Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in American History / Edition 7by Larry Madaras, James M. SoRelle
Pub. Date: 04/28/1997
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
This debate-style reader is designed to introduce students to controversies in American history. The readings,which represent the arguments of leading historians,reflect a variety of viewpoints,and are presented in "yes" and "no" pairs. Taking Sides actively develops critical thinking skills by requiring students to analyze opposing viewpoints and reach considered judgements.
Table of ContentsPART 1. Reconstruction, Immigration, and the Industrial Revolution
ISSUE 1. Was It Wrong to Impeach Andrew Johnson?
YES: Irving Brant, from Impeachment: Trials and Errors
NO: Harold M. Hyman, from A More Perfect Union: The Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on the Constitution
ISSUE 2. Was John D. Rockefeller a "Robber Baron"?
YES: Matthew Josephson, from The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901
NO: Ralph W. Hidy and Muriel E. Hidy, from History of Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), vol. 1: Pioneering in Big Business, 1882-1911
ISSUE 3. Did Nineteenth-Century Women of the West Fail to Overcome the Hardships of Living on the Great Plains?
YES: Christine Stansell, from "Women on the Great Plains 1865-1890," Women's Studies
NO: Glenda Riley, from A Place to Grow: Women in the American West
ISSUE 4. Were American Workers in the Gilded Age Conservative Capitalists?
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