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American Issues: Primary Source Reader in United States History, Volume I : To 1877

American Issues: Primary Source Reader in United States History, Volume I : To 1877 - 4th edition

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American Issues: Primary Source Reader in United States History, Volume I : To 1877 - 4TH 05 edition

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Irwin Unger and Robert R. Tomes

ISBN13: 978-0131914674
ISBN10: 0131914677
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Edition/Copyright: 4TH 05
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

American Issues is an anthology of compelling primary source documents that offers a unique perspective on the American experience, in which those who actually lived the drama of the moment recount their observations, express their feelings and opinions, and draw their own conclusions about the events and issues that influenced their lives and ultimately shaped American society as a whole. The carefully chosen readings, which deal with a wide range of important political, social, cultural, and economic problems, reflect the complexity and diversity of the American past. Each section presents differing and often opposing points of view on matters that have had a profound impact on our individual lives as well as our collective life as a nation.

Irwin Unger and Robert R. Tomes provide a thought-provoking forum that forces readers to confront the American past as it was really lived, with all its intricate considerations, its passions, and its apparent contradictions. The readings are strategically arranged and framed with thorough background explanations to enable readers to challenge previously held assumptions, correct misinformation, stimulate critical. and analytical thinking, and, most of all, form mature, defensible judgments on the issues that have shaped our lives and comprise our past.

Table of Contents

1. The Settlement Enterprise.

Richard Hakluyt on the Colonizing of North America (1584). John Winthrop Advises Puritans to Emigrate (1629). A Cavalier Goes into Exile (1649). The Common Folk Come to America (1683). Indentured Servants: Upward Mobility or Deeper Bondage (1622). Coercion: The West African Slave (1729).

2. The British Colonies of North America.

Paradise or Hell: Economic Survival and Opportunity (1609, 1623, 1666, 1725). The Political Economy: Old Regime or Innovation? (1624, 1629, 1663). Religious Toleration (1636, 1677, 1661, 1644, 1782). Class Tensions and Slavery in Colonial America (1679, 1664, 1739).

3. Native Americans.

A Professor Disparages the Native Americans of Virginia (1724). A Pennsylvanian Calls the Native Americans "Devils" (1782). William Penn Urges Kindness Toward Native Americans (1683). A Moravian Missionary Praises Native American Values (1777). Treaties and Alliances (1684, 1742). The Paxton Boys and Native American Extermination (1764).

4. Patriot Versus Loyalist.

The Stamp Act Congress Denounces Taxation Without Representation (1765). A Constitutional Crisis: Virtual and Actual Representation (1765). The Boston Town Meeting Presents the Patriot Case (1772). An American Radical Reevaluates the English Constitution (1776). The Declaration of Independence (1776). The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1776). Parliament's Official View (1766). A British Official Argues for Taxing Americans (1766). A British View of "No Taxation Without Representation" (1765). American Loyalists Defend Britain (1774, 1775). The American Revolution as a Social Movement (1776, 1777).

5. The Constitution.

Drafting the Constitution (1787). Patrick Henry Denounces the Constitution (1788). The Constitution as a Usurpation (1787). "The Father of the Constitution" Defends His Offspring (1787, 1788). Alexander Hamilton on Pro- and Anti-Constitution Forces (1787).

6. Federalist Versus Republican.

Alexander Hamilton's Economic Reports (1790-1791). Thomas Jefferson and the American Arcadia (1784). Thomas Jefferson Attacks the Hamiltonian System (1790). The Jeffersonians Embrace the French (1793). The Federalists Denounce the French Revolution (1793). Freedom of Expression: The Press (1798, 1804). Washington and the Success of the Great Experiment (1789, 1796).

7. Pioneers and Native Americans.

Opening the Great American Desert: The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803). The Pioneer Experience (1818). Indian Removal (1825-1835).

8. Capital Versus Labor.

The Lowell System (1842, 1845, 1846). An Economist Defends Capitalism (1835). The Workingmen's Party Indicts Capitalism (1840).

9. Jacksonian Democracy.

Andrew Jackson Vetoes the Bank Bill (1832). Daniel Webster Replies to the Veto (1832). Jacksonian Enterprise (1837). Democratic Egalitarianism (1836). A "Knickerbocker" Gentleman Flays the "Rabble" (1836, 1837).

10. The Ferment of Reform.

Abolitionism (1831). Women's Rights (1848). Dorothea L. Dix and the Plight of the Mentally Ill (1843). Sarah Josepha Hale on Women and Peace Societies (1840). A Utopian Community (1841). Unitarianism and Christian Benevolence (1836). A Southerner Denounces Northern Reform and Social Experimentation (1857).

11. Defining the American Character.

American Diversity (1782, 1855). A European Traveler Observes America's English Cultural Heritage (1835). Voices of Cultural Nationalism (1834, 1837). The Significance of the Frontier in American History (1893).

12. The Mexican War.

Manifest Destiny (1845).James K. Polk Calls for War Against Mexico (1846). The Mexican View (1850). Dissent at Home (1846, 1847).

13. Slavery and the "Old South".

Slavery from the Victim's Viewpoint (1848). A Southern Apologist Views Slavery (1859). The Southern Plantation Idyll (1832). A Nonslaveholding Southerner Attacks the "Peculiar Institution" (1857). A Northerner Describes the Old South (1854). The World the Slaves Made (c. 1850). Resistance and Rebellion (1849, 1831).

14. The Clash of Sections.

A Southern Champion Demands Equal Rights for the South (1850). A Northern Unionist Supports the Compromise of 1850 (1850). Antislavery Leaders Respond to the Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854). John Brown and the Remission of Sins by Blood (1859). The Victory of the Republican Party (1860). The South Secedes (1860).

15. The Civil War.

The War Is About Slavery (1861). The War Is Over Constitutional Issues (1861). The War Is a Clash of Economic Interests (1860, 1861). The Union's Advance Undermines Slavery (1863, 1865).

16. Reconstruction.

Harsh Versus Lenient Victors (1865). The White South Responds (1865, 1866, 1868, 1874). The Black Response (1865, 1868, 1866).

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