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Brianne McClellan HIST 385 01 9/9/2010 Chapter seven in “The American Vision”, entitled “Growth and Division”, covers a slightly larger time frame than chapter ten in “America: A Narrative History”, entitled “Nationalism and Sectionalism”, yet it has less content. Not only are there far more pictures, graphs, and other additives in “The American Vision”, there are fewer pages. Also, the content in “The American Vision” is written in a much dryer, matter of fact tone than “America: A Narrative History” is. Both books have a section on the era of good feelings. The difference is that the textbook has two short paragraphs on it whereas “America: A Narrative History” has four and a half full pages about it. The textbook glosses over it really only using one of the two paragraphs to say why it was considered the era of good feelings and it pretty much just explains that it was so because there was only one political party with any real power.
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Unformatted text preview: “America: A Narrative History” however uses this section to discuss in greater detail Monroe’s presidency, relations with Britain, and the extension of boundaries. Another topic covered in both books is judicial nationalism. The textbook simply lists three major court cases and an introductory paragraph. “America: A Narrative History” on the other hand devotes two and a half pages to discussing Chief Justice John Marshall, protecting contract rights, strengthening the federal government and regulating interstate commerce all while still mentioning the court cases. I would use these two texts in different ways were I required to use them in my classroom. While it does not dig deep into history, the textbook is a great overview that would help students to learn the basics of American history. “America: A Narrative History” I would use as another source for students to be able to learn more in depth about certain eras and topics....
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