Going to the Source, Volume I: To 1877 The Bedford Reader in American History

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2011-08-08
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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Many document readers offer lots of sources, but only Going to the Sourcecombines a rich diversity of primary and secondary sources with in-depth instructions for howand whento use each type of source. Mirroring the chronology of the U.S. history survey, each of the main chapters employs a single type of source from personal letters to political cartoons while focusing on an intriguing historical episode such as the Cherokee Removal or the 1894 Pullman Strike. A new capstone chapter in each volume prompts students to synthesize information on a single topic from a variety of source types. The wide range of topics and sources across 28 chapters 6 of them new provide students with all they need to become fully engaged with America's history.

Author Biography

Victoria Bissell Brown is the L.F. Parker Professor of History at Grinnell College, where she teaches Modern U.S. History, U.S. Women’s History, and U.S. Immigration History. She is the author of The Education of Jane Addams and the editor of the Bedford/St. Martin’s edition of Jane Addams’s Twenty Years at Hull-House. Her articles have appeared in Feminist Studies, The Journal of Women’s History, and The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. She has served as a Book Review Editor for The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and for the Women and Social Movements website.
Timothy J. Shannon is professor of History at Gettysburg College, where he teaches Early American and Native American History. His other books include Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier, Atlantic Lives: A Comparative Approach to Early America, and Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754, which received the Dixon Ryan Fox Prize from the New York State Historical Association and the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars. His articles have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, Ethnohistory, and the New England Quarterly, and he has been a research fellow at the Huntington Library and John Carter Brown Library.

Table of Contents

Inside Cover: Guide to Using the Book

1. Monsters and Marvels: Images of Animals from the New World
Using the Source: Images of Animals
The Source: Images of Animals from the New World

2. Tales of Captivity and Redemption: North American Captivity Narratives
Using the Source: Captivity Narratives
The Source: North American Captivity Narratives

3. Colonial America’s Most Wanted: Runaway Advertisements in Colonial Newspapers
Using the Source: Runaway Advertisements
The Source: Runaway Advertisements from Colonial Newspapers, 1747–1770

4. Germ Warfare on the Colonial Frontier: An Article from the Journal of American History
Using the Source: Journal Articles
The Source: An Article from the Journal of American History, March 2000

5. Toasting Rebellion: Songs and Toasts in Revolutionary America
Using the Source: Songs and Toasts
The Source: Toasts and Songs of the Patriot Movement, 1765–1788

6. Debating the Constitution: Speeches from the New York Ratification Convention
Using the Source: The Ratification Debates
The Source: Speeches Debating the Constitution from the New York Ratification

7. The Question of Female Citizenship: Court Records from the New Nation
Using the Source: Court Records
The Source: James Martin (Plaintiff in Error) v. The Commonwealth and William Bosson and Other Ter-tenants, 1805

8. Family Values: Advice Literature for Parents and Children in the Early Republic
Using the Source: Advice Literature for Parents and Children
The Source: Advice Literature on Child Rearing and Children’s Literature, 1807–1833

*9. The Meaning of Cherokee Civilization: Newspaper Editorials about Indian Removal 
Using the Source: Newspaper Editorials
The Source: Editorials from The Cherokee Phoenix and The National Intelligencer on Indian Removal

*10. Challenging the ‘Peculiar Institution’: Slave Narratives from the Antebellum South 
Using the Source: Slave Narratives
The Source: Slave Narratives by Henry Bibb, Solomon Northup, and Harriet Jacobs

11. Martyr or Madman? Biographies of John Brown
Using the Source: Biographies
The Source: Biographies of John Brown

12. The Illustrated Civil War: Photographers on the Battlefield
Using the Source: Civil War Photographs
The Source: Photographs of Civil War Battlefields and Military Life, 1861–1866

13. Political Terrorism during Reconstruction: Congressional Hearings and Reports on the Ku Klux Klan
Using the Source: Congressional Hearings and Reports
The Source: Testimony and Reports from the Joint Select Committee to Inquire into the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States
*CAPSTONE: Coming Together and Pulling Apart: Nineteenth-Century Fourth of July Observations 
The Sources: Documents and Images Portraying Fourth of July Observations, 1819-1903

Appendix I: Avoiding Plagiarism
Appendix II: Documenting the Source
*new to this edition

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