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The Brief American Pageant , Sixth Edition
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University
Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Thomas A. Bailey
Mel Piehl, Valparaiso University
PowerPoint Slides

Use the PowerPoint® slides available on this page to illustrate your lectures. There is one slide for every asset in the Instructor Companion presentation program--approximately 520 images, 200 maps, and dozens of audios and videos. Microsoft® PowerPoint® needs to be installed on your system to work with these slides, and the Macromedia® Flash® player needs to be installed in order for the map slides to display correctly. The slides are organized by book chapter, and grouped into one compressed ZIP file per chapter. Depending on your computer's configuration, you may require a helper application such as WinZIP to be able to extract the slides from the ZIP files. Basic knowledge of PowerPoint and the handling of ZIP files is highly recommended prior to downloading and working with the files on this page.

CLICK HERE TO SKIP THE INSTRUCTIONS and go directly to the links to the files.

Downloading the PowerPoint slides

Clicking on one of the chapter titles in the list below should either display a dialog box offering the option to save the selected file on your hard drive, or may automatically copy the file to your hard drive. In either case, it's important to actually save the ZIP file on your hard drive, not just "open" the file directly from the browser. Once the file has been saved on your hard drive, locate it and "expand" it. "Expanding" the ZIP files extracts the files compressed inside the ZIP file and creates new instances of them on your hard drive, maintaining their directory structure. Some computers do this automatically when a ZIP file is downloaded, while others require "helper" applications. If you are a Windows user and you do not have a helper application to work with ZIP files, refer to the "Helper applications" section below.

Using the PowerPoint slides

Once expanded, each ZIP file will create a folder with a PowerPoint file and one or more additional folders in it. These internal folders contain all assets that are not static images, such as maps, videos and audio files, so if the PowerPoint file is moved to another directory, any additional folders that came from the ZIP file should be moved to that same directory as well. Otherwise, some of the slides may not display correctly.

To open a PowerPoint file, double-click on its icon.

Copying individual slides with images

After opening a PowerPoint file, a frame on the left part of the application window should display the "presentation outline", which lists all the slides available and their titles. To copy a slide with an image in it to a custom PowerPoint presentation file, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the small slide icon next to the title of the slide you wish to copy; the slide icon and its title should appear highlighted. To select multiple consecutive slides, click on the first one, then click on the last one while pressing the Shift key on the keyboard, and all slides between the first and the last (including them) should appear highlighted.
  2. Copy the slides by either selecting the Edit | Copy menu option, or by clicking on the Copy button in the toolbar.
  3. Switch to your custom presentation, click on the presentation outline area in the position where you wish the slides to be inserted, then select the Edit | Paste menu option or press on the Paste icon in the toolbar.

Copying individual slides with maps or other media

The steps given above also apply to copying and pasting slides with maps but additional steps need to be taken. Any additional folders that are in the same folder as the original PowerPoint file (the one from which slides are being copied) is in should be copied to the same location where the new PowerPoint file (the one into which the slides are being copied into) is. For example, if you are copying one or several slides with a map in them, the maps folder that was in the same folder as the original PowerPoint file should be copied to the folder where the new PowerPoint file is.

Special note for Macintosh users regarding slides with maps

Because the Macintosh version of PowerPoint does not offer the same functionality as its Windows counterpart, the zoom and navigation controls available in slides with maps do not work when viewing the slides on Macintosh computers. In order for Macintosh users to be able to zoom in on maps and navigate in them with greater detail, we recommend using the Instructor Companion presentation program.

Helper applications

Download the WinZip Evaluation Version

For further explanation on how to use WinZip, please see:
View a list of frequently asked questions about WinZip.

Download Macromedia Shockwave Player for free!

For further explanation on how to use Macromedia Shockwave Player, please see:
Downloading Macromedia Shockwave Player.

Links to ZIP files

Chapter 1: New World Beginnings, 33,000 B.C.-A.D. 1769
Chapter 2: The Planting of English America, 1500-1733
Chapter 3: Settling the Northern Colonies, 1619-1700
Chapter 4: American Life in the Seventeenth Century, 1607-1692
Chapter 5: Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution, 1700-1775
Chapter 6: The Duel for North America, 1608-1763
Chapter 7: The Road to Revolution, 1763-1775
Chapter 8: America Secedes from the Empire, 1775-1783
Chapter 9: The Confederation and the Constitution, 1776-1790
Chapter 10: Launching the New Ship of State, 1789-1800
Chapter 11: The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic, 1800-1812
Chapter 12: The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism, 1812-1824
Chapter 13: The Rise of a Mass Democracy, 1824-1840
Chapter 14: Forging the National Economy, 1790-1860
Chapter 15: The Ferment of Reform and Culture, 1790-1860
Chapter 16: The South and the Slavery Controversy, 1793-1860
Chapter 17: Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy, 1841-1848
Chapter 18: Renewing the Sectional Struggle, 1848-1854
Chapter 19: Drifting Toward Disunion, 1854-1861
Chapter 20: Girding for War: The North and the South, 1861-1865
Chapter 21: The Furnace of Civil War, 1861-1865
Chapter 22: The Ordeal of Reconstruction, 1865-1877
Chapter 23: Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age, 1869-1896
Chapter 24: Industry Comes of Age, 1865-1900
Chapter 25: America Moves to the City, 1865-1900
Chapter 26: The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution, 1865-1890
Chapter 27: The Path of Empire, 1890-1899
Chapter 28: America on the World Stage, 1899-1909
Chapter 29: Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt, 1901-1912
Chapter 30: Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad, 1912-1916
Chapter 31: The War to End War, 1917-1918
Chapter 32: American Life in the "Roaring Twenties," 1919-1929
Chapter 33: The Politics of Boom and Bust, 1920-1932
Chapter 34: The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1933-1939
Chapter 35: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War, 1933-1941
Chapter 36: America in World War II, 1941-1945
Chapter 37: The Cold War Begins, 1945-1952
Chapter 38: The Eisenhower Era, 1952-1960
Chapter 39: The Stormy Sixties, 1960-1968
Chapter 40: The Stalemated Seventies, 1968-1980
Chapter 41: The Resurgence of Conservatism, 1980-2000
Chapter 42: The American People Face a New Century