Major Problems in American History Documents and Essays, Volume I: To 1877

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  • Copyright: 2001-12-17
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Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the Major Problems in American History Series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays. This volume presents a carefully selected group of readings that requires students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.

Table of Contents

Conquest and Colliding Empires Documents
The Iroquois Describe the Beginning of the World, n.d.
Christopher Columbus Recounts His First Encounters with Native People, 1493
Father Fray Bernardino de Sahagun Relates an Aztec Chronicler's Account of the Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs, 1519
Father Bartolome de Las Casas Disparages the Treatment of the Indians, 1542
Reverend John Heckewelder Records a Native Oral Tradition of the First Arrival of Europeans on Manhattan Island (1610), Printed in 1818
Father Paul Le Jeune Reports on His Encounters with the Indians, 1634
William Wood Describes Indian Responses to the English, 1634 ESSAYS James H. Merrell,The Indians' New World Neal Salisbury,The Indians' Old World
The Southern Colonies in British America Documents
Edward Waterhouse, A British Official, Recounts An Attack by Indians on Early Virginia Settlement, 1622
Indentured Servant George Alsop Laments His Condition in Virginia, 1623
A Man from Maryland Believes That Servants Profit from Life in the Colonies, 1666
Nathaniel Bacon, Leader of a Rebellion, Recounts the Misdeeds of the Virginia Governor, 1676
Virginia's Statutes Illustrate the Declining Status of African American Slaves, 1630–1705
Southern Planter William Byrd Describes His Views Toward Learning and His Slaves, 1709–1710
African Olaudah Equiano Depicts the Horrors of Enslavement, 1757
Reverend Charles Woodmason, An Anglican Minister, Complains About Life in the Carolina Backcountry, 1768 ESSAYS Kathleen M. Brown,The Anxious World of the Slaveowning Patriarch Philip D. Morgan,The Effects of Paternalism Among Whites and Blacks
Colonial New England and the Middle Colonies in British America Documents
Puritan Leader John Winthrop Provides a Model of Christian Charity, 1630
William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony, Mourns a Wickedness That Breaks Forth, 1642
Mary Rowlandson, A New England Woman, Recounts Her Experience of Captivity and Escape from the Wampanoag during King Philip's War, 1675
Proprietor William Penn Promotes His Colony, 1681
Massachusetts Officials Describe the Outbreak of Witchcraft in Salem, 1692
Reverend Jonathan Edwards Pictures Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, 1741
A Young Benjamin Franklin Celebrates a Life of Thrift and Industry, 1733, 1750
Dr. Alexander Hamilton Depicts the Material Acquisitions of Northern Colonists, 1744
Gottlieb Mittelberger, A German Immigrant, Portrays the Difficulties of Immigration, 1750 ESSAYS James A. Henretta,The Northern Colonies as a Family-Centered Society T. H. Breen,The Northern Colonies as an Empire of Goods
The American Revolution Documents
Continental Congress Condemns the Stamp Act, 1765
Virginian Patrick Henry Warns the British to Maintain American Liberties, 1775
Pamphleteer Thomas Paine Advocates the "Common Sense" of Independence, 1776
Abigail Adams, Wife of John Adams, Asks Her Husband to "Remember the Ladies," 1776
Mohawk Leader Joseph Brant Commits the Loyalty of His People to Britain, 1776
The Declaration of Independence States American Grievances Against British Tyranny, 1776
African Americans Petition for Freedom, 1777
General George Washington Argues for Greater Military Funding by Portraying the Soldiers at Valley Forge, 1778
Loyalists Plead Their Cause to the King, 1782 ESSAYS Bernard Bailyn,The Revolution as an Ideological Response to British Corruption Woody Holton,The Revolution as an Economic Response to American Uncertainties
The Making of the Constitution DOCUMENTS
The Articles of Con
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