Discovering the American Past A Look at the Evidence, Volume I: To 1877

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This primary source reader in the popular DISCOVERING series contains a six-part pedagogical framework that guides students through the process of historical inquiry and explanation: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue.

Table of Contents

A Historical Mystery: What Happened at Roanoke?
Colonization promotional literature
Early travelers' reports on America
John White's drawings of Native Americans
Accounts from the Roanoke Colony
Images of Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth
The Threat of Anne Hutchinson
Excerpts from the trial of Anne Hutchinson
Colonies, Commerce, and Empire: The British Plantations System in the Chesapeake and the Caribbean
Statistics from the Chesapeake and Barbados in population, wealth distribution, agricultural production, slavery
What Really Happened in the Boston Massacre? The Trial of Captain Thomas Preston
Map of the site of the Boston Massacre
Excerpts from Captain Preston's deposition
Excerpts from trial testimony of witnesses
Attorneys' summary remarks to the jury
Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre
The Evolution of American Citizenship: The Louisiana Purchase, 1803-1812
Congressional debates and speeches
Letter of President Jefferson
Official letters
Louisiana Governance Acts
Church, State, and Democracy: The Sunday Mail Controversy, 1827-1831
Senate committee reports
Land, Growth, and Justice: The Removal of the Cherokees
Excerpt from President Andrew Jackson's First Annual Message to Congress
Excerpt from President Thomas Jefferson's letter to Captain Hendrick regarding the decline of the Indian population
Excerpt from William Penn (pseudonym for Jeremiah Evarts)
Excerpt from speech in Congress by Senator Theodore Frelinghuysen
Petition from a Cherokee woman
Excerpt from John Ridge letter
Excerpts from the Cherokee Phoenix
Excerpt from letter by John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation
Fighting for Women's Equality
Americans debate the nature of the sexes and women's equality
The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments
Elizabeth Cady Stanton defends women's rights
The "Peculiar Institution": Slaves Tell Their Own Story
Reminiscences and narratives of former slaves
Slave songs
Excerpts from the writings of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and John Thompson
Civil Liberties in Time of War: The Case of Clement Vallandigham
Numerous speeches by Clement Vallandigham, both in the House of Representatives and on the stump
Congressional resolutions
President Lincoln's reply
Reconstructing Reconstruction: The Political Cartoonist and Public Opinion
Cartoons of Thomas Nast
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