Writing the American Past: Working with Primary Documents to 1865 / Edition 1

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Overview

Writing the American Past reproduces dozens of untranscribed, handwritten documents, offering students the opportunity to transcribe, decipher, and interpret primary sources.

  • Documents include diary entries from Massachusetts in the 1690s, a woman detailing the Great Awakening, an eighteenth-century treaty with Native Americans, a journal describing antebellum train travel, and a letter by a slave
  • Skillfully teaches students to engage with the raw material of pre-1877 US history: the written document
  • An introduction and headnotes to each document contextualize the sources and provide a foundation from which the student can explore the material
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405163590
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/26/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark M. Smith is Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is the author or editor of a dozen previous books including the award-winning Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South (1997) and he has served or currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of Social History, the Journal of American History, and The Senses and Society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Timeline.

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

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