Prentice Hall United States History Authors

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 in podcast format.

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Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner
Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner is a Professor of History and Curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, she taught at Temple University for almost two decades. Her recent publications include Quaker Aesthetics, coauthored with Ann Verplanck, and Back to Africa: Benjamin Coates and the Colonization Movement in America, 1848-1880, coedited with Margaret Hope Bacon.


Randy Roberts
Randy Roberts, Professor of History at Purdue University, specializes in twentieth-century American history and the history of popular culture. He has written, cowritten, or edited more than 20 books, including biographies of John Wayne, Jack Johnson, and Oscar Robertson. He has also written histories of American sports and of the Vietnam War. His books have been nominated for and won a number of national prizes. At Purdue University, he has won the University Teacher of the Year award. He has also appeared frequently on the History Channel and in documentaries for HBO, NBC, ESPN, and PBS.


 Peter B. Levy
Peter B. Levy is a Full Professor in the Department of History at York College of Pennsylvania, where he teachers a wide variety of courses in American history. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of eight books and many articles, including: The New Left and Labor in the 1960s; Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland; and 100 Key Documents in American Democracy. He lives in Towson, Maryland, with his wife, two children, and a yellow Labrador.

Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor, Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, earned his Ph.D. in history from Brandeis University and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia. He teaches courses in early American history and the history of the American West. Taylor is the author of five books, including American Colonies and William Cooper's Town, which won the Bancroft and Beveridge prizes, as well as the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for American history. He is a contributing editor for The New Republic.



   John R. Chavez
is Professor of History at Southern Methodist University, Clements Department of History. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, with a specialty in Mexican American history. His publications include Chicanos in a Changing Society, Teaching Mexican American History, and Eastside Landmark: A History of the East Los Angeles Community Union.

  Herman Viola
specializes in the history of the American West, the American Indian, and the Civil War and has published on these subjects such books as After Columbus and Little Bighorn Remembered: The Untold Indian Story of Custer's Last Stand. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University and currently serves as curator emeritus at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.


  Kate Kinsella
Kate Kinsella, Ed.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education at San Francisco State University. A specialist in second language development and content area literacy, she consults nationally on school-wide practices that support adolescent English learners and striving readers to make academic gains. Dr. Kinsella earned her M.A. in TESOL from San Francisco State University, and her Ed.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the University of San Francisco.

  Kevin Feldman
Kevin Feldman, Ed.D., is the Director of Reading and Early Intervention with the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) and an independent educational consultant. At the SCOE, he develops, organizes, and monitors programs related to K-12 literacy. Dr. Feldman has an M.A. from the University of California, Riverside in Special Education, Learning Disabilities and Instructional Design. He earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Francisco


  Don Deshler
Don Deshler, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) at the University of Kansas. Dr. Deshler's expertise centers on adolescent literacy, learning strategic instruction, and instructional strategies for teaching content areas to academically diverse classes. He is the author of Teaching Content to All: Evidence-Based Inclusive Practices in Middle and Secondary Schools, a text which presents the instructional practices that have been tested and validated through his research at CRL.