Voices of the American Past, Volume 1

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Cengage Learning, Feb 9, 2011 - History - 336 pages
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VOICES OF THE AMERICAN PAST is a two-volume reader that presents a variety of diverse perspectives through more than 240 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 27 chapters, with the Reconstruction chapter overlapping in both volumes.
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Contents

Diverse Beginnings
1
Emerging Colonial Societies
25
Toward an American Identity
42
Coming of the Revolution
61
Creating the New Nation
82
The Limits of Republicanism
112
The New Nation and its Place in the World
134
The Rise of Democracy
153
Society and Economy in the North
171
Social Reform
190
Manifest Destiny
207
Slavery and the Old South
230
Origins of the Civil War
250
The Civil War
273
Reconstruction
293
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Raymond M. Hyser is a Professor of History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His research interests include the study of race and ethnicity in the Gilded Age. He teaches courses in U.S. History, U.S. Business History, Gilded Age America, and Historical Methods.

J. Chris Arndt is a Professor of History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. His research interests include the study of state's rights and economic change in antebellum America. He teaches courses in U.S. History, American Revolution, Early Republic and Historical Methods.

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