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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312489076
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 2/27/2009
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (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

*New to this edition
Introduction: Using Sources to Study the Past
Part I. 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
Part II: 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

*Part III: A Society in Flux: Preparing for an American Century
Points of View: Suppressing the “Dreadful Curse of Liquor”
] 16. Carrie Nation, Smashing the Evils of Alcohol
] *17. Percy Andreae, A Glimpse behind the Mask of Prohibition
  *18. Soldiers on the Battle Front and the Home Front, Debating the 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

Part IV: 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. Manuel Gamio, Crossing Borders: 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

Part V: “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. Homer Hickam, The Sputnik Crisis: The Beep Heard 'Round the World
*Part VI: 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. Letters from 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 

Part VII: Between History and Tomorrow: Into a New Century
] Points of View: Perspectives on Hurricane Katrina (2005)
] *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 Reagonomics
  50. Dennis W. Shepard, Homophobia in the Heartland
  *51. Jason Armagost, The Costs and Meaning of War
  *52. James Yee, What Price Security? The View from Inside Gitmo
  *53. Jesse Jackson and Geraldine Ferraro, Electing the Unexpected: Reflections on Barack Obama's Historic Campaign
  *54. Tom Bennett, Aid for a Long-Suffering Environment

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