With five carefully selected documents per chapter, this two-volume primary source reader presents a wide range of documents representing political, social, and cultural history in a manageable, accessible way. Thirty-two new documents infuse the collection with the voices of an even wider range of historical actors. Expertly edited by Michael P. Johnson, one of the authors of The American Promise, the readings can be used to spark discussion in any classroom and fit into any syllabus. Headnotes and discussion questions help students approach the documents, and comparative questions encourage students to make connections across documents.
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The American Promise, Value Edition, has long been a favorite with students who value the text’s readability, clear chronology, and lively voices of ordinary Americans, all in a portable format. Instructors have long valued the full narrative accompanied by a 2-color map program and the rich instructor resources of the parent text made available at an affordable price.
This two-volume primary-source collection provides a broad range of voices and perspectives from our nation's past, while emphasizing the important social, political, and economic themes of most U.S. history survey courses. Edited by one of the authors of The American Promise and designed to complement the textbook, Reading the American Past offers a rich selection of over 125 documents and editorial apparatus to aid students' understanding of the sources.
Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools -- with its emphasis on great men in high places -- to focus on the street, the home, and the, workplace. Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of -- and in the words of -- America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles -- the fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality -- were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance. Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through President Clinton's first term, A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history. Revised, updated, and featuring a new after, word by the author, this special twentieth anniversary edition continues Zinn's important contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.
New York Times Bestseller In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history. Written in elegiac prose, Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—"these truths," Jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise? These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore traces the intertwined histories of American politics, law, journalism, and technology, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet polls, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing press to Facebook News. Along the way, Lepore’s sovereign chronicle is filled with arresting sketches of both well-known and lesser-known Americans, from a parade of presidents and a rogues’ gallery of political mischief makers to the intrepid leaders of protest movements, including Frederick Douglass, the famed abolitionist orator; William Jennings Bryan, the three-time presidential candidate and ultimately tragic populist; Pauli Murray, the visionary civil rights strategist; and Phyllis Schlafly, the uncredited architect of modern conservatism. Americans are descended from slaves and slave owners, from conquerors and the conquered, from immigrants and from people who have fought to end immigration. "A nation born in contradiction will fight forever over the meaning of its history," Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden," These Truths observes. "It can’t be shirked. There’s nothing for it but to get to know it."
In this compelling sequel to Power Quest Book One: America's Obsession with the Paranormal, S. Douglas Woodward reveals the hidden history of Nazi infestation of American institutions after World War II. Beginning with the 1952 flying saucer flap over the nations capital and concluding with the CIA's clandestine mind control agenda of the 1950s-1970s, the reader is confronted with highly charged and seldom known facts. The story centers on America's erstwhile alliance with German fascism linked to the infamous personalities of Hitler's Nazi Party who escaped the war crimes trials at Nuremberg. In this second volume of Power Quest, The Ascendancy of Antichrist in America, Woodward brings to the reader the recently declassified proof our America has often shunned its most noble ideals. The author uncovers a vast record of unethical and deceptive Federal activities committed in Washington's darkened corridors of political power. Woodward condenses mountains of highly reliable research compiled by authoritative investigative journalists and insiders along with his own well-turned analysis, demonstrating that the political and spiritual evil of Nazism was often excused and encouraged by American officials as part of a blind quest to fight communism during the Cold War. Woodward makes no secret of his evangelical perspective. But Power Quest: The Ascendancy of Antichrist in America is not a selective proof texting of biblical assertions or a diatribe against liberal political views. His account is a factual his-tory that most Americans have never heard. For conservative Christian readers, Woodward speaks prophetically - challenging the cherished assumption held by political conservatives that America traditionally takes the moral high ground. And he poses an alternative view to the typical eschatological position, asking "Could America be the seat of power for a literal personage the Bible calls Antichrist?"
Sit. Stay. LEAD!The Presidogs of the United States of Pawmerica is a re-imagining of history, telling the story of the forty-four men who have led this nation as if they were furry, fun-loving dogs. How would a rambunctious pooch have handled the Embargo Act of 1807? Or the Cuban Missile Crisis? Or a Civil War?! This coffee table book answers these questions, as well as provides the reader with an endless supply of historical and pawlitically charged puppy puns. Consti-CHEW-tion, anyone?Since every president is matched to a different breed of dog, this full color volume provides the reader with a concise personality profile for each represented breed.It's a great gift idea for animal lovers, history buffs, goofballs, hipsters, and children of all ages. Learn about history! Learn about dogs! All while laughing your silly head off. The Presidogs of the United States of Pawmerica is a quirky, educational and thoroughly adogable read for the whole family!
21 exciting tales of Alternate History! What if fate had turned out differently in these United States? What if the Louisiana Purchase never happened? What if George Washington had been a Loyalist? What if a billionaire cloned the Founding Fathers? What if the Vikings had settled North America? What if the Apollo 11 moon landing had failed? These and many other scenarios are explored in Atlered America! Featuring stories by Jackson Kuhl, Dan Gainor, Bruno Lombardi, Edmund Wells, Sam Kepfield, Brad Hafford, Erik Bundy, Dusty Wallace, Owen Morgan, Ryan McCall, Jason Sharp, Sean Menken, William R.D. Wood, Jeff Provine, James S. Dorr, Martin T. Ingham, Lauren A. Forry, Cyrus P. Underwood, Charles Wilcox, and Philip Overby.