Discovering the American Past A Look at the Evidence, Volume II: Since 1865

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 readers through the process of historical inquiry and explanation.

The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data. Each chapter is organized around the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue. By following this pattern, and using a variety of sources such as letters, maps, statistics, drawings, song lyrics, and cartoons, students learn to examine sources critically, the way historians do.

The Seventh Edition integrates new documents and revised coverage throughout. For example, the Reconstruction chapter, appearing in Volumes I and II, now explores Thomas Nast's political cartoons and their effect on public opinion.

Table of Contents

Reconstructing Reconstruction: The Political Cartoonist And Public Opinion
Cartoons of Thomas Nast
The Road To True Freedom: African American Alternatives In The New South
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)
Excerpts from W.E.B. DuBois's "The Talented Tenth" (1903) and Niagara Address (1906)
Excerpt from E. W. Harper's "Enlightened Motherhood" (1892)
Table showing migration of Negro population by U.S. region, 1870-1920
Selling Consumption, 1890-1930
Excerpts from essays on the business of advertising
Advertisements from leading department stores, 1876-1926
Department store architecture
Child Labor Reform And The Redefinition Of Childhood, 1880-1920
Photographs of impoverished working children
Excerpts from Jacob Riis, How The Other Half Lives
Florence Kelley describes child labor and sweatshops
Letters to the Children's Bureau
Experts' advice to parents
Changes in child labor laws
Homogenizing A Pluralistic Nation: Propaganda During World War I. War songs and poetry
Advertisements and posters
Editorial cartoons
Moving picture stills and ads
The "New" Woman: Debating Women's Roles In The 1920S
Experts' advice for women
Social science literature on working women
Marital advice literature
Photographs and newspaper reports about "flappers."
Understanding Rural Poverty During The Great Depression
Children's letters to Eleanor Roosevelt
Documentary photographs from the Farm Security Administration
The American Judicial System And Japanese American Internment During World War II
United States Supreme Court opinion and dissenting opinions in Korematsu v. U.S. (323 U.S. 214)
The Student Campaign For Civil Rights
Jim Crow laws
Sample literacy teSt. Excerpts from interviews with student sit-in leaders
Sit-In literature and songs
National news coverage of the student sit-ins
Excerpt of 1961 speech by the Rev
Martin Luther King Jr. Photographs of sit-in participants
A Generation In War And Turmoil: The Agony Of Vietnam
Sample release forms for oral history interviews
Interviews and photographs with a sampling of the Vietnam Generation
Who Owns History? The Texas Schoolbook Controversy
Texas state educational code
Proceedings of the Texas Educational Agency
Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS) standards
Texans debate their history standards
Sample of national media coverage of the Texas textbook debate
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Discovering Americas Past March 27, 2011
I purchased this textbook from ecampus 3 weeks ago it was a great textbook, great condition. This was a newer edition than what my Instructor was aware of. Works for class, thanks for the quick turnaround time too.
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