This two-volume reader consists of original essays, each one crafted by a scholar who is an expert in a particular field of historical inquiry. Each decade of American history will be represented by at least one essay. The stories cover a wide range of topics: popular culture, women's history, urban history, the history of science and technology, for example. The essays also shed light on political, social, economic, and cultural trends. After reading these engaging pieces, students will be left with a sense of living past, not abstract historiographical debates.