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Constructing the American Past : A Source Book of a People's History

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780321002174

ISBN10:
0321002172
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
11/1/1998
Publisher(s):
Pearson College Div

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Summary

Students get involved in discovering history for themselves when using Constructing the American Past. Readers evaluate primary sources and then develop informed interpretations of American History.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii(2)
Introduction Doing History xv
CHAPTER 1 Contact and Conquest: The Meeting of the Old and New Worlds
1(20)
Historical Context
1(5)
The Documents
6(13)
1. Journal of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage
6(5)
2. Bartolome de Las Casas, From The Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account
11(4)
3. The Aztec Account of the Spanish Conquest, Florentine Codex, as Collected by Bernadino de Sahagun
15(4)
Postscript
19(1)
Questions
19(1)
Defining Terms
19(1)
Probing the Sources
19(1)
Interpreting the Sources
19(1)
Additional Reading
20(1)
CHAPTER 2 Dying and Surviving in Virginia
21(26)
Historical Context
21(5)
The Documents
26(18)
1. Arthur Barlowe, "Narrative of the 1584 Voyage"
26(2)
2. Thomas Harriot, From A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia
28(1)
3. John White, "Narrative of the 1590 Virginia Voyage"
29(1)
4. George Percy, "Discourse"
30(1)
5. John Smith, From Journal
31(3)
6. John Smith, "A Map of Virginia with a Description of the Country"
34(4)
7. From Nova Britannia, 1609
38(2)
8. From Laws Divine, Moral and Martial, 1611
40(1)
9. "The State of the Colony in Virginia," 1622
41(2)
10. Richard Frethorne, An Indentured Servant Describes Life in Virginia in a Letter to His Parents
43(1)
Postscript
44(1)
Questions
45(1)
Defining Terms
45(1)
Probing the Sources
45(1)
Interpreting the Sources
45(1)
Additional Reading
45(2)
CHAPTER 3 The Puritan Experience in New England
47(24)
Historical Context
47(4)
The Documents
51(18)
1. John Winthrop, "A Model of Christian Charity"
51(3)
2. From The Apologia of Robert Keayne
54(2)
3-4. Education and Literacy
56(3)
5-6. Home and Family
59(2)
7. Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
61(5)
8-11. Salem's Struggle with Satan
66(3)
Questions
69(1)
Defining Terms
69(1)
Probing the Sources
69(1)
Interpreting the Sources
69(1)
Additional Reading
70(1)
CHAPTER 4 "What, Then, Is the American, This New Man?": William Byrd II, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin
71(24)
Historical Context
71(2)
The Documents
73(20)
1. The Diaries of William Byrd
74(8)
2. The Memoirs of Jonathan Edwards
82(3)
3. The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin
85(8)
Questions
93(1)
Defining Terms
93(1)
Probing the Sources
93(1)
Interpreting the Sources
93(1)
Additional Reading
94(1)
CHAPTER 5 What Kind of Revolution? Justifications for Rebellion
95(26)
Historical Context
95(4)
The Documents
99(20)
1. Joseph Galloway, "Plan of Union"
100(1)
2. Samuel Seabury, "An Alarm to the Legislature"
101(1)
3. Benjamin Franklin on the Galloway Plan and the North Resolution
102(2)
4. Thomas Paine, From Common Sense
104(4)
5. John Wesley's Sermon
108(1)
6-8. Lord Dunmore's Proclamation and Responses
109(2)
9. The Declaration of Independence
111(4)
10. Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams
115(1)
11. Thomas Jefferson, From Notes on the State of Virginia
116(1)
12. Letter from Benjamin Banneker to Thomas Jefferson
117(2)
13. Reply of Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Banneker
119(1)
Questions
119(1)
Defining Terms
119(1)
Probing the Sources
119(1)
Interpreting the Sources
119(1)
Additional Reading
120(1)
CHAPTER 6 Counting America: Reading the First Federal Census of 1790
121(26)
Historical Context
121(3)
The Documents
124(20)
1. From The Federalist Papers
124(2)
2. Excerpt from Article I, Section 2, of the United States Constitution
126(2)
3. Summary of the First Census of the United States
128(2)
4. Census Data from South Carolina
130(3)
5. Census Data from Philadelphia
133(5)
6. David Ramsay, From The History of South Carolina
138(4)
7. Isaac Weld, Jr., From Travels Through the States of North America
142(2)
Questions
144(1)
Defining Terms
144(1)
Probing the Sources
144(1)
Interpreting the Sources
145(1)
Additional Reading
145(2)
CHAPTER 7 Shouting for Glory: Camp Meeting Christianity Described, Decried, and Defended
147(12)
Historical Context
147(2)
The Documents
149(8)
1. Fanny Lewis, "Glory! Glory! This Is the Happiest Day I Ever Saw"
149(2)
2. William Thacher, "The Melting Power of God"
151(1)
3. Barton Stone, "The Smile of Heaven Shone"
152(1)
4. Martin J. Spalding, "A Fanaticism as Absurd as It Was Blasphemous"
153(1)
5. "Camp-Meetings, and Agricultural Fairs"
154(2)
6. From An Apology for Camp Meetings
156(1)
Questions
157(1)
Defining Terms
157(1)
Probing the Sources
157(1)
Interpreting the Sources
158(1)
Additional Reading
158(1)
CHAPTER 8 Living and Dying in Bondage: The Slave Conspiracy of 1822
159(20)
Historical Context
159(3)
The Documents
162(14)
1. The Trials
163(6)
2. "Gracious Heaven When I Think What I Have Escaped": Anna Hayes Johnson Letters to Her Cousin
169(1)
3. "The Conspiracy Had Spread Wider and Wider": John Potter to Langdon Cheves
170(2)
4. "White Men, Too, Would Engender Plots": Newspapers Report the Vesey Conspiracy
172(2)
5. David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World
174(2)
Postscript
176(1)
Questions
177(1)
Defining Terms
177(1)
Probing the Sources
177(1)
Interpreting the Sources
177(1)
Additional Reading
177(2)
CHAPTER 9 Remembering the Alamo
179(26)
Historical Context
179(4)
The Documents
183(18)
Document Set 1. The Prelude
183(4)
Document Set 2. The Battle
187(10)
Document Set 3. The Aftermath
197(4)
Postscript
201(1)
Questions
202(1)
Defining Terms
202(1)
Probing the Sources
202(1)
Interpreting the Sources
202(1)
Additional Reading
203(2)
CHAPTER 10 Women in Antebellum America
205(20)
Historical Context
205(2)
The Documents
207(16)
1. A. J. Graves, "Religious Women"
208(1)
2. Catharine Beecher, "The Peculiar Responsibilities of American Women"
209(1)
3. Sarah M. Grimke, "On the Condition of Women in the United States"
210(4)
4. Harriet Jacobs, From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
214(2)
5. Declaration of Sentiments
216(2)
6. Lucy Larcom, From A New England Girlhood
218(3)
7. Malenda Edwards and Mary Paul Letters
221(2)
Questions
223(1)
Defining Terms
223(1)
Probing the Sources
223(1)
Interpreting the Sources
223(1)
Additional Reading
223(2)
CHAPTER 11 A House Divided: Free Labor, Slave Labor
225(20)
Historical Context
225(2)
The Documents
227(16)
1. George Fitzhugh, From Cannibals All!
229(2)
2. Hinton Rowan Helper, From The Impending Crisis of the South
231(3)
3. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
234(4)
4. Harriet Beecher Stowe, From Uncle Tom's Cabin; or Life Among the Lowly
238(2)
5. Frederick Douglass, Open Letter to Thomas Auld
240(3)
Questions
243(1)
Defining Terms
243(1)
Probing the Sources
243(1)
Interpreting the Sources
243(1)
Additional Reading
243(2)
CHAPTER 12 A War within a War: The New York City Draft Riots
245(22)
Historical Context
245(3)
The Documents
248(16)
1. Enrollment Act of 1863
248(1)
2. Ellen Leonard, "Three Days of Terror"
249(8)
3. From The Diary of George Templeton Strong
257(3)
4. To the Laboring Men of New York
260(1)
5. Dearly Beloved!
261(1)
6. "The Raging Riot--Its Character, and the True Attitude Toward It"
262(2)
7. A Letter from One of the Rioters
264(1)
8. The $300 Exemption
264(1)
Questions
264(1)
Defining Terms
264(1)
Probing the Sources
265(1)
Interpreting the Sources
265(1)
Additional Reading
265(2)
CHAPTER 13 Reconstruction and the Rise of the Ku Klux Klan
267(20)
Historical Context
267(2)
The Documents
269(16)
1. Initiation Oath of the Knights of the White Camelia
270(2)
2. Testimony of Victims of the Ku Klux Klan
272(2)
3. Congressional Inquiry into Klan Activities
274(4)
4. Hon. Job E. Stevenson of Ohio, Speech to the House of Representatives
278(4)
5. Benjamin Bryant, From Experience of a Northern Man Among the Ku-Klux
282(2)
6. W. H. Gannon, "How to Extirpate Ku-Kluxism from the South"
284(1)
Questions
285(1)
Defining Terms
285(1)
Probing the Sources
286(1)
Interpreting the Sources
286(1)
Additional Reading
286(1)
Credits 287(5)
Index 292


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