Portrait of America, Volume One: To 1877 / Edition 8

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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 has 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 identify. Each selection is preceded by an introduction that sets the context and a helpful glossary that identifies important individuals, events, and concepts. The Eighth Edition includes an essay in which six major historians reflect on the historical significance of September 11, 2001.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618220236
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/5/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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.

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Table of Contents

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. Richard B. Morris, Meet Dr. Franklin IV. "When in the Course of Human Events..." 7. Alexander Winston, Sam Adams, Firebrand of the Revolution 8. Douglas L. Wilson, Thomas Jefferson and the Meanings of Liberty V. Birth of the Republic 9. Brian McGinty, Sunrise 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, This Giant of Contradictions: The Irrepressible Sam Houston X. The Growth of Technology 19. Maury Klein, The Lords and the Mill Girls 20. Page Smith, "Hell in Harness": The Iron Horse and the Go-Ahead Age 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 W. Blassingame, Life in a Totalitarian 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, Soldiering in the Civil War XV. A Troubled Peace 29. Vincent Harding, 1865: The Beautiful, Cruel Year of Transition in the Black Struggle for Freedom 30. Eric Foner, The Checkered History of the Great Fourteenth Amendment

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