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Overview

This two-volume primary-source collection provides a diverse selection of voices from the nation’s past while emphasizing the important social, political, and economic themes of a U.S. history survey course. Edited by one of the authors of The American Promise and designed to complement the textbook, Reading the American Past features over 150 documents, each accompanied by a headnote and questions for discussion to encourage students’ understanding of the sources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312459680
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/4/2008
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL P. JOHNSON (Ph.D., Stanford University) is a professor of history at the Johns Hopkins University. He has written or edited six books, including No Chariot Let Down: Charleston’s Free People of Color on the Eve of the Civil War (1984) and The American Promise.

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Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors  
Introduction for Students  

 
16. RECONSTRUCTION, 1863- 1877  
16-1 Carl Schurz Reports on the Condition of the Defeated South
 
     Report on the Condition of the South, 1865
16-2 Black Codes Enacted in the South 
     Mississippi Black Code, November 1865
16-3 Former Slaves Seek to Reunite Their Families 
     Advertisements from the Christian Recorder, 1865 - 1870
16-4 A Black Convention in Alabama 
     Address of the Colored Convention to the People of Alabama, 1867
16-5 Klan Violence against Blacks 
     Elias Hill, Testimony before Congressional Committee Investigating the Ku Klux Klan, 1871
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS 

 
17. THE CONTESTED WEST, 1870 - 1900  
17-1 Pun Chi Appeals to Congress in Behalf of Chinese Immigrants in California
 
     A Remonstrance from the Chinese in California, ca. 1870
17-2 Swedish Immigrants on the Kansas Prairie 
     Ida Lindgren, Letters, 1870 - 1874
17-3 Texas Rangers on the Mexican Border 
     N. A. Jennings, A Texas Ranger, 1875
17-4 In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat Describes White Encroachment 
     Chief Joseph, Speech to a White Audience, 1879
17-5 A Plea to “Citizenize” Indians 
     Richard Pratt, “Kill the Indian ... and save the man,” 1892
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS 

18. BUSINESS AND POLITICS IN THE GILDED AGE, 1870 - 1895  
18-1 Jay Gould on Capital and Labor
 
     Testimony before the U.S. Senate, 1883
18-2 William Graham Sumner on Social Obligations 
     What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, 1883
18-3 Henry Demarest Lloyd Attacks Monopolies 
     Wealth against Commonwealth, 1894
18-4 Andrew Carnegie Explains the Gospel of Wealth 
     Wealth, 1889
18-5 Henry George Explains Why Poverty Is a Crime  
     An Analysis of the Crime of Poverty, 1885
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  
 
19. THE CITY AND ITS WORKERS, 1870 - 1900  
19-1 A Textile Worker Explains the Labor Market 
     Thomas O'Donnell, Testimony before a U.S. Senate Committee, 1885
19-2 Domestic Servants on Household Work 
     Interviews with Journalist Helen Campbell, 1880s
19-3 Jacob Riis Describes Abandoned Babies in New York City's Slums  
     Waifs of New York City's Slums, 1890
19-4 Labor Contractors and Italian Immigrants  
     S. Merlino, Italian Immigrants and Their Enslavement, 1893
19-5 George Washington Plunkitt Explains Politics  
     William L. Riordon, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, 1905
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  
 
20. DISSENT, DEPRESSION, AND WAR, 1890 - 1900  
20-1 Addressing the Crisis in Rural America
 
     Populist Party Platform, July 4, 1892
20-2 White Supremacy in Wilmington, North Carolina  
     Gunner Jesse Blake, Narrative of the Wilmington “Rebellion” of 1898
20-3 Pinkertons Defeated at Homestead  
     Pinkerton Guard Testimony, 1893
20-4 Conflicting Views about Labor Unions  
     N. F. Thompson, Testimony before the Industrial Commission on the Relations and Conditions of Capital and Labor, 1900
     Samuel Gompers, Letter to the American Federationist, 1894
20-5 Emilio Aguinaldo Criticizes American Imperialism in the Philippines 
     Case against the United States, 1899
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  
 
21. PROGRESSIVISM FROM THE GRASS ROOTS TO THE WHITE HOUSE, 1890 - 1916  
21-1 Jane Addams on Settlement Houses 

     The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements, 1892
21-2 A Sociologist Studies Working-Class Saloons in Chicago  
     Royal Melendy, Ethical Substitutes for the Saloon, 1900
21-3 John D. Rockefeller Jr. Explains “The Best Thing for Us All”  
     Speech to Colorado Fuel and Iron Officials and Employee Representatives, October 2, 1915
21-4 Mother Jones on the Futility of Class Harmony  
     Letter to Mrs. Potter Palmer, January 12, 1907
21-5 Booker T. Washington on Racial Accommodation  
     The Atlanta Exposition Address, 1895
21-6 W. E. B. Du Bois on Racial Equality  
     Booker T. Washington and Others, 1903
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS 
 
22. WORLD WAR I: THE PROGRESSIVE CRUSADE AT HOME AND ABROAD, 1914 - 1920  
22-1 President Woodrow Wilson Asks Congress for a Declaration of War
 
     Speech to Congress, April 2, 1917
22-2 Eugene V. Debs Attacks Capitalist Warmongers  
     Speech Delivered in Canton, Ohio, June 16, 1918
22-3 A Doughboy's Letter from the Front  
     Anonymous Soldier, Letter to Elmer J. Sutters, 1918
22-4 Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer Defends America from Communists
     The Case against the “Reds,” 1920
22-5 An African American Responds to the Chicago Race Riot  
     Stanley B. Norvell, Letter to Victor F. Lawson, 1919
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  
 
23. FROM NEW ERA TO GREAT DEPRESSION, 1920 - 1932  
23-1 President Calvin Coolidge on Government and Business
 
     Address before the New York Chamber of Commerce, November 19, 1925
23-2 Reinhold Niebuhr on Christianity in Detroit  
     Diary Entries, 1925 - 1928
23-3 The Ku Klux Klan Defends Americanism  
     Hiram W. Evans, The Klan's Fight for Americanism, 1926
23-4 Mothers Seek Freedom from Unwanted Pregnancies  
     Margaret Sanger, Motherhood in Bondage, 1928
23-5 Marcus Garvey Explains the Goals of the Universal Negro Improvement Association  
     The Negro's Greatest Enemy, 1923
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  
 
24. THE NEW DEAL EXPERIMENT, 1932 - 1939  
24-1 Franklin D. Roosevelt Proposes an Activist Government
 
     Speech to the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, 1932
24-2 Working People's Letters to New Dealers  
     Letter to Frances Perkins, January 27, 1935
     Letter to Frances Perkins, March 29, 1935
     Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 23, 1936
     Letter to Frances Perkins, July 27, 1937
     Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, November 27, 1939
24-3 Huey Long Proposes Redistribution of Wealth  
     Speech to Members of the Share Our Wealth Society, 1935
24-4 A Mexican American Farmworker Describes the Importance of Sticking Together  
     Jose Flores, Interview, Farm Security Administration Migrant Labor Camp, El Rio, California, 1941
24-5 Conservatives Criticize the New Deal  
     Herbert Hoover, Anti - New Deal Campaign Speech, 1936
     Minnie Hardin, Letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, December 14, 1937
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  

25. THE UNITED STATES AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR, 1939 - 1945  
25-1 President Franklin D. Roosevelt Requests Declaration of War on Japan
 
     Speech to Congress, December 8, 1941
25-2 A Japanese American War Hero Recalls Pearl Harbor  
     Grant Hirabayashi, Oral History, 1999
25-3 The Holocaust: A Journalist Reports on Nazi Massacres of Jews  
     Varian Fry, The Massacre of the Jews, December 21, 1942
25-4 Soldiers Send Messages Home  
     Sergeant Irving Strobing, Radio Address from Corregidor, Philippines, May 5 or 6, 1942
     John Conroy, Letter, December 24, 1942
     Allen Spach, Letter, February 1943
     James McMahon, Letter, March 10, 1944
     David Mark Olds, Letter, July 12, 1945
25-5 The War between the Sexes  
     Willard Waller, The Coming War on Women, 1945
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  
 
26. COLD WAR POLITICS IN THE TRUMAN YEARS, 1945 - 1953  
26-1 General Marshall Summarizes the Lessons of World War II
 
     For the Common Defense, 1945
26-2 George F. Kennan Outlines Containment  
     The Long Telegram, February 22, 1946
26-3 Cold War Blueprint  
     NSC-68: U.S. Objectives and Programs for National Security, 1950
26-4 Senator Joseph McCarthy Hunts Communists  
     Speech Delivered in Wheeling, West Virginia, February 9, 1950
26-5 A South Korean Soldier Remembers the Korean War  
     Hong An, Interview, 1997
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  
 
27. THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF ABUNDANCE, 1952 - 1960  
27-1 Edith M. Stern Attacks the Domestic Bondage of Women
 
     Women Are Household Slaves, 1949
27-2 Vance Packard Analyzes the Age of Affluence  
     The Status Seekers, 1959
27-3 Rosa Parks Says “No”: A Memoir  
     My Story, 1992
27-4 Civil Defense in the Nuclear Shadow  
     North Dakota Civil Defense Agency, How You Will Survive, 1960
27-5 President Dwight D. Eisenhower Warns about the Military-Industrial Complex  
     Farewell Address, January 1961
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  
 
28. REFORM, REBELLION, AND REACTION, 1960 - 1974  
28-1 President Lyndon B. Johnson Describes the Great Society
 
     Address at the University of Michigan, May 22, 1964
28-2 New Left Students Seek Democratic Social Change  
     Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement, 1962
28-3 Martin Luther King Jr. Explains Nonviolent Resistance  
     Letter from Birmingham City Jail, 1963
28-4 Black Power  
     Chicago Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee Leaflet, 1967
28-5 Equal Rights for Women  
     National Organization for Women, Statement of Purpose, October 29, 1966
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  
 
29. VIETNAM AND THE LIMITS OF POWER, 1961 - 1975  
29-1 President Kennedy Explains Why We Are in Vietnam
 
     Bobbie Lou Pendergrass, Letter to President John F. Kennedy, February 18, 1963
     President John F. Kennedy, Letter to Bobbie Lou Pendergrass, March 6, 1963
29-2 A Secret Government Assessment of the Vietnam War  
     Robert S. McNamara, Actions Recommended for Vietnam, October 14, 1966
29-3 Military Discipline in an Unpopular War  
     Robert D. Heinl Jr., The Collapse of the Armed Forces, June 7, 1971
29-4 An American Soldier in Vietnam 
     Arthur E. Woodley Jr., Oral History of a Special Forces Ranger
29-5 A Vietcong Guerrilla Describes Tunnel Warfare 
     Tran Thi Gung, Interview, ca. 1998
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS 
 
30. AMERICA MOVES TO THE RIGHT, 1969 - 1989 
30-1 George Wallace Campaigns for President
 
     American Independent Party Platform, 1968
30-2 The Watergate Tapes: Nixon, Dean, and Haldeman Discuss the Cancer within the Presidency  
     Transcript from Tape-Recorded Meeting, March 21, 1973
30-3 Roe v. Wade and Abortion Rights 
     Supreme Court Decision, 1973
30-4 President Ronald Reagan Defends American Morality  
     Address to the National Association of American Evangelicals, 1983
30-5 A Vietnamese Immigrant on the West Coast 
     Anonymous Man, Oral History, 1983
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS 
 
31. THE END OF THE COLD WAR AND THE CHALLENGES OF GLOBALIZATION, SINCE 1989 
31-1 Supreme Court Dissents from Deciding 2000 Presidential Election  
     Supreme Court Dissents in George W. Bush v. Albert Gore Jr., December 12, 2000
31-2 President George W. Bush Receives CIA Warning about Al Qaeda and Addresses Congress after 9/11 Terrorist Attacks  
     President's Daily Brief, Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S., August 6, 2001
     President George W. Bush, Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, September 20, 2001
31-3 National Security of the United States Requires Preemptive War  
     The National Security Strategy of the United States, September 2002
31-4 A Captured 9/11 Terrorist Confesses  
     Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, Confession, 2007
31-5 A Christian Leader Argues That Evangelical Christianity Has Been Hijacked  
     Tony Campolo, Interview, 2004
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  

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