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With its distinctive focus on ordinary people, this primary documents reader offers a remarkable range of perspectives on America’s history from those who lived it — from Jews in the Early Republic to strikers at an auto plant in 1940s Detroit, and from a Civil War battlefield nurse to a 1990s entrepreneur. Popular Points of View sections expose students to different perspectives on a specific event or topic, and Visual Portfolios invite analysis of the visual record. These features and the collection as a whole save instructors time finding consistently suitable source material on their own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312489069
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 2/27/2009
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT D. MARCUS, late of the State University of New York College at Brockport, wrote on late-nineteenth-century American politics as well as on the United States in the 1960s. He developed materials for collaborative learning techniques and edited several dozen books for Brandywine Press.

DAVID BURNER, professor emeritus of history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has written two books on John F. Kennedy as well as books on Herbert Hoover, the 1960s, and the Democratic Party in the 1920s, including a number of textbooks. Burner has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and is now completing a detailed history of the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

ANTHONY MARCUS is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He has taught American History, Anthropology, and International Development Studies on three continents and founded Australia's only entirely online Internet PhD program. His published works include numerous articles and books on history, African-American life, global development and culture. His most recent book, Where Have All The Homeless Gone? The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis is about the impact of the Reagan Revolution on life and social policy in the urban United States.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Using Sources to Study the Past

Part One: Indians and Europeans: New World Encounters
Points of View: Contact & Conquest (1502–1521)

1. Dispatches of the Conquest from the New World
    Hernando Cortés

2. A Nahua Account of the Conquest of Mexico

3. Destruction of the Indies
    Bartolomé de Las Casas

4. Description of Virginia
    John Smith

5. Encounter with the Indians
    Father Paul Le Jeune

6. Captured by Indians
    Mary Rowlandson

Visual Portfolio: New World Images

Part Two: The Colonial Experience: A Rapidly Changing Society
Points of View: Women in Colonial America

7. A Business Trip Across the Colonies
    Sarah Kemble Knight

8. Leaving an Abusive Husband
   Abigail Abbot Bailey

9. Testimony of Pueblo Indians
    Pedro Naranjo and Josephe

10. The African Slave Trade
      Olaudah Equiano

11. On the Misfortune of Indentured Servants
      Gottlieb Mittelberger

12. Defending Colonial Activities before Parliament
      Benjamin Franklin

13. Assimilation and Discrimination
      Jews in the Early Republic

14. Mapmaking and Colonialism in the New World
      Amplissima Regionis Mississippi

Part Three: Resistance and Revolution: Struggling for Liberty
Points of View: The Boston Massacre (1770)

15. A British Officer’s Description
      Thomas Preston

16. Colonial Accounts
      George Robert Twelves Hewes, John Tudor, and
      the Boston Gazette and Country Journal

Visual Portfolio: Patriot and Loyalist Propaganda

17. A Soldier’s View of the Revolutionary War
      Joseph Plumb Martin

18. Choosing Sides
      Boston King

19. Secret Correspondence of a Loyalist Wife
      Catherine Van Cortlandt

20. Republican Motherhood
      Abigail Adams

21. Shays’s Rebellion: Prelude to the Constitution
      George Richards Minot

22. Casting Their Lot with the British
      Major John Norton (Teyoninhokarawen)

Part Four: Defining America: The Expanding Nation
Points of View: Religion in the New Nation (1800–1830)

23. The Great Revival of 1800
      James McGready

24. An American Deist
      Elihu Palmer

25. Religion in America
      Frances Trollope

26. Crossing the Continent
      Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

27. The Trail of Tears
      John Ross

28. Pulling a Handcart to the Mormon Zion
      Priscilla Merriman Evans

29. How the West Was Won
      An Officer of the “Army of the West”

30. Life in California before the Gold Discovery
      Guadalupe Vallejo, et al.

31. Miners during the California Gold Rush
      Daguerreotype by Joseph B. Starkweather

Part Five: An Age of Reform: Rearranging Social Patterns
Points of View: Nat Turner’s Rebellion (1831)

32. A Slave Insurrection
      Nat Turner

33. Who Is to Blame?
      William Lloyd Garrison, et al.

34. The Lowell Textile Workers
      Mary Paul

35. A Family Torn Apart by Slavery
      Henry “Box” Brown

36. Life of a Female Slave
      Harriet Jacobs

37. A Pioneer for Women’s Rights
      Elizabeth Cady Stanton

38. Taking Up Arms Against Slavery
      John Brown

Visual Portfolio: Slavery and Freedom

Part Six: Civil War and Reconstruction:The Price of War
Points of View: Winding Down the War and an Uncertain Future

39. What the Black Man Wants
       Frederick Douglass

40. A Slave Owner’s Journal at the End of the Civil War
      Henry William Ravenel

41. Three Days of Terror
      Ellen Leonard

42. The Battle of Gettysburg: At War and At Home
       Samuel and Rachel Cormany

43. Fighting for the Union
      Letters from black Union soldiers

44. Healing Wounds
      Cornelia Hancock

45. African-Americans during Reconstruction
      Felix Haywood, et al.

46. White Southerners’ Reactions to Reconstruction
       Caleb G. Forshey and Reverend James Sinclair

47. Ruins in Charleston, South Carolina, 1865 or 1866
      Photograph by George N. Barnard

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