Reading the American Past, Volume II: From 1865 Selected Historical Documents

ISBN-10: 0312459688

ISBN-13: 9780312459680

Edition: 4th 2008

Authors: Michael P. Johnson

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This two-volume primary-source collection provides a diverse selection of voices from the nation's past while emphasizing the important social, political, and economic themes of a U.S. history survey course. Thirty-one new documents (one per chapter) present history from the perspective of notable leaders and ordinary people alike, focusing particular attention on the West, gender, ethnicity, and America in a global context. A revised introduction offers clear and helpful guidance on how to read and analyze primary documents. Edited by one of the authors of The American Promise and designed to complement the textbook, Reading the American Past features over 150 documents, each accompanied by a headnote and questions for discussion. Chapter headnotes and comparative questions further encourage students' understanding of the sources.
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List price: $18.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 1/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Preface for Instructors
Introduction for Students
Reconstruction, 1863-1877
Carl Schurz Reports on the Condition of the Defeated South
Report on the Condition of the South, 1865
Black Codes Enacted in the South
Mississippi Black Code, November 1865
Former Slaves Seek to Reunite Their Families
Advertisements from the Christian Recorder, 1865-1870
A Black Convention in Alabama
Address of the Colored Convention to the People of Alabama, 1867
Klan Violence against Blacks
Elias Hill, Testimony before Congressional Committee Investigating the Ku Klux Klan, 1871
Comparative Questions
The Contested West, 1870-1900
Pun Chi Appeals to Congress in Behalf of Chinese Immigrants in California
A Remonstrance from the Chinese in California, ca. 1870
Swedish Immigrants on the Kansas Prairie
Ida Lindgren, Letters, 1870-1874
Texas Rangers on the Mexican Border
N. A. Jennings, A Texas Ranger, 1875
In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat Describes White Encroachment
Chief Joseph, Speech to a White Audience, 1879
A Plea to "Citizenize" Indians
Richard Pratt, "Kill the Indian ... and save the man," 1892
Comparative Questions
Business and Politics in the Gilded Age, 1870-1895
Jay Gould on Capital and Labor
Testimony before the U.S. Senate, 1883
William Graham Sumner on Social Obligations
What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, 1883
Henry Demarest Lloyd Attacks Monopolies
Wealth against Commonwealth, 1894
Andrew Carnegie Explains the Gospel of Wealth
Wealth, 1889
Henry George Explains Why Poverty Is a Crime
An Analysis of the Crime of Poverty, 1885
Comparative Questions
The City and its Workers, 1870-1900
A Textile Worker Explains the Labor Market
Thomas O'Donnell, Testimony before a U.S. Senate Committee, 1885
Domestic Servants on Household Work
Interviews with Journalist Helen Campbell, 1880s
Jacob Riis Describes Abandoned Babies in New York City's Slums
Waifs of New York City's Slums, 1890
Labor Contractors and Italian Immigrants
S. Merlino, Italian Immigrants and Their Enslavement, 1893
George Washington Plunkitt Explains Politics
William L. Riordon, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, 1905
Comparative Questions
Dissent, Depression, and War, 1890-1900
Addressing the Crisis in Rural America
Populist Party Platform, July 4, 1892
White Supremacy in Wilmington, North Carolina
Gunner Jesse Blake, Narrative of the Wilmington "Rebellion" of 1898
Pinkertons Defeated at Homestead
Pinkerton Guard Testimony, 1893
Conflicting Views about Labor Unions
N. F. Thompson, Testimony before the Industrial Commission on the Relations and Conditions of Capital and Labor, 1900
Samuel Gompers, Letter to the American Federationist, 1894
Emilio Aguinaldo Criticizes American Imperialism in the Philippines
Case against the United States, 1899
Comparative Questions
Progressivism from the Grass Roots to the White House, 1890-1916
Jane Addams on Settlement Houses
The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements, 1892
A Sociologist Studies Working-Class Saloons in Chicago
Royal Melendy, Ethical Substitutes for the Saloon, 1900
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Explains "The Best Thing for Us All"
Speech to Colorado Fuel and Iron Officials and Employee Representatives, October 2, 1915
Mother Jones on the Futility of Class Harmony
Letter to Mrs. Potter Palmer, January 12, 1907
Booker T. Washington on Racial Accommodation
The Atlanta Exposition Address, 1895
W. E. B. Du Bois on Racial Equality
Booker T. Washington and Others, 1903
Comparative Questions
World War I: The Progressive Crusade at Home and Abroad, 1914-1920
President Woodrow Wilson Asks Congress for a Declaration of War
Speech to Congress, April 2, 1917
Eugene V. Debs Attacks Capitalist Warmongers
Speech Delivered in Canton, Ohio, June 16, 1918
A Doughboy's Letter from the Front
Anonymous Soldier, Letter to Elmer J. Sutters, 1918
Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer Defends America from Communists
The Case against the "Reds," 1920
An African American Responds to the Chicago Race Riot
Stanley B. Norvell, Letter to Victor F. Lawson, 1919
Comparative Questions
From New Era to Great Depression, 1920-1932
President Calvin Coolidge on Government and Business
Address before the New York Chamber of Commerce, November 19, 1925
Reinhold Niebuhr on Christianity in Detroit
Diary Entries, 1925-1928
The Ku Klux Klan Defends Americanism
Hiram W. Evans, The Klan's Fight for Americanism, 1926
Mothers Seek Freedom from Unwanted Pregnancies
Margaret Sanger, Motherhood in Bondage, 1928
Marcus Garvey Explains the Goals of the Universal Negro Improvement Association
The Negro's Greatest Enemy, 1923
Comparative Questions
The New Deal Experiment, 1932-1939
Franklin D. Roosevelt Proposes an Activist Government
Speech to the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, 1932
Working People's Letters to New Dealers
Letter to Frances Perkins, January 27, 1935
Letter to Frances Perkins, March 29, 1935
Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 23, 1936
Letter to Frances Perkins, July 27, 1937
Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 27, 1939
Huey Long Proposes Redistribution of Wealth
Speech to Members of the Share Our Wealth Society, 1935
A Mexican American Farmworker Describes the Importance of Sticking Together
Jose Flores, Interview, Farm Security Administration Migrant Labor Camp, El Rio, California, 1941
Conservatives Criticize the New Deal
Herbert Hoover, Anti-New Deal Campaign Speech, 1936
Minnie Hardin, Letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, December 14, 1937
Comparative Questions
The United States and the Second World War, 1939-1945
President Franklin D. Roosevelt Requests Declaration of War on Japan
Speech to Congress, December 8, 1941
A Japanese American War Hero Recalls Pearl Harbor
Grant Hirabayashi, Oral History, 1999
The Holocaust: A Journalist Reports on Nazi Massacres of Jews
Varian Fry, The Massacre of the Jews, December 21, 1942
Soldiers Send Messages Home
Sergeant Irving Strobing, Radio Address from Corregidor, Philippines, May 5 or 6, 1942
John Conroy, Letter, December 24, 1942
Allen Spach, Letter, February 1943
James McMahon, Letter, March 10, 1944
David Mark Olds, Letter, July 12, 1945
The War between the Sexes
Willard Waller, The Coming War on Women, 1945
Comparative Questions
Cold War Politics in the Truman Years, 1945-1953
General Marshall Summarizes the Lessons of World War II
For the Common Defense, 1945
George F. Kennan Outlines Containment
The Long Telegram, February 22, 1946
Cold War Blueprint
NSC-68: U.S. Objectives and Programs for National Security, 1950
Senator Joseph McCarthy Hunts Communists
Speech Delivered in Wheeling, West Virginia, February 9, 1950
A South Korean Soldier Remembers the Korean War
Hong An, Interview, 1997
Comparative Questions
The Politics and Culture of Abundance, 1952-1960
Edith M. Stern Attacks the Domestic Bondage of Women
Women Are Household Slaves, 1949
Vance Packard Analyzes the Age of Affluence
The Status Seekers, 1959
Rosa Parks Says "No": A Memoir
My Story, 1992
Civil Defense in the Nuclear Shadow
North Dakota Civil Defense Agency, How You Will Survive, 1960
President Dwight D. Eisenhower Warns about the Military-Industrial Complex
Farewell Address, January 1961
Comparative Questions
Reform, Rebellion, and Reaction, 1960-1974
President Lyndon B. Johnson Describes the Great Society
Address at the University of Michigan, May 22, 1964
New Left Students Seek Democratic Social Change
Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement, 1962
Martin Luther King Jr. Explains Nonviolent Resistance
Letter from Birmingham City Jail, 1963
Black Power
Chicago Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee Leaflet, 1967
Equal Rights for Women
National Organization for Women, Statement of Purpose, October 29, 1966
Comparative Questions
Vietnam and the Limits of Power, 1961-1975
President Kennedy Explains Why We Are in Vietnam
Bobbie Lou Pendergrass, Letter to President John F. Kennedy, February 18, 1963
President John F. Kennedy, Letter to Bobbie Lou Pendergrass, March 6, 1963
A Secret Government Assessment of the Vietnam War
Robert S. McNamara, Actions Recommended for Vietnam, October 14, 1966
Military Discipline in an Unpopular War
Robert D. Heinl Jr., The Collapse of the Armed Forces, June 7, 1971
An American Soldier in Vietnam
Arthur E. Woodley Jr., Oral History of a Special Forces Ranger
A Vietcong Guerrilla Describes Tunnel Warfare
Tran Thi Gung, Interview, ca. 1998
Comparative Questions
America Moves to the Right, 1969-1989
George Wallace Campaigns for President
American Independent Party Platform, 1968
The Watergate Tapes: Nixon, Dean, and Haldeman Discuss the Cancer within the Presidency
Transcript from Tape-Recorded Meeting, March 21, 1973
Roe v. Wade and Abortion Rights
Supreme Court Decision, 1973
President Ronald Reagan Defends American Morality
Address to the National Association of American Evangelicals, 1983
A Vietnamese Immigrant on the West Coast
Anonymous Man, Oral History, 1983
Comparative Questions
The End of the Cold War and the Challenges of Globalization, Since 1989
Supreme Court Dissents from Deciding 2000 Presidential Election
Supreme Court Dissents in George W. Bush v. Albert Gore Jr., December 12, 2000
President George W. Bush Receives CIA Warning about Al Qaeda and Addresses Congress after 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
President's Daily Brief, Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S., August 6, 2001
President George W. Bush, Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, September 20, 2001
National Security of the United States Requires Preemptive War
The National Security Strategy of the United States, September 2002
A Captured 9/11 Terrorist Confesses
Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, Confession, 2007
A Christian Leader Argues That Evangelical Christianity Has Been Hijacked
Tony Campolo, Interview, 2004
Comparative Questions
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