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The Human Tradition in America
Dr. Calhoun received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is a past president of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The nineteenth-century English author Thomas Carlyle once remarked that "the history of the world is but the biography of great men." This approach to the study of the human past had existed for centuries before Carlyle wrote, and it continued to hold sway among many scholars well into the twentieth century. In more recent times, however, historians have recognized and examined the impact of large, seemingly impersonal forces in the evolution of human history-social and economic developments such as industrialization and urbanization as well as political movements such as nationalism, militarism, and socialism. Yet even as modern scholars seek to explain these wider currents, they have come more and more to realize that such phenomena represent the composite result of countless actions and decisions by untold numbers of individual actors. On another occasion, Carlyle said that "history is the essence of innumerable biographies." In this conception of the past, Carlyle came closer to modern notions that see the lives of all kinds of people, high and low, powerful and weak, known and unknown, as part of the mosaic of human history, each contributing in a large or small way to the unfolding of the human tradition. This latter idea forms the foundation for this series of books on the human tradition in America. Each volume is devoted to a particular period or topic in American history and each consists of minibiographies of persons whose lives shed light on that period or topic. Well-known figures are not altogether absent, but more often the chapters explore a variety of individuals who may be less conspicuous but whose stories, nonetheless, offer us a window on some aspect of the nation's past. By bringing the study of history down to the level of the individual, these sketches reveal not only the diversity of the American people and the complexity of their interaction but also some of the commonalities of sentiment and experience that Americans have shared in the evolution of their culture. Our hope is that these explorations of the lives of "real people" will give readers a deeper understanding of the human tradition in America.

Editor(s): Charles W. Calhoun
The Human Tradition in the Civil Rights Movement
EDITED BY SUSAN M. GLISSON - CONTRIBUTIONS BY CRYSTAL ANDERSON; ERIC ARNESEN; PAUL R. BEEZLEY; DAVID CECELSKI; ...
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • September 2006 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in the New South
EDITED BY JAMES C. KLOTTER - CONTRIBUTIONS BY DAVID L. ANDERSON; PAUL K. CONKIN; CITA COOK; S. SPENCER DAVIS; K...
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • October 2005 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in American Labor History
EDITED BY ERIC ARNESEN
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • December 2003 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in America since 1945
EDITED BY DAVID L. ANDERSON
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • October 2003 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in America from 1865 to the Present
EDITED BY CHARLES W. CALHOUN
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • August 2003 • Textbook
Portraits of African American Life since 1865
EDITED BY NINA MJAGKIJ
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • May 2003 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in Urban America
EDITED BY ROGER BILES
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • August 2002 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in California
EDITED BY CLARK DAVIS AND DAVID IGLER
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • August 2002 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in America between the Wars, 1920-1945
DONALD W. WHISENHUNT
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • April 2002 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in America from the Colonial Era through Reconstruction
EDITED BY CHARLES W. CALHOUN - CONTRIBUTIONS BY NEAL SALISBURY; MARILYN WESTERKAMP; ROSALIND J. BEILER; ROBERT ...
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • January 2002 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in the American West
EDITED BY BENSON TONG AND REGAN A. LUTZ
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • August 2001 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in Texas
EDITED BY TY CASHION AND DE LA JESUS F. TEJA
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • March 2001 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in the World War II Era
EDITED BY MALCOLM MUIR JR.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • October 2000 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in Antebellum America
EDITED BY MICHAEL A. MORRISON - CONTRIBUTIONS BY STEPHEN R. GROSSBART; RUTH ALDEN DOAN; CRAIG THOMPSON FRIEND; ...
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • August 2000 • Textbook
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: Women in American History
EDITED BY KRISTE LINDENMEYER
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The Human Tradition in the Vietnam Era
EDITED BY DAVID L. ANDERSON
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • April 2000 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction
EDITED BY STEVEN E. WOODWORTH
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • February 2000 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
BALLARD C. CAMPBELL
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • January 2000 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in the American Revolution
EDITED BY NANCY L. RHODEN AND IAN K. STEELE - CONTRIBUTIONS BY STEPHEN ARON; EDWARD J. CASHIN; DAVID GRIMSTED; ...
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • January 2000 • Textbook
The Human Tradition in Colonial America
EDITED BY NANCY L. RHODEN AND IAN K. STEELE
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers • April 1999 • Textbook