America Firsthand, Volume Two: Readings from Reconstruction to the Present / Edition 9

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This distinctive, class-tested primary source reader tells America’s story through the words and other creative expressions of the ordinary and extraordinary Americans who shaped it. Now featuring the contributions of new co-author John M. Giggie, an award-winning teacher and scholar from the University of Alabama, America Firsthand offers a remarkable range of first-person perspectives that bring the past vividly to life — from an African American minister’s message of racial liberation, to the prison notes of suffragists, to a writer’s recollections of Sputnik. “Points of View” sections provide varied vantage points on important topics, and “Visual Portfolios” draw students into interpreting the visual record. This carefully crafted, ready-to-go collection saves instructors time and effort in finding consistently engaging and informative sources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312656416
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/5/2011
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 191,609
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Marcus is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He has published widely on urban public policy, American legal history, African American history and culture, and economic and social development in America and abroad. His book, Where Have All the Homeless Gone: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis looks at political discourses on poverty and public policy from the Great Depression to the Clinton era.

John M. Giggie is an Associate Professor of history at the University of Alabama. His published works include articles on nineteenth-century America, southern U.S. history, and U.S. religion, as well as his recently published books After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875–1915  and Faith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Urban Commercial Culture. His current research projects include African American religion and the Civil War; early blues music; and religion and the civil rights movement.
David Burner, late professor of history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, wrote two books on John F. Kennedy, as well as books on Herbert Hoover, the 1960s, the Democratic Party in the 1920s, and a number of textbooks.

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Table of Contents

* = new to this edition
Introduction: Using Sources to Study the Past
After the Civil War: New South and New West

Points of View: The Battle of Little Bighorn (1876)
[ 1. She Walks with Her Shawl, and One Bull, Victory at Greasy Grass
[ 2. Charles DeRudio, Witness to Custer’s Last Stand 
3. Felix Haywood et al., African Americans during Reconstruction 
*4. Ida B. Wells, African American Protest
5. Caleb G. Forshey and the Reverend James Sinclair, White Southerners’ Reactions to Reconstruction 
*6. Unknown Photographer, Picturing Violence
7. Grimes Family and Swindell Brothers, Work under Sharecropper and Labor Contracts
8. Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin), School Days of an Indian Girl 
VISUAL PORTFOLIO: The Peopling of the West
The Gilded Age: Industrial Growth and Crisis

*Points of View: The Rise of Labor Unions
[ *9. The Knights of Labor, Early Efforts at Labor Organizing
[ *10. Industrial Workers of the World, Demanding a New Workplace
11. William Steinway, Workers Prosper as Industry Grows
12. George Rice, Losing Out to Standard Oil 
*13. Albert Parsons, The Haymarket Riot 
*14. The Omaha Platform, Agrarian Protests 
15. Pauline Newman et al., Conditions at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company
VISUAL PORTFOLIO: Urban Industrial America
A Society in Flux: Preparing for an American Century

*Points of View: Suppressing the “Dreadful Curse of Liquor” (1890-1919)
[ *16. Carrie Nation, Smashing the Evils of Alcohol
[ *17. Percy Andreae, A Glimpse behind the Mask of Prohibition
*18. Letters from the Battlefront and the Home Front, Debating War in the Philippines
19. Abraham Cahan, A Bintel Brief
20. Emmett J. Scott et al., Letters from the Great Migration 
*21. Lucy Burns and Alice Paul, Prison Notes
22. Kate Richards O’Hare et al., The Trial of Kate Richards O’Hare

A New Society: Between the Wars

Points of View: The Scopes Trial (1925)
[ 23. William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, In Defense of the Bible
[ 24. H. L. Mencken, An Odd Eulogy for William Jennings Bryan
25. Langston Hughes, The Harlem Renaissance
26. Margaret Sanger, My Fight for Birth Control
*27. Unknown Photographer, Capitalizing on New Fears: The Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s
*28. Luis Tenorio et al., Mexican Migrants and the Promise of America
29. Morey Skaret, On the Road during the Great Depression 
30. Genora Dollinger, Taking a Stand: The Sit-Down Strikes of the 1930s
*VISUAL PORTFOLIO: Advertising in the Interwar Years: The Marketing of Race

“The American Century”: War, Affluence, and Uncertainty

Points of View: Building and Using an Atomic Bomb (1942–1945)
[ 31. J. Robert Oppenheimer, To Build an Atomic Bomb
[ 32. Paul Tibbets and George Weller, To Use an Atomic Bomb 
33. Fanny Christina Hill, Rosie the Riveter
34. Ben Yorita and Philip Hayasaka, Memories of the Internment Camp 
*35. Charles "Chuck" Yeager, Shot Down Behind Enemy Lines
36. Ring Lardner Jr., Blacklisted: The Post–World War II Red Scare
37. Homeowners’ Guide and Images, Levittown: Making America Suburban
*38. Charles Douglas Jackson, The Sputnik Crisis: The Beep Heard ’Round the World
Awakenings: Authority and Liberty in the Modern Age

Points of View: The My Lai Massacre and Its Aftermath (1968–1970)
[ 39. Ronald L. Ridenhour et al., Disbelief and Corroboration 
[ 40. General Westmoreland, President Nixon et al., Cover-Up and Outcome 
41. Kathie Sarachild, Feminism and Consciousness-Raising 
*42. Phyllis Schlafly, The Limits of the Women’s Movement
43. Student Workers, Mississippi Freedom Summer
44. Pablo Guzmán, The Young Lords
*45. César Chávez, Toward Mexican American Civil Rights
*46. Robert Amsel, Recalling the Stonewall Uprising
VISUAL PORTFOLIO: Protest Movements of the 1960s and 1970s 

Between History and Tomorrow: Toward a New Century

*Points of View: Perspectives on Hurricane Katrina (2008)
[ *47. Scott Delacroix, The Tragedy of Hurricane Katrina
[ *48. George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush, A Visit with Hurricane Katrina Refugees
*49. Cathy Langston, When PATCO Went on Strike
*VISUAL PORTFOLIO: Some Consequences of Reaganomics
50. Dennis W. Shepard, Homophobia in the Heartland 
*51. Jason Armagost, The Cost and Meaning of War
52. James Yee, Faith and Patriotism Under Fire
*53. Geraldine Ferraro and Jesse Jackson, Reflections on the Historic Campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
*54. Tom Bennett, Aid for a Long-Suffering Environment

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