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This collection of primary sources includes both classic and lesser-known documents describing the rich mosaic of American life from the pre-contact era to the present day. The sources, both public and private documents—ranging from letters, diary excerpts, stories, novels, to speeches, court cases, and government reports—tell the story of American history in the words of those who lived it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321395900
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/30/2005
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,052,133
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Æ Part One: A Colonizing People, 1492—1776

Chapter 1–Ancient America and Africa
• Pima Creation Story (Traditional–Ancient)
• Dekanawida Myth and the Achievement of Iroquois Unity (ca. 1500s)
• Duarte Barbosa, Excerpt from A Description of the Coasts of East Africa and Malabar in the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century (1518)

Chapter 2–Europeans and Africans Reach the Americas
• Christopher Columbus, Letter to Luis de Sant’ Angel (1493)
• Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, “Indians of the Rio Grande” (1528—1536)
• Bartholomé de Las Casas, “Of the Island of Hispaniola” (1542)
• Jacques Marquette, from The Mississippi Voyage of Joliet and Marquette (1673)
• Thomas Mun, from England’s Treasure by Foreign Trade (1664)

Chapter 3–Colonizing a Continent in the Seventeenth Century
• John Smith, “The Starving Time” (1624)
• Bacon’s Rebellion: The Declaration (1676)
• John Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity” (1630)
• Excerpt from the Trial of Anne Hutchinson (1637)
• Gottlieb Mittelberger, The Passage of Indentured Servants (1750)
• Elizabeth Sprigs, Letter to Her Father (1756)
• Olaudah Equiano, The Middle Passage (1788)

Chapter 4–The Maturing of Colonial Society
• William Bull, Report on the Stono Rebellion (1739)
• William Byrd II, Diary (1709)
• Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crèvecouer, from Letters from an American Farmer (1782)
• Benjamin Franklin, “Upon Hearing George Whitefield Preach” (1771)
• Jonathan Edwards, from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” (1741)
• James Oglethorpe, Establishing the Colony of Georgia (1733)

Chapter 5–The Strains of Empire
• John Dickinson, from Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (1768)
• Address of the Inhabitants of Anson County to Governor Martin (1774)
• Patrick Henry, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” (1775)

Æ Part Two: A Revolutionary People, 1775—1828

Chapter 6–A People in Revolution
• Judith Sargent Murray, “On the Equality of the Sexes” (1790)
• Molly Wallace, Valedictory Oration (1792)
• “Petition for Access to Education” (1787)

Chapter 7–Consolidating the Revolution
• George Washington, The Newburgh Address (1783)
• Publius (James Madison), Federalist Paper #10 (1788)
• George Mason, “Objections to This Constitution of Government” (1787)

Chapter 8–Creating a Nation
• Benjamin Banneker, Letter to Thomas Jefferson (1791)
• George Washington, Farewell Address (1796)
• The Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)
• Marbury v. Madison (1803)
• Meriwether Lewis, Journal (1805)

Chapter 9–Society and Politics in the Early Republic
• Tecumseh, Letter to Governor William Henry Harrison (1810)
• Missouri Enabling Act (1820)
• The Monroe Doctrine (1823)

Æ Part Three: An Expanding People, 1820—1877

Chapter 10–Economic Transformations in the Northeast and the Old Northwest
• Albany Daily Advertiser on the Erie Canal (1819)
• The Harbinger, Female Workers of Lowell (1836)
• Mary Paul, Letters Home (1845, 1846)

Chapter 11–Slavery and the Old South
• Nat Turner, Confession (1831)
• Benjamin Drew, Narratives of Escaped Slaves (1855)
• Frederick Douglass, Independence Day Speech (1852)
• George Fitzhugh, “The Blessings of Slavery” (1857)

Chapter 12–Shaping America in the Antebellum Age
• Andrew Jackson, First Annual Message to Congress (1829)
• “Memorial of the Cherokee Nation” (1830)
• Charles Finney, “Religious Revival” (1835)
• Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Letter from Brook Farm (1841)
• Dorothea Dix, Appeal on Behalf of the Insane (1843)
• William Lloyd Garrison, from The Liberator (1831)
• Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments (1848)

Chapter 13–Moving West
• John L. O’Sullivan, “The Great Nation of Futurity” (1845)
• José María Sánchez, from “A Trip to Texas” (1828)
• Thomas Corwin, Against the Mexican War (1847)
• Henry David Thoreau, from “Civil Disobedience” (1849)
• Elizabeth Dixon Smith Greer, Journal (1847—1850)
• Chief Seattle, Oration (1854)

Chapter 14–The Union in Peril
• Harriet Beecher Stowe, from Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)
• The Ostend Manifesto (1854)
• Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857)
• John Brown, Address to the Virginia Court (1859)

Chapter 15–The Union Severed
• James Henry Gooding, Letter to President Lincoln (1863)
• Jefferson Davis, Second Inaugural Address as President of Confederate States of America (1862)
• Clara Barton, Medical Life at the Battlefield (1862)
• Theodore A. Dodge, from Civil War Diary (1863)
• Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address (1863)
• Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address (1865)

Chapter 16–The Union Reconstructed
• Mississippi Black Codes (1865)
• A Sharecrop Contract (1882)
• Congressional Testimony on the Actions of the Ku Klux Klan (1872)
• Civil Rights Cases (1883)

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