The American Spirit: United States History as Seen by Contemporaries, Volume 1

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Cengage Learning, Aug 17, 2009 - History - 624 pages
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This detailed primary source reader focuses on political, diplomatic, and social history, presenting documents that include travel literature, religious sermons, newspaper articles, court testimony, and diary entries. An ideal companion for THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, the text can be used with any U.S. history survey text.
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This book provides a glimpse into American history, via primary sources, e.g., testimonials, letters, speeches, and other records. For the student of history who is unconcerned with memorizing dates and vocabulary words, for the student of history who desires to know the people and events of the past, the way we learn of today's events by news and blogs, this book is unique. I challenge you to read it. 


New World Beginnings 33000 BCAD 1769
The Planting of English America 15001733
Settling the Northern Colonies 16191700
American Life in the Seventeenth Century 16071692
Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution 17001775
The Duel for North America 16081763
The Road to Revolution 17631775
America Secedes from the Empire 17751783
Forging the National Economy 17901860
The Ferment of Reform and Culture 17901860
The South and the Slavery Controversy 17931860
Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy 18411848
Renewing the Sectional Struggle 18481854
Drifting Toward Disunion 18541861
Girding for War The North and the South 18611865
The Furnace of Civil War 18611865

The Confederation and the Constitution 17761790
Launching the New Ship of State 17891800
The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic 18001812
The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism 18121824
The Rise of a Mass Democracy 18241840
The Ordeal of Reconstruction 18651877
Constitution of the United States of America

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David M. Kennedy received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and co-director of The Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West at Stanford University. His first book, BIRTH CONTROL IN AMERICA: THE CAREER OF MARGARET SANGER, was honored with both the Bancroft Prize and the John Gilmary Shea Prize. He has won numerous teaching awards at Stanford, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in American political, diplomatic, intellectual and social history and in American literature. Dr. Kennedy published a volume in the OXFORD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, FREEDOM FROM FEAR: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DEPRESSION AND WAR, 1929 - 1945, for which he was honored with the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, and he served from 2002 - 2011 on the board of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Thomas A. Bailey (1903-1983) taught history at his alma mater, Stanford University, for nearly forty years. Long regarded as one of the nation's premier historians of American diplomacy, he was honored by his colleagues in 1968 with election to the presidencies of both the Organization of American Historians and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He was the author, editor, or co-editor of some twenty-books, but the work in which he took the most pride was The American Pageant through which, he liked to say, he had taught American history to several million students.

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