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Discovering the American Pastintroduces students to the analysis of historical evidence with a unique six-step process that allows students to follow a scholarly historical investigation from beginning to end. "The Problem" outlines the central question to be considered. "Background" places the problem in historical context, while "Method" discusses how to analyze primary source material relating to the problem. "Evidence" presents several primary source documents for students to analyze and thus reach conclusions about the problem. "Questions to Consider" focus on specific evidence and links between primary sources, and "Epilogue" explains the problem's historical outcome.
Table of Contents
|Note: Each chapter includes The Problem, Background, The Method, Questions to Consider, and an Epilogue|
|First Encounters: The Confrontation Between Cortes and Montezuma (1519–1521)|
|The Evidence: European Accounts: Letter by Cortes to King Charles I of Spain Artwork|
|Native American Accounts: Written impressions of Cortes|
|The Threat of Anne Hutchinson|
|The Evidence: Excerpt from the trial transcript of|
|Rhythms of Colonial Life: The Statistics of Colonial Chesapeake Bay and Massachusetts Bay|
|The Evidence: Chesapeake Bay: Statistics on population, mortality rates, farms, marriage, migration, wealth distribution, and division of estates|
|Massachusetts Bay: Statistics on population, mortality rates, farms, marriage, migration, wealth distribution, and division of estates|
|What Really Happened in the Boston Massacre?|
|The Trial of Captain Thomas Preston|
|The Evidence: Map of the site of the Boston Massacre Excerpt from Captain Thomas Preston's deposition Excerpts from trial testimony of witnesses Drawing of position of "charged bayonets" Diagram of a musket Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre|
|The First American Party System: The Philadelphia Congressional Election of 1794|
|The Evidence: Background on the candidates Comments from newspapers Two opinions|
|Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson on the Whiskey Rebellion Miscellaneous background information|
|Map of Philadelphia wards|
|Tables showing cost of living, wages, and occupations|
|First-person accounts of the yellow fever epidemic|
|Map showing deaths from yellow fever|
|Map showing congressional voting by wards|
|Land, Growth, and Justice: The Removal of the Cherokees|
|The Evidence: Excerpt from President Andrew Jackson's First Annual Message to Congress Excerpt from Thomas Jefferson's writing to Captain Hendrick regarding the decline of the Indian population|
|A petition by Cherokee Women Letter from John Ridge (a Cherokee leader) to Albert Gallatin|
|Excerpt from William Penn (pseudonym for Jeremiah Evarts)|
|Excerpt from Senator Theodore Frelinghuysen's speech to Congress|
|Away from Home: The Working Girls of Lowell|
|The Evidence: Excerpt from the Boston|
|Quarterly Review on slave labor versus free labor|
|Excerpts from the Reverend Henry A. Mills, Lowell, As It Was, and As It Is Timetable of the Lowell Mills|
|Excerpt from the Voice of Industry|
|Title page of the Lowell Offering Selections from the Lowell Offering "Song of the Spinners" Selection from Lucy Larcom, A New England Girlhood Photos of women factory workers Letters from women factory workers Letters to Delia Page from family members|
|The "Peculiar Institution": Slaves Tell Their Own Story|
|The Evidence: Reminiscences and narratives from former slaves Slave Songs Excerpts from autobiographies of Frederick Douglass and Linda Brent (Harriet Jacobs)|
|Slavery and Territorial Expansion: The Wilmot Proviso Debate, February 1847|
|The Evidence: Excerpts from fourteen speeches given in the House of Representatives regarding the Wilmot Proviso|
|The Price for Victory: The Decision to Use African American Troops|
|The Evidence: From the North: Petition of northern blacks to President Lincoln Excerpts from reminiscences and newspaper articles|
|Excerpts from Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation|
|Excerpts from the diary of Salmon P. Chase (secretary of the treasury)|
|Selections from the writings of letters of President Lincoln|
|Excerpt from the diary of Salmon P. Chase|
|From the South: Excerpts from newspaper articles and editorials, correspondence, laws, and proclamations|
|Grant, Greeley, and the Popular Press: The Presidential Election of 1872|
|The Evidence: Political Cartoons by Matt Morgan Political Cartoons by Thomas Nast|
|Grant, Greeley, and the Popular Press: The Presidential Election of 1872|
|The Evidence: Political cartoons by Matt Morgan Political cartoons by Thomas Nast|
|The Road to True Freedom: African American Alternatives in the New South|
|The Evidence: Excerpt from Ida B. Wells's United States Atrocities, 1892 Booker T. Washington's Atlanta Exposition Address, 1895|
|Excerpt from Henry McNeal Turner's "The American Negro and His Fatherland," 1895|
|Excerpt from W.E.B. Du Bois's "The Talented Truth" (1903) and Niagara Address (1906)|
|Excerpt from Frances E.W. Harper's "Enlightened Motherhood," 1892|
|Table showing migration of Negro population by U.S. region, 1870–1920|
|How They Lived: Middle-Class Life, 1870–1917|
|The Evidence: Advertisements for clothing, beauty and health aids, firearms, books and home study courses, typewriters, insurance, bicycles, automobiles, household appliances and furnishings, 1881– 1916 Architectural drawings and descriptions of houses, 1878–1909|
|Excerpts on the new business of advertising, 1898–1927|
|Justifying American Imperialism: The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904|
|Photographs taken at the Louisiana Purchase InNternational Exposition, 1904|
|Excerpt from W.J. McGee's "Anthropology--A Congress of Nations at the Fair," 1904|
|Homogenizing a Pluralistic Nation: Propaganda During World War I Song and poetry, advertisements, posters, editorial cartoons, speeches, movie stills|
|The "New" Woman: Social Science Experts and the Redefinition of Women's Roles in the 1920s|
|Excerpts from the 1920s' social science literature|
|Documenting the Depression: The FSA Photographers and Rural Poverty Documentary photographs as instruments of reform|
|Presidential Leadership, Public Opinion, and the Coming of World War II: The USS Greer Incident, September 4, 1941 Gallup polls Deck log and rolls, newspaper reports, correspondence, speeches, and congressional testimony pertaining to the USS Greer incident|
|Separate but Equal? African American Educational Opportunities and the Brown Decision First section of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution Excerpts from Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)|
|Excerpts from Amicus curiae briefs, Brown v. Board of Education (1952) Excerpts from the oral arguments, 1952 and 1953 Excerpts from the Brown I decision (1954)|
|A Generation in War and Turmoil: The Agony of Vietnam Sample release forms for oral history interviews Interviews with five males and two females (veterans and civilians) of the Vietnam War era Photographs|
|A Nation of Immigrants: The Fourth Wave in California Excerpts from life stories, memoirs, and autobiographies of fourth-wave immigrants|
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