Discovering The American Past: A Look at the Evidence, Texbook Outlines

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  • Copyright: 2001-07-01
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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 (15191521)
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, 18701920
How They Lived: Middle-Class Life, 18701917
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, 18781909
Excerpts on the new business of advertising, 18981927
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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