Prentice Hall United States History Author Podcasts

Making connections to today's students

Authors Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner, Peter B. Levy, Randy Roberts, and Pulitzer Prize winner Alan Taylor inspire today's students by presenting our nation's history as a continuing drama. Their focus on enduring American issues help students understand why history matters.

Sharing personal perspectives with teachers

As part of their desire to reach out to every teacher in high school U.S. history classrooms, the authors have contributed their own personal insights about the content and teaching of each chapter. Author's Notes, located in the Teacher's Edition, are also available here in podcast format.

Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner photo
Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner Biography (PDF, 229 KB)
Peter B. Levy photo
Peter B. Levy Biography (PDF, 151 KB)
Randy Roberts photo
Randy Roberts Biography (PDF, 190 KB)
Alan Taylor photo
Alan Taylor Biography (PDF, 214 KB)
Herman Viola photo
Herman Viola Biography (PDF, 134 KB)

Reflections Essays are written by noted storyteller and historian Herman Viola.

ORIGINS OF A NEW NATION (PREHISTORY–1765)

Reflections: Seeds of Change

Many Cultures Meet (Prehistory–1550)
Author's Note: Alan Taylor

Europeans Establish Colonies (1492–1752)
Author's Note: Alan Taylor

The American Colonies Take Shape (1607–1765)
Author's Note: Alan Taylor

CREATING THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC (1765–1816)

Reflections: Jefferson's Vision

The American Revolution (1765–1783)
Author's Note: Alan Taylor

Creating the Constitution (1781–1789)
Author's Note: Alan Taylor

The New Republic (1789–1816)
Author's Note: Alan Taylor

EXPANSION AND REFORM (1812–1860)

Reflections: An Age of Reform

Nationalism and Sectionalism (1812–1855)
Author's Note: Alan Taylor

Religion and Reform (1812–1860)
Author's Note: Emma Lapsansky-Werner

Manifest Destiny (1800–1850)
Author's Note: Emma Lapsansky-Werner

CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (1846–1877)

Reflections: The Civil War

The Union in Crisis (1846–1861)
Author's Note: Emma Lapsansky-Werner

The Civil War (1861–1865)
Author's Note: Emma Lapsansky-Werner

The Reconstruction Era (1865–1877)
Author's Note: Emma Lapsansky-Werner

INDUSTRIALIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES (1865–1914)

Reflections: Little Bighorn

The Triumph of Industry (1865–1914)
Author's Note: Emma Lapsansky-Werner

Immigration and Urbanization (1865–1914)
Author's Note: Emma Lapsansky-Werner

The South and West Transformed (1865–1900)
Author's Note: Emma Lapsansky-Werner

Issues of the Gilded Age (1877–1900)
Author's Note: Peter B. Levy

EMERGENCE OF THE MODERN UNITED STATES (1890–1920)

Reflections: The Progressive Era

The Progressive Era (1890–1920)
Author's Note: Emma Lapsansky-Werner

An Emerging World Power (1890–1917)
Author's Note: Peter B. Levy

World War I and Beyond (1914–1920)
Author's Note: Randy Roberts

PROSPERITY AND DEPRESSION (1919–1941)

Reflections: Art in the New Deal

The Twenties (1919–1929)
Author's Note: Randy Roberts

The Great Depression (1928–1932)
Author's Note: Randy Roberts

The New Deal (1932–1941)
Author's Note: Peter B. Levy

WORLD WAR II AND POSTWAR AMERICA (1931–1960)

Reflections: Postwar Changes

The Coming of War (1931–1942)
Author's Note: Randy Roberts

World War II (1941–1945)
Author's Note: Randy Roberts

The Cold War (1945–1960)
Author's Note: Randy Roberts

Postwar Confidence and Anxiety (1945–1960)
Author's Note: Peter B. Levy

CHALLENGES AND CHANGE (1945–1980)

Reflections: The Civil Rights Struggle

The Civil Rights Movement (1945–1975)
Author's Note: Peter B. Levy

The Kennedy and Johnson Years (1960–1968)
Author's Note: Randy Roberts

The Vietnam War Era (1954–1975)
Author's Note: Randy Roberts

An Era of Protest and Change (1960–1980)
Author's Note: Peter B. Levy

A Crisis in Confidence (1968–1980)
Author's Note: Peter B. Levy

CHANGING AND ENDURING ISSUES (1980-TODAY)

Reflections: Enduring Issues

The Conservative Resurgence (1980–1993)
Author's Note: Peter B. Levy

Into a New Century (1992–Today)
Author's Note: Randy Roberts