Voices of the American Past Documents in U.S. History, Volume II

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-06-04
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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VOICES OF THE AMERICAN PAST is a two-volume reader that presents a variety of diverse perspectives through more than 230 primary sources. Excerpts from speeches, letters, journals, magazine articles, hearings and government documents raise issues from both public and private aspects of American life throughout history. A "Guide to Reading and Interpreting Documents" in the front matter explains how and why historians use primary source evidence, and outlines basic points to help students learn to analyze sources. Brief headnotes set each source into context. "Questions to Consider" precede each document, offering prompts for critical thinking and reflection. The volumes are organized chronologically into 31 chapters, with the Reconstruction chapter overlapping in both volumes -- corresponding to the splits of most survey texts.

Table of Contents

A Northern Teacher's View Of The Freedmen (1863-65): Elizabeth Hyde Botume, "First Days Amongst the Contrabands"
Charleston, South Carolina at the Conclusion of the Civil War (1865): Sidney Andrews, "The South Since the War"
African-Americans Seek Protection (1865): "The Late Convention of Colored Men"
Thaddeus Stevens On Reconstruction and the South (1865): "Reconstruction"
A White Southern Perspective On Reconstruction (1868): Howell Cobb to J.D. Hoover, 4 January
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