular focus on black politics and the interplay between civil rights and political culture in the mid-twentieth century. He is the author of many works including Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America since 1941; Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969; and In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965-1982.
NOTE: LaunchPad material that does not appear in the print book – including guided reading exercises, source feature quizzes, LearningCurve adaptive quizzes, summative quizzes, all of the documents from the companion reader Document Projects for Exploring American Histories, and the Thinking through Sources activities built for projects in the reader – has been labeled on this table of contents as shown. Each chapter in LaunchPad also comes with a wealth of additional documents, videos, key terms flashcards, map quizzes, timeline activities, and much more, all of which can be easily integrated and assigned.Preface