"Enduring Vision" is a college-level history textbook written by Paul S. Boyer, Clifford E. Clark, Jr., Karen Halttunen, Joseph F. Kett, Neal Salisbury, and Harvard Sitkoff. It covers the history of the United States from pre-Columbian times to the present day, with a particular focus on the social, cultural, and political developments that have shaped the country's history.
The textbook is organized into ten chapters, each of which covers a specific period in American history. Chapter 1, "The Native American World," begins with a discussion of the diverse cultures and societies that existed in North America prior to the arrival of European explorers. It then examines the impact of European colonization on Native American societies, including the spread of diseases, the disruption of traditional economies, and the forced removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands.
Chapter 2, "The Creation of English America, 1607-1733," covers the early years of English colonization in the New World. It discusses the motivations of the English settlers, the role of the English government in supporting and regulating the colonies, and the ways in which the colonies developed their own distinct identities and cultures.
Chapter 3, "The Creation of British North America, 1733-1775," covers the period of British imperial expansion in North America, including the French and Indian War and the growing tensions between the colonies and the British government. It also examines the political, social, and economic developments that took place in the colonies during this time, including the rise of the trans-Appalachian West and the growth of the African-American population.
Chapter 4, "The American Revolution and the New Nation, 1775-1800," covers the events leading up to the American Revolution and the early years of the new nation. It discusses the ideas and ideals that shaped the Revolutionary movement, the role of key figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and the challenges faced by the new government as it sought to establish its authority and create a stable and prosperous nation.
Chapter 5, "The Jeffersonian Era, 1800-1824," covers the presidency of Thomas Jefferson and the early years of the new Republic. It discusses the expansion of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition, as well as the growing tensions over issues like slavery and federal power.
Chapter 6, "The Age of Jackson, 1824-1845," covers the presidency of Andrew Jackson and the rise of Jacksonian democracy. It discusses the growth of the market economy, the expansion of the franchise to include more white men, and the Indian Removal Act, which forced Native Americans to leave their ancestral lands and move west.
Chapter 7, "Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy, 1845-1877," covers the period of westward expansion and the growth of the United States into a continental power. It discusses the concept of "manifest destiny" and the ways in which it shaped American foreign policy, as well as the conflicts and challenges that arose as the country expanded westward.
Chapter 8, "The Crisis of the Union, 1848-1877," covers the period of political and social upheaval that led up to the Civil War. It discusses the issues of slavery and states' rights that divided the North and South, and the efforts made to resolve these conflicts through compromise and negotiation.
Chapter 9, "Reconstruction and Its Legacies, 1865-1896," covers the period of reconstruction following the Civil War and the efforts to rebuild the nation and reintegrate the South into the Union. It also discusses the social, political, and economic changes that took place during this time, including the rise of industrialization and the emergence of a