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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: 9780321396006
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/30/2005
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 510,617
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents


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)

Æ Part Four: An Industrializing People, 1865—1900

Chapter 17–Rural America: The West and the New South
• Helen Hunt Jackson, from A Century of Dishonor (1881)
• Frederick Jackson Turner, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” (1893)
• Henry Grady, “The New South” (1886)
• From Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
• Booker T. Washington, Atlanta Exposition Address (1895)
• W. E. B. Du Bois, from “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others” (1903)
• Ida B. Wells-Barnett, from A Red Record (1895)

Chapter 18–The Rise of Smokestack America
• John Spargo, from The Bitter Cry of Children (1906)
• Letters to the Jewish Daily Forward (1906—1907)
• Lee Chew, from Life of a Chinese Immigrant (1903)
• Chinese Exclusion Act (1882)
• The Secret Oath of the American Protective Association (1893)
• Terence V. Powderly, Preamble to the Constitution of the Knights of Labor (1878)
• Charles Loring Brace, “The Life of the Street Rats” (1872)
• George Waring, Sanitary Conditions in New York (1897)

Chapter 19–Politics and Reform
• Andrew Carnegie, from “The Gospel of Wealth” (1889)
• Russell Conwell, from “Acres of Diamonds” (1915)
• Edward Bellamy, from Looking Backward (1888)
• The Omaha Platform of the Populist Party (1892)
• William Allen White, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” (1896)
• William L. Riordon, from Plunkitt of Tammany Hall (1905)

Chapter 20–Becoming a World Power
• Josiah Strong, from Our Country (1885)
• Albert Beveridge, “The March of the Flag” (1898)
• William Graham Sumner, from “On Empire and the Philippines” (1898)
• William McKinley, “Decision on the Philippines” (1900)
• The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1904)

Æ Part Five: A Modernizing People, 1900—1945

Chapter 21–The Progressives Confront Industrial Capitalism
• Ida M. Tarbell, from The History of the Standard Oil Company (1904)
• Theodore Dreiser, from Sister Carrie (1900)
• Theodore Roosevelt, from The New Nationalism (1910)
• Woodrow Wilson, from The New Freedom (1913)
• National American Woman Suffrage Association, Mother’s Day Letter (1912)
• Jane Addams, from Twenty Years at Hull House (1910)

Chapter 22–The Great War
• Boy Scouts of America, from “Boy Scouts Support the War Effort” (1917)
• Eugene V. Debs, Statement to the Court (1918)
• Newton D. Baker, “The Treatment of German-Americans” (1918)
• Eugene Kennedy, A “Doughboy” Describes the Fighting Front (1918)
• Woodrow Wilson, The Fourteen Points (1918)

Chapter 23–Affluence and Anxiety
• A. Mitchell Palmer, “The Case Against the Reds” (1920)
• Comprehensive Immigration Law (1924)
• Calvin Coolidge, Honoring Charles Lindbergh (1927)
• Marcus Garvey, Aims and Objectives of the UNIA (1923)

Chapter 24–The Great Depression and the New Deal
• Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address (1933)
• Huey Long, “Share Our Wealth” (1935)
• Eleanor Roosevelt, from “My Day” Columns (1939)

Chapter 25–World War II
• Albert Einstein, Letter to President Roosevelt (1939)
• Franklin D. Roosevelt, The Four Freedoms (1941)
• Charles A. Lindbergh, from Des Moines Speech (1941)
• A. Philip Randolph, “Why Should We March?” (1942)
• Korematsu v. United States (1944)

Æ Part Six: A Resilient People, 1945—2005

Chapter 26–Postwar America at Home, 1945—1960
• Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
• The Southern Manifesto (1956)
• Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, The Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955)

Chapter 27–Chills and Fever During the Cold War, 1945—1960
• Harry S Truman, The Truman Doctrine (1947)
• George Marshall, The Marshall Plan (1947)
• Joseph R. McCarthy, from Speech Delivered to the Women’s Club of Wheeling, West Virginia (1950)
• Margaret Chase Smith, from “Declaration of Conscience” (1950)
• Whittaker Chambers, from Foreword to Witness (1952)
• Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address (1961)

Chapter 28–Reform and Rebellion in the Turbulent Sixties, 1960—1969
• John F. Kennedy, Cuban Missile Address (1962)
• The Tonkin Gulf Incident (1964)
• Kevin MacCauley, Oral History on the 1968 Siege of Khe Sanh
• The Civil Rights Act of 1964
• Lyndon Johnson, The War on Poverty (1964)
• Students for a Democratic Society, Port Huron Statement (1962)

Chapter 29–Disorder and Discontent, 1969—1980
• Curtis Sitcomer, “Harvest of Discontent” (1967)
• National Organization for Women, Statement of Purpose (1966)
• Roe v. Wade (1973)
• House Judiciary Committee, Conclusion on Impeachment Resolution (1974)

Chapter 30–The Revival of Conservatism, 1980—1992
• Ronald Reagan, Speech to the House of Commons (1982)
• Donald E. Wildmon, The Conscience of a Christian Conservative (1985)
• George H. W. Bush, Address to the Nation Announcing Allied Military Action in the Persian Gulf (1991)

Chapter 31–The Post—Cold War World, 1992—2005
• Articles of Impeachment Against William Jefferson Clinton (1998)
• Owen Burdick, Witnessing the 9-11 Terrorist Attack in New York (2001)
• Barbara Lee, Speech in Opposition to Authorizing the U.S. War in Afghanistan (2001)
• Wayne Allard, Testifying in Favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment (2004)


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