Discovering the American Past: To 1877

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007 - History - 303 pages
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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.

  • New! With new organization and source selection, Chapter 3 in Volume I delves further into life in colonial Chesapeake Bay.
  • New! In Volume I, Chapter 9, students explore the following question: Was there a British abolitionist conspiracy to block the United States' annexation of Texas in order to halt the westward expansion of slavery?
  • New! Completely revamped, Chapter 10 in Volume I sheds light on "The Port Royal Experiment" in the South Carolina Sea Islands during the Civil War.
  • New! In Volume II, Chapter 4 now focuses on Progressivismówith special emphasis on women and children.
  • New! Chapter 8 in Volume II provides insight into war with Japan in the 1940s.

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

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Just another text book... It did a good job of stirring up some conversations in class. I had to give a presentation and write a paper on the chapter about the causes and effects of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Read full review

Review: Discovering the American Past: A Look at the Evidence, Vol. 1: To 1877

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Pretty well done. Organized and to the point. Great for seniors or freshmen in college. Read full review

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William Bruce Wheeler received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1967. He is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN PAST (2012), and DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008). He has also written books on Tennessee history and the Tellico Dam.

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