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Contending Voices, Volume I: To 1877, 3rd Edition

  • John Hollitz Community College of Southern Nevada
  • ISBN-10: 0495904724  |  ISBN-13: 9780495904724
  • 288 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2003
  • © 2011 | Published
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Each chapter in CONTENDING VOICES examines the lives of two individuals, some of them familiar historical figures and some of them lesser known, who took opposing positions on important issues in American history. The "paired biographies" in the text are followed by a set of four to six related primary sources, many in the individuals' own voices; a "Questions to Consider" section; and an annotated bibliography. This unique format promotes critical thinking and engages students in historical debates.

Features and Benefits

  • A running glossary of important historical terms, events, and people appears at the bottom of selected pages in every chapter.
  • Each of the two volumes contains 15 chapters to parallel the coverage in most survey texts.

Table of Contents

1. The Cross and the Sword in Spain's New World: Bartolomé de Las Casas and Hernán Cortés.
2. Revolt on the Virginia Frontier: Nathaniel Bacon and William Berkeley.
3. Enthusiasm, Authority, and the Great Awakening: James Davenport and Charles Chauncy.
4. The Price of Patriotism: Jonathan Sewall and John Adams.
5. The Conflict over the Constitution: Patrick Henry and James Madison.
6. Political Conflict in the Early Republic: Benjamin Franklin Bache and Alexander Hamilton
7. Resistance and Western Expansion: Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison.
8. The Fruits of the Factory System: Sarah Bagley and Nathan Appleton.
9. Politics, Morality, and Race in the Abolitionist Crusade: William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass.
10. The Feminine Sphere in Antebellum Society: Catharine Beecher and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
11. Manifest Destiny and Conquest; Thomas Larkin and Juan Bautista Alvarado.
12. The South and the Slavery Debate: Hinton Rowan Helper and George Fitzhugh.
13. Yankees and "Border Ruffians" in "Bleeding Kansas": Sara Robinson and David Atchison.
14. Mr. Lincoln's War: Clement Vallandigham and Benjamin Wade.
15. Race and Redemption in the Reconstructed South: Robert Smalls and Wade Hampton.

What's New

  • The Third Edition features a revised collection of Questions to Consider, to encourage readers to think critically about what they are reading.
  • Chapter 5 has new excerpts from Benjamin Franklin Bache paired with Alexander Hamilton, giving the chapter a broader focus on the issues that sparked political division in the 1790's, including the Whiskey Rebellion.
  • In Chapter 15, Wade Hampton, the Redeemer governor of South Carolina, is paired with Robert Smalls, refocusing the struggle over the reconstruction on conditions in the South. New sources include Hampton's Letter to President Andrew Johnson and a new source of Congressional testimony on the state of affairs in South Carolina, as well as a new source relating to the achievements of Republican Reconstruction.

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Bundle: Making America: A History of the United States, Volume I: To 1877, Brief, 5th + Contending Voices, Volume I: To 1877, 3rd

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

John Hollitz

John Hollitz received his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin in 1981 and has been professor of history at the Community College of Southern Nevada since 1992. Previously, he taught at California State University, Chico. In addition to CONTENDING VOICES, he has also authored a critical thinking reader, THINKING THROUGH THE PAST, 5th Edition (Cengage, 2014). Dr. Hollitz is a dedicated teacher of the U.S. History survey course.