Summary: This popular reader consists of a variety of primary sources, grouped around central themes in American history. Edition/Copyright: 5TH 05
Students get involved in discovering history for themselves when reading Constructing the American Past.Each chapter focuses on a particular problem in American history, providing students with several points of view from which to examine the historical evidence. Introductions and study questions prompt students to participate in interpreting t ...show morehe past and challenge them to understand the problems in relation to the big picture of American history.
New To This Edition
- End-of-chapter pedagogy, including "Postscript Questions," a "Defining Terms" section, "Probing the Sources," "Interpreting the Sources" and "Additional Readings," helps students analyze and think critically about the sources.
- Includes strong focus on the topic of American cultural history during the Cold War (Ch. 11).
- The topic of Vietnam is examined (Ch. 13), using the popular Iron Man comic book series as a way to look at American involvement in, and attitudes toward, the war.
- New Chapter 13, entitled "My Lai," covers aspects of the My Lai massacre of 1968, and the ensuing courts-martial.
- A new Chapter 14, entitled "The Rise of the Left," covers the rise of progressive movements in the 60s and 70s among women, gays, and Hispanics. This chapter includes documents from the United Farm Workers of America, Betty Friedan and the National Organization for Women, and the gay liberation movement arising after the Stonewall event in New York City.
- A new Chapter 15, on the rise of conservatism in the 80s and 90s has been added. This chapter includes early materials from grass-roots organizers in the 60s, including Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, a speech by president Ronald Reagan, the Republican congressional delegation's "Contract With America," and material from the religious right.
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
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