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The American Promise, Volume 1 To 1877

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Summary

The American Promise has long been a course favorite, and it has just gotten better. Students value the text’s readability, clear chronology, and lively voices of ordinary Americans, while instructors rely upon the rich content, the many documents and features, and the overall support for teaching their class their way. The sixth edition introduces LaunchPad, which combines carefully-curated new assignments and assessments integrated with an e-book in its own intuitive course space. The American Promise now 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 test 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.

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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Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War: Selected Speeches and Writings; and Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents, the documents reader for The American Promise.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

NOTE: LaunchPad material that does not appear in the print book – including guided reading activities, assessment tools, Reflections activities, What’s Your Question? activities, Chronological Reasoning activities, and all of the documents from Reading the American Past – has been indicated 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

Contents

Maps, Figures, and Tables

Special Features

1. ANCIENT AMERICA, BEFORE 1492

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

Archaeology and History

  • Reflections on Archaeology and History LaunchPad
The First Americans

African and Asian Origins

HISTORICAL QUESTION: "Who Were the First Americans?"

Quiz for Historical Question LaunchPad

Paleo-Indian Hunters

  • Reflections on The First Americans LaunchPad
Archaic Hunters and Gatherers

Great Plains Bison Hunters

Great Basin Cultures

Pacific Coast Cultures

Eastern Woodland Cultures

  • Reflections on Archaic Hunters and Gatherers LaunchPad
Agricultural Settlements and Chiefdoms

Southwestern Cultures

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

Quiz for Beyond America’s Borders LaunchPad

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "Daily Life in Chaco Canyon"

Quiz for Visualizing History LaunchPad

Woodland Burial Mounds and Chiefdoms

  • Reflections on Agricultural Settlements and Chiefdoms LaunchPad
Native Americans in the 1490s

Eastern and Great Plains Peoples

Southwestern and Western Peoples

Cultural Similarities

  • Reflections on Native Americans in the 1490s LaunchPad
The Mexica: A Mesoamerican Culture

  • Reflections on The Mexica: A Mesoamerican Culture LaunchPad
Conclusion: The World of Ancient Americans

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
LaunchPad

  • What’s Your Question? LaunchPad
  • Chronological Reasoning LaunchPad

Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 1
LaunchPad

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 LaunchPad

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. LaunchPad

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

Quiz for Reading the American Past, Chapter 1 LaunchPad

Chapter 1 Summative Quiz LaunchPad

2. EUROPEANS ENCOUNTER THE NEW WORLD, 1492–1600

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

Europe in the Age of Exploration

Mediterranean Trade and European Expansion

A Century of Portuguese Exploration

  • Reflections on Europe in the Age of Exploration LaunchPad
A Surprising New World in the Western Atlantic

The Explorations of Columbus

The Geographic Revolution and the Columbian Exchange

  • Reflections on A Surprising New World in the Western Atlantic LaunchPad
Spanish Exploration and Conquest

The Conquest of Mexico

The Search for Other Mexicos

Spanish Outposts in Florida and New Mexico

New Spain in the Sixteenth Century

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "Weapons of Conquest"

Quiz for Visualizing History LaunchPad

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Justifying Conquest"

Quiz for Documenting the American Promise LaunchPad

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

Quiz for Seeking the American Promise LaunchPad

The Toll of Spanish Conquest and Colonization

  • Reflections on Spanish Exploration and Conquest LaunchPad
The New World and Sixteenth-Century Europe

The Protestant Reformation and the Spanish Response

Europe and The Spanish Example

  • Reflections on The New World and Sixteenth-Century Europe LaunchPad
Conclusion: The promise of the new world for europeans

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
LaunchPad

  • What’s Your Question? LaunchPad
  • Chronological Reasoning LaunchPad

Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 2
LaunchPad

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

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

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

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

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

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

Quiz for Reading the American Past, Chapter 2 LaunchPad

Chapter 2 Summative Quiz LaunchPad

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

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

An English Colony on Chesapeake Bay

The Fragile Jamestown Settlement

Cooperation and Conflict between Natives and Newcomers

From Private Company to Royal Government

  • Reflections on An English Colony on Chesapeake Bay LaunchPad
A Tobacco Society

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

Quiz for Beyond America’s Borders LaunchPad

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "The Gamble of Indentured Servitude"

Quiz for Seeking the American Promise LaunchPad

Tobacco Agriculture

A Servant Labor System

The Rigors of Servitude

Cultivating Land and Faith

  • Reflections on A Tobacco Society LaunchPad
Hierarchy and Inequality in the Chesapeake

Social and Economic Polarization

Government Policies and Political Conflict

Bacon’s Rebellion

HISTORICAL QUESTION: "Why Did English Colonists Consider Themselves Superior to

Indians and Africans?"

Quiz for Historical Question LaunchPad

  • Reflections on Hierarchy and Inequality in the Chesapeake 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

  • Reflections on Toward a Slave Labor System LaunchPad
Conclusion: The Growth of English Colonies Based on Export Crops and Slave Labor

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
LaunchPad

  • What’s Your Question? LaunchPad
  • Chronological Reasoning LaunchPad

Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 3
LaunchPad

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 LaunchPad

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

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 LaunchPad

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

Quiz for Reading the American Past, Chapter 3 LaunchPad

Chapter 3 Summative Quiz LaunchPad

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

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

Puritans and the Settlement of New England

Puritan Origins: The English Reformation

The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony

The Founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony

  • Reflections on Puritans and the Settlement of New England 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

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "Seats of Power"

Quiz for Visualizing History LaunchPad

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Hunting Witches in Salem,

Massachusetts"

Quiz for Documenting the American Promise LaunchPad

  • Reflections on The Evolution of New England Society LaunchPad
The Founding of the Middle Colonies

From New Netherland to New York

New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Toleration and Diversity in Pennsylvania

  • Reflections on The Founding of the Middle Colonies LaunchPad
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

  • Reflections on The Colonies and the English Empire LaunchPad
Conclusion: An English Model of Colonization in North America

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
LaunchPad

  • What’s Your Question? LaunchPad
  • Chronological Reasoning LaunchPad

Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 4
LaunchPad

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 LaunchPad

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 LaunchPad

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

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

Quiz for Reading the American Past, Chapter 4 LaunchPad

Chapter 4 Summative Quiz LaunchPad

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

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

A Growing Population and Expanding Economy in British North America

  • Reflections on A Growing Population and Expanding Economy in British North America LaunchPad
New England: From Puritan Settlers to Yankee Traders

Natural Increase and Land Distribution

Farms, Fish, and Atlantic Trade

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "A Sailor’s Life in the Eighteenth-Century

Atlantic World"

Quiz for Seeking the American Promise LaunchPad

  • Reflections on New England: From Puritan Settlers to Yankee Traders LaunchPad
The Middle Colonies: Immigrants, Wheat, and Work

German and Scots-Irish Immigrants

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

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "A View of Urban Life"

Quiz for Visualizing History LaunchPad

  • Reflections on The Middle Colonies: Immigrants, Wheat, and Work 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

  • Reflections on The Southern Colonies: Land of Slavery LaunchPad
Unifying Experiences

Commerce and Consumption

Religion, Enlightenment, and Revival

Trade and Conflict in the North American Borderlands

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Spanish Priests Report on

California Missions"

Quiz for Documenting the American Promise LaunchPad

Colonial Politics in the British Empire

  • Reflections on Unifying Experiences LaunchPad
Conclusion: The Dual Identity of British North American Colonists

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
LaunchPad

  • What’s Your Question? LaunchPad
  • Chronological Reasoning LaunchPad

Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 5
LaunchPad

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 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 LaunchPad
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 LaunchPad
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS  LaunchPad

Quiz for Reading the American Past, Chapter 5 LaunchPad

Chapter 5 Summative Quiz LaunchPad

6. THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND THE COLONIAL CRISIS, 1754–1775

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

The Seven Years’ War, 1754–1763

French-British Rivalry in the Ohio Country

The Albany Congress

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "Cultural Cross-Dressing in Eighteenth-Century Portraits"

Quiz for Visualizing History LaunchPad

The War and Its Consequences

Pontiac’s Rebellion and the Proclamation of 1763

  • Reflections on The Seven Years’ War, 1754–1763 LaunchPad
The Sugar and Stamp Acts, 1763–1765

Grenville’s Sugar Act

The Stamp Act

Resistance Strategies and Crowd Politics

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

Quiz for Seeking the American Promise LaunchPad

Liberty and Property

  • Reflections on The Sugar and Stamp Acts, 1763–1765 LaunchPad
The Townshend Acts and Economic Retaliation, 1767–1770

The Townshend Duties

Nonconsumption and the Daughters of Liberty

Military Occupation and "Massacre" in Boston

  • Reflections on The Townshend Acts and Economic Retaliation, 1767–1770 LaunchPad
The Destruction of the Tea and the Coercive Acts, 1770–1774

The Calm before the Storm

Tea in Boston Harbor

The Coercive Acts

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Reactions to the Boston Port Act

Outside of Massachusetts"

Quiz for Documenting the American Promise LaunchPad

Beyond Boston: Rural New England

The First Continental Congress

  • Reflections on The Destruction of the Tea and the Coercive Acts, 1770–1774 LaunchPad
Domestic Insurrections, 1774–1775

Lexington and Concord

Rebelling against Slavery

  • Reflections on Domestic Insurrections, 1774–1775 LaunchPad
Conclusion: The Long Road to Revolution

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
LaunchPad

  • What’s Your Question? LaunchPad
  • Chronological Reasoning LaunchPad

Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 6
LaunchPad

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 LaunchPad

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 LaunchPad

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

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

Quiz for Reading the American Past, Chapter 6 LaunchPad

Chapter 6 Summative Quiz LaunchPad

7. THE WAR FOR AMERICA, 1775–1783

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

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

  • Reflections on The Second Continental Congress LaunchPad
The First Year of War, 1775–1776

The American Military Forces

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "Keeping Powder Dry"

Quiz for Visualizing History LaunchPad

The British Strategy

Quebec, New York, and New Jersey

  • Reflections on The First Year of War, 1775–1776 LaunchPad
The Home Front

Patriotism at the Local Level

The Loyalists

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Families Divide over the Revolution"

Quiz for Documenting the American Promise LaunchPad

Who Is a Traitor?

Prisoners of War

Financial Instability and Corruption

  • Reflections on The Home Front LaunchPad
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

  • Reflections on The Campaigns of 1777–1779: The North and West LaunchPad
The Southern Strategy and the End of the War

Georgia and South Carolina

Treason and Guerrilla Warfare

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

  • Reflections on The Southern Strategy and the End of the War LaunchPad
Conclusion: Why the British Lost

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
LaunchPad

  • What’s Your Question? LaunchPad
  • Chronological Reasoning LaunchPad

Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 7
LaunchPad

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 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 LaunchPad

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

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 LaunchPad

Quiz for Reading the American Past, Chapter 7 LaunchPad

Chapter 7 Summative Quiz LaunchPad

8. BUILDING A REPUBLIC, 1775–1789

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

The Articles of Confederation

Confederation and Taxation

The Problem of Western Lands

Running the New Government

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "The Great Seal of the United States"

Quiz for Visualizing History LaunchPad

  • Reflections on The Articles of Confederation LaunchPad
The Sovereign States

The State Constitutions

Who Are "the People"?

Equality and Slavery

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: A Slave Sues for Her Freedom

Quiz for Seeking the American Promise LaunchPad

  • Reflections on The Sovereign States LaunchPad
The Confederation’s Problems

The War Debt and the Newburgh Conspiracy

The Treaty of Fort Stanwix

Land Ordinances and the Northwest Territory

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

Shays’s Rebellion

  • Reflections on The Confederation’s Problems LaunchPad
The United States Constitution

From Annapolis to Philadelphia

The Virginia and New Jersey Plans

Democracy versus Republicanism

  • Reflections on The United States Constitution LaunchPad
Ratification of the Constitution

The Federalists

The Antifederalists

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

Quiz for Historical Question LaunchPad

The Big Holdouts: Virginia and New York

  • Reflections on Ratification of the Constitution LaunchPad
Conclusion: The "Republican Remedy’

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
LaunchPad

  • What’s Your Question? LaunchPad
  • Chronological Reasoning LaunchPad

Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 8
LaunchPad

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

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

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

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

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

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

Quiz for Reading the American Past, Chapter 8 LaunchPad

Chapter 8 Summative Quiz LaunchPad

9. THE NEW NATION TAKES FORM, 1789–1800

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

The Search for Stability

Washington Inaugurates the Government

The Bill of Rights

HISTORICAL QUESTION: "How Did America’s First Congress Address the Question of

Slavery?"

Quiz for Historical Question LaunchPad

The Republican Wife and Mother

  • Reflections on The Search for Stability LaunchPad
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

  • Reflections on Hamilton’s Economic Policies LaunchPad
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

1790’s"

Quiz for Beyond America’s Borders LaunchPad

The Haitian Revolution

  • Reflections on Conflicts on America’s Borders and Beyond LaunchPad
Federalists and Republicans

The Election of 1796

The XYZ Affair

The Alien and Sedition Acts

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "The Crisis of 1798: Sedition"

Quiz for Documenting the American Promise LaunchPad

  • Reflections on Federalists and Republicans LaunchPad
Conclusion: Parties Nonetheless

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
LaunchPad

  • What’s Your Question? LaunchPad
  • Chronological Reasoning LaunchPad

Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 9
LaunchPad

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

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

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

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 LaunchPad

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

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

Quiz for Reading the American Past, Chapter 9 LaunchPad

Chapter 9 Summative Quiz LaunchPad

10. REPUBLICANS IN POWER, 1800–1824

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

Jefferson’s Presidency

Turbulent Times: Election and Rebellion

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

Quiz for Historical Question LaunchPad

The Jeffersonian Vision of Republican Simplicity

Dangers Overseas: The Barbary Wars

  • Reflections on Jefferson’s Presidency LaunchPad
Opportunities and Challenges in the West

The Louisiana Purchase

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "Cultural Exchange on the Lewis and Clark Trail"

Quiz for Visualizing History LaunchPad

Osage and Comanche Indians

  • Reflections on Opportunities and Challenges in the West LaunchPad
Jefferson, the Madisons, and the War of 1812

Impressment and Embargo

Dolley Madison and Social Politics

Tecumseh and Tippecanoe

The War of 1812

Washington City Burns: The British Offensive

  • Reflections on Jefferson, the Madisons, and the War of 1812 LaunchPad
Women’s Status in the Early Republic

Women and the Law

Women and Church Governance

Female Education

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

Quiz for Seeking the American Promise LaunchPad

  • Reflections on Women’s Status in the Early Republic LaunchPad
Monroe and Adams

From Property to Democracy

The Missouri Compromise

The Monroe Doctrine

The Election of 1824

The Adams Administration

  • Reflections on Monroe and Adams LaunchPad
Conclusion: Republican Simplicity Becomes Complex

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
LaunchPad

  • What’s Your Question? LaunchPad
  • Chronological Reasoning LaunchPad

Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 10
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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 LaunchPad
Document 10-2: Meriwether Lewis Describes the Shoshone: The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1805 LaunchPad
Document 10-3: A Slave Demands That Thomas Jefferson Abolish Slavery: A  Slave to Thomas Jefferson, November 30, 1808 LaunchPad
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 LaunchPad
Document 10-5: James Hamilton's Path to Enlistment during the War of 1812: Confession, 1818 LaunchPad
COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

Quiz for Reading the American Past, Chapter 10 LaunchPad

Chapter 10 Summative Quiz LaunchPad

11. THE EXPANDING REPUBLIC, 1815–1840

Guided Reading Exercise
LaunchPad

The Market Revolution

Improvements in Transportation

Factories, Workingwomen, and Wage Labor

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Mill Girls Stand Up to Factory Owners, 1834"

Quiz for Documenting the American Promise LaunchPad

Bankers and Lawyers

Booms and Busts

  • Reflections on The Market Revolution LaunchPad
The Spread of Democracy

Popular Politics and Partisan Identity

The Election of 1828 and the Character Issue

Jackson’s Democratic Agenda

  • Reflections on The Spread of Democracy LaunchPad
Jackson Defines the Democratic Party

Indian Policy and the Trail of Tears

The Tariff of Abominations and Nullification

The Bank War and Economic Boom

  • Reflections on Jackson Defines the Democratic Party LaunchPad
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

Organizing against Slavery

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: "Transatlantic Abolition"

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  • Reflections on Cultural Shifts, Religion, and Reform LaunchPad
Van Buren’s One-Term Presidency

The Politics of Slavery

Elections and Panics

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

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  • Reflections on Van Buren’s One-Term Presidency LaunchPad
Conclusion: The Age of Jackson or the Era of Reform?

Chapter Review [[√]] LearningCurve
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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 11
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Document 11-1: President Andrew Jackson's Parting Words to the Nation: Farewell Address, March 4, 1837 LaunchPad

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

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

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

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

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

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12. THE NEW WEST AND THE FREE NORTH, 1840–1860

Guided Reading Exercise
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Economic and Industrial Evolution

Agriculture and Land Policy

Manufacturing and Mechanization

Railroads: Breaking the Bonds of Nature

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "The Path of Progress"

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  • Reflections on Economic and Industrial Evolution LaunchPad
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

  • Reflections on Free Labor: Promise and Reality LaunchPad
The Westward Movement

Manifest Destiny

Oregon and the Overland Trail

The Mormon Exodus

The Mexican Borderlands

  • Reflections on The Westward Movement LaunchPad
Expansion and the Mexican-American War

The Politics of Expansion

The Mexican-American War, 1846–1848

Victory in Mexico

Golden California

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "The Gold Rush"

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  • Reflections on Expansion and the Mexican-American War LaunchPad
Reforming Self and Society

The Pursuit of Perfection: Transcendentalists and Utopians

Woman’s Rights Activists

Abolitionists and the American Ideal

  • Reflections on Reforming Self and Society LaunchPad
Conclusion: Free Labor, Free Men

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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 12
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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 LaunchPad

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 LaunchPad

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

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

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

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

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13. THE SLAVE SOUTH, 1820–1860

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The Growing Distinctiveness of the South

Cotton Kingdom, Slave Empire

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "The Auction Block"

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The South in Black and White

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Defending Slavery"

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The Plantation Economy

  • Reflections on The Growing Distinctiveness of the South LaunchPad
Masters and Mistresses in the Big House

Paternalism and Male Honor

HISTORICAL QUESTION: "How Often Were Slaves Whipped?"

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The Southern Lady and Feminine Virtues

  • Reflections on Masters and Mistresses in the Big House LaunchPad
Slaves in the Quarter

Work

Family and Religion

Resistance and Rebellion

  • Reflections on Slaves in the Quarter LaunchPad
The Plain Folk

Plantation Belt Yeomen

Upcountry Yeomen

Poor Whites

The Culture of the Plain Folk

  • Reflections on The Plain Folk LaunchPad
Black and Free: On the Middle Ground

Precarious Freedom

Achievement despite Restrictions

  • Reflections on Black and Free: On the Middle Ground LaunchPad
The Politics of Slavery

The Democratization of the Political Arena

Planter Power

  • Reflections on The Politics of Slavery LaunchPad
Conclusion: A Slave Society

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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 13
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Document 13-1: Madison Hemings Recalls Life as Thomas Jefferson's Enslaved Son: Interview, 1873 LaunchPad

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

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 LaunchPad

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

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

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

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14. THE HOUSE DIVIDED, 1846–1861

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The Bitter Fruits of War

VISUALIZING HISTORY:
"Ball Playing Among the Sioux"

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The Wilmot Proviso and the Expansion of Slavery

The Election of 1848

Debate and Compromise

  • Reflections on The Bitter Fruits of War LaunchPad
The Sectional Balance Undone

The Fugitive Slave Act

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

The Kansas-Nebraska Act

BEYOND AMERICA’S BORDERS: "Filibusters: The Underside of Manifest Destiny"

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  • Reflections on The Sectional Balance Undone LaunchPad
Realignment of the Party System

The Old Parties: Whigs and Democrats

The New Parties: Know-Nothings and Republicans

SEEKING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "A Purse of her Own"

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The Election of 1856

  • Reflections on Realignment of the Party System LaunchPad
Freedom under Siege

"Bleeding Kansas"

The Dred Scott Decision

Prairie Republican: Abraham Lincoln

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

  • Reflections on Freedom under Siege LaunchPad
The Union Collapses

The Aftermath of John Brown’s Raid

Republican Victory in 1860

Secession Winter

  • Reflections on The Union Collapses LaunchPad
Conclusion: Slavery, Free Labor, and the Failure of Political Compromise

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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 14
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Document 14-1: The Kansas-Nebraska Act: Abraham Lincoln, Speech in Peoria, Illinois, October 16, 1854 LaunchPad

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

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

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

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 LaunchPad

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

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15. THE CRUCIBLE OF WAR, 1861–1865

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"And the War Came"

Attack on Fort Sumter

The Upper South Chooses Sides

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The Combatants

How They Expected to Win

Lincoln and Davis Mobilize

  • Reflections on The Combatants LaunchPad
Battling It Out, 1861–1862

Stalemate in the Eastern Theater

Union Victories in the Western Theater

The Atlantic Theater

International Diplomacy

  • Reflections on Battling It Out, 1861–1862 LaunchPad
Union and Freedom

From Slaves to Contraband

From Contraband to Free People

The War of Black Liberation

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

War"

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  • Reflections on Union and Freedom LaunchPad
The South at War

Revolution from Above

Hardship Below

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "Home and Country"

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The Disintegration of Slavery

  • Reflections on The South at War LaunchPad
The North at War

The Government and the Economy

Women and Work at Home and at War

Politics and Dissent

  • Reflections on The North at War LaunchPad
Grinding Out Victory, 1863–1865

Vicksburg and Gettysburg

Grant Takes Command

HISTORICAL QUESTION: "Why Did So Many Soldiers Die?"

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The Election of 1864

The Confederacy Collapses

  • Reflections on Grinding Out Victory, 1863–1865 LaunchPad
Conclusion: The Second American Revolution

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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 15
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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 LaunchPad

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

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 LaunchPad

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

Document 15-5: General William T. Sherman Explains the Hard Hand of War: Correspondence, 1864 LaunchPad

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

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16. RECONSTRUCTION, 1863–1877

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Wartime Reconstruction

"To Bind Up the Nation’s Wounds"

Land and Labor

The African American Quest for Autonomy

DOCUMENTING THE AMERICAN PROMISE: "The Meaning of Freedom"

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  • Reflections on Wartime Reconstruction LaunchPad
Presidential Reconstruction

Johnson’s Program of Reconciliation

White Southern Resistance and Black Codes

Expansion of Federal Authority and Black Rights

  • Reflections on Presidential Reconstruction LaunchPad
Congressional Reconstruction

The Fourteenth Amendment and Escalating Violence

Radical Reconstruction and Military Rule

Impeaching a President

The Fifteenth Amendment and Women’s Demands

  • Reflections on Congressional Reconstruction LaunchPad
The Struggle in the South

Freedmen, Yankees, and Yeomen

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

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Republican Rule

White Landlords, Black Sharecroppers

VISUALIZING HISTORY: "A Post-Slavery Encounter"

Quiz for Visualizing History LaunchPad

  • Reflections on The Struggle in the South LaunchPad
Reconstruction Collapses

Grant’s Troubled Presidency

Northern Resolve Withers

White Supremacy Triumphs

An Election and a Compromise

  • Reflections on Reconstruction Collapses LaunchPad
Conclusion: "A Revolution But Half Accomplished"

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Documents from Reading the American Past, Chapter 16
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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 LaunchPad

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

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

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 LaunchPad

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

COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS LaunchPad

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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

Admission of States to the Union

Population Growth, 1630–2010

Major Trends in Immigration, 1820-2010

Glossary

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Index

U.S. Political/Geographic and World Maps

About the Authors

 

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