Major Problems in American History Documents and Essays, Volume II: Since 1865

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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

Introduction to Students: How to Read Primary and Secondary Sources
Reconstruction, 1865-1877
African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Newfound Freedom, c. 1865
Louisiana Black Codes Reinstate Provisions of the Slave Era, 1865
President Andrew Johnson Denounces Changes in His Program of Reconstruction, 1868
Congressman Thaddeus Stevens Demands a Radical Reconstruction, 1867
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Questions Abolitionist Support for Female Enfranchisement, 1868
The Fourteenth Amendment Grants Citizenship and Due Process of Law to African Americans, 1868
Elias Hill, an African American Man, Recounts a Nighttime Visit from the Ku Klux Klan, 1871
Missouri Senator Carl Schurz Admits the Failures of Reconstruction, 1872
Mississippi Congressman L.Q.C. Lamar Denounces Reconstruction, 1874
Social Class Divides Negro State Legislators in South Carolina
Impeding Reconstruction Eric Foner
The Odds Against the Success of Reconstruction Were Great
Western Settlement and the Frontier in American History
The Homestead Act Provides Free Land to Settlers, 1862
Pioneer Mary Barnard Aguirre Marries into the Spanish West, 1863
The Federal Government Punishes Confederate Indians, 1865
Katie Bighead (Cheyenne) Remembers Custer and the Battle of Little Big Horn, 1876
Chief Joseph (Nez Perc?) Surrenders, 1877
The Dawes Severalty Act Further Reduces Indian Landholdings, 1887
Wyoming Gunfight: An Attack on Chinatown, 1885
Southern Freedmen Resolve to Move West, 1879
The Jorgensens Long for Other Danes, 1906
Frederick Jackson Turner Articulates the Frontier Thesis, 1893
Frontier Democracy Patricia Nelson Limerick
The Legacy of Conquest: America's Conflicted Frontier
Industrialization, Workers, and the New Immigration
Poet Emma Lazurus Praises the New Colossus, 1883
A Slovenian Boy Remembers Tales of the Golden Country, 1909
Immigrant Thomas O'Donnell Laments the Plight of the Worker, 1883
The Knights of Labor Demand Reform, 1878
Unionist Samuel Gompers Asks "What Does the Working Man Want?" 1890
Steel Magnate Andrew Carnegie Preaches a Gospel of Wealth, 1889
Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor Fashions the Ideal Worker, 1910
Jurgis Rudkus Discovers the Saloon in The Jungle, 1905
Essays: Oscar Handlin
The Uprooted Roy Rosenzweig
Ethnic Enclaves and The Workers' Saloon
Imperialism and World Power
Governor Theodore Roosevelt Praises the Strenuous Life, 1899
Filipino Leader Emilio Aguinaldo Rallies His People to Arms, 1899
The American Anti-Imperialist League Denounces U.S. Policy, 1899
Mark Twain Satirizes the Battle Hymn of the Republic, 1900
A Soldier Criticizes American Racism in the Philippines, 1902 6 The Platt Amendment Limits Cuban Independence, 1903
The Roosevelt Corollary Makes the United States the Police of Latin America, 1904
President Woodrow Wilson Disavows Territorial Conquest, 1913
Essay Gail Bederman
Gendering Imperialism: Theodore Roosevelt's Quest for Manhood and Empire
Spreading the American Dream: American Economic and Cultural Expansion, 1890-1945
The Progressive Movement
Journalist Lincoln Steffens Exposes the Shame of Corruption, 1904
Political Boss George Washington Plunkitt Defends "Honest" Graft, 1905
Social Worker Jane Addams Advocates Civic Housekeeping, 1906
President Theodore Roosevelt Preaches Conservation and Efficiency, 1908
Prohibition Poem Castigates the Tyranny of Alcohol, 1910
Industrialist Henry Ford Lectures Against Cigarettes, 1914
Sociologist William Graham Sumner Denounces Reformers' Fanaticism, 1913
Rewriting the Constitution: Amendments on Income Tax, Election of Senators, Prohibition, and the Vote for Women, 1913-1920
Black Leader Booker T. Washington Advocates Compromise, 1895
NAACP Founder W.E.B. DuBois Counters Booker T. Washington, 1903
The Status Revolution and Progressive Leaders Gerald Woods
Fighting the Good Fight (Against the Disreputable Pleasures) in San Francisco and Los Angeles
America in World War I
President Woodrow Wilson Asks Congress to Declare War, 1917
Senator Robert M. La Follette Voices His Dissent, 1917
A Union Organizer Testifies to Vigilante Attack, 1917
The U.S. Government Punishes War Protestors: The Espionage Act, 1918
Wilson Proposes a New World Order in the "Fourteen Points," 1918
George M. Cohan Sings About Patriotism in "Over There," 1918
Novelist John Dos Passos: "Remembering the Gray Crooked Fingers," 1919
George Creel Recalls Selling the War, 1920
Cartoons for and Against the League of Nations, 1920
Wilson as a Peace Advocate Out of Touch with Reality Tony Smith
Wilson as Father and Foreteller of a New World Order
Crossing a Cultural Divide: The Twenties
The Governor of California Tells of the "Oriental Problem," 1920
The Ku Klux Klan Defines Americanism, 1926
Author Richard Wright Recalls "Living Jim Crow" in the Twenties, 1937
Langston Hughes: Poet of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance
Clarence Darrow Interrogates William Jennings Bryan in the Monkey Trial, 1925
Bruce Barton Sees Jesus as an Advertising Man, 1925
The Automobile Comes to Middletown, U.S.A, 1929
A Survey Examines the Morals of High School Students, 1924
F. Scott Fitzgerald Reveals Attitudes About Gender and Race in The Great Gatsby, 1925
Sex and Youth in the Jazz Age
Fundamentalists vs. Modernists in the Scopes Monkey Trial
The Depression, the New Deal, and Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Herbert Hoover Applauds Limited Government, 1931
The Nation Asks "Is It to Be Murder, Mr. Hoover?" 1932
Business Leader Henry Ford Advocates Self-Help, 1932
John Steinbeck Portrays the Outcast Poor in The Grapes of Wrath, 1939
Woody Guthrie Sings "This Land Is Your Land," 1940
President Franklin Roosevelt Seeks Justice for "One-Third of a Nation," 1937
An Architect of Social Security Recalls the Southern Concession, 1935
Social Security Advisers Consider Male and Female Pensioners, 1938
The Wagner Act Allows Workers to Unionize, 1935
Nelson Rockefeller Lectures Standard Oil on Social Responsibility, 1937
FDR: Advocate for the American People
FDR: Savior of Capitalism
The Ordeal of World War II
Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler Links Race and Nationality, 1927
Japan Announces a 'New Order' in Asia, 1938
President Franklin D. Roosevelt Asks Congress to Declare War, 1941
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Reacts to Pearl Harbor, 1941
President Franklin D. Roosevelt Identifies the "Four Freedoms" at Stake in the War, 1941
An African American Soldier Notes the 'Strange Paradox' of the War, 1944
Stanford Professor Yamato Ichihashi Writes of His Internment, 1942
Roosevelt and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin Plan the United Nations, 1943
Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr Warns of American Naivete, 1944
General Dwight Eisenhower Reports to General George Marshall on the German Concentration Camps, 1945
Visitors to Hell: Omaha Beach on D-Day Alan Brinkley
Over Here: World War II and American Liberalism
The Cold War and the Nuclear Age
Secretary of War Henry Stimson Appeals for Atomic Talks with the Soviets, 1945
Diplomat George F. Kennan Advocates Containment, 1946
Democrat Henry A. Wallace Questions the "Get Tough" Policy, 1946
Soviet Ambassador Nikolai Novikov Sees a U.S. Bid for World Supremacy, 1946
The Truman Doctrine Calls for the United States to Become the World's Police, 1947
The Marshall Plan Seeks to Rebuild Europe, 1948
National Security Council Paper No. 68 (NSC-68) Arms America, 1950
Senator Joseph McCarthy Describes the Internal Communist Menace, 1950
The Federal Loyalty-Security Program Questions a Postal Clerk, 1954
President Eisenhower Warns of the Military-Industrial Complex, 1961
Truman's Hard-Line Policy
Two Cold War Empires: Friendly Persuasion vs. Brute Force
The 1950s "Boom": Affluence and Anxiety
Congress Passes the G.I. Bill of Rights, 1944
Science News Letter Reports a Baby Boom, 1954
Life Magazine Identifies the New Teen-age Market, 1959
A Young American Is "Born on the Fourth of July," 1946
Congress Adds God to the Pledge of Allegiance, 1954
Parental Indulgence Is Criticized in Rebel Without a Cause, 1955
Paul Goodman Describes Growing Up Absurd, 1956
Governor Adlai Stevenson Tells College Women About Their Place in Life, 1955
Feminist Betty Friedan Describes the Problem That Has No Name, 1959
A Decade to Make One Proud
Families in the Fifties: The Way We Never Were
Making the Great Society: Civil Rights
The United Nations Approves a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
The Supreme Court Rules on Brown v. Board of Education, 1954
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Defends Seamstress Rosa Parks, 1955
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Remembers Civil Rights on TV, 1957
Congress Passes the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Black Muslim Malcolm X Warns: The Ballot or the Bullet, 1964
Congress Approves the Voting Rights Act, 1965
A National Organization for Women Calls for Equity, 1966
Mexican Americans Form "La Raza Unida," 1968
A Proclamation from the Indians of All Tribes, Alcatraz Island, 1969
Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990
The Preconditions for Racial Change
A Leader for His Time
The Sixties: Left, Right, and the Culture Wars
President John Kennedy Tells Americans to Ask "What You Can Do," 1961
Bill Moyers Remembers Kennedy's Effect on His Generation (1961), 1988
President Lyndon B. Johnson Declares War on Poverty, 1964
Young Americans for Freedom Draft a Conservative Manifesto, 1960
Students for a Democratic Society Advance a Reform Agenda, 1962
Alabama Governor George Wallace Pledges "Segregation Forever," 1963
A Protester at Columbia University Speaks on Long Hair and Revolution, 1969
Vice-President Spiro Agnew Warns of the Threat to America, 1969
Folk Singer Malvina Reynolds Sees Young People in "Little Boxes," 1963
Carl Rogers Describes "What Really Goes On in an Encounter Group," 1970
Sixties Liberalism and the Revolution in Manners
Vietnam and the Downfall of Presidents
Independence Leader Ho Chi Minh Pleads with Harry Truman for Support, 1946
President Dwight Eisenhower Warns of Falling Dominoes, 1954
President Lyndon B. Johnson Explains Why America Must Fight, 1965
Defense Analyst John McNaughton Advises Robert McNamara on War Aims, 1965
Undersecretary of State George Ball Advocates Compromise with Hanoi, 1965
A Marine Remembers His Idealism (1965), 1977
Students for a Democratic Society Oppose the War, 1965
Martin Luther King, Jr., Takes a Stand, 1967
White House Counsel John W. Dean III Presents the "Enemies List," 1971
Senator Sam J. Ervin Explains the Watergate Crimes, 1974
Cold War Blinders and the Tragedy of Vietnam
Vietnam: A Necessary War
Ronald Reagan and the Conservative Resurgence
President Jimmy Carter Laments the Crisis of Confidence, 1979
President Ronald Reagan Sees a Stronger America, 1985
Reagan Calls for a Fight Against Sin, Evil, and Communism, 1983
National Review Explains Social Conservatism, 1988
Baptist Minister Jerry Falwell Condemns Feminism and the Equal Rights Amendment, 1980
Facts and Figures: Graphs on Earnings, Inequality, and Imports, 1986
A Unionist Blasts the Export of Jobs, 1987
The Secretary of Labor Applauds Deregulation of Home Work, 1988
Immigrants Do "Home Work" in Modern Sweatshops, 1988
Bill Clinton's 1992 Campaign: "It's the Economy, Stupid"
The Reagan Revolution and the New Capitalism
Mortgaging the Future and Bankrupting the Nation
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