America Firsthand, Volume I Readings from Settlement to Reconstruction

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-12-05
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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This distinctive, class-tested primary source reader tells America's story through the words and other creative expressions of the ordinary and extraordinary Americans who shaped it. Now featuring the contributions of new co-author John M. Giggie, an award-winning teacher and scholar from the University of Alabama, America Firsthandoffers a remarkable range of first-person perspectives that bring the past vividly to life from an African American minister's message of racial liberation, to the prison notes of suffragists, to a writer's recollections of Sputnik. "Points of View" sections provide varied vantage points on important topics, and "Visual Portfolios" draw students into interpreting the visual record. This carefully crafted, ready-to-go collection saves instructors time and effort in finding consistently engaging and informative sources.

Author Biography

Anthony Marcus is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He has published widely on urban public policy, American legal history, African American history and culture, and economic and social development in America and abroad. His book, Where Have All the Homeless Gone: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis looks at political discourses on poverty and public policy from the Great Depression to the Clinton era.

John M. Giggie is an Associate Professor of history at the University of Alabama. His published works include articles on nineteenth-century America, southern U.S. history, and U.S. religion, as well as his recently published books After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875–1915  and Faith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Urban Commercial Culture. His current research projects include African American religion and the Civil War; early blues music; and religion and the civil rights movement.
David Burner, late professor of history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, wrote two books on John F. Kennedy, as well as books on Herbert Hoover, the 1960s, the Democratic Party in the 1920s, and a number of textbooks.

Table of Contents

*New to this edition
Introduction: Using Sources to Study the Past
Part I. Indians and Europeans: New World Encounters
] Points of View: Contact and Conquest (1502–1521)
] 1. Hernando CortésDispatches of the Conquest from the New World 
] 2. A Nahua Account of the Conquest of Mexico 
  3. Bartolomé de Las CasasDestruction of the Indies 
  4. John SmithDescription of Virginia 
  5. Father Paul Le JeuneEncounter with the Indians 
  *6. Adriaen van der DonckDebating the Value of the American Colonies 
Visual Portfolio: New World Images

Part II. The Colonial Experience: A Rapidly Changing Society
*Points of View: Captured by Indians in Colonial America
7. Mary RowlandsonPrisoner of War
*8. Mary JemisonCaptivity in a Different Light
  9. Pedro Naranjo and JosepheTestimony of Pueblo Indians 
  10. Olaudah EquianoThe African Slave Trade 
  11. Gottlieb MittelbergerOn the Misfortune of Indentured Servants 
  *12. Eliza Lucas PinckneyDaughter, Wife, Mother, and Planter   
  13. Benjamin FranklinDefending Colonial Activities before Parliament 
*Visual Portfolio: Mapmaking and Colonialism in the New World
Part III. Resistance and Revolution: Struggling for Liberty
] Points of View: The Boston Massacre (1770)
] 14. Thomas Preston, A British Officer’s Description
] 15. George Robert Twelves Hewes, John Tudor, and the Boston Gazette and Country Journal
 Colonial Accounts
Visual Portfolio: Patriot and Loyalist Propaganda
  16. Joseph Plumb MartinA Soldier’s View of the Revolutionary War
  17. Boston KingChoosing Sides
  18. Catherine Van CortlandtSecret Correspondence of a Loyalist Wife
  19. Abigail AdamsRepublican Motherhood
  20. George Richards MinotShays’s Rebellion: Prelude to the Constitution
Part IV. Defining America: The Expanding Nation
] Points of View: Religion in the New Nation (1800–1830)
] 21. James McGready, The Great Revival of 1800
] *22. Richard AllenEarly Steps toward Freedom
  23. Meriwether Lewis and William ClarkCrossing the Continent
  *24. Thomas Swann Woodcock, The Erie Canal: Providing Passage for a Growing Nation
  25. John RossThe Trail of Tears
  26. Priscilla Merriman EvansPulling a Handcart to the Mormon Zion
  27. An Officer of the “Army of the West”How the West Was Won
  28. Guadalupe Vallejo et al., Life in California Before the Gold Discovery
  29. Daguerreotype by Joseph B. StarkweatherMiners During the California Gold Rush
*Part V. Reimagining Family, Community, and Society: An Age of Reform
] *Points of View: The Prison Reform Movement in the Early Republic
] *30. Charles DickensPhiladelphia and Its Solitary Prison
] *31. Frederick MarryatA Different View of Solitary Confinement
  *32. Harriet Hanson RobinsonThe Lowell Textile Workers
  33. Harriet JacobsThe Life of a Female Slave
  34. Elizabeth Cady StantonPioneering Women’s Rights
  *35. Charles Grandison FinneyCalling Out the Masses to God
  *36. Sylvester Graham, Crusading for Dietary Reform

*Part VI. The Growing Sectional Controversy: Slavery and Its Discontents
] Points of View: Nat Turner’s Rebellion (1831)
] 37. Nat TurnerA Slave Insurrection
] 38. William Lloyd GarrisonWho Is to Blame?
] *39. James Henry HammondDefending Slavery
  40. Henry “Box” BrownA Family Torn Apart by Slavery
  *41. Osborne P. AndersonAn African American at Harpers Ferry
  *42. Carl SchurzFree Labor, Free Men
  *43. William H. SewardWestward Expansion and American Slavery 
Visual Portfolio: Slavery and Freedom 

Part VII. Civil War and Reconstruction: The Price of War
] *Points of View: The Gathering Storm (1860)
] *44. Robert Toombs, Immediate Secession
] *45. Alexander H. StephensA Course of Moderation
] 46. Ellen LeonardThree Days of Terror: The New York City Draft Riots 
  47. Samuel and Rachel CormanyThe Battle of Gettysburg: On the Field and at Home
  48. Letters from Black Union SoldiersFighting for the Union
  49. Cornelia HancockHealing Wounds
  50. Henry William RavenelA Slave Owner’s Journal at the End of the War
  51. Photograph by George N. BarnardRuins in Charleston, South Carolina, 1865 or 1866
Visual Portfolio: The Civil War Presidency through the Eyes of Political Cartoonists

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