9781319061999

The American Promise, Value Edition, Volume 1 A History of the United States

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Summary

The American Promise, Value Edition, has long been a favorite with students who value the text’s readability, clear chronology, and lively voices of ordinary Americans, all in a portable format. The value edition includes the full narrative accompanied by a 2-color map program and the rich instructor resources of the parent text made available at an affordable price. LaunchPad combines carefully-curated assignments and assessments integrated with the full-length parent text e-book—the same narrative in the Value Edition but with full color art and maps and more features for analysis—in its own intuitive course space. The American Promise Value Edition with LaunchPad provides the best formats for every activity—the print book allows for a seamless reading experience while LaunchPad provides the right space for active learning assignments and dynamic course management tools that measure and analyze student progress. LaunchPad comes with a wealth of primary sources and special critical thinking activities to help students progress toward learning outcomes; LearningCurve, the adaptive learning tool that students love to use to cement their understanding of the text and instructors love to assign to prepare students for class; and a suite of instructor resources from videos to test banks that make teaching simpler and more effective. 

Author Biography

James L. Roark (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of American History at Emory University. In 1993, he received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2001–2002 he was Pitt Professor of American Institutions at Cambridge University. He has written Masters without Slaves: Southern Planters in the Civil War and Reconstruction and coauthored Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South with Michael P. Johnson. Michael P. Johnson (Ph.D., Stanford University) is professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. His publications include Toward a Patriarchal Republic: The Secession of Georgia; Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War: Selected Speeches and Writings; and Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents, the documents reader for The American Promise. He has also coedited No Chariot Let Down: Charleston’s Free People of Color on the Eve of the Civil War with James L. Roark.

Patricia Cline Cohen (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005–2006. She has written A Calculating People: The Spread of Numeracy in Early America and The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century New York, and she has coauthored The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York. Sarah Stage (Ph.D., Yale University) has taught U.S. history at Williams College and the University of California, Riverside, and she was visiting professor at Beijing University and Szechuan University. Currently she is professor of Women’s Studies at Arizona State University. Her books include Female Complaints: Lydia Pinkham and the Business of Women’s Medicine and Rethinking Home Economics: Women and the History of a Profession.

Susan M. Hartmann (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio State University. In 1995 she won the university's Exemplary Faculty Award in the College of Humanities. Her publications include Truman and the 80th Congress; The Home Front and Beyond: American Women in the 1940s; From Margin to Mainstream: American Women and Politics since 1960; and The Other Feminists: Activists in the Liberal Establishment.

Table of Contents

Please Note: The Combined Volume includes all chapters. Volume 1 includes Chapters 1-16 and Volume 2 includes Chapters 16-31.

NOTE: LaunchPad material that does not appear in the print book – including guided reading exercises, source feature quizzes, LearningCurve adaptive quizzes, summative quizzes, and all of the documents from the companion reader Reading the American Past – has been labeled on this table of contents as shown. Each chapter in LaunchPad also comes with a wealth of additional documents, videos, key terms flashcards, map quizzes, timeline activities, and much more, all of which can be easily integrated and assigned.

Preface

Versions and Supplements

Maps, Figures, and Tables

Special Features

1. Ancient America, Before 1492

Guided Reading Exercise LaunchPad

Opening Vignette: An archaeological dig helps uncover ancient North American traditions

Archaeology and History

The First Americans

African and Asian Origins

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "Who Were the First Americans?"

Quiz for Making Historical Arguments     LaunchPad

Paleo-Indian Hunters

Archaic Hunters and Gatherers

Great Plains Bison Hunters

Great Basin Cultures

Pacific Coast Cultures

Eastern Woodland Cultures

Agricultural Settlements and Chiefdoms

Southwestern Cultures

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: "Corn: An Ancient American Legacy"

Quiz for Beyond America’s Borders     LaunchPad

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Artifacts of Daily Life in Chaco Canyon"

Quiz for Analyzing Historical Evidence     LaunchPad

Woodland Burial Mounds and Chiefdoms

Native Americans in the 1490s

Eastern and Great Plains Peoples

Southwestern and Western Peoples

Cultural Similarities

The Mexica: A Mesoamerican Culture

Conclusion: The World of Ancient Americans

LearningCurve 
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Chapter Review

Chapter 1 Summative Quiz 
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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 1

Document 1-1:
A Taino Origin Story: Ramón Pané, On Taino Religious Practices

Quiz for Document 1-1: A Taino Origin Story: Ramón Pané, On Taino Religious Practices LaunchPad

Document 1-2: A Penobscot Origin Narrative: Joseph Nicolar, The Life and Traditions of the Red Men, 1893

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Document 1-3: Genesis: The Christian Origin Narrative: "In the Beginning"

Quiz for Document 1-3: Genesis: The Christian Origin Narrative: "In the Beginning" LaunchPad

Document 1-4: Aristotle on Masters and Slaves: The Politics, ca. 300 B.C.

Quiz for Document 1-4: Aristotle on Masters and Slaves: The Politics, ca. 300 B.C. LaunchPad

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

2. Europeans Encounter the New World, 1492–1600

Guided Reading Exercise LaunchPad

Opening Vignette: Queen Isabella of Spain supports Christopher Columbus’s risky plan to sail west across the Atlantic

Europe in the Age of Exploration

Mediterranean Trade and European Expansion

A Century of Portuguese Exploration

A Surprising New World in the Western Atlantic

The Explorations of Columbus

The Geographic Revolution and the Columbian Exchange

Spanish Exploration and Conquest

The Conquest of Mexico

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "Why Did Cortés Win?"

Quiz for Making Historical Arguments     LaunchPad

The Search for Other Mexicos

Spanish Outposts in Florida and New Mexico

New Spain in the Sixteenth Century

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Justifying Conquest"

Quiz for Analyzing Historical Evidence     LaunchPad

EXPERIENCING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Spreading Christianity in New Spain"

Quiz for Experiencing the American Promise     LaunchPad

The Toll of Spanish Conquest and Colonization

The New World and Sixteenth-Century Europe

The Protestant Reformation and the Spanish Response

Europe and The Spanish Example

Conclusion: The promise of the new world for Europeans

LearningCurve 
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Chapter Review

Chapter 2 Summative Quiz 
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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 2

Document 2-1:
The King of the Congo Writes to the King of Portugal: King Afonso and King João III, Correspondence, 1526

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Document 2-2: Columbus Describes His First Encounter with "Indians": The Diario of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage to America, 1492-1493

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Document 2-3: A Conquistador Arrives in Mexico, 1519-1520: Bernal Díaz del Castillo, The Conquest of New Spain, 1632

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Document 2-4: A Mexican Description of the Conquest of Mexico: Mexican Accounts of Conquest from the Florentine Codex

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Document 2-5: Cabeza de Vaca Describes His Captivity Among Native Americans in Texas and the Southwest, 1528-1536: Narrative, 1542

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COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

3. THE SOUTHERN COLONIES IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, 1601–1700

Guided Reading Exercise LaunchPad

Opening Vignette: Pocahontas "rescues" John Smith

An English Colony on Chesapeake Bay

The Fragile Jamestown Settlement

Cooperation and Conflict between Natives and Newcomers

From Private Company to Royal Government

A Tobacco Society

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS:
"American Tobacco and European Consumers"

Quiz for Beyond America’s Borders     LaunchPad

Tobacco Agriculture

A Servant Labor System

The Rigors of Servitude

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Enslavement by Marriage"

Quiz for Analyzing Historical Evidence     LaunchPad

Cultivating Land and Faith

Hierarchy and Inequality in the Chesapeake

Social and Economic Polarization

Government Policies and Political Conflict

Bacon’s Rebellion

MAKING AN HISTORICAL ARGUMENT: "Why Did English Colonists Consider Themselves Superior to Indians and Africans?"

Quiz for Making Historical Arguments     LaunchPad

Toward a Slave Labor System

Religion and Revolt in the Spanish Borderland

The West Indies: Sugar and Slavery

Carolina: A West Indian Frontier

Slave Labor Emerges in the Chesapeake

Conclusion: The Growth of English Colonies Based on Export Crops and Slave Labor

LearningCurve 
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Chapter Review

Chapter 3 Summative Quiz 
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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 3

Document 3-1:
Richard Frethorne Describes Indentured Servitude in Virginia: Letter to Father and Mother, March 20, April 2, 3, 1623

Quiz for Document 3-1: Richard Frethorne Describes Indentured Servitude in Virginia: Letter to Father and Mother, March 20, April 2, 3, 1623 LaunchPad

Document 3-2: Opechancanough's 1622 Uprising in Virginia: Edward Waterhouse, Declaration, 1622

Quiz for Document 3-2: Opechancanough's 1622 Uprising in Virginia: Edward Waterhouse, Declaration, 1622 LaunchPad

Document 3-3: Sex and Race Relations: Testimony from Virginia Court Records, 1681

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Document 3-4: Bacon's Rebellion: Nathaniel Bacon, Declaration, 1676

Quiz for Document 3-4: Bacon's Rebellion: Nathaniel Bacon, Declaration, 1676 LaunchPad

Document 3-5: Pedro Naranjo Describes Pueblo Revolt: Declaration of Pedro Naranjo of the Queres Nation, December 19, 1681

Quiz for Document 3-5: Pedro Naranjo Describes Pueblo Revolt: Declaration of Pedro Naranjo of the Queres Nation, December 19, 1681 LaunchPad

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

4. THE NORTHERN COLONIES IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, 1601–1700

Guided Reading Exercise LaunchPad

Opening Vignette: Roger Williams is banished from Puritan Massachusetts

Puritans and the Settlement of New England

Puritan Origins: The English Reformation

The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony

The Founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "How did Seventeenth-Century Colonists View Nature"     LaunchPad

The Evolution of New England Society

Church, Covenant, and Conformity

Government by Puritans for Puritanism

The Splintering of Puritanism

Religious Controversies and Economic Changes

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Hunting Witches in Salem, Massachusetts"

Quiz for Analyzing Historical Evidence     LaunchPad

The Founding of the Middle Colonies

From New Netherland to New York

New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Toleration and Diversity in Pennsylvania

The Colonies and the English Empire

Royal Regulation of Colonial Trade

King Philip’s War and the Consolidation of Royal Authority

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: "New France and the Indians: The English Colonies’ Northern Borderlands"

Quiz for Beyond America’s Borders     LaunchPad

Conclusion: An English Model of Colonization in North America

LearningCurve 
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Chapter Review

Chapter 4 Summative Quiz 
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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 4

Document 4-1:
The Arbella Sermon: John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity, 1630

Quiz for Document 4-1: The Arbella Sermon: John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity, 1630 LaunchPad

Document 4-2: Observations of New England Indians: Roger Williams, A Key into the Language of America, 1643

Quiz for Document 4-2: Observations of New England Indians: Roger Williams, A Key into the Language of America, 1643

Document 4-3: Wampanoag Grievances at the Outset of King Philip's War: John Easton, A Relation of the Indian War, 1675

Quiz for Document 4-3: Wampanoag Grievances at the Outset of King Philip's War: John Easton, A Relation of the Indian War, 1675 LaunchPad

Document 4-4: A Provincial Government Enacts Legislation: The Laws of Pennsylvania, 1682

Quiz for Document 4-4: A Provincial Government Enacts Legislation: The Laws of Pennsylvania, 1682 LaunchPad

Document 4-5: Words of the Bewitched: Testimony against Accused Witch Bridget Bishop, 1692

Quiz for Document 4-5: Words of the Bewitched: Testimony against Accused Witch Bridget Bishop, 1692 LaunchPad

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

5. COLONIAL AMERICA IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, 1701–1770

Guided Reading Exercise 
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Opening Vignette: The Robin Johns experience horrific turns of fortune in the Atlantic slave trade

A Growing Population and Expanding Economy in British North America

New England: From Puritan Settlers to Yankee Traders

Natural Increase and Land Distribution

Farms, Fish, and Atlantic Trade

EXPERIENCING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "A Sailor’s Life in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World"

Quiz for Experiencing the American Promise     LaunchPad

The Middle Colonies: Immigrants, Wheat, and Work

German and Scots-Irish Immigrants

"God Gives All Things to Industry": Urban and Rural Labor

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "Why Did Few Colonists Oppose the African Slave Trade?"     LaunchPad

Quiz for Making Historical Arguments    LaunchPad

The Southern Colonies: Land of Slavery

The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Growth of Slavery

Slave Labor and African American Culture

Tobacco, Rice, and Prosperity

Unifying Experiences

Commerce and Consumption

Religion, Enlightenment, and Revival

Trade and Conflict in the North American Borderlands

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Spanish Priests Report on California Missions"

Quiz for Analyzing Historical Evidence     LaunchPad

Colonial Politics in the British Empire

Conclusion: The Dual Identity of British North American Colonists

LearningCurve 
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Chapter Review

Chapter 5 Summative Quiz 
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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 5

Document 5-1:
Elizabeth Ashbridge Becomes an Indentured Servant in New York: Elizabeth Ashbridge, Some Account of the Early Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge, Who Died in…1755 (1807)
Quiz for Document 5-1: Elizabeth Ashbridge Becomes an Indentured Servant in New York: Elizabeth Ashbridge, Some Account of the Early Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge, Who Died in…1755 (1807) LaunchPad

Document 5-2: Poor Richard's Advice: Benjamin Franklin, Father Abraham's Speech from Poor Richard's Almanac, 1757
Quiz for Document 5-2: Poor Richard's Advice: Benjamin Franklin, Father Abraham's Speech from Poor Richard's Almanac, 1757 LaunchPad

Document 5-3: An Anglican Criticizes New Light Baptists and Presbyterians in the South Carolina Backcountry: Charles Woodmason, Sermon on the Baptists and the Presbyterians, ca. 1768
Quiz for Document 5-3: An Anglican Criticizes New Light Baptists and Presbyterians in the South Carolina Backcountry: Charles Woodmason, Sermon on the Baptists and the Presbyterians, ca. 1768 LaunchPad
Document 5-4: Advertisements for Runaway Slaves: South Carolina Gazette and Virginia Gazette, 1737-1745
Quiz for Document 5-4: Advertisements for Runaway Slaves: South Carolina Gazette and Virginia Gazette, 1737-1745 LaunchPad

Document 5-5: A Moravian Missionary Interviews Slaves in the West Indies, 1767-1768: Christian George Andreas Oldendorp, History of the Evangelical Brethren's Mission on the Caribbean Islands, 1777
Quiz for Document 5-5: A Moravian Missionary Interviews Slaves in the West Indies, 1767-1768: Christian George Andreas Oldendorp, History of the Evangelical Brethren's Mission on the Caribbean Islands, 1777 LaunchPad

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

6. The British Empire and the Colonial Crisis, 1754–1775

Guided Reading Exercise LaunchPad

Opening Vignette: Loyalist governor Thomas Hutchinson stands his ground in radical Massachusetts

The Seven Years’ War, 1754–1763

French-British Rivalry in the Ohio Country

The Albany Congress

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS:  "Why did the Mohawk Chief Hendrick fight with the British against the French in 1755?"

Quiz for Making Historical Arguments     LaunchPad

The War and Its Consequences

Pontiac’s Rebellion and the Proclamation of 1763

The Sugar and Stamp Acts, 1763–1765

Grenville’s Sugar Act

The Stamp Act

Resistance Strategies and Crowd Politics

EXPERIENCING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Pursuing Liberty, Protesting Tyranny"

Quiz for Experiencing the American Promise     LaunchPad

Liberty and Property

The Townshend Acts and Economic Retaliation, 1767–1770

The Townshend Duties

Nonconsumption and the Daughters of Liberty

Military Occupation and "Massacre" in Boston

The Destruction of the Tea and the Coercive Acts, 1770–1774

The Calm before the Storm

Tea in Boston Harbor

The Coercive Acts

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Reactions to the Boston Port Act outside of Massachusetts"

Quiz for Analyzing Historical Evidence     LaunchPad

Beyond Boston: Rural New England

The First Continental Congress

Domestic Insurrections, 1774–1775

Lexington and Concord

Rebelling against Slavery

Conclusion: The Long Road to Revolution

LearningCurve 
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Chapter Review

Chapter 6 Summative Quiz 
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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 6

Document 6-1:
Mary Jemison Is Captured by Seneca Indians during the Seven Years' War: James E. Seaver, A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison, 1824

Quiz for Document 6-1: Mary Jemison Is Captured by Seneca Indians during the Seven Years' War: James E. Seaver, A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison, 1824 LaunchPad

Document 6-2: An Oration on the Second Anniversary of the Boston Massacre: Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration, March 5, 1772

Quiz for Document 6-2: An Oration on the Second Anniversary of the Boston Massacre: Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration, March 5, 1772 LaunchPad

Document 6-3: A Boston Shoemaker Recalls British Arrogance and the Boston Tea Party: George R. T. Hewes, Memoir, 1834

Quiz for Document 6-3: A Boston Shoemaker Recalls British Arrogance and the Boston Tea Party: George R. T. Hewes, Memoir, 1834 LaunchPad

Document 6-4: Daniel Leonard Argues for Loyalty to the British Empire: To the Inhabitants of the Province of Massachusetts-Bay, 1774-1775

Quiz for Document 6-4: Daniel Leonard Argues for Loyalty to the British Empire: To the Inhabitants of the Province of Massachusetts-Bay, 1774-1775 LaunchPad

Document 6-5: Edmund Burke Urges Reconciliation with the Colonies: Speech to Parliament, March 22, 1775

Quiz for Document 6-5: Edmund Burke Urges Reconciliation with the Colonies: Speech to Parliament, March 22, 1775 LaunchPad

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

7. THE WAR FOR AMERICA, 1775–1783

Guided Reading Exercise LaunchPad

Opening Vignette: Deborah Sampson masquerades as a man to join the Continental army

The Second Continental Congress

Assuming Political and Military Authority

Pursuing Both War and Peace

Thomas Paine, Abigail Adams, and the Case for Independence

The Declaration of Independence

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "How Did ‘New Media’ Push Forward the Declaration of Independence?"

Quiz for Making Historical Arguments     LaunchPad

The First Year of War, 1775–1776

The American Military Forces

The British Strategy

Quebec, New York, and New Jersey

The Home Front

Patriotism at the Local Level

The Loyalists

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Families Divide over the Revolution"

Who Is a Traitor?

Quiz for Analyzing Historical Evidence     LaunchPad

Prisoners of War

Financial Instability and Corruption

The Campaigns of 1777–1779: The North and West

Burgoyne’s Army and the Battle of Saratoga

The War in the West: Indian Country

The French Alliance

The Southern Strategy and the End of the War

Georgia and South Carolina

Treason and Guerrilla Warfare

A Shaming Ritual Targeting the Great Traitor

Surrender at Yorktown

The Losers and the Winners

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: "European Nations and the Peace of Paris, 1783"

Quiz for Beyond America’s Borders     LaunchPad

Conclusion: Why the British Lost

LearningCurve 
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Chapter Review

Chapter 7 Summative Quiz 
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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 7

Document 7-1:
Thomas Paine Makes the Case for Independence: Common Sense, January 1776

Quiz for Document 7-1: Thomas Paine Makes the Case for Independence: Common Sense, January 1776 LaunchPad

Document 7-2: Letters of John and Abigail Adams: Correspondence, 1776

Quiz for Document 7-2: Letters of John and Abigail Adams: Correspondence, 1776 LaunchPad

Document 7-3: J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur Describes the Distresses of a Frontier Farmer during the Revolution: J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, "Distresses of a Frontier Man," 1782

Quiz for Document 7-3: J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur Describes the Distresses of a Frontier Farmer during the Revolution: J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, "Distresses of a Frontier Man," 1782 LaunchPad

Document 7-4: Boston King Seeks Freedom by Running Away to the British Army: Memoir, 1798

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Document 7-5: Joseph Brant Appeals to British Allies to Keep Promises: Address to British Secretary of State Lord Germain, 1776 and Message to Governor of Quebec, Frederick Haldimand, 1783

Quiz for Document 7-5: Joseph Brant Appeals to British Allies to Keep Promises: Address to British Secretary of State Lord Germain, 1776 and Message to Governor of Quebec, Frederick Haldimand, 1783 LaunchPad

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

8. BUILDING A REPUBLIC, 1775–1789

Guided Reading Exercise LaunchPad

Opening Vignette: James Madison comes of age in the midst of revolution

The Articles of Confederation

Confederation and Taxation

The Problem of Western Lands

Running the New Government

The Sovereign States

The State Constitutions

Who Are "the People"?

Equality and Slavery

EXPERIENCING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "A Slave Sues for Her Freedom"

Quiz for Experiencing the American Promise     LaunchPad

The Confederation’s Problems

The War Debt and the Newburgh Conspiracy

The Treaty of Fort Stanwix

Land Ordinances and the Northwest Territory

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "The Northwest Ordinance and Slavery"

Quiz for Analyzing Historical Evidence     LaunchPad

The Requisition of 1785 and Shays’s Rebellion, 1786–1787

The United States Constitution

From Annapolis to Philadelphia

The Virginia and New Jersey Plans

Democracy versus Republicanism

Ratification of the Constitution

The Federalists

The Antifederalists

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS:  "Was the New United States a Christian Country?"

Quiz for Making Historical Arguments     LaunchPad

The Big Holdouts: Virginia and New York

Conclusion: The "Republican Remedy’

LearningCurve 
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Chapter Review

Chapter 8 Summative Quiz 
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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 8

Document 8-1:
Richard Allen Founds the First African Methodist Church: Life, Experience, and Gospel Labours, 1833

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Document 8-2:
Thomas Jefferson on Slavery and Race: Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782

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Document 8-3: Benjamin Rush Proposes a Proper Education for a Republic: Benjamin Rush, "Of the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic," 1786

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Document 8-4: Making the Case for the Constitution: James Madison, Federalist Number 10, 1787

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Document 8-5: Mercy Otis Warren Opposes the Constitution: Observations on the New Constitution, 1788

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COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

9. THE NEW NATION TAKES FORM, 1789–1800

Guided Reading Exercise LaunchPad

Opening Vignette: Brilliant and brash, Alexander Hamilton becomes a polarizing figure in the 1790s

The Search for Stability

Washington Inaugurates the Government

The Bill of Rights

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "How Did America’s First Congress Address the Question of Slavery?"

Quiz for Making Historical Arguments     LaunchPad

The Republican Wife and Mother

Hamilton’s Economic Policies

Agriculture, Transportation, and Banking

The Public Debt and Taxes

The First Bank of the United States and the Report on Manufactures

The Whiskey Rebellion

Conflicts on America’s Borders and Beyond

Creeks in the Southwest

Ohio Indians in the Northwest

France and Britain

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: "France, Britain, and Woman’s Rights in the 1790s"

Quiz for Beyond America’s Borders     LaunchPad

The Haitian Revolution

Federalists and Republicans

The Election of 1796

The XYZ Affair

The Alien and Sedition Acts

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "The Crisis of 1798: Sedition"

Quiz for Analyzing Historical Evidence     LaunchPad

Conclusion: Parties Nonetheless

LearningCurve 
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Chapter Review

Chapter 9 Summative Quiz 
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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 9

Document 9-1:
Alexander Hamilton on the Economy: Report on the Subject of Manufactures, 1791

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Document 9-2: Mary Dewees Moves West to Kentucky: Journal, 1788-1789

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Document 9-3: Judith Sargent Murray Insists on the Equality of the Sexes: Judith Sargent Murray, "On the Equality of the Sexes," 1790

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Document 9-4: A French Sugar Planter Describes the French and Saint Domingue Revolutions: A Sugar Planter of Saint Domingue Experiences Revolution in France and Saint Domingue, 1791

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Document 9-5: President George Washington's Parting Advice to the Nation: Farewell Address to the People of the United States, 1796

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COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

10. Republicans in Power, 1800–1824

Guided Reading Exercise LaunchPad

Opening Vignette: The Shawnee chief Tecumseh attempts to forge a pan-Indian confederacy

Jefferson’s Presidency

Turbulent Times: Election and Rebellion

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "How Could a Vice President Get Away with Murder?"

Quiz for Making Historical Arguments     LaunchPad

The Jeffersonian Vision of Republican Simplicity

Dangers Overseas: The Barbary Wars

Opportunities and Challenges in the West

The Louisiana Purchase

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Osage and Comanche Indians

Jefferson, the Madisons, and the War of 1812

Impressment and Embargo

Dolley Madison and Social Politics

Tecumseh and Tippecanoe

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "The Nation’s First Formal Declaration of War"

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Washington City Burns: The British Offensive

Women’s Status in the Early Republic

Women and the Law

Women and Church Governance

Female Education

EXPERIENCING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "One Woman’s Quest to Provide Higher Education for Women"

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Monroe and Adams

From Property to Democracy

The Missouri Compromise

The Monroe Doctrine

The Election of 1824

The Adams Administration

Conclusion: Republican Simplicity Becomes Complex

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Document 10-1:
President Thomas Jefferson's Private and Public Indian Policy: Letter to Governor William H. Harrison, February 27, 1803 and Address to the Wolf and People of the Mandan Nation, December 30, 1806
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Document 10-2: Meriwether Lewis Describes the Shoshone: The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1805
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Document 10-3: A Slave Demands That Thomas Jefferson Abolish Slavery: A  Slave to Thomas Jefferson, November 30, 1808
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Document 10-4: James Forten Protests Pennsylvania Law Threatening Enslavement of Free African Americans: Letters from a Man of Colour, on a Late Bill before the Senate of Pennsylvania, 1813
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Document 10-5: James Hamilton's Path to Enlistment during the War of 1812: Confession, 1818
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11. The Expanding Republic, 1815–1840

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Opening Vignette: The Grimké sisters speak out against slavery

The Market Revolution

Improvements in Transportation

Factories, Workingwomen, and Wage Labor

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Mill Girls Stand Up to Factory Owners, 1834"

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Bankers and Lawyers

Booms and Busts

The Spread of Democracy

Popular Politics and Partisan Identity

The Election of 1828 and the Character Issue

Jackson’s Democratic Agenda

Jackson Defines the Democratic Party

Indian Policy and the Trail of Tears

The Tariff of Abominations and Nullification

The Bank War and Economic Boom

Cultural Shifts, Religion, and Reform

The Family and Separate Spheres

The Education and Training of Youths

The Second Great Awakening

The Temperance Movement and the Campaign for Moral Reform

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "Who Scorned Temperance and Moral Reform?"

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Organizing against Slavery

Van Buren’s One-Term Presidency

The Politics of Slavery

Elections and Panics

EXPERIENCING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Going Ahead or Gone to Smash: An Entrepreneur Struggles in the 1830s"

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Conclusion: The Age of Jackson or the Era of Reform?

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Document 11-1:
President Andrew Jackson's Parting Words to the Nation: Farewell Address, March 4, 1837

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Document 11-2: Cherokees Debate Removal: John Ross, Answer to Inquiries from a Friend, 1836 and Elias Boudinot, A Reply to John Ross, 1837

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Document 11-3: Alexis de Toqueville Describes the Three Races in the United States: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835

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Document 11-4: David Walker Demands Emancipation: Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World, 1829

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Document 11-5: Sarah Grimké on the Status of Women: Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, 1838

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12. The New West and the Free North, 1840–1860

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Opening Vignette: With the support of his wife, Abraham Lincoln struggles to survive in antebellum America

Economic and Industrial Evolution

Agriculture and Land Policy

Manufacturing and Mechanization

Railroads: Breaking the Bonds of Nature

Free Labor: Promise and Reality

The Free-Labor Ideal

Economic Inequality

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: "Global Prosperity in the 1850s"

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Immigrants and the Free-Labor Ladder

The Westward Movement

Manifest Destiny

Oregon and the Overland Trail

The Mormon Exodus

The Mexican Borderlands

Expansion and the Mexican-American War

The Politics of Expansion

The Mexican-American War, 1846–1848

Victory in Mexico

Golden California

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "The Gold Rush"

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MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "Why was the Gold Rush So Deadly for California’s Indians?"

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Reforming Self and Society

The Pursuit of Perfection: Transcendentalists and Utopians

Woman’s Rights Activists

Abolitionists and the American Ideal

Conclusion: Free Labor, Free Men

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Document 12-1:
Abraham Lincoln Explains the Free Labor System: Abraham Lincoln, "Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society," Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 30, 1859

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Document 12-2: The Anxiety of Gain: Henry W. Bellows on Commerce and Morality: The Influence of the Trading Spirit upon the Social and Moral Life of America, 1845

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Document 12-3: Gold Fever: Walter Colton, California Gold Rush Diary, 1849-1850

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Document 12-4: That Woman Is Man's Equal: The Seneca Falls Declaration: Declaration of Sentiments, 1848

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Document 12-5: A Farmer's View of His Wife: Eliza Farnham, Conversation with a Newly Wed Westerner, 1846

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13. The Slave South, 1820–1860

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Opening Vignette: Slave Nat Turner leads a revolt to end slavery

The Growing Distinctiveness of the South

Cotton Kingdom, Slave Empire

The South in Black and White

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Defending Slavery"

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The Plantation Economy

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: "Cotton’s Global Empire"

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Masters and Mistresses in the Big House

Paternalism and Male Honor

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "How Often Were Slaves Whipped?"

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The Southern Lady and Feminine Virtues

Slaves in the Quarter

Work

Family and Religion

Resistance and Rebellion

The Plain Folk

Plantation-Belt Yeomen

Upcountry Yeomen

Poor Whites

The Culture of the Plain Folk

Black and Free: On the Middle Ground

Precarious Freedom

Achievement Despite Restrictions

The Politics of Slavery

The Democratization of the Political Arena

Planter Power

Conclusion: A Slave Society

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Document 13-1:
Madison Hemings Recalls Life as Thomas Jefferson's Enslaved Son: Interview, 1873

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Document 13-2: Plantation Rules: Bennet Barrow, Highland Plantation Journal, May 1, 1838

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Document 13-3: Fanny Kemble Learns about Abuses of Slave Women: Frances Anne Kemble, Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839

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Document 13-4: Nat Turner Explains Why He Became an Insurrectionist: The Confessions of Nat Turner, 1831

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Document 13-5: The Proslavery Argument: James Henry Hammond, Letter to an English Abolitionist, 1845

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COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

14. THE HOUSE DIVIDED, 1846–1861

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Opening Vignette: Abolitionist John Brown takes his war against slavery to Harpers Ferry, Virginia

The Bitter Fruits of War

The Wilmot Proviso and the Expansion of Slavery

The Election of 1848

Debate and Compromise

The Sectional Balance Undone

The Fugitive Slave Act

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

The Kansas-Nebraska Act

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "Filibusters: Were They the Underside of Manifest Destiny?"

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Realignment of the Party System

The Old Parties: Whigs and Democrats

The New Parties: Know-Nothings and Republicans

EXPERIENCING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "’A Purse of Her Own’: Petitioning for the Right to Own Property"

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The Election of 1856

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Women’s Politics"

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Freedom under Siege

"Bleeding Kansas"

The Dred Scott Decision

Prairie Republican: Abraham Lincoln

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

The Union Collapses

The Aftermath of John Brown’s Raid

Republican Victory in 1860

Secession Winter

Conclusion: Slavery, Free Labor, and the Failure of Political Compromise

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Document 14-1:
The Kansas-Nebraska Act: Abraham Lincoln, Speech in Peoria, Illinois, October 16, 1854

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Document 14-2: The Antislavery Constitution: Frederick Douglass, The Constitution of the United States: Is It Proslavery or Antislavery? 1860

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Document 14-3: The Proslavery Constitution: Jefferson Davis, Speech before the U.S. Senate, May 1860

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Document 14-4: Levi Coffin Describes Margaret Garner's Attempt to Escape Slavery: Levi Coffin, Reminiscences, 1880

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Document 14-5: Abolitionist Lydia Maria Child Defends John Brown and Attacks the Slave Power: Correspondence between Lydia Maria Child and Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise, 1859

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COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

15. THE CRUCIBLE OF WAR, 1861–1865

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Opening Vignette: Runaway slave William Gould enlists in the U.S. Navy

"And the War Came"

Attack on Fort Sumter

The Upper South Chooses Sides

The Combatants

How They Expected to Win

Lincoln and Davis Mobilize

Battling It Out, 1861–1862

Stalemate in the Eastern Theater

Union Victories in the Western Theater

The Atlantic Theater

International Diplomacy

Union and Freedom

From Slaves to Contraband

From Contraband to Free People

The War of Black Liberation

EXPERIENCING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "The Right to Fight: Black Soldiers in the Civil War"

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The South at War

Revolution from Above

Hardship Below

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "Home and Country"

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The Disintegration of Slavery

The North at War

The Government and the Economy

Women and Work at Home and at War

Politics and Dissent

Grinding Out Victory, 1863–1865

Vicksburg and Gettysburg

Grant Takes Command

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "Why Did So Many Soldiers Die?"

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The Election of 1864

The Confederacy Collapses

Conclusion: The Second American Revolution

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Document 15-1:
President Lincoln's War Aims: Letter to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862; The Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863; and The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

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Document 15-2: A Former Slave's War Aims: Statement from an Anonymous Former Slave, New Orleans, 1863

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Document 15-3: The New York Draft Riots: Report of the Committee of Merchants for the Relief of Colored People Suffering from the Late Riots in the City of New York, 1863

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Document 15-4: Susie King Taylor Describes Her Wartime Experiences: Susie King Taylor, Reminiscences of My Life in Camp, 1902

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16. Reconstruction, 1863–1877

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Opening Vignette: James T. Rapier emerges in the early 1870s as Alabama’s most prominent black leader

Wartime Reconstruction

"To Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds"

Land and Labor

The African American Quest for Autonomy

ANALYZING HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: "The Meaning of Freedom"

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Presidential Reconstruction

Johnson’s Program of Reconciliation

White Southern Resistance and Black Codes

Expansion of Federal Authority and Black Rights

Congressional Reconstruction

The Fourteenth Amendment and Escalating Violence

Radical Reconstruction and Military Rule

Impeaching a President

The Fifteenth Amendment and Women’s Demands

The Struggle in the South

Freedmen, Yankees, and Yeomen

MAKING HISTORICAL ARGUMENTS: "What Did the Ku Klux Klan Really Want?"

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Republican Rule

White Landlords, Black Sharecroppers

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: "The Slaveholder Exodus"

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Reconstruction Collapses

Grant’s Troubled Presidency

Northern Resolve Withers

White Supremacy Triumphs

An Election and a Compromise

Conclusion: "A Revolution But Half Accomplished"

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Document 16-1:
Carl Schurz Reports on the Condition of the Defeated South: Report on the Condition of the South, 1865

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Document 16-2: Black Codes Enacted in the South: Mississippi Black Code, November 1865

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Document 16-3: Former Slaves Seek to Reunite Their Families: Advertisements from the Christian Recorder, 1865-1870

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Document 16-4: Planter Louis Manigault Visits His Plantations and Former Slaves, 1867: Louis Manigault, "A Narrative of a Post-Civil War Visit to Gowrie and East Hermitage Plantations," March 22, 1867

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Document 16-5: Klan Violence against Blacks: Elias Hill, Testimony before Congressional Committee Investigating the Ku Klux Klan, 1871

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APPENDICES

I. Documents

The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution of the United States

Amendments to the Constitution with Annotations (including the six unratified amendments)

II. Government and Demographics

Presidential Elections

Supreme Court Justices

Admission of States to the Union

Population Growth, 1630–2010

Major Trends in Immigration, 1820-2010

Selected Bibliography

Glossary

Acknowledgements

Index

Atlas of the Territorial Growth of the United States

About the Authors

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