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A More Perfect Union: Documents in U.S. History, Volume II, 7th Edition

  • Ronald Story University of Massachusettes
  • Paul F. Boller, Jr.
  • ISBN-10: 0547150571  |  ISBN-13: 9780547150574
  • 272 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2000, 1996
  • © 2009 | Published
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This reader provides a wealth of political and diplomatic primary source documents, many selections illustrated with photographs. Influential and famous readings include the Gettysburg Address, Earl Warren's opinion in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, and the writings of Upton Sinclair. Headnotes place the document in historical context and Questions to Consider get students thinking. The Seventh Edition includes new readings from social, economic, and cultural history; a greater diversity of voices; and nine new chapters.

Features and Benefits

  • New readings include an early planter's will, letters from a working woman, a Southern defense of slavery, anti-immigration speeches, a description of assembly line production, and trial testimony about evolution.
  • New chapters have been developed on the 1920s and on modern conservatism.
  • Voices of Native Americans, African-Americans, women, workers, and Southerners now inform the text.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Agony of Reconstruction
1. A Hunger for Literacy: Congressional Report on the Freedmen''s Bureau (1868)
2. The Politics of Intimidation: Report of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction (1872)
3.Aftermath: Address to the Louisville Convention (1883), Frederick Douglass
Chapter 2. Minorities
4. A Sister on the Frontier: Letter from Colorado (1876), Blandina Segale
5. Indian Autumn: Chief Joseph''s Story (1879), Young Joseph
6. Newcomers: How the Other Half Lives (1890), Jacob Riis
7. From Another Shore: Congressional Report on Chinese Immigration (1892)
8. New South, Old South: A Red Record (1895), Ida B. Wells
9. Bearing Gifts: Russian Jews (1916), Mary Antin
10. Closing the Door: Senate Speeches on Immigration Restriction (1924)
Chapter 3. Economics Growth and Social Reform
11. Production and Wealth: Triumphant Democracy (1886), Andrew Carnegie
12. Labor''s Vision: What Does the Working Man Want? (1890), Samuel Gompers
13. Prohibition and Reform: The Women''s Christian Temperance Union (1889), Frances Willard
14. Women''s Suffrage: Address to the Woman Suffrage Association (1902), Carrie Chapman Catt
15. The Socialist Attack: The Jungle (1906), Upton Sinclair
16. The Reorganization of Work: The Ford Assembly Line (1915), Horace Arnold and Fay Faurote
Chapter 4. Expansion and War
17. The Lure of the East: America''s Destiny (1900), Albert Beveridge
18. The Big Stick: The Monroe Doctrine Corollary (1904), Theodore Roosevelt
19. The Return to Europe: War Address to Congress (1917), Woodrow Wilson
20. The Diplomacy of Isolation: Speech to the Senate (1919), Henry Cabot Lodge
Chapter 5. Interlude
21. Harlem Renaissance: The New Negro (1925), Alain Locke
22. Fundamentalism at Bay: The Trial of John T. Scopes (1925), Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan
23. The Business of America: Address to New York Businessmen (1925), Calvin Coolidge; An Evangelical''s Notebook (1925-28), Reinhold Niebuhr
Chapter 6. Crisis and Hope
24. American Earthquake: Women on the Breadlines (1932), Meridel LeSueur
25. The Politics of Upheaval: First Inaugural Address (1933), Franklin D. Roosevelt
26. A New Deal: The Works Progress Administration (1935), Harry Hopkins
27. The Rights of Labor: National Labor Relations Board v. Jones and Laughlin Steel (1937), Charles Evans Hughes
28. War Aims: The Four Freedoms (1941), Franklin D. Roosevelt
29. Envisioning Post-War America: What Kind of World Do We Want? (1943), Frances Perkins
Chapter 7. Protracted Conflict
30. Containment: The Sources of Soviet Conduct (1947), George F. Kennan
31. Seeing Reds: Lincoln Day Address (1950), Joseph R. McCarthy
32. A Question of Command: Farewell Address to Congress (1951), Douglas MacArthur
33. The Defense of Freedom: Inaugural Address (1961), John F. Kennedy
34. Blank Check: Message on the Gulf of Tonkin (1964), Lyndon B. Johnson
35. The Collapse of Consensus: An Indefensible War (1967), Eugene McCarthy
36. A Cold War Breakthrough: The United States-China Communiqur of 1972
Chapter 8. The Liberal Hour
37. Breaking the Color Line: Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka (1954), Earl Warren
38. Women''s Liberation: The Feminine Mystique (1963), Betty Friedan
39. The Struggle for Political Rights: Testimony at the Democratic Convention (1964), Fannie Lou Hamer
40. Health and Dignity: The Signing of the Medicare Bill (1965), Lyndon B. Johnson
41. Saving the Environment: President''s Advisory Council Memorandum (1970)
42. Life and Choice: Roe v. Wade (1973), Harry Blackmun
43. Spirit and Culture: Pastoral Message of the Hispanic Bishops (1982)
Chapter 9. Conservative Resurgence
44. The Conservative South: Governor''s Inaugural Address (1963), George Wallace
45. The New Republicans: Speech in Jackson, Mississippi (1969), Spiro Agnew; Labor Day Radio Address (1973), Richard M. Nixon
46. Stopping the Equal Rights Amendment: Interview with the Washington Star (1976), Phyllis Schlafly
47. Business Unleashed: First Inaugural Address (1981), Ronald Reagan
48. The Evil Empire: Speech to the National Association of Evangelicals (1983), Ronald Reagan
49. Masculinity and War: On Homosexuality, Military Service and Civil Rights (1993), On Women in Combat (1998)
50. Response to Terror: The Bush Strategic Doctrine (2002), George W. Bush