Since 1865 Discovering the American Past: A Look at the Evidence

ISBN-10: 0618522603
ISBN-13: 9780618522606
Edition: 6th 2007
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Description: Discovering the American Past offers you, the student, the opportunity to assume the role of historian and explore the human past through primary source evidence. Using the following proven six-step process, you will learn to approach evidence  More...

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Book details

List price: $138.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 10/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Discovering the American Past offers you, the student, the opportunity to assume the role of historian and explore the human past through primary source evidence. Using the following proven six-step process, you will learn to approach evidence critically and within the proper context to assess what it means. The Problem: Poses the central question at the beginning of every chapter. Background: Gives you the historical context to understand the source material. The Method: Offers options and suggestions for how historians might approach the Problem. The Evidence: Provides range primary source material related to the central question. The Evidence ranges from photographs and cartoons to diary entries, advertisements, court documents, maps, and letters, among other source types. Questions to Consider: Asks you to compare and contrast these primary sources. Epilogue: Describes how the historical problem was or was not resolved. Book jacket.

William Bruce Wheeler received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1967. He is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN PAST (2012), and DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008). He has also written books on Tennessee history and the Tellico Dam.

Preface
The Reconstruction Era: Farmers and Workers in the West and North, 1866-1877
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence
Excerpts from Inspirational Literature
Western Farmers
Photos of sod houses
Excerpts from observations, letters, circulars, and meeting notes concerning the lives of western farmers
Northern Workers
Excerpts from letters, preambles, government reports, and autobiographies concerning the lives of northern workers
Questions to Consider
Epilogue
The Road to True Freedom: African American Alternatives in the New South
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence
Excerpt from Ida B. Wells's United States Atrocities (1892)
Booker T. Washington's Atlanta Exposition Address (1895)
Excerpt from Henry McNeal Turner's "The American Negro and His Fatherland" (1895)
Excerpts from W. E. B. Du Bois's "The Talented Tenth" (1903) and Niagara Address (1906)
Excerpt from Frances E. W. Harper's "Enlightened Motherhood" (1892)
Table showing migration of Negro population by U.S. region, 1870-1920
Questions to Consider
Epilogue
How They Lived: Middle-Class Life, 1870-1917
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence
Advertisements for clothing, beauty and health aids, firearms, books and home study courses, insurance, automobiles, household appliances and furnishings, 1882-1916
Architectural drawings and descriptions of houses, 1878-1909
Excerpts on the new business of advertising, 1898-1927
Questions to Consider
Epilogue
Progressives and the Family: The Redefinition of Childhood, 1880-1920
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence
Photographs of children at play and work
Photographs of children and parents
Visuals of the pure milk campaign
Table of children's meals
Excerpts of a child neglect report
Letters to the children's bureau
Excerpts of advice to middle-class parents
Legislation and court rulings on child labor
Questions to Consider
Epilogue
Homogenizing a Pluralistic Nation: Propaganda During World War I
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence
War song and poetry, advertisements, posters, editorial cartoons, speeches, movie stills
Questions to Consider
Epilogue
The "New" Woman: Social Science Experts and the Redefinition of Women's Roles in the 1920s
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence
Excerpts from the 1920s' social science literature on sex and sexuality
Excerpts and charts on women's work and pay
Excerpts from the 1920s' social science literature on marriage and the family
Biographies and autobiographies of three "new" women
Questions to Consider
Epilogue
Documenting the Depression: The FSA Photographers and Rural Poverty
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence
Documentary photographs as instruments of reform
Questions to Consider
Epilogue
Going to War with Japan: A Problem in Diplomacy and Causation
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence 210
Excerpts from public opinion polls, foreign policy dispatches and memoranda from the United States and Japan, memoirs and diaries, press releases, and speeches
Questions to Consider
Epilogue
Separate but Equal? African American Educational Opportunities and the Brown Decision
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence
First section of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution
Excerpts from Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Photograph of doll experiment and excerpts from social science testimony
Excerpts from amicus curiae briefs, Brown v. Board of Education (1952)
Excerpts from the oral arguments, 1952 and 1953
Excerpts from the Brown I decision (1954)
Questions to Consider
Epilogue
A Generation in War and Turmoil: The Agony of Vietnam
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence
Sample release forms for oral history interviews
Interviews and photographs with five males and two females (veterans and civilians) of the Vietnam War era
Questions to Consider
Epilogue
A Nation of Immigrants: The California Experience
The Problem
Background
The Method
The Evidence
Proverbs, statistics, and excerpts from life stories of Asian immigrants
Excerpts from life stories and testimonies of Hispanic immigrants
Photographs of fourth-wave immigrants
Questions to Consider
Epilogue

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