Contending Voices: Biographical Explorations of the American Past, Volume I: To 1877 / Edition 2

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Each chapter in Contending Voices examines the lives of two individuals, some of them familiar historical figures and some of them lesser known, who took opposing positions on important issues in American history. The "paired biographies" in the text are followed by a set of four to six related primary sources, many in the individuals' own voices; a "Questions to Consider" section; and an annotated bibliography. This unique format promotes critical thinking and engages students in historical debates.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618660872
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/22/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hollitz received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1981 and has been professor of history at the Community College of Southern Nevada since 1992. Previously, he taught at California State University, Chico. In addition to CONTENDING VOICES, John has also authored a biographical reader, THINKING THROUGH THE PAST (2010). John is a dedicated teacher of the U.S. History survey course.

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Table of Contents

1. The Cross and the Sword in Spain's New World: Bartolome de Las Casas and HernĂ¡n Cortes 1. Cortes Describes the Aztecs (1519, 1520) 2. An Aztec View of the Temple Massacre (ca. 1550) 3. Cortes Defends Encomiendas (1522) 4. Las Casas Attacks Conversion by Conquest (1537) 5. Las Casas Attacks Encomiendas (1542) 2. Revolt on the Virginia Frontier: Nathaniel Bacon and William Berkeley 1. Frontier Planters Appeal to Governor William Berkeley (Spring 1676) 2. William Berkeley, "Declaration and Remonstrance" (May 1676) 3. A Summary of the June Assembly's Laws (1676) 4. Bacon's Manifesto (July 1676) 5. Grievances Submitted to the King's Commissioners (1677) 3. Enthusiasm, Authority, and the Great Awakening: James Davenport and Charles Chauncy 1. "A Song of Praise" (1742) 2. Charles Chauncy, Enthusiasm Described and Caution'd Against (1742) 3. "A Report on Religious Excess at New London" (1743) 4. James Davenport, Confession and Retractions (1744) 5. Charles Chauncy, Seasonable Thoughts on the State of Religion in New England (1743) 4. The Price of Patriotism: Jonathan Sewall and John Adams 1. "Instructions of the Town of Braintree to the Representative" (1765) 2. Jonathan Sewall Offers a Defense of British Authority (1771) 3. Jonathan Sewall on the Revolutionary Threat (1775) 4. John Adams, "Novanglus" (1775) 5. The Conflict over the Constitution: Patrick Henry and James Madison 1. Mercy Otis Warren, "Observations on the New Constitution" (1788) 2. James Madison, "The Federalist No. 10" (1788) 3. Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Convention (June 4, 1788) 4. Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Convention (June 5, 1788) 5. James Madison, "The Federalist No. 39" (1788) 6. Agrarians and Capitalists in the Early Republic: John Taylor and Alexander Hamilton 1. Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1787) 2. Alexander Hamilton, First Report on Public Credit (1790) 3. Alexander Hamilton, Report on Manufactures (1791) 4. John Taylor, Arator (1813) 5. Values of the Manufactures of the United States, Exclusive of Doubtful Articles (1810) 7. Resistance and Western Expansion: Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison 1. Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Henry Harrison (1803) 2. William Henry Harrison, Letter to William Eustis, Secretary of War (1809) 3. William Henry Harrison, A Discourse on the Aborigines of the Ohio Valley (1838) 4. Tecumseh, Speech to Harrison at Vincennes (1810) 5. Tecumseh, "Sleep Not Longer, O Choctaws and Chickasaws" (1811) 8. The Fruits of the Factory System: Sarah Bagley and Nathan Appleton 1. Nathan Appleton, "The Introduction of the Power Loom, and Origin of Lowell" (1858) 2. Regulations of the Appleton Company (1833) 3. Sarah Bagley, "The Pleasures of Factory Life" (1840) 4. Sarah Bagley, "Voluntary?" (1845) 5. Nathan Appleton, "Labor, Its Relations, in Europe and the United States Compared" (1844) 9. Politics, Morality, and Race in the Abolitionist Crusade: William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass 1. Detail of Liberator Masthead (1831) 2. Garrison Announces His New Reform Policy (1837) 3. Douglass Recounts His Life as a Slave (1845) 4. Garrison Announces "No Union with Slaveholders" (1844) 5. Frederick Douglass, "The Right To Criticize American Institutions" (1847) 6. Frederick Douglass Responds to William Lloyd Garrison (1853) 10. The Feminine Sphere in Antebellum Society: Catharine Beecher and Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1. Catharine Beecher on Women's Proper Place (1837) 2. Catharine Beecher, A Treatise on Domestic Economy (1841) 3. Elizabeth Cady Stanton Addresses the Seneca Falls Convention (1848) 4. Elizabeth Cady Stanton Answers the Critics of Woman's Rights (1848) 5. Traditional Dress and the Bloomer (ca. 1850) 11. Manifest Destiny and Conquest; Thomas Larkin and Juan Bautista Alvarado 1. Richard Henry Dana Assess the Californios (1840) 2. Thomas Larkin on the Situation in California (1845) 3. Juan Bautista Alvarado on the Conquest of California (1876) 4. Vigilante Justice in Los Angeles (1857) 12. The South and the Slavery Debate: Hinton Rowan Helper and George Fitzhugh 1. George Fitzhugh, Slavery Justified (1850) 2. George Fitzhugh, Cannibals All! (1857) 3. Hinton Rowan Helper on Chinese Immigrants (1855) 4. Hinton Rowan Helper, The Impending Crisis of the South (1857) 5. Emily Burke, Reminiscences of Georgia (1850) 13. Yankees and "Border Ruffians" in "Bleeding Kansas": Sara Robinson and David Atchison 1. "Address to the People of the Southern States"(1849) 2. Report of the Committee To Investigate the Troubles in Kansas (1856) 3. Sara Robinson on "Bleeding Kansas" (1856) 4. Sara Robinson on the "Sack" of Lawrence (1856) 5. David Atchison on the "Abolitionist" Threat (1856) 14. Mr. Lincoln's War: Clement Vallandigham and Benjamin Wade 1. Benjamin Wade Assaults a Southern Colleague (1854) 2. Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Horace Greeley (1862) 3. Benjamin Wade and Henry Davis, The Wade-Davis Manifesto (1864) 4. Clement Vallandigham, "The Great Civil War in America" (1863) 5. Clement Vallandigham Attacks Benjamin Wade (1862) 15. Race and Redemption in the Reconstructed South: Robert Smalls and Carl Schurz 1. Zion Presbyterian Church, "Memorial to the Senate and House of Representatives" (1865) 2. Carl Schurz, Report on the Condition of the South (1865) 3. Representative Robert Smalls Protests the Withdrawal of Federal Troops (1876) 4. James Pike, The Prostrate State (1874) 5. Carl Schurz, Speech in the Senate (1872)

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