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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.
I. The European Discovery 1. David E. Stannard, The American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World 2. Page Smith, From These Beginnings II. The First Century 3. Gary B. Nash, Black People in a White People's Country 4. John Demos, The Deerfield Massacre III. Transformations 5. Paula A. Treckel, "The Empire of My Heart": The Marriage of William Byrd II and Lucy Parke Byrd 6. Walter Isaacson, Citizen Ben: A Worldly American's Seven Great Virtues IV. "When in the Course of Human Events..." 7. David McCullough, John Adams and the Coming of the Revolution 8. Douglas L. Wilson, Thomas Jefferson and the Meanings of Liberty V. Birth of the Republic 9. H. W. Brands, Miracle at Philadelphia 10. Gordon S. Wood, The Greatness of George Washington VI. Patterns of Society 11. Jack Larkin, The Personal Side of a Developing People 12. Sally G. McMillen, "I'm Almost Worn Out in the Cause": Motherhood and Childbearing in the Old South VII. The Nation Takes Shape 13. Joseph J. Ellis, The Duel 14. Brian McGinty, The Great Chief Justice VIII. Woe If It Comes with Storm and Blood and Fire 15. Stephen B. Oates, The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion 16. Ira Berlin, "I Will Be Heard!": William Lloyd Garrison and the Struggle Against Slavery IX. The Age of Jackson 17. John F. Marszalek, Andrew Jackson: Flamboyant Hero of the Common Man 18. Joe B. Frantz, A Giant of Contradictions: The Irrepressible Sam Houston X. The Growth of Technology 19. Peter L. Bernstein, The Erie Canal: The Waterway That Shaped a Great Nation 20. Steven Yafa, Camelot on the Merrimack XI. Beyond the Mississippi 21. Dee Brown, The Trail of Tears 22. Johnny Faragher and Christine Stansell, Women and Their Families on the Overland Trails XII. "To Make Them Stand in Fear": The Slaveowning South 23. John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger, Runaways from a Hellish System 24. Benjamin Quarles, Let My People Go: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad XIII. The Death of Slavery 25. Ken Chowder, The Father of American Terrorism 26. Stephen B. Oates, Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation XIV. The Scourge of Civil War 27. Stephen B. Oates, The Ravages of War 28. Bruce Catton, Hayfoot, Strawfoot! XV. A Troubled Peace 29. James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, "Call Me Mister": The Black Experience During Reconstruction 30. Eric Foner, The Checkered History of the Great Fourteenth Amendment