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Portrait of America, Volume I, 10th Edition

  • Stephen B. Oates University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Charles J. Errico Northern Virginia Community College
  • ISBN-10: 0495799858  |  ISBN-13: 9780495799856
  • 416 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2003, 1999
  • © 2011 | Published
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Overview

PORTRAIT OF AMERICA is an anthology of essays written by some of America’s most eminent historians. The collection maintains a loose biographical focus. The essays in this secondary-source reader humanize American history by portraying it as a story of real people with whom students can easily identify. More than 25 percent of the essays in the Tenth Edition are new, many from books that have been nationally and internationally recognized for their insight, accuracy, and timeliness, ensuring that the readings continue to be provocative and trustworthy. Each selection is preceded by an introduction for context, and a helpful glossary identifies important individuals, events, and concepts. Study questions follow each selection, prompting students to make comparisons between the readings.

Features and Benefits

  • Important new works in the Tenth Edition include David A. Price’s “Love and Hate in the Jamestown Colony,” Edmund S. Morgan’s “The Devil in Salem Village,” Steven M. Gillon’s “Empire of Gold: The Great California Gold Rush,” Fergus M. Bordewich’s “Bound for Canaan: Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Underground Railroad,” and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Master of the Game: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”
  • New readings are pulled from highly-respected titles, including Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN,” winner of the 2005 National Book Critics’ Circle award and the Noble Prize.
  • The most popular selections have been retained and have been edited for clarity and poignancy. A new design format starts each new selection on a new page, helping students read more effectively and carefully.

Table of Contents

I. THE EUROPEAN DISCOVERY.
1. David E. Stannard, The American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World.
2. David A. Price, Love and Hate in the Jamestown Colony.
II. THE FIRST CENTURY.
3. Gary B. Nash, Black People in a White People’s Country.
4. Edmund S. Morgan, The Devil in Salem Village.
III. TRANSFORMATIONS.
5. Paula A. Treckel, The Empire of My Heart: The Marriage of William Byrd II and Lucy Parke Byrd.
6. Walter Isaacson, Citizen Ben: A Worldly American’s Seven Great Virtues.
IV. “WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS . . .”
7. David McCullough, John Adams and the Coming of the Revolution.
8. Douglas L. Wilson, Thomas Jefferson and the Meanings of Liberty.
V. BIRTH OF THE REPUBLIC.
9. H. W. Brands, Miracle at Philadelphia.
10. Gordon S. Wood, The Greatness of George Washington.
VI. PATTERNS OF SOCIETY.
11. Jack Larkin, The Personal Side of a Developing People.
12. Sally G. McMillen, I’m Almost Worn Out in the Cause: Motherhood and Childbearing in the Old South.
VII. THE NATION TAKES SHAPE.
13. Joseph J. Ellis, The Duel.
14. Brian McGinty, The Great Chief Justice.
VIII. WOE IF IT COMES WITH STORM AND BLOOD AND FIRE.
15. Stephen B. Oates, The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner’s Fierce Rebellion.
16. Ira Berlin, I Will Be Heard!: William Lloyd Garrison and the Struggle Against Slavery.
IX. THE AGE OF JACKSON.
17. John F. Marszalek, Andrew Jackson: Flamboyant Hero of the Common Man.
18. Joe B. Frantz, A Giant of Contradictions: The Irrepressible Sam Houston.
X. THE GROWTH OF TECHNOLOGY.
19. Peter L. Bernstein, The Erie Canal: The Waterway That Shaped a Great Nation.
20. Stephen Yafa, Camelot on the Merrimack.
XI. BEYOND THE MISSISSIPPI.
21. Dee Brown, The Trail of Tears.
22. Steven M. Gillon, Empire of Gold: The Great California Gold Rush.
XII. “TO MAKE THEM STAND IN FEAR”: THE SLAVEOWNING SOUTH.
23. John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger, Runaways from a Hellish System.
24. Fergus M. Bordewich, Bound for Canaan: Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Underground Railroad.
XIII. THE DEATH OF SLAVERY.
25. Ken Chowder, The Father of American Terrorism.
26. Stephen B. Oates, Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation.
XIV. THE SCOURGE OF CIVIL WAR .
27. Stephen B. Oates, The Ravages of War.
28. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Master of The Game.
XV. A TROUBLED PEACE.
29. James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, Call Me Mister: The Black Experience During Reconstruction.
30. Eric Foner, The Checkered History of the Great Fourteenth Amendment.

What's New

  • Important new works in the Tenth Edition include David A. Price’s “Love and Hate in the Jamestown Colony,” Edmund S. Morgan’s “The Devil in Salem Village,” Steven M. Gillon’s “Empire of Gold: The Great California Gold Rush,” Fergus M. Bordewich’s “Bound for Canaan: Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Underground Railroad,” and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Master of the Game: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”
  • New readings are pulled from highly-respected titles, including Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN,” winner of the 2005 National Book Critics’ Circle award and the Noble Prize.
  • The most popular selections have been retained and have been edited for clarity and poignancy. A new design format starts each new selection on a new page, helping students read more effectively and carefully.

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  • Portrait of America, Volume II

    ISBN-10: 0495914991 | ISBN-13: 9780495914990

    List Price = $112.95  | CengageBrain Price = $112.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $85.25

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

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 = $37.95  | CengageBrain Price = $37.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $28.50

Student Supplements

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 = $37.95  | CengageBrain Price = $37.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $28.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Stephen B. Oates

: Steven B. Oates is professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Over the course of his career he has written highly successful biographies of figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Faulkner.

Charles J. Errico

Charles Errico, the new co-author of Portrait of America, is a professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College. He also conducts graduate classes at George Mason University.