Harcourt's newest entry into the introductory American history marketplace, American Passages follows a thoroughly chronological sequence with each chapter devoted to particular years. Thus, the course of events carefully follows the contours of sequence, event, and connection, emphasizing the most significant events and changes of the period, weaving politics, economics, and culture into an interrelated pattern. The readers attention is focused on the twists and turns of history, to the way various facets of history interacted and connected. This organization not only makes for a good story, it makes sense. It makes clear to the reader the most critical context of history -- time. This title is appropriate as a main textbook for the two-semester or three-quarter sequence introductory American history course taught at both two and four year schools.