Constructing the American Past A Source Book of a People's History

ISBN-10: 0205773648

ISBN-13: 9780205773640

Edition: 7th 2011

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Description: This primary source reader captures the excitement of hands-on history through letters, articles, journalistic sources, photographs and posters.Constructing the American Past achieves a level of inclusion and depth rarely found in other source books. Each chapter focuses on a particular problem or moment in American history, and provides students with several points of view. The photographs, posters and maps included in the text ask the students to "read" the visual sources of American history. By exposing students to primary sources, The building blocks of history, Constructing the American Past fosters a solid foundation and invites its readers to build their own understanding of American history.

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List price: $60.00
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Elliott J. Gorn, professor of history at Purdue University, is the co-author of A Brief History of American Sports (H&W, 1993) and author of The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America. He lives in Chicago.

Contact and Conquest: the Meeting of the Old and New Worlds
Historical Context
The Documents
Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties to Christopher Columbus: 1492
Journal of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage
Bartolomÿ de Las Casas, From the Destruction of the Indies: A Brief Account
The Aztec Account of the Spanish Conquest, Florentine Codex, as Collected by Bernadino de Sahagùn
Postscript
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
Colonizing North America: the Founding of Virginia and Massachusetts Bay
Historical Context
The Documents
Arthur Barlowe, "Narrative of the 1584 Voyage"
Thomas Harriot, From A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia
George Percy, "Discourse"
John Smith, From Journal
From Laws Divine, Moral and Martial, 1611
Richard Frethorne, An Indentured Servant Describes Life in Virginia in a Letter to His Parents
John Winthrop, "A Model of Christian Charity"
Excerpts from the Trial of Anne Hutchinson
From the Apologia of Robert Keayne
Mary Rowlandson, From the Sovereignty of Goodness and God
Samuel Paris, "Christ Knows How Many Devils There Are," 1692
Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases
Ann Putnam's Confession, 1706
Postscript
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
Eighteenth-Century Voices
Historical Context
The Documents
The Diaries of William Byrd
Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
The Memoirs of Jonathan Edwards
Memoirs of the Life of Mrs. Sarah Osborn
The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
What Kind of Revolution? Justifications for Rebellion
Historical Context
The Documents
Joseph Galloway, "Plan of Union"
Samuel Seabury, "An Alarm to the Legislature"
Benjamin Franklin on the Galloway Plan and the North Resolution
Thomas Paine, From Common Sense
John Wesley, From "A Sermon Preached at St. Matthew's, Bethnal Green, on Sunday, Nov. 12, 1775"
8. Lord Dunmore's Proclamation and Responses
Revolutionary Battle Flag
"God Arising and Pleading His People's Cause"
Correspondence of Abigail and John Adams
The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson, From Notes on the State of Virginia
Letter from Benjamin Banneker to Thomas Jefferson
Reply of Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Banneker
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
Forming a More Perfect Union: Friends, Foes, and the Disfranchised
Historical Context
The Documents
3. Selections from the Constitution of 1787
From the Speeches of Patrick Henry in the Virginia State Ratifying Convention
Mercy Otis Warren, Observations on the New Constitution, and on the Federal and State Conventions Columbian Patriot
Selections from the Letters of George Washington
Selections from the Federalist Papers
Report of the Providence Society for Abolishing the Slave Trade, Providence Gazette, February 26, 1789
To the Citizens of the State of Rhode Island, Providence Gazette, February 14, 1789
Petition to the Connecticut State Assembly
Postscript
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
Reflections on Religion: Church, State and Society in the Early Republic
Historical Context
The Documents
John Leland, the Excess of Civil Power Exploded
Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists
Lyman Beecher on Disestablishment in Connecticut
Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely on Forming a Christian Party (1827)
Fanny Lewis, "Glory! Glory! This is the Happiest Day I Ever Saw"
Martin J. Spalding, "A Fanaticism as Absurd as It Was Blasphemous"
Barton Stone, "The Smile of Heaven Shone"
"Camp-Meetings and Agricultural Fairs"
"Plan of the Camp"
William Otter, "History of My Own Times"
Postscript
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
Living and Dying in Bondage: the Slave Conspiracy of 1822
Historical Context
The Documents
The Trials
"Gracious Heaven When I Think What I Have Escaped": Anna Hayes Johnson Letters to Her Cousin
"The Conspiracy Had Spread Wider and Wider": John Potter to Langdon Cheves
"White Men, Too, Would Engender Plots": Newspapers Report the Vesey Conspiracy
David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World
Postscript
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
Leadership In the Age of the "Common Man": the Scope and Limitations of Jacksonian Democracy
Historical Context
The Documents
1-4. Political Broadsides
From the Democratic Republican
Ten Reasons for Advocating the Re-Election of General Jackson
Selections from George Bancroft's the Office of the People in Art, Government and Religion: An Oration Delivered Before the Adelphi Society of Williamstown College, in August 1835
Selections from Jackson's Farewell Address entitled "The Cause of Freedom Will Continue to Triumph Over All Its Enemies"
Headline: Rights of Women
Why, What Evil Hath He Done?
Reasons for Not Supporting the Democrats: A Satire
Selections from "Radicalism"
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
Remembering the Alamo
Josÿ Marüa Sànchez, A Trip to Texas in 1828
Manuel Mier y Teràn, A Mexican General Describes the Borderlands, 1828 and 1829
Petition from the Committee of Vigilance and Public Safety for the Municipality of San Augustin, 1835
Sam Houston to his Soldiers, January 15, 1863
Proclamation of Acting Governor James W. Robinson, January 19, 1863
William Barret Travis to Governor Henry Smith, February 13, 1836, From the Alamo
General Antonio Lòpez de Santa Anna to the Army, February 17, 1836
William Travis to the Public, February 24, 1836
William Travis to Sam Houston, February 25, 1836
Texas Declaration of Independence, March 2, 1836
General Santa Anna to General Urrea, March 3, 1836
William Travis to Jesse Grimes, March 3, 1836
William Travis to David Ayers, March 3, 1836
General Santa Anna to his Staff, March 5, 1836
General Santa Anna to Secretary of War Josÿ Maria Tornel y Mendivil, March 6, 1836
General Santa Anna to the Citizens of Texas, March 7, 1836
Sam Houston to Colonel H. Raguet, March 13, 1836
Benjamin Goodrich to Edmund Goodrich, March 15, 1836
Eyewitness to the Alamo, Josÿ Enrique de la Peua
President David G. Barnet, Proclamation on Being Sworn in as President
Governor Joaquün Muuoz y Muuoz to the Citizens of Veracruz, March 23, 1836
General Thomas Rusk to President Burnet, April 22, 1836
Public Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, May 11, 1836
Mexican Secretary of War Josÿ Maria Tornel y Mendivil, 1837
Juan Seguün's Eulogy for the Defenders of the Alamo, February 25, 1837
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
Women in Antebellum America
Historical Context
The Documents
A. J. Graves, "Religious Women"
Catharine Beecher, "The Peculiar Responsibilities of American Women"
Sarah M. Grimkÿ, "On the Condition of Women in the United States"
Harriet Jacobs, From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Words from a Native-American Female
Declaration of Sentiments
Lucy Larcom, From A New England Girlhood
Malenda Edwards and Mary Paul Letters
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
A House Divided: Free Labor, Slave Labor
Historical Context
The Documents
Opinion of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, March 6, 1857, in the case of Dred Scott v. John Sandford
Dissenting Opinion, Justice John McClean, March 6, 1857
George Fitzhugh, From Cannibals All!
Hinton Rowan Helper, From the Impending Crisis of the South
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Harriet Beecher Stowe, From Uncle Tom's Cabin; or Life Among the Lowly
Frederick Douglass, Open Letter to Thomas Auld
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
A War Within a War: the New York City Draft Riots
Historical Context
The Documents
Enrollment Act of 1863
Ellen Leonard, "Three Days of Terror"
From the Diary of George Templeton Strong
To the Laboring Men of New York
Dearly Beloved!
"The Raging Riot���Its Character, and the True Attitude Toward It"
A Letter from One of the Rioters
The $300 Exemption
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
Reconstruction and the Rise of the Ku Klux Klan
Historical Context
The Documents
Initiation Oath of the Knights of the White Camelia
Testimony of Victims of the Ku Klux Klan
Congressional Inquiry into Klan Activities
Hon. Job E. Stevenson of Ohio, Speech to the House of Representatives
Benjamin Bryant, From Experience of a Northern Man Among the Ku-Klux
W. H. Gannon, "How to Extirpate Ku-Kluxism from the South"
Questions
Defining Terms
Probing the Sources
Interpreting the Sources
Additional Reading
Credits
Index
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