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

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2006-10-20
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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This primary source reader in the popular Discovering series contains a multi-part pedagogical framework that guides students through the process of historical inquiry and explanation. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data.The Sixth Edition integrates new documents and revised coverage throughout. Appearing in Volumes I and II, the Reconstruction chapter uncovers the work ethic of farmers and workers in the West and North following the Civil War. Each chapter is organized within the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
The Reconstruction Era: Farmers and Workers in the West and North, 1866-1877p. 1
The Problemp. 1
Backgroundp. 2
The Methodp. 5
The Evidencep. 6
Excerpts from Inspirational Literature
Western Farmers
Photos of sod houses
Excerpts from observations, letters, circulars, and meeting notes concerning the lives of western farmers
Northern Workers
Excerpts from letters, preambles, government reports, and autobiographies concerning the lives of northern workers
Questions to Considerp. 26
Epiloguep. 28
The Road to True Freedom: African American Alternatives in the New Southp. 30
The Problemp. 30
Backgroundp. 32
The Methodp. 36
The Evidencep. 39
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. Du Bois's "The Talented Tenth" (1903) and Niagara Address (1906)
Excerpt from Frances E. W. Harper's "Enlightened Motherhood" (1892)
Table showing migration of Negro population by U.S. region, 1870-1920
Questions to Considerp. 55
Epiloguep. 58
How They Lived: Middle-Class Life, 1870-1917p. 61
The Problemp. 61
Backgroundp. 61
The Methodp. 68
The Evidencep. 70
Advertisements for clothing, beauty and health aids, firearms, books and home study courses, insurance, automobiles, household appliances and furnishings, 1882-1916
Architectural drawings and descriptions of houses, 1878-1909
Excerpts on the new business of advertising, 1898-1927
Questions to Considerp. 96
Epiloguep. 97
Progressives and the Family: The Redefinition of Childhood, 1880-1920p. 99
The Problemp. 99
Backgroundp. 99
The Methodp. 103
The Evidencep. 105
Photographs of children at play and work
Photographs of children and parents
Visuals of the pure milk campaign
Table of children's meals
Excerpts of a child neglect report
Letters to the children's bureau
Excerpts of advice to middle-class parents
Legislation and court rulings on child labor
Questions to Considerp. 122
Epiloguep. 123
Homogenizing a Pluralistic Nation: Propaganda During World War Ip. 124
The Problemp. 124
Backgroundp. 126
The Methodp. 129
The Evidencep. 131
War song and poetry, advertisements, posters, editorial cartoons, speeches, movie stills
Questions to Considerp. 152
Epiloguep. 154
The "New" Woman: Social Science Experts and the Redefinition of Women's Roles in the 1920sp. 158
The Problemp. 158
Backgroundp. 159
The Methodp. 163
The Evidencep. 164
Excerpts from the 1920s' social science literature on sex and sexuality
Excerpts and charts on women's work and pay
Excerpts from the 1920s' social science literature on marriage and the family
Biographies and autobiographies of three "new" women
Questions to Considerp. 183
Epiloguep. 184
Documenting the Depression: The FSA Photographers and Rural Povertyp. 186
The Problemp. 186
Backgroundp. 187
The Methodp. 189
The Evidencep. 192
Documentary photographs as instruments of reform
Questions to Considerp. 201
Epiloguep. 201
Going to War with Japan: A Problem in Diplomacy and Causationp. 203
The Problemp. 203
Backgroundp. 204
The Methodp. 208
The Evidence 210
Excerpts from public opinion polls, foreign policy dispatches and memoranda from the United States and Japan, memoirs and diaries, press releases, and speeches
Questions to Considerp. 236
Epiloguep. 237
Separate but Equal? African American Educational Opportunities and the Brown Decisionp. 239
The Problemp. 239
Backgroundp. 240
The Methodp. 244
The Evidencep. 246
First section of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution
Excerpts from Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Photograph of doll experiment and excerpts from social science testimony
Excerpts from amicus curiae briefs, Brown v. Board of Education (1952)
Excerpts from the oral arguments, 1952 and 1953
Excerpts from the Brown I decision (1954)
Questions to Considerp. 258
Epiloguep. 259
A Generation in War and Turmoil: The Agony of Vietnamp. 261
The Problemp. 261
Backgroundp. 262
The Methodp. 268
The Evidencep. 272
Sample release forms for oral history interviews
Interviews and photographs with five males and two females (veterans and civilians) of the Vietnam War era
Questions to Considerp. 296
Epiloguep. 297
A Nation of Immigrants: The California Experiencep. 299
The Problemp. 299
Backgroundp. 300
The Methodp. 304
The Evidencep. 305
Proverbs, statistics, and excerpts from life stories of Asian immigrants
Excerpts from life stories and testimonies of Hispanic immigrants
Photographs of fourth-wave immigrants
Questions to Considerp. 315
Epiloguep. 315
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