If I were a high-school history teacher (which I’m sure I never will be – inadequate combat skills), I would want to use at least three texts, just to give my students a balanced view:
Some kind of unobjectionable mainstream crap like The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, by Thomas Bailey and David Kennedy (Houghton Mifflin, 2001).
Something left-progressive like Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present (Perennial Classics 2003). Or perhaps Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen (Touchstone, 1996).
Something conservative – but what? I’ve read Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People (Perennial, 1999), but it’s just too, well, thick. No student would finish it. Is there anything like this that would be appropriate for use at the high-school level?