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Writing the American Past reproduces dozens of untranscribed, handwritten documents, offering students the opportunity to transcribe, decipher, and interpret primary sources.
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Editor's Introduction: History, Handed Down.
1. Old World Explores New: Settling and Securing Newfoundland in the early 1600s.
2. The Chesapeake: Indenturing Labor, 1694.
3. Life in Seventeenth-Century New England: Massachusetts in the 1690s.
4. The Middle Colonies: A Philadelphia Furrier, 1738.
5. The Lower South and Slave Society: Slave Resistance and Imperial Contests, 1739.
6. Social Order in the Eighteenth-Century South: Slavery and Virginia’s Gentry in the 1720s.
7. The Great Awakening: A Letter to George Whitefield, 1746.
8. Empire and Native Americans: The Treaty of Lancaster, 1744.
9. Imperial Crises and the Coming of Revolution: The Politicization of a Colonial Merchant, 1765.
10. Fighting the Revolutionary War: A Woman on the Homefront, 1776.
11. Crisis, Constitution, Nation: Probate Data and the Problem of Becoming American.
12. The New Republic: A Massachusetts Federalist in 1800.
13. Jeffersonian America: On the Road in 1818.
14. Revolutions in Time and Space: Tourism and Travel, 1850.
15. The Age of Jackson: The View from Abroad in 1828.
16. The Southern Master Class: An Elite Woman’s School Experiences, 1828.
17. Lives of the Enslaved: Urban Slavery in 1862.
18. The Modernizing North: A Businessman’s Letter, 1836.
19. The Age of Reform: On the Need for Temperance.
20. Westward Expansion: Kansas and Free Labor in 1856.
21. The Coming of the Civil War: Bleeding in Kansas, 1856.
22. Secession: A South Carolinian Describes the Event, 1860.
23. The Civil War:A Canadian Soldier’s Experience.
24. Emancipation: The Labor of Freedom, 1867