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Discovering the American Past: A Look at the Evidence, Volume II: Since 1865, 7th Edition

  • William Bruce Wheeler University of Tennessee
  • Susan D. Becker University of Tennessee
  • Lorri Glover St. Louis University
  • ISBN-10: 0495915017  |  ISBN-13: 9780495915010
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2002
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

This primary source reader in the popular DISCOVERING series contains a six-part pedagogical framework that guides students through the process of historical inquiry and explanation. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data. Each chapter is organized around the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue. The Seventh Edition integrates new documents and revised coverage throughout. For example, the Reconstruction chapter, appearing in Volumes I and II, now explores Thomas Nast’s political cartoons and their effect on public opinion.

Features and Benefits

  • Each chapter is organized around the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue.
  • By following this pattern, and using a variety of sources such as letters, maps, statistics, drawings, song lyrics, and cartoons, students learn to examine sources critically, the way historians do.

Table of Contents

1. RECONSTRUCTING RECONSTRUCTION: THE POLITICAL CARTOONIST AND PUBLIC OPINION.
Cartoons of Thomas Nast.
2. THE ROAD TO TRUE FREEDOM: AFRICAN AMERICAN ALTERNATIVES IN THE NEW SOUTH.
Excerpt from Ida B. Wells’s UNITED STATES ATROCITIES (1892). Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Exposition Address (1895). Excerpt from Henry McNeal Turner’s “The American Negro and His Fatherland” (1895). Excerpts from W.E.B. DuBois’s “The Talented Tenth” (1903) and Niagara Address (1906). Excerpt from E. W. Harper’s “Enlightened Motherhood” (1892). Table showing migration of Negro population by U.S. region, 1870–1920.
3. SELLING CONSUMPTION, 1890–1930.
Excerpts from essays on the business of advertising. Advertisements from leading department stores, 1876–1926. Department store architecture.
4. CHILD LABOR REFORM AND THE REDEFINITION OF CHILDHOOD, 1880–1920.
Photographs of impoverished working children. Excerpts from Jacob Riis, HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES. Florence Kelley describes child labor and sweatshops. Letters to the Children’s Bureau. Experts’ advice to parents. Changes in child labor laws.
5. HOMOGENIZING A PLURALISTIC NATION: PROPAGANDA DURING WORLD WAR I.
War songs and poetry. Advertisements and posters. Editorial cartoons. Speeches. Moving picture stills and ads.
6. THE “NEW” WOMAN: DEBATING WOMEN’S ROLES IN THE 1920S.
Experts’ advice for women. Social science literature on working women. Marital advice literature. Photographs and newspaper reports about “flappers.”
7. UNDERSTANDING RURAL POVERTY DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION.
Children’s letters to Eleanor Roosevelt. Documentary photographs from the Farm Security Administration.
8. THE AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT DURING WORLD WAR II.
United States Supreme Court opinion and dissenting opinions in Korematsu v. U.S. (323 U.S. 214).
9. THE STUDENT CAMPAIGN FOR CIVIL RIGHTS.
Jim Crow laws. Sample literacy test. Excerpts from interviews with student sit-in leaders. Sit-In literature and songs. National news coverage of the student sit-ins. Excerpt of 1961 speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Photographs of sit-in participants.
10. A GENERATION IN WAR AND TURMOIL: THE AGONY OF VIETNAM.
Sample release forms for oral history interviews. Interviews and photographs with a sampling of the Vietnam Generation.
11. WHO OWNS HISTORY? THE TEXAS SCHOOLBOOK CONTROVERSY.
Texas state educational code. Proceedings of the Texas Educational Agency. Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS) standards. Texans debate their history standards. Sample of national media coverage of the Texas textbook debate.

What's New

  • New Chapter 1 (also Chapter 11 in Volume I) examines the career of political cartoonist Thomas Nast and his legacy of confronting injustice through visual art.
  • New Chapter 3 treats the rise of advertising as an offshoot of the developing industrial age and prompts students to ask questions about the culture of materialism that developed as well.
  • New Chapter 8 brings to light the court case dealing with Japanese internment during World War II and prompts students to ask tough questions about the role of prejudice and discrimination in national security matters.
  • Chapter 10 on Vietnam, updated for this edition, gives students an insider’s look into the lives of those who were involved in the armed forces at the time.
  • Chapter 11 closes the volume and the collection by probing the question of how the way in which history is presented affects the generations to come.

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Instructor Supplements

Discovering the American Past: A Look at the Evidence, Volume I: To 1877  (ISBN-10: 049579984X | ISBN-13: 9780495799849)

This primary source reader in the popular DISCOVERING series contains a six-part pedagogical framework that guides students through the process of historical inquiry and explanation. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data. Each chapter is organized around the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue. The Seventh Edition integrates new documents and revised coverage throughout. For example, the Reconstruction chapter, appearing in Volumes I and II, now explores Thomas Nast’s political cartoons and their effect on public opinion.

List Price = $129.95  | CengageBrain Price = $129.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $97.50

The History Handbook  (ISBN-10: 049590676X | ISBN-13: 9780495906766)

In this new edition of THE HISTORY HANDBOOK, success in a history course is within every student’s reach! Carol Berkin (Baruch College, City University of New York) and Betty Anderson (Boston University) have prepared a no-nonsense guide that teaches basic as well as history-specific study skills--how to read primary sources, research historical topics, correctly cite sources, and more. THE HISTORY HANDBOOK also offers tips for Internet research and evaluating online sources.

List Price = $57.95  | CengageBrain Price = $57.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $43.50

Rand McNally Atlas of American History  (ISBN-10: 0618842012 | ISBN-13: 9780618842018)

Featuring more than eighty maps, this comprehensive atlas also covers global perspectives.

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Writing for College History: A Short Handbook  (ISBN-10: 061830603X | ISBN-13: 9780618306039)

Prepared by Robert M. Frakes, Clarion University. This brief handbook for survey courses in American history, Western Civilization/European history, and world civilization guides students through the various types of writing assignments they encounter in a history class. Providing examples of student writing and candid assessments of student work, this text focuses on the rules and conventions of writing for the college history course.

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Student Supplements

Discovering the American Past: A Look at the Evidence, Volume I: To 1877  (ISBN-10: 049579984X | ISBN-13: 9780495799849)

This primary source reader in the popular DISCOVERING series contains a six-part framework that guides you through the process of historical inquiry and explanation. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data. Each chapter is organized within the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue.

List Price = $129.95  | CengageBrain Price = $129.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $97.50

The History Handbook  (ISBN-10: 049590676X | ISBN-13: 9780495906766)

THE HISTORY HANDBOOK, by Carol Berkin (Baruch College, City University of New York) and Betty Anderson (Boston University), is a no-nonsense guide to the skills you need to succeed in a history course. You’ll learn basic as well as history-specific study skills--how to read primary sources, research historical topics, correctly cite sources, and more. THE HISTORY HANDBOOK also offers tips for Internet research and evaluating online sources.

List Price = $57.95  | CengageBrain Price = $57.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $43.50

Rand McNally Atlas of American History  (ISBN-10: 0618842012 | ISBN-13: 9780618842018)

This comprehensive atlas features more than 80 maps, with new content covering global perspectives, including events in the Middle East from 1945 to 2005, as well as population trends in the U.S. and around the World. Additional maps document voyages of discovery; the settling of the colonies; major U.S. military engagements, including the American Revolution and World Wars I and II; and sources of immigration, ethnic populations, and patterns of economic change.

List Price = $62.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $47.25

Writing for College History: A Short Handbook  (ISBN-10: 061830603X | ISBN-13: 9780618306039)

Prepared by Robert M. Frakes, Clarion University. This brief handbook for survey courses in American history, Western Civilization/European history, and world civilization guides students through the various types of writing assignments they encounter in a history class. Providing examples of student writing and candid assessments of student work, this text focuses on the rules and conventions of writing for the college history course.

List Price = $36.95  | CengageBrain Price = $36.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $27.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William Bruce Wheeler

William Bruce Wheeler received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1967. He is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN PAST (2012), and DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008). He has also written books on Tennessee history and the Tellico Dam.

Susan D. Becker

Susan Becker received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1975. Her areas of interest include U.S. social, cultural, and women’s history. She has written THE ORIGINS OF THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (Greenwood Press, 1981), along with a host of articles on women’s history.

Lorri Glover

Lorri Glover received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1996 and is the John Francis Bannon, S.J., Professor of History at Saint Louis University. She is the author of several books, most recently FOUNDERS AS FATHERS: THE PRIVATE LIVES AND POLITICS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARIES (Yale University Press, 2014) and is the newest co-author of DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN PAST, 8th Edition (Cengage Learning, 2016).