We, The People: Great Documents of the American Nationby Jerome B. Agel
What does America mean to you? With nearly 200 writings and speeches spanning almost 400 years, We, the People contains every significant document in American history. Readers will encounter early and unfamiliar documents such as the Mayflower Compact, rediscover the hallowed words of the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address, delve into landmark cases such as Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade, and examine key pieces of contemporary legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The book is organized into fifteen topic areas that encompass a diversity of themes, including early history, foreign affairs, social reform, the Civil War, presidential addresses, civil rights, Indian affairs, and more. Each section and each entry contains an introductory essay that provides a historical context and overview of the events that gave rise to that document. In addition, a chronological index traces the development of the seminal and controversial ideas that have defined the nation's character.
We, the People presents American history through the words and documents that have shaped our nation and that continue to embody the principles upon which it was founded.
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