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Constructing the American Past A Source Book of a People's History, Volume 2

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Pub. Date:
10/26/2010
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Summary

This primary source reader captures the excitement of hands-on history through letters, articles, journalistic sources, photographs and posters.   Constructing the American Pastachieves a level of inclusion and depth rarely found in other source books. Each chapter focuses on a particular problem or moment in American history, and provides students with several points of view. The photographs, posters and maps included in the text ask the students to ;read ; the visual sources of American history. By exposing students to primary sources, the building blocks of history , Constructing the American Pastfosters a solid foundation and invites its readers to build their own understanding of American history.

Author Biography

Elliott J. Gorn teaches history and American studies at Brown University. He is author of The Manly Art, Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America, Dillinger's Wild Ride, and co-author of A Brief History of American Sports.

 

Randy Roberts earned his Ph.D. From Louisiana State University. His area of special interest include modern U.S. history and the history of sports and films in America. He is a faculty member at Purdue University where he has won the Murphy Award for outstanding teaching, the Teacher of the Year Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists Teacher of the Year Award. The books he has authored or co-authored include Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler (1979, expanded ed., 1984), Papa Jack: Jack Johnson and the Era of White Hopes (1983), Heavy Justice: The State of Indiana vs. Michael G. Tyson (1994), My Lai: A Brief History with Documents (1998), John Wayne: American (1995), Where the Domino Fell: America in Vietnam, 1945-1990 (1990, rev. ed., 1996), Winning Is the Only Thing: Sports in America Since1945 (1989), "But They Can't Beat US": Oscar Robertson and Crispus Attucks Tigers (1999), Joe Louis: Hard Times Man (2010). Pittsburg Sports: Stories From the Steel City (2000), and A Line in the Sand: The alamo in Blood and Memory (2001). He edited The Rock, The Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports (2005). Roberts serves as co-editor of the Sports and Society series, University of Illinois Press, and is on the editorial board of theJournal of Sports History.

 

A teacher of American history and world religions, Terry Bilhartz is an associate dean at Sam Houston State University. He is the author of Urban Religion and the Second Great Awakening, Sacred Words: A Source Book on the Great Religions of the World, and co-author of Currents in American History: A Brief History of the United States.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1   Reconstruction and the Rise of the Ku Klux Klan  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  Initiation Oath of the Knights of the White Camelia  

2.  Testimony of Victims of the Ku Klux Klan  

3.  Congressional Inquiry into Klan Activities  

4.  Hon. Job E. Stevenson of Ohio, Speech to the House  of Representatives  

5.  Benjamin Bryant, from Experience of a Northern Man Among the Ku-Klux  

6.  W. H. Gannon, “How to Extirpate Ku-Kluxism from the South”  

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 2   The Great Strike of 1877  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  “Fair Wages” by a Striker  

2.  “The Recent Strikes” by the President of the Pennsylvania Railroad  

3.  Allan Pinkerton, from Strikers, Communists, Tramps  and Detectives  

4.  Samuel Gompers, “. . . A Declaration of Protest in the Name of American Manhood . . .”  

5.  Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, The Great Uprising  

6.  Henry Ward Beecher, “There Is No Rich Class and No Working Class Under the Law”  

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 3   When Cultures Collide: Wounded Knee  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  Z. A. Parker, “The Ghost Dance Observed”  

2.  Letters from Reservations by United States Agents  

3.  “. . . No White People in the Other World . . .”, Selwyn’s Interview with Kuwapi  

4.  “. . . Indians Armed to the Teeth . . .”  

5.  “. . . Defrauding Us of Vested Rights . . .”  

6.  Annual Report of the Commissioner  of Indian Affairs, 1891  

7.  Three Letters by Military Leaders  

8.  Eyewitness Reports of Indians Interviewed by the Office  of Indian Affairs  

9.  Government and Military Statements  on Wounded Knee  

Postscript  

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 4   New Americans: The Immigrants 

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  Jacob Riis, “Little Italy”  

2.  Rocco Corresca, “The Biography of a Bootblack”  

3.  Jacob Riis, “Chinatown”  

4.  Lee Chew, “The Biography of a Chinaman”  

5.  Jacob Riis, “Jewtown”  

6.  Rose Schneiderman, “A Cap Maker’s Story”  

Postscript  

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 5   Building an Empire: America and the Philippines  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  Albert J. Beveridge, “The March of the Flag”  

2.  William Graham Sumner, “The Conquest of the United States by Spain”  

3.  Theodore Roosevelt, “The Strenuous Life  

4.  Press Opposition to the War  

5.  Theodore Roosevelt, “National Duties”  

6.  Proceedings of the Congressional Committee  on the Philippines  

Postscript 

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 6   ”The Progressive Era”  

 

Part 1: Upton Sinclair and the Meat Packing Industry  

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  Upton Sinclair, From The Jungle  

2.  Antanas Kaztauskis’s Story  

3.  House Congressional Record, June 4, 1906

4.  Letter from Louis F. Swift  

Postscript  

Part 2: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement  

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  Margaret Sanger, The Women Rebel  

2.  Anthony Comstock’s Views on Birth Control  

3.  Margaret Sanger, The Case for Birth Control  

4.  Michael P. Dowling, Race Suicide  

5.  Physicians’ Statements about Birth Control  

6.  Debate between Margaret Sanger and Winter Russell  

Postscript  

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 7   Selling the War: Recruitment Posters of World War I  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  George Creel, How We Advertised America  

2.  “The Artist’s Call to Colors.”

3.  World War I Posters  

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 8   Science on Trial: Tennessee versus  John Thomas Scopes  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  George William Hunter, from Civic Biology  

2.  Darrow versus Bryan  

3.  H. L. Mencken, “In Memoriam: W. J. B.”  

Postscript

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 9   Writing the Great Depression 

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  Americans Write to Their Leaders  

2.  Tom Kromer, from Waiting for Nothing  

3.  Meridel Le Sueur, “Women on the Breadlines”  

4.  Meridel Le Sueur, “I Was Marching”  

5.  Michael Gold, from Jews Without Money  

Postscript

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 10 The Good War  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  Annual Message to Congress, January 6, 1941  

2.  Norman Rockwell Four Freedoms  

3.  The Army Must Act  

4.  An Open Letter to President Roosevelt—An Editorial  

5.  Hirabayashi v. United States  

6.  Concentration Camp: U.S. Style  

7.  28 Zoot Suiters Seized on Coast After Clashes with Service Men

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 11 The Cold War  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  The Truman Doctrine March 12, 1947  

2.  Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Speech in Wheeling,  West Virginia  

3.  Thomas McGrath’s Statement to the House Committee on Un-American Activities  

4.  John F. Kennedy’s Innagural Address, January 20, 1961  

5.  Stan Lee, Iron Man Is Born, 1963  

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 12 The Civil Rights Movement:  Freedom Summer, 1964  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  Anne Moody, from Coming of Age in Mississippi  

2.  SNCC Pamphlet on Voting Rights  

3.  Prospectus for the Mississippi Freedom Summer  

4.  Robert Moses Memorandum  

5.  Reporting Freedom Summer  

6.  Howard Zinn, Journey to Understanding  

Postscript  

Questions

Interpreting the Sources  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 13 My Lai: The Nadir of the Vietnam War   

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.    Press Release, March 17, 1968  

2.    Report of Investigation, April 24, 1968  

3.    Letter to Military and Political Leaders,  March 29, 1969  

4.    Nine Rules for Personnel of US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam  

5.    The Enemy in Your Hands  

6.    “. . . You Do What You Want to Do . . .”  

7.    Michael Bernhardt  

Postcript  

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

Chapter 14 The Rise of Liberalism in the 1960s and 1970s  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  The Plan of Delano  

2.  Martin Luther King, Jr. to Cesar Chavez  

3   Cesar Chavez on Money and Organizing  

4.  Hon. Shirley Chisholm of New York, Equal Rights  for Women  

5.  The Equal Rights Amendment  

6.  Kathi Roche, The Secretary: Capitalism’s House Nigger  

7.  ‘Women’s Liberation’ Aims to Free Men, Too  

8.  Dennis Hayes, Earth Day Speech, Washington D.C., April 22, 1970  

Postscript

Questions  

Additional Reading  

 

CHAPTER 15 The Conservative Revolution  

 

Historical Context  

The Documents  

1.  Barry Goldwater, “The Perils of Power “ 

2.  President Ronald Reagan on Russia as an “Evil Empire”,  1983  

3.  Pat Robertson Launches His Presidential Bid,  September 17, 1986  

4.  Contract With America, 1994  

5. President George W. Bush on the “Axis of Evil”

Questions  

Additional Reading  

Credits 

Index  

 



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