America was founded as a New World haven from tyranny and persecution. Yet slavery was accepted-and legal-in parts of America until the 1860s. The Understanding American History series portrays the many sides of America, depicting both its shining moments and its darker hours. The series strives to help readers achieve a wider understanding and appreciation of the American experience and to encourage further investigation into America's evolving character and founding principles. Primary and secondary source quotes bring historical events to life. A visual chronology, source notes, bibliography for further research, and index provide additional tools for student researchers.