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

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Edition:
5th
ISBN13:

9780321216427

ISBN10:
0321216423
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
Publisher(s):
Longman

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Summary

This popular reader consists of a variety of primary sources, grouped around central themes in American history. Students get involved in discovering history for themselves when reading Constructing the American Past. Each chapter focuses on a particular problem in American history, providing students with several points of view from which to examine the historical evidence. Introductions and study questions prompt students to participate in interpreting the past and challenge them to understand the problems in relation to the big picture of American history.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction: Doing History xiii
Contact and Conquest: The Meeting of the Old and New Worlds
1(20)
Historical Context
1(4)
The Documents
5(14)
Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties to Christopher Columbus: 1492
6(1)
Journal of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage
6(5)
Bartolome de Las Casas, From The Destruction of the Indies: A Brief Account
11(4)
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
20(1)
Additional Reading
20(1)
Dying and Surviving in Virginia
21(22)
Historical Context
21(4)
The Documents
25(16)
Charter to Sir Walter Raleigh: 1584
26(1)
``Narrative of the 1584 Voyage''
26(2)
Arthur Barlowe
From A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia
28(1)
Thomas Harriot
``Narrative of the 1590 Virginia Voyage''
29(1)
John White
``Discourse''
30(2)
George Percy
From Journal
32(1)
John Smith
Powhatan's Speech to Captain John Smith: 1609
33(1)
From Nova Britannia, 1609
34(2)
From Laws Divine, Moral and Martial, 1611
36(1)
``The State of the Colony in Virginia,'' 1622
37(2)
An Indentured Servant Describes Life in Virginia in a Letter to His Parents
39(2)
Richard Frethorne
Postscript
41(1)
Questions
42(1)
Defining Terms
42(1)
Probing the Sources
42(1)
Interpreting the Sources
42(1)
Additional Reading
42(1)
The Puritan Experience in New England
43(22)
Historical Context
43(3)
The Documents
46(18)
``A Model of Christian Charity''
47(2)
John Winthrop
Excerpts from the Trial of Anne Hutchinson
49(1)
From The Apologia of Robert Keayne
50(1)
Massachusetts School Law of 1647
51(1)
The New England Primer, c. 1687
52(2)
The Poetry of Anne Bradstreet
54(1)
Increase Mather to Michael Wigglesworth
55(1)
From The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
56(5)
Mary Rowlandson
``Christ Knows How Many Devils There Are,'' 1692
61(1)
Samuel Parris
Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases
62(1)
Ann Putmam's Deposition, 1692
63(1)
Ann Putnam's Confession, 1706
63(1)
Questions
64(1)
Defining Terms
64(1)
Probing the Sources
64(1)
Interpreting the Sources
64(1)
Additional Reading
64(1)
Eighteenth-Century American Voices
65(26)
Historical Context
65(2)
The Documents
67(22)
The Diaries of William Byrd
68(7)
Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
75(2)
The Memoirs of Jonathan Edwards
77(3)
Memoirs of the Life of Mrs. Sarah Osborn
80(2)
The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin
82(7)
Questions
89(1)
Defining Terms
89(1)
Probing the Sources
89(1)
Interpreting the Sources
89(1)
Additional Reading
90(1)
What Kind of Revolution? Justifications for Rebellion
91(8)
Historical Context
91(4)
The Documents
95(4)
``Plan of Union''
95(1)
Joseph Galloway
``An Alarm to the Legislature''
96(2)
Samuel Seabury
Benjamin Franklin on the Galloway Plan and the North Resolution
98(1)
From Common Sense
99(18)
Thomas Paine
From ``A Sermon Preached at St. Matthew's, Bethnal Green, on Sunday, Nov. 12, 1775''
103(1)
John Wesley
Lord Dunmore's Proclamation and Responses
104(3)
Revolutionary Battle Flag
107(1)
``God Arising and Pleading His People's Cause''
107(1)
Correspondence of Abigail and John Adams
108(2)
The Declaration of Independence
110(2)
From Notes on the State of Virginia
112(2)
Thomas Jefferson
Letter from Benjamin Banneker to Thomas Jefferson
114(1)
Reply of Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Banneker
115(1)
Questions
116(1)
Defining Terms
116(1)
Probing the Sources
116(1)
Interpreting the Sources
116(1)
Additional Reading
116(1)
Forming a More Perfect Union: Friends, Foes, and the Disfranchised
117(18)
Historical Context
117(2)
The Documents
119(12)
Selections from the Constitution of 1787
119(5)
From the Speeches of Patrick Henry in the Virginia State Ratifying Convention
124(2)
Observations on the New Constitution, and on the Federal and State Conventions by a Columbian Patriot
126(3)
Mercy Otis Warren
Selections from the Letters of George Washington
129(1)
Selections from The Federalist Papers
130(1)
Postscript
131(1)
Questions
132(1)
Defining Terms
132(1)
Probing the Sources
132(1)
Interpreting the Sources
133(1)
Additional Reading
133(2)
Shouting for Glory: Camp Meeting Christianity Described, Decried, and Defended
135(12)
Historical Context
135(2)
The Documents
137(9)
``Glory! Glory! This Is the Happiest Day I Ever Saw''
137(1)
Fanny Lewis
``The Melting Power of God''
138(1)
William Thacher
``The Smile of Heaven Shone''
139(1)
Barton Stone
``A Fanaticism as Absurd as It Was Blasphemous''
140(1)
Martin J. Spalding
``Camp-Meetings, and Agricultural Fairs''
141(2)
From An Apology for Camp Meetings
143(2)
Plan of the Camp
145(1)
Questions
146(1)
Defining Terms
146(1)
Probing the Sources
146(1)
Interpreting the Sources
146(1)
Additional Reading
146(1)
Living and Dying in Bondage: The Slave Conspiracy of 1822
147(20)
Historical Context
147(3)
The Documents
150(14)
The Trials
151(5)
``Gracious Heaven When I Think What I Have Escaped'': Anna Hayes Johnson Letters to Her Cousin
156(2)
``The Conspiracy Had Spread Wider and Wider'': John Potter to Langdon Cheves
158(1)
``White Men, Too, Would Engender Plots'': Newspapers Report the Vesey Conspiracy
159(3)
David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World
162(2)
Postscript
164(1)
Questions
164(1)
Defining Terms
164(1)
Probing the Sources
165(1)
Interpreting the Sources
165(1)
Additional Reading
165(2)
Remembering the Alamo
167(26)
Historical Context
167(3)
The Documents
170(21)
The Prelude
170(4)
The Battle
174(10)
The Aftermath
184(7)
Postscript
191(1)
Questions
191(1)
Defining Terms
191(1)
Probing the Sources
191(1)
Interpreting the Sources
192(1)
Additional Reading
192(1)
Women in Antebellum America
193(22)
Historical Context
193(2)
The Documents
195(17)
``Religious Women''
195(1)
A. J. Graves
``The Peculiar Responsibilities of American Women''
196(2)
Catharine Beecher
``On the Condition of Women in the United States''
198(3)
Sarah M. Grimke
From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
201(3)
Harriet Jacobs
Words from a Native-American Female
204(1)
Declaration of Sentiments
205(2)
From A New England Girlhood
207(2)
Lucy Larcom
Malenda Edwards and Mary Paul Letters
209(3)
Questions
212(1)
Defining Terms
212(1)
Probing the Sources
212(1)
Interpreting the Sources
213(1)
Additional Reading
213(2)
A House Divided: Free Labor, Slave Labor
215(22)
Historical Context
215(2)
The Documents
217(18)
Opinion of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, March 6, 1857, in the case of Dred Scott v. John Sandford
218(1)
Dissenting Opinion, Justice John McClean, March 6, 1857
219(2)
From Cannibals All!
221(3)
George Fitzhugh
From The Impending Crisis of the South
224(3)
Hinton Rowan Helper
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
227(3)
From Uncle Tom's Cabin; or Life Among the Lowly
230(2)
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Open Letter to Thomas Auld
232(3)
Frederick Douglass
Questions
235(1)
Defining Terms
235(1)
Probing the Sources
235(1)
Interpreting the Sources
235(1)
Additional Reading
235(2)
A War Within a War: The New York City Draft Riots
237(20)
Historical Context
237(3)
The Documents
240(15)
Enrollment Act of 1863
240(1)
Ellen Leonard, ``Three Days of Terror''
241(7)
From The Diary of George Templeton Strong
248(2)
To the Laboring Men of New York
250(1)
Dearly Beloved!
251(1)
``The Raging Riot---Its Character, and the True Attitude Toward It''
252(2)
A Letter from One of the Rioters
254(1)
The $300 Exemption
254(1)
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
254(1)
Questions
255(1)
Defining Terms
255(1)
Probing the Sources
256(1)
Interpreting the Sources
256(1)
Additional Reading
256(1)
Reconstruction and the Rise of the Ku Klux Klan
257(20)
Historical Context
257(2)
The Documents
259(15)
Initiation Oath of the Knights of the White Camelia
260(2)
Testimony of Victims of the Ku Klux Klan
262(1)
Congressional Inquiry into Klan Activities
263(5)
Hon. Job E. Stevenson of Ohio, Speech to the House of Representatives
268(3)
From Experience of a Northern Man Among the Ku-Klux
271(2)
Benjamin Bryant
``How to Extirpate Ku-Kluxism from the South''
273(1)
W. H. Gannon
Questions
274(1)
Defining Terms
274(1)
Probing the Sources
274(1)
Interpreting the Sources
274(1)
Additional Reading
274(3)
Credits 277(2)
Index 279


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