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The Power of Words, Volume II : Documents in American History / Edition 1

The Power of Words, Volume II : Documents in American History / Edition 1

by T. H. Breen

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ISBN-10: 0065011139

ISBN-13: 9780065011135

Pub. Date: 01/07/1997

Publisher: Pearson

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Power of Words Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with “Study Questions.”


General Introduction: Interrogation the Past.

1. Reconstruction.

Document 1: Carl Shurz, Report on the Condition of the South (1865)

Document 2: Clinton B. Fisk, Plain Counsels for Freedmen (1865)

Document 3: James C. Beecher, Report on Land Reform in the South Carolina Islands (1865, 1866)

Document 4: “Address from the Colored Citizens of Norfolk, Virginia, to the People of the United States” (1865)

Document 5: The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1868)

Document 6: The Nation, “The State of the South” (1872)

Document 7: Albion W. Tourgee, Letter on Ku Klux Klan Activities (1870)

Document 8: James T. Rapier, Testimony Before U.S. Senate Regarding the Agricultural Labor Force in the South (1880)

2. The West.

Document 1: Horace Greeley, An Overland Journey (1860)

Document 2: Lydia Allen Rudd, Diary of Westward Travel (1852)

Document 3: Edward Gould Buffum, Six Months in the Gold Mines (1850)

Document 4: Joseph G. McCoy, Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest (1874)

Document 5: Memorial of the Chinese Six Companies to U.S. Grant, President of the United States (1876)

Document 6: Congressional Report on Indian Affairs (1887)

Document 7: Tragedy at Wounded Knee (1890)

Document 8: Frederick Jackson Turner, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” (1893)

3. Labor and Capital.

Document 1: Andrew Carnegie, “Wealth” (1889)

Document 2: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Session of the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry (1879)

Document 3: Interstate Commerce Act (1887)

Document 4: Suit by the United States Against the Workingmen’s Amalgamated Council of New Orleans (1893)

Document 5: Frederick Winslow Taylor, “A Piece-Rate System” (1896)

Document 6: Address by George Engel, Condemned Haymarket Anarchist (1886)

Document 7: Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward (1888)

4. Urban Society.

Document 1: Adna Weber, The Growth of Cities in the Nineteenth Century (1899)

Document 2: Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1905)

Document 3: Caroline Manning, The Immigrant Woman and Her Job (1930)

Document 4: Mary Antin, The Promised Land (1912)

Document 5: William Riordan, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall (1905)

Document 6: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “If I Were a Man” (1914)

Document 7: Proposal to Buffalo, New York, Park Commission (1888)

Document 8: The New York Times, Review of Opening Night at Coney Island (1904)

5. Imperial Power and Domestic Unrest.

Document 1: Josiah Strong, Our Country (1885)

Document 2: Eugene V. Debs, “The Outlook for Socialism in the United States” (1900)

Document 3: Ida B. Wells, “Lynch Law in America” (1900)

Document 4: Henry Cabot Lodge, “The Business World vs. the Politicians” (1895)

Document 5: Theodore Roosevelt, Third Annual Message to Congress (1903)

Document 6: William Graham Sumner, What the Social Classes Owe to Each Other (1883)

Document 7: The People’s Party Platform (1892)

Document 8: William Jennings Bryan, Cross of Gold Speech (1896)

6. Progressivism.

Document 1: Herbert Croly, Progressive Democracy (1914)

Document 2: Louis Brandeis, Other People’s Money and How the Bankers Use It (1913)

Document 3: Walker Percy, “Birmingham under the Commission Plan” (1911)

Document 4: Report of the Vice Commission, Louisville, Kentucky (1915)

Document 5: Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House (1910)

Document 6: James H. Patten, Chairman of the National Legislative Committee of the American Purity Federation, Testimony Before Congress (1910)

Document 7: Platform Adopted by the National Negro Committee (1909)

Document 8: Helen M. Todd, “Getting Out the Vote” (1911)

7. Corporate Society.

Document 1: Warren G. Harding, Campaign Speech at Boston (1920)

Document 2: Edward Earle Purinton, “Big Ideas from Big Business” (1921)

Document 3: Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt (1922)

Document 4: Robert and Helen Lynd, Middletown (1929)

Document 5: Jane Littell, “Meditations of a Wage-Earning Wife” (1924)

Document 6: Letters from the Great Migration (1917)

Document 7: Langston Hughes, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” (1926)

Document 8: Mary Heaton Vorse, “Gastonia” (1929)

8. The Great Depression and the Rise of the Welfare State.

Document 1: Fortune, Editorial on Economic Conditions (1932)

Document 2: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Speech at San Francisco (1932)

Document 3: Herbert Hoover, Speech at New York City (1932)

Document 4: J. Frederick Essary, “The New Deal for Nearly Four Months” (1933)

Document 5: Lorena Hickok, Report on Federal Relief Efforts (1933)

Document 6: Huey P. Long, My First Days in the White House (1935)

Document 7: Charlie Storms, “Memories of the Depression” (1939)

Document 8: Letters to F.D.R. (1934, 1937)

9.World War II.

Document 1: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Annual Message to Congress (1941)

Document 2: Charles Lindbergh, Radio Address (1941)

Document 3: The Atlantic Charter (1941)

Document 4: I.F. Stone, “For the Jews–Life or Death?” (1944)

Document 5: Yoshiko Uchida, Desert Exile

Document 6: A. Philip Randolph, “Why Should We March?” (1942)

Document 7: Sterling A. Brown, “Out of Their Mouths” (1942)

Document 8: Juanita Loveless, from Rosie the Riveter Revisited (1942-1945)

10. The Culture of Prosperity.

Document 1: Kenneth MacFarland, “The Unfinished Work” (1946)

Document 2: George F. Kennan, “Long Telegram” (1946)

Document 3: National Security Council Memorandum Number 68 (1950)

Document 4: Richard Gerstell, “How You can Survive an Atomic Bomb Blast” (1950)

Document 5: Norman Vincent Peal, The Power of Positive Thinking (1952)

Document 6: David Riesman, “The National Style” (1957)

Document 7: Ladies Home Journal, “Young Mother” (1956)

Document 8: Life, Essay on Teen-age Consumption (1959)

Document 9: Michael Harrington, The Other America (1962)

11. Demand for Civil Justice.

Document 1: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail” (1963)

Document 2: Malcolm X, “The Ballot or the Bullet” (1964)

Document 3: Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement (1962)

Document 4: Charles Sherrod, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Memorandum (1961)

Document 5: Lyndon B. Johnson, Commencement Address at Howard University (1965)

Document 6: Shirley Chisholm, “I’d Rather Be Black than Female” (1970)

Document 7: Richard M. Nixon, “What Happened to America?” (1967)

Document 8: Donald Wheeldin, “The Situation in Watts Today” (1967)

12. The Vietnam War.

Document 1: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Press Conference (1954)

Document 2: The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1964)

Document 3: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “A Time to Break the Silence” (1967)

Document 4: Charlotte Keyes, “Suppose They Gave a War and No One Came” (1966)

Document 5: Columbia Strike Coordination Committee, “Columbia Liberated” (1968)

Document 6: Richard Hofstadter, Columbia University Commencement Address (1968)

Document 7: Richard Boyle, The Flower of the Dragon (1972)

Document 8: George Swiers, “ ‘Demented Vets and Other Myths’ ” (1983)

13. Multicultural America .

Document 1: Nathan Glazer, “The Peoples of America” (1965)

Document 2: Lyndon B. Johnson, Remarks upon Signing the Immigration Bill (1965)

Document 3: Mrs. Robert H. V. Duncan, Testimony Before Congress on Immigration Reform (1964)

Document 4: Los Angeles Times, “Asian Influx Alters Life in Suburbia” (1987)

Document 5: Ione Malloy, Southie Won’t Go (1975)

Document 6: Cesar Chavez, “God Is Beside You on the Picket Line” (1966)

Document 7: The Gay Liberation Front, Come Out (1970)

14. Republican Hegemony.

Document 1: Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address (1981)

Document 2: Paul Craig Roberts, The Supply-Side Revolution (1984)

Document 3: T. Boone Pickens, “My Case for Reagan” (1984)

Document 4: Patricia Morrisroe, “The New Class” (1985)

Document 5: Leah Rosch, “Modern-Day Mentors” (1987)

Document 6: Jerry Falwell, Listen America! (1981)

Document 7: Sidney Blumenthal, “The G.O.P. ‘Me Decade’” (1984)

Document 8: Diana Hembree, “Dead End in Silicon Valley” (1985)

15. The End of the Cold War.

Document 1: Ronald Reagan, Address to the National Association of Evangelicals (1983)

Document 2: Bill Chappell, Speech to the American Security Council Foundation (1985)

Document 3: Stephen Sestanovich, “Did the West Undo the East?” (1993)

Document 4: Wade Huntley, “The United States Was the Loser in the Cold War” (1993)

Document 5: Cynthia Enloe, “The Morning After” (1993)

Document 6: The New York Times, “The Workplace, After the Deluge” (1993)

16. Toward Postindustrial Society.

Document 1: Robert Reich, The Work of Nations (1991)

Document 2: Paul Hawken, “A Declaration of Sustainability” (1993)

Document 3: Doug Bandow, “Social Responsibility: A Conservative View” (1992)

Document 4: Myron Magnet, “Rebels with a Cause” (1993)

Document 5: Camilo José Vergara, “A Guide to the Ghettos” (1993)

Document 6: Roger Swardson, “Greetings from the Electronic Plantation” (1992)


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