History books are dated by time they are printed. And, truth be told, almost all suffer from errors that slip through.
This page is a repository of corrections and updates.
CORRECTIONS of Hardcover (as of October, 2011)
(1) p. 318n34: line 1: pp. 000-000 should be pp. 35-36.
(2) Missing from Bibliography: Nannestad, Peter. 2008. “What Have We Learned About Generalized Trust, Anything?” Annual Review of Political Science 11:413- 36.
(3) 315n22: Rosenzweig —- NO “s” before the z.
(4) 301n97: 2nd line, “never married” should be “were unmarried” And: “spinsterhood” should be “singlehood”
(5) p. 22, line 7: “forty-seven” should read “sixty-seven” AND line 8: – “forty-one” should read “sixty-one”
(6) p. 197, 9 lines from bottom to text: authors’ should be author’s
(7) Missing from bibliography: Sennett, Richard. 1976. The Fall of Public Man. New York: Knopf.
(8) p. 164, bottom of the page: The reference to Alexander Hamilton should make clear that this is not the Alexander Hamilton, but a well-known Dr. Hamilton writing in 1744, about a dozen years before Secretary of the Treasury Hamilton was born. Original source: Hamilton’s Itinerium, http://mith2.umd.edu/eada/html/display.php?docs=hamilton_itinerarium.xml.
CORRECTIONS of Hardcover & Paperback (10/11/11)
(9) p. 17, line 7: The phrasing implies that Lincoln buried a third son (Tad) when Tad turned 18. Lincoln had died by then. The line should read: of twelve and a third died when he reached eighteen…..
(10) p. 99, top of page: “James Block well argues…” should make clear that Block cites phrases from John F. Wilson, “Religion and Revolution in American History,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 23(3), 1993, pp. 610-11. (h/t Elisabeth Friesen)
3/23/10 — Security: The latter part of Chapter 2 discusses the rising uncertainty and insecurity Americans faced after the early 1970s — stagnant wages, widening inequality, a (possibly) more volatile employment situation, and a weakening social net. On this date, the signing of the health care reform act by President Obama, it seems possible that there may be the beginnings of a partial reversal of that trend. An optimistic reading is provided by David Leonhardt. But, of course, it is far too soon to tell.
10/14/11 — Security: At this writing, the pessimists seem the most accurate. Conditions are dim; one sign is the increasing number of households that are receiving their young adult children back home. The prospects are of a long period of high economic insecurity not seen for decades.