Portrait of America, Volume I

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-08-04
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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PORTRAIT OF AMERICA is an anthology of essays written by some of America?s most eminent historians. The collection maintains a loose biographical focus. The essays in this secondary-source reader humanize American history by portraying it as a story of real people with whom students can easily identify. More than 25 percent of the essays in the Tenth Edition are new, many from books that have been nationally and internationally recognized for their insight, accuracy, and timeliness, ensuring that the readings continue to be provocative and trustworthy. Each selection is preceded by an introduction for context, and a helpful glossary identifies important individuals, events, and concepts. Study questions follow each selection, prompting students to make comparisons between the readings.

Table of Contents

The European Discovery
The American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World
Love and Hate in the Jamestown Colony
The First Century
Black People in a White People's Country
The Devil in Salem Village
The Empire of My Heart: The Marriage of William Byrd II and Lucy Parke Byrd
Citizen Ben: A Worldly American's Seven Great Virtues
"When in the Course of Human Events..."
John Adams and the Coming of the Revolution
Thomas Jefferson and the Meanings of Liberty
Birthof the Republic
Miracle at Philadelphia
The Greatness of George Washington
Patterns of Society
The Personal Side of a Developing People
I'm Almost Worn Out in the Cause: Motherhood and Childbearing in the Old South
The Nation Takes Shape
The Duel
The Great Chief Justice
Woe if it Comes with Storm and Blood and Fire
The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion
I Will Be Heard!: William Lloyd Garrison and the Struggle Against Slavery
The Age of Jackson
Andrew Jackson: Flamboyant Hero of the Common Man
A Giant of Contradictions: The Irrepressible Sam Houston
Thegrowth of Technology
The Erie Canal: The Waterway That Shaped a Great Nation
Camelot on the Merrimack
Beyond the Mississippi
The Trail of Tears
Empire of Gold: The Great California Gold Rush
"To make them Stand in Fear": The Slaveowning South
Runaways from a Hellish System
Bound for Canaan: Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Underground Railroad
The Death of Slavery
The Father of American Terrorism
Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation
The Scourge of Civil War
The Ravages of War
Master of The Game
A Troubled Peace
Call Me Mister: The Black Experience During Reconstruction
The Checkered History of the Great Fourteenth Amendment
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