Voices of the American Past Documents in U.S. History, Volume I: to 1877 (with InfoTrac)

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  • Copyright: 2004-06-15
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VOICES OF THE AMERICAN PAST: DOCUMENTS IN U.S. HISTORY, VOLUME I: TO 1877 presents a variety of diverse perspectives through more than 100 primary sources. Excerpts from speeches, letters, journals, political cartoons, 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 you learn to analyze sources. Brief headnotes set each source into context. "Questions to Consider" precede each document, offering prompts for critical thinking and reflection.

Table of Contents

Diverse Beginnings
The Spanish Letter of Columbus to Luis Sant' Angel (1493)
** Images of 16th Century Native American Life
Jesuit Comparison of French and Native Life (1657-58)
Captain John Smith Describes Founding of Jamestown (1607)
"General Considerations for the Plantation in New England" (1629)
William Bradford on Sickness Among the Indians (1633)
"Captivity Account" of Mary Rowlandson (1675)
The Pueblo Revolt (1680)
Emerging Colonial Societies
**Images of 17th Century European and Native American Combat
**A Treaty Between the Five Nations and the New England Colonies (1689)
Petition of an Accused Witch (1692)
"Pennsylvania, the Poor Man's Paradise" (1698)
Of the Servants and Slaves in Virginia (1705)
**Cotton Mather on the Evils of "Self-Pollution" (1723)
Early New Orleans (C. 1728)
Eliza Lucas, a Modern Woman (1741-1742)
Towards an American Identity
Navigation Act of 1660
**Two Views of Early Merchant Capitalism
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" (1741)
Pennsylvania Assembly Comments on German Immigration (1755)
Edmund Burke on British Motives in the Seven Years' War (1762)
"The Pontiac Manuscript" (1763)
"What is an American?" (1770)
Coming of the Revolution
John Locke on Political Society and Government (1689)
Cato's Letters (1721)
**Stamp Act Riots (1765)
The Boston Massacre (1770)
Ann Hulton, Loyalist View of Colonial Unrest (1774)
A Loyalist Perspective of the Coming of Revolution (1780)
Lord Chatham's Motion to Withdraw the Troops from Boston (1775)
The War for Independence
Introduction to Common Sense (1776)
A Speech Against Independence (1776)
German Doctor's Account of War and Surgery (1777)
Treaty of Alliance with France (1777)
**The Battle of King's Mountain and Loyalism in the Carolinas (1780)
Women's Contributions to the War Effort (1780)
The Quock Walker Decision (1783)
Towards a New Government
The Articles of Confederation (1777)
Failure of the Continental Congress (1786)
The Northwest Ordinance (1787)
Grievances of the Shays Rebels (1786)
Pennsylvania Dissent to the Ratification of the Constitution (1787)
Federalist Number 10 (1788)
Mercy Otis Warren and the New Constitution (1788)
Defining the New Nation
Voting Qualifications in Virginia (1779)
**How Revolutionary was the Revolution? (Images)
Benjamin Banneker to Thomas Jefferson, Blacks and Liberty in the New Nation (1791)
Alexander Hamilton Speaks in Favor of the National Bank (1791)
**Opposing Views of the Whiskey Rebellion (1794)
George Washington's "Farewell Address" (1796)
The Virginia Resolutions (1798)
Marbury v. Madison (1803)
The New Nation And Its Place in the World
Jefferson's Instructions to Robert Livingston, Minister to France (1802)
Heading West with Lewis and Clark (1804)
**A Frontier View of the Chesapeake Affair (1807)
Tecumseh on White Encroachment (1810)
Dolly Madison on British Invasion of Washington (1814)
Resolutions of the Hartford Convention (1815)
Tennessee Expansionists on the Adams-Onis Treaty (1819)
The Monroe Doctrine (1823)
The Democratic Republic
Richmond Enquirer on Mcculloch v. Maryland (1819)
Fanny Wright on Equality (1828/1830)
Daniel Webster's Second Reply to Robert Y. Hayne (1830)
South Carolina Nullifies the Tariff (1832)
The American System (1832)
Andrew Jackson's Bank Veto Message (1832)
**Opposing Perspectives of the Jackson Presidency(Cartoons on the Jackson Presidency)
The Cherokee Phoenix on Georgia Policy Toward the Cherokee (1832)
Commentary on Elections in Jacksonian America
"Spirit of Jacksonism" (1832)
Diversifying Society and Economy
Description of a Conversion Experience at Cane Ridge, Ky (1801)
Promoting the Erie Canal (1818)
Charles G. Finney Describes the Rochester Revival (1830-31)
"Americans on the Move"
**A Optimistic View of the Promise of the Marketplace (Images)
American Mania for Railroads (1834)
**Urban Riots (1835)
Women Workers Protest "Lowell Wage Slavery" (1847)
"On Irish Emigration" (1852)
Social Reform
"Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World" (1829)
William Lloyd Garrison on Slavery (1831)
Horace Mann on Educational Reform (1840)
Lyman Beecher on Intemperance (1825)
Sarah Grimk? Argues for Gender Equality (1837)
"Declaration of Sentiments," Seneca Falls Convention (1848)
Manifest Destiny And American Expansion
**Mid-Nineteenth Century Images of Race and Nation (Images)
Texas and California Annexation (1845)
American Description of Mexican Women in Santa Fe (1845)
Mob Violence Against Mormons (1846)
Mexican View of U.S Occupation (1847)
San Francisco and the California Gold Rush (1848)
"Civil Disobedience" (1849)
**A Chinese American at Yale (1850)
Slavery and the Old South
Olaudah Equiano Describes the "Middle Passage" (1789)
**Perspectives on Slavery (Images)
The Trial of Denmark Vesey (1822)
The Alabama Frontier (1821)
A Reaction to the Nat Turner Revolt (1831)
The Plantation Labor Force (1838-39)
Martin Delany and African American Nationalism (1852)
A Slave Describes Sugar Cultivation (1853)
A Defense of Southern Society (1854)
The Southern Yeomen (1860)
Origins of the Civil War
An African American Minister Responds to the Fugitive Slave Law (1851)
Southern Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
Charles Sumner on "Bleeding Kansas" (1856)
Chicago Tribune on the Dred Scott v. Sanford Decision (1857)
The Freeport Doctrine
** Cartoonists Depict the Issues of the Day.(Cartoons on the 1860 Presidential Election)
Republican Party Platform (1860)
Inaugural Address of South Carolina Governor Francis Pickens (1860)
The Civil War
Mary Boykin Chesnut, the Attack on Fort Sumter (1861)
"A War to Preserve the Union" (1861)
Jefferson Davis Responds to the Emancipation Proclamation(1862)
New York City Draft Riots (1863)
African-American Troops in Combat (1863)
**The Southern Homefront (1863)
General William T. Sherman on War (1864)
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (1865)
A Northern Teacher's View of the Freedmen (1863-65)
** Charleston, South Carolina at the Conclusion of the Civil War (1865)
African-Americans Seek Protection (1865)
Thaddeus Stevens on Reconstruction and the South (1865)
A White Southern Perspective on Reconstruction (1868)
The Ku Klux Klan During Reconstruction (1872)
"The Problem at the South" (1871)
**African American Suffrage in the South (1867, 1876)
(Images from Harper's Weekly)
** Indicates selection is new to this edition
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