Portrait of America is an anthology of essays written by some of America's most eminent historians. Suitable for U.S. history survey courses, the collection maintains a loose biographical focus. The essays in this secondary-source reader humanize American history by portraying it as a story of real people with whom students can easily identify. More than 20 percent of the essays in the Ninth Edition are new. Each selection is preceded by an introduction for context, and a helpful glossary identifies important individuals, events, and concepts. Study questions follow each selection, prompting students to make comparisons between the readings.
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Meet the Author
: Steven B. Oates is professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Over the course of his career he has written highly successful biographies of figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Faulkner.
Charles Errico, the new co-author of Portrait of America, is a professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College. He also conducts graduate classes at George Mason University.
I. A Troubled Peace 1. James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, "Call Me Mister": The Black Experience During Reconstruction 2. Eric Foner, The Checkered History of the Great Fourteenth Amendment II. Conquest of the West 3. Robert M. Utley, Sitting Bull and the Sioux Resistance 4. David Laskin, Death on the Prairies: The Murderous Blizzard of 1888 III. The New Industrial Order 5. Robert L Heilbroner, The Master of Steel: Andrew Carnegie 6. David McCullough, The Brooklyn Bridge: A Monument to American Ingenuity and Daring 7. David Boroff, A Little Milk, a Little Honey IV. Reform and Expansion 8. Paula A. Treckel, The Lady Versus Goliath: Ida Tarbell Takes on the Standard Oil Co. 9. David R. Kohler and James W. Wensyel, America's First Southeast Asian War: The Philippine Insurrection V. Currents of the Progressive Era 10. Edmund Morris, Theodore Roosevelt, President 11. Sean Dennis Cashman, African Americans and the Quest for Civil Rights VI. The Struggle for Justice at Home and Abroad (1914-1920) 12. William Lavender and Mary Lavender, Suffragists' Storm Over Washington 13. Margaret MacMillan, "A Tragedy of Disappointment": Woodrow Wilson and the Treaty of Versailles VII. The Twenties 14. Roderick Nash, Henry Ford: Symbol of an Age 15. James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton Lytle, Justice Denied: The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti VIII. Long Dark Night of the Depression 16. T.H. Watkins, Under Hoover, the Shame and Misery Deepened 17. James MacGregor Burns, Government in Action: FDR and the Early New Deal IX. A World at War (1937-1945) 18. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Franklin and Eleanor: The Early Wartime White House 19. William J. vanden Heuvel, America and the Holocaust X. The Bomb 20. Robert James Maddox, The Biggest Decision: Why We Had to Drop the Atomic Bomb 21. Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II, Hiroshima: The Victims XI. Perils of the Cold War 22. David McCullough, Harry Truman: "One Tough Son-of-a-Bitch of a Man" 23. Michael R. Beschloss, Eisenhower and Kennedy: Contrasting Presidencies in a Fearful World 24. Larry L. King, Trapped: Lyndon Johnson and the Nightmare of Vietnam XII. A New Birth of Freedom 25. Stephen B. Oates, Trumpet of Conscience: Martin Luther King, Jr. 26. Marcia Cohen, Betty Friedan Destroys the Myth of the Happy Housewife XIII. The Seventies 27. Otto Friedrich, "I Have Never Been a Quitter": A Portrait of Richard Nixon 28. Nicholas Lehman, How the Seventies Changed America XIV. The End of the Cold War 29. Richard Brookhiser, Reagan: His Place in History 30. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Some Lessons from the Cold War XV. From the Technological Revolution to Modern Terrorism 31. Walter Isaacson, Bill Gates: Enigmatic Genius of Microsoft 32. John Lewis Gaddis, The Lessons of September 11