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Reading the American Past, Volume II: From 1865: Selected Historical Documents

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This two-volume primary-source collection provides a diverse selection of voices from the nations past while emphasizing the important social, political, and economic themes of a U.S. history survey course. Edited by one of the authors of The American Promise and designed to complement the textbook, Reading the American Past features over 150 documents, each accompanied by a headnote and questions for discussion to encourage students understanding of the sources.

About the Author

MICHAEL P. JOHNSON (Ph.D., Stanford University) is a professor of history at the Johns Hopkins University. He has written or edited six books, including No Chariot Let Down: Charlestons Free People of Color on the Eve of the Civil War (1984) and The American Promise.

Table of Contents

16. RECONSTRUCTION, 1863 – 1877 

    16-1 Carl Schurz Reports on the Condition of the Defeated South

        Report on the Condition of the South, 1865

    16-2 Black Codes Enacted in the South

        Mississippi Black Code, November 1865

    16-3 Former Slaves Seek to Reunite Their Families

        Advertisements from the Christian Recorder, 1865 – 1870

    16-4 A Black Convention in Alabama 

        Address of the Colored Convention to the People of Alabama, 1867

    16-5 Klan Violence against Blacks

        Elias Hill, Testimony before Congressional Committee Investigating the Ku Klux Klan, 1871

    COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS 

17. THE CONTESTED WEST, 1870 – 1900 

    17-1 Pun Chi Appeals to Congress on Behalf of Chinese Immigrants in California

        A Remonstrance from the Chinese in California, ca. 1870

    17-2 Swedish Immigrants on the Kansas Prairie 

        Ida Lindgren, Letters, 1870 – 1874

    17-3 Texas Rangers on the Mexican Border

        N. A. Jennings, A Texas Ranger, 1875
    17-4 In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat Describes White Encroachment

        Chief Joseph, Speech to a White Audience, 1879

    17-5 A Plea to “Citizenize” Indians

        Richard Pratt, “Kill the Indian . . . and save the man,” 1892

    COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

18. BUSINESS AND POLITICS IN THE GILDED AGE, 1870 – 1895 

    18-1 Jay Gould on Capital and Labor

        Testimony before the U.S. Senate, 1883

    18-2 William Graham Sumner on Social Obligations

        What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, 1883

    18-3 Andrew Carnegie Explains the Gospel of Wealth

        Wealth, 1889 

    18-4 Henry Demarest Lloyd Attacks Monopolies

        Wealth against Commonwealth, 1894

    18-5 Henry George Explains Why Poverty Is a Crime

        An Analysis of the Crime of Poverty, 1885

    COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

 
19. THE CITY AND ITS WORKERS, 1870 – 1900
    19-1 A Textile Worker Explains the Labor Market 

        Thomas ODonnell, Testimony before a U.S. Senate Committee, 1885

    19-2 Domestic Servants on Household Work 

        Interviews with Journalist Helen Campbell, 1880s

    19-3 Jacob Riss Describes Abandoned Babies in New York Citys Slums 

        Waifs of New York Citys Slums, 1890

    19-4 Labor Contractors and Italian Immigrants

        S. Merlino, Italian Immigrants and Their Enslavement, 1893

    19-5 George Washington Plunkitt Explains Politics 

        William L. Riordon, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, 1905

    COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

 
20. DISSENT, DEPRESSION, AND WAR, THE 1890s
    20-1 Addressing the Crisis in Rural America
        Populist Party Platform, July 4, 1892

    20-2 White Supremacy in Wilmington, North Carolina

        Gunner Jesse Blake, Narrative of the Wilmington “Rebellion” of 1898 

    20-3 Pinkertons Defeated at Homestead

        Pinkerton Guard Testimony, 1893

    20-4 Conflicting Views about Labor Unions

        N. F. Thompson, Testimony before the Industrial Commission on the Relations and Conditions of Capital and Labor, 1900

        Samuel Gompers, Letter to the American Federationist, 1894

    20-5 Emilio Aguinaldo Criticizes American Imperialism in the Philippines 

        Case against the United States, 1899

    COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

21. PROGRESSIVISM FROM THE GRASS ROOTS TO THE WHITE HOUSE, 1890 – 1916

    21-1 Jane Addams on Settlement Houses
        The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements, 1892

    21-2 A Sociologist Studies Working-Class Saloons in Chicago Royal Melendy

        Ethical Substitutes for the Saloon, 1900 

    21-3 John D. Rockefeller Jr. Explains “The Best Thing for Us All” 

        Speech to Colorado Fuel and Iron Officials and Employee Representatives, October 2, 1915

    21-4 Mother Jones on the Futility of Class Harmony

        Letter to Mrs. Potter Palmer, January 12, 1907

    21-5 Booker T. Washington on Racial Accommodation

        The Atlanta Exposition Address, 1895

    21-6 W. E. B. Du Bois on Racial Equality

        Booker T. Washington and Others, 1903

    COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS 

 
22. WORLD WAR I: THE PROGRESSIVE CRUSADE AT HOME AND ABROAD, 1914 – 1920
    22-1 President Woodrow Wilson Asks Congress for a Declaration of War

        Speech to Congress, April 2, 1917

    22-2 Eugene V. Debs Attacks Capitalist Warmongers

        Speech Delivered in Canton, Ohio, June 16, 1918 

    22-3 A Doughboys Letter from the Front

        Anonymous Soldier, Letter to Elmer J. Sutters, 1918

    22-4 Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer Defends America from Communists

        The Case against the “Reds”, 1920

    22-5 An African American Responds to the Chicago Race Riot

        Stanley B. Norvell, Letter to Victor F. Lawson, 1919

    COMPARATIVE QUESTIONS

23. FROM NEW ERA TO GREAT DEPRESSION, 1920 – 1932

    23-1 President Calvin Coolidge on Government and Business
        Address before the New York Chamber of Commerce, November 19, 1925

    23-2 Reinhold Niebuhr on Christianity in Detroit 

        Diary Entries, 1925 – 1928

    23-3 The Ku Klux Klan Defends Americanism 

       

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312459680
Subtitle:
Selected Historical Documents
Author:
Johnson, Michael P
Author:
Johnson, Michael P.
Author:
P, Michael
Author:
Johnson
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Fourth Edition
Publication Date:
20080104
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.00 in

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