Negotiating Difference: Cultural Case Studies for Composition / Edition 1

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A new kind of multicultural composition reader that focuses on contact zones — historical moments when contending groups have negotiated across boundaries of race, class, gender, and ideology — by offering 6 casebooks that explore conflicts in American history. Assignment sequences and research kits are included at the end of each unit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312068462
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 963
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors


Dominant English Accounts
William Bradford, from History of Plymouth Plantation (1630-1645)
John Underhill, from Newes from America (1638)
Increase Mather, from A Brief History of the War with the Indians in New-England (1676)
Mary Rowlandson, from A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682)
Alternative English Accounts
Lion Gardener, from Relation of the Pequot Wars (c. 1660)
John Easton, "A Relation of the Indian War" (1675)
Native American Accounts
Paper Left on a Bridge Post at Medfield, Massachusetts (1675)
Waban, Speech at the End of King Philip's War, Recorded and with a Reply by Daniel Gookin (1677)
William Apess, from Eulogy on King Philip (1836)
Treaties, Laws, and Deeds
Treaty of Peace and Alliance between Massasoit and the Plymouth Colonists (1621)
Treaty of Hartford (1638)
Unrestricted Deed (1642)
Treaty of Submission (1644)
Rules for the Praying Indian Town of Concord, Massachusetts (1647)
Laws pertaining to Indians, Massachusetts Bay Colony (1648)
Restricted Deed (1648)
Andrew Pittimee and Other Native American Fighters for the English in King Philip's War, Petition (1676)
Assignment Sequences
Research Kit


Jefferson's Views on Slavery
Thomas Jefferson, Draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776)
Thomas Jefferson, from Notes on Virginia (1788)
The Antislavery Battle
Benjamin Banneker, Letter to Thomas Jefferson (1791)
David Walker, from Walker's Appeal (1829)
Maria Stewart, An Address Delivered at the African Masonic Hall (1833)
Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" (1852)
Charles Langston, Address to the Court (1859)
The Proslavery Defense
George Fitzhugh, from Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society (1854)
David Christy, from Cotton Is King (1855)
Albert Taylor Bledsoe, from Liberty and Slavery (1857)
Proclamations and Public Statements
Jonathan Jackson, Manumission Paper (1776)
Prince Hall et al., Petition on behalf of Massachusetts Slaves (1777)
Rhode Island Resolution for the Formation of a Colored Regiment (1778)
Dr. Bloomfield, Fourth of July Manumission Speech (1783)
Petition Supporting Slavery (1785)
William Lloyd Garrison, "Declaration of Sentiments of the American Anti-Slavery Convention" (1833)
Assignment Sequences
Research Kit


Circumscribing Woman's Sphere
Catharine Beecher, from A Treatise on Domestic Economy (1842)
Jonathan F. Stearns, from "Female Influence, and the True Christian Mode of Its Exercise" (1837)
Albert A. Folsom, from "Abolition Women" (1837)
Massachusetts Congregationalist Clergy, from "Pastoral Letter" (1837)
Louisa Cheves McCord, from "Enfranchisement of Women" (1852)
New York Herald, "The Woman's Rights Convention: The Last Act of the Drama" (1852)
Contesting Woman's Sphere
Sarah Grimké, from Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women (1838)
Margaret Fuller, "The Wrongs of American Women, the Duty of American Women" (1845)
Frederick Douglass, Editorials on Women's Rights (1848, 1851)
Sojourner Truth, Recorded by Frances D. Gage, "A'n't I a Woman?" (1851)
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Woman" (1855)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "A Slave's Appeal" (1860)
Anna Julia Cooper, "The Higher Education of Women" (1892)
Laws, Contracts, and Proclamations on Women's Rights
Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention, "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" (1848)
New York State Married Women's Property Laws (1848, 1860)
Marriage Agreements: Robert Dale Owen and Mary Jane Robinson (1832); Henry B. Blackwell and Lucy Stone (1855)
From the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1868)
Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1870)
From Minor v. Happersett (1875)
Resolutions of the American Woman Suffrage Association Convention (1893)
Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1920)
Assignment Sequences
Research Kit


The Gospel of Wealth
Horatio Alger, from Ragged Dick (1867)
Andrew Carnegie, "Wealth" (June 1889)
William H. Councill, from The Negro Laborer: A Word to Him (1887)
Russell H. Conwell, from "Acres of Diamonds" (ca. 1888-1915)
Critics of the Gospel of Wealth
Edward Bellamy, from Looking Backward: 2000-1887 (1888)
Henry Demarest Lloyd, from Wealth against Commonwealth (1894)
Henry George, from Progress and Poverty (1879)
Working Conditions
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, from The Silent Partner (1871)
Testimony before the Senate Committee on the Relations between Capital and Labor (1883)
Samuel Gompers,
John Hill
Timothy D. Stow
Charles F. Wingate
N. R. Fielding
John Roach
Joseph Medill
Robert S. Howard
William Z. Foster, from Pages from a Worker's Life (1939)
Workingmen's Party of Illinois, "Declaration of Independence" (1876)
Assignment Sequences
Research Kit


Official Documents Establishing the Internment
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Executive Order 9066 (1942)
John L. DeWitt, "Instructions to All Persons of Japanese Ancestry" (1942)
Opinions on the Japanese "Threat"
Montaville Flowers, from The Japanese Conquest of American Opinion (1917)
U.S. Department of War, from Final Report: Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast, 1942 (1943)
Japanese American Citizens League, from The Case for the Nisei (1945)
U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, from Personal Justice Denied (1982)
Testimony of the Interned
Mike Masaoka with Bill Hosokawa, from They Call Me Moses Masaoka: An American Saga (1987)
Michi Nishiura Weglyn, from Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America's Concentration Camps (1976)
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, from Farewell to Manzanar (1973)
Minoru Yasui, Oral History (1984)
Monica Sone, from Nisei Daughter (1953)
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, from Farewell to Manzanar (1973)
John Okada, from No-No Boy (1957)
Hisaye Yamamoto, "A Fire in Fontana" (1985)
Assignment Sequences
Research Kit


A Precursor to War
Ho Chi Minh, "Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam" (1945)
1965: Year of Escalation and Protest
Thomas J. Dodd, from a Speech to the U.S. Senate (1965)
U.S. Department of State, from the White Paper Aggression from the North: The Record of North Vietnam's Campaign to Conquer South Vietnam (1965)
I. F. Stone, "A Reply to the 'White Paper' " (1965)
David Dellinger, A.J. Muste, et al., "Declaration of Conscience against the War in Vietnam" (1965)
Barbara Beidler, "Afterthoughts on a Napalm-Drop on Jungle Villages near Haiphong" (1965)
Huy Can, "Truth Blazes Even in Little Children's Hearts" (1965)
Paul Potter, from "The Incredible War" (1965)
The War at Home
Martin Luther King Jr., "Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam" (1967)
Lyndon B. Johnson, from "Peace in Vietnam and Southeast Asia" (1968)
National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, "A Message to GIs and to the Movement" (1968)
Richard M. Nixon, from "Vietnamization" (1969)
Spiro T. Agnew, Parasites, Protesters, and the Press (1969)
John F. Kerry, Testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1971)
Veterans Remember
Tim O'Brien, "On the Rainy River" (1990)
Harold "Light Bulb" Bryant, Oral History (1984)
Leslie McClusky, Oral History (1987)
Ron Kovic, from Born on the Fourth of July (1976)
Index of Authors and Titles

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