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This reader provides a wealth of political and diplomatic primary source documents, including many selections illustrated with photographs. Each document is preceded by a headnote that places the document within a historical context. Headnotes conclude with Questions to Consider, which stimulate comprehension of the document and provide comparative analysis of related selections.
1. Reconstructing the Union 1. Unity: What the Centennial Ought to Accomplish, Scribner's Monthly 2. Subjugation: Address to the Louisville Convention, Frederick Douglass 2. Minorities 3. Cheyenne Autumn: A Century of Dishonor, Helen Hunt Jackson 4. Catholicism in America: The Catholic Bishops on Parochial Education 5. Newcomers: How the Other Half Lives, Jacob Riis 6. From Another Shore: Congressional Report on Chinese Immigration 7. New South, Old South: A Red Record, Ida B. Wells 8. Patriotism: The Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Bellamy; Lift Every Voice and Sing, James Weldon Johnson 9. Bearing Gifts: Russian Jews, Mary Antin 10. Closing the Doors: Immigration Act of 1924 3. Industry, Expansion, and Reform 11. Production and Wealth: Triumphant Democracy, Andrew Carnegie 12. Labor's Vision: What Does the Working Man Want? Samuel Gompers 13. The Lure of the East: America's Destiny, Albert Beveridge 14. The Woman Movement: Address to the Woman Suffrage Association, Carrie Chapman Catt 15. The Big Stick: Monroe Doctrine Corollary, Theodore Roosevelt 16. Industrial Blight: The Jungle, Upton Sinclair 17. City Dangers, City Lights: The Spirit of Youth, Jane Addams 18. The War for Democracy: Address to Congress, Woodrow Wilson 19. The Diplomacy of Isolation: Speech to the Senate, Henry Cabot Lodge 20. The Business of America: The Man Nobody Knows, Bruce Barton; A Sales Promotion Address, Knute Rockne 4. Crisis and Hope 21. American Earthquake: Women on the Breadlines, Meridel LeSueur 22. The Politics of Upheaval: First Inaugural Address, Franklin D. Roosevelt 23. Need and Affliction: The Social Security Act, Frances Perkins 24. Organizing the Masses: Four Union Songs 25. The Rights of Labor: National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel, Charles Evans Hughes 26. War Aims: The Four Freedoms, Franklin D. Roosevelt 27. Shattering the Axis: A Fireside Chat, Franklin D. Roosevelt 28. Destroyer of Worlds: Hiroshima, John Hersey 5. Protracted Conflict 29. Rebuilding Europe: Harvard Commencement Address, George C. Marshall 30. Seeing Reds: Lincoln Day Address, Joseph R. McCarthy 31. A Question of Command: Address on Korea and MacArthur, Harry S. Truman 32. The Military-Industrial Complex: Farewell Address, Dwight D. Eisenhower 33. The Defense of Freedom: Inaugural Address, John F. Kennedy 34. Blank Check: Message on the Gulf of Tonkin, Lyndon B. Johnson 35. Agony in Asia: A Time to Break Silence, Martin Luther King, Jr. 6. Movements for Change 36. Desegregation: Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Earl Warren 37. Saving the Habitat: Silent Spring, Rachel Carson 38. Nonviolence and Protest: Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. 39. Women's Liberation: The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan 40. The Right to Vote: The American Promise, Lyndon B. Johnson 41. A Turn to Militancy: Black Power, Stokely Carmichael 42. Life and Choice: Roe v. Wade, Harry Blackmun 43. Crisis of the Presidency: Statement on the Impeachment of Richard Nixon, Sam Ervin 7. Modern Times 44. Business Unleashed: First Inaugural Address, Ronald Reagan 45. The Evil Empire: Speech to the National Association of Evangelicals, Ronald Reagan 46. Response to Terror: The Bush Strategic Doctrine, George W. Bush 47. Gay Rights: Lawrence v. Texas, Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor