Out of Many, AP® Edition provides one of the richest accounts of social history through extensive coverage of our diverse heritage. Integrating a strong political narrative with treatment of the social, cultural, and intellectual factors, Out of Many, AP® Edition offers a distinctive and timely approach to American history highlighting the experiences of diverse communities of Americans in the unfolding story of our country. The stories of these communities examine the complex historical forces shaping lives at various moments in our past. The debates and conflicts surrounding the most momentous issues in our national life—independence, emerging democracy, slavery, westward settlement, imperial expansion, economic depression, war, technological change—were largely worked out in the context of local communities. Through communities we focus on the persistent tensions between everyday life and those larger decisions and events that continually reshape the circumstances of local life.