American History

In winsome, fluid prose, Thomas Kidd expertly surveys America’s political, religious, and cultural history, creating a resource that is both academically sound and intellectually engaging.

Volumes 1 & 2

These volumes are exactly what your classroom is missing. 

“There has long been a need for a survey textbook that gives balanced attention to the important role of Christianity in American history. Thomas Kidd’s American History admirably meets that need and much more. Well written, accessible, interesting, beautifully illustrated, and academically sound, this usable and one-of-a-kind resource deserves a wide audience in both the secular and Christian college classrooms.”  

Samuel Smith

Chair and Graduate eProgram Director, History

Liberty University


American History

by Thomas S. Kidd

American History, Volume 1 surveys the broad sweep of American history from the first Native American societies to the end of the Reconstruction period, following the Civil War. Drawing on a deep range of research and years of classroom teaching experience, Thomas S. Kidd offers students an engaging overview of the first half of American history. The volume features illuminating stories about people from all walks of life, from well-known presidents and generals, to lesser-known men and women who carved out their place in the American story while struggling under oppression.

The role of Christianity in America is central in this book. Americans’ faith sometimes inspired awakenings and the search for an equitable society, but at other times it was used to justify violence and inequality. Students will come away from American History, Volume 1 better prepared to grapple with the challenges presented by the history of America’s founding, the problem of slavery, and our nation’s political tradition.

Volume 1, 1492-1877

“Thomas Kidd has succeeded well in providing a high quality American history text that integrates the usual political and social history with its religious dimensions. Kidd writes in a clear, accessible manner and is always well informed. He is judiciously balanced in his evaluations.”  

George Marsden

Professor of History Emeritus

University of Notre Dame

“Thomas Kidd, who has written excellent books on historical individuals like Benjamin Franklin and Patrick Henry, now explores the entirety of American history in this carefully researched and clearly written text. It is an ideal book for students new to American history as well as for older readers who would like a sprightly, objective, and discerning refresher.”  

Mark Noll

Professor of History Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

Research Professor of History, Regent College


American History

by Thomas S. Kidd

American History, Volume 2 gives a broad overview of America’s history, from the end of the Civil War era to the political and cultural struggles of contemporary times. Thomas S. Kidd employs lessons learned from his own scholarly expertise and undergraduate classroom teaching experience to weave together a compelling narrative of the defeats and triumphs that have defined the American national experience. 

Unlike many textbooks of modern American history, issues of religion and faith remain at the forefront of Kidd’s work throughout the entire scope of history – even present-day America. American History, Volume 2 gives detailed treatment of America’s military conflicts, the Civil Rights movement, and the culture wars of the past half-century. Kidd also considers the development of America’s obsession with entertainment, from the rise of the first movies, to the social media age. American History, Volume 2 will help students wrestle with the political and cultural changes that have dramatically transformed contemporary American life

Volume 2, 1877-Present

Thomas S. Kidd is distinguished professor of history and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He also contributes to outlets such as The Gospel Coalition, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His books include American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths and Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father

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American History

Volumes 1 & 2

by Thomas S. Kidd

Don't wait to request your copies of this exciting new collection. Kidd's fresh take on American history will invigorate and inform your classroom, bringing the past to life within the full context of American political, religious and cultural experience. 

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