Ideas and Movements That Shaped America
From the Bill of Rights to "Occupy Wall Street"
by Michael S. Green and Scott L. Stabler, Editors
July 2015, 1169pp, 8 1/2x11
3 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-251-9
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What were the significant ideas and social movements that shaped our nation?

America was founded on bold ideas and beliefs. This book examines the ideas and movements that shaped our nation, presenting thorough, accessible entries with sources that improve readers' understanding of the American experience.

Presenting accessibly written information for general audiences as well as students and researchers, this three-volume work examines the evolution of American society and thought from the nation’s beginnings to the 21st century. It covers the seminal ideas and social movements that define who we are as Americans—from the ideas that underpin the Bill of Rights to slavery, the Civil Rights movement, and the idea of gay rights—even if U.S. citizens often strongly disagree on these topics.

Organized topically rather than chronologically, this encyclopedia combines primary sources and secondary works or historical analyses with text describing the ideas and movements in question. In addition, each entry includes a list of suggestions for further reading that directs readers to supplementary sources of information. The set’s unique perspective serves to depict how American society has evolved from the nation’s beginnings to the present, revealing how Americans as a people have acted and responded to key ideas and movements.


  • Contains more than 200 entries from expert contributors on a wide variety of American ideas and movements, each accompanied by a relevant original document and helpful cross references
  • Covers ideas and movements across a broad sweep of U.S. history that enable readers to see recurring themes as well as how American thought has evolved
  • Presents U.S. history through a unique lens that enables students to better comprehend "the mindset of the American people," as opposed to the traditional study of history as a series of important events and people on a fixed timeline
Michael S. Green, PhD, is professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His publications include ABC-CLIO's Politics and America in Crisis: The Coming of the Civil War and several books on the Civil War era and on Western history. He holds a doctorate in history from Columbia University and was the recipient of the American Historical Association's Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award.

Scott L. Stabler, PhD, is associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Ghana in 2010. His published works include "Atlantic Slavery: Lost in Trans-lation" with Mary Owusu in African Journal of Teacher Education; "Oliver Otis Howard" in the book Soldiers West: Biographies from the Military Frontier; and "Free Men Come to Houston: Blacks during Reconstruction" in The Houston Review of History and Culture.


"On the whole, this interesting, well-executed concept is appropriate for beginning students. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates; high school and community college students."—Choice, April 1, 2016
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