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Voices of the American Past, Volume II, 5th Edition

  • Raymond M. Hyser James Madison University
  • J. Chris Arndt James Madison University
  • ISBN-10: 1111341265  |  ISBN-13: 9781111341268
  • 352 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2005
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

VOICES OF THE AMERICAN PAST is a two-volume reader that presents a variety of diverse perspectives through more than 240 primary sources. Excerpts from speeches, letters, journals, magazine articles, hearings and government documents raise issues from both public and private aspects of American life throughout history. A “Guide to Reading and Interpreting Documents” in the front matter explains how and why historians use primary source evidence, and outlines basic points to help students learn to analyze sources. Brief headnotes set each source into context. “Questions to Consider” precede each document, offering prompts for critical thinking and reflection. The volumes are organized chronologically into 27 chapters, with the Reconstruction chapter overlapping in both volumes.

Features and Benefits

  • A mixture of social and political sources speaks to many aspects of Americans’ lives in the past.
  • A “Guide to Reading and Interpreting Documents” defines “primary sources” and explains how and why historians use written and other evidence to tell the story of the past. It outlines in a clear and practical manner five points to help students learn to analyze sources.
  • Brief chapter introductions set the stage for the documents which are numbered consecutively throughout the two-volume set for ease in assigning and locating specific sources.
  • Document headnotes introduce the “speaker” or author and provide brief notes on context.
  • Between two and four “Questions to Consider” precede each document, focusing students on major points, prompting critical thinking, and encouraging reflection on the significance of individual sources as well as general themes.

Table of Contents

15. RECONSTRUCTION.
124. A Northern Teacher’s View of the Freedmen (1863-65). 125. Charleston, South Carolina at the Conclusion of the Civil War (1865). 126. African-Americans Seek Protection (1865). 127. Thaddeus Stevens on Reconstruction and the South (1865). 128. A White Southern Perspective on Reconstruction (1868). 129. African American Suffrage in the South (1867, 1876). 130. An African American Congressman Calls for Civil Rights (1874). 131. The Situation for African Americans in the South (1879).
16. THE WEST.
132. A Native American Remembers Life on the Great Plains (1870s). 133. Hunting Buffalo on the Great Plains (c. 1875). 134. A Century of Dishonor (1881). 135. A Western Newspaper Editorial on the Custer Massacre (1876). 136. Cultural Exchange on the Arizona Frontier (1874). 137. A Native American Remembers the Ghost Dance (1890). 138. Populist Party Platform (1892). 139. “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” (1893). 140. A Woman’s Description of Farm Life in Illinois (1905).
17. GILDED AGE AMERICA.
141. The Cattle Industry (1884). 142. The Impact of Mechanization (1889). 143. Views of Big Business (1883, 1889, 1900). 144. “The Forgotten Man” (1883). 145. The Gospel of Wealth (1889). 146. Preamble to the Constitution of the Knights of Labor (1878). 147. Lynching in the South (1895). 148. W.E.B. Du Bois on Race Relations (1903). 149. The Unwanted Immigrants: The Chinese (1878). 150. “The Story of a Sweatshop Girl” (1902). 151. An Italian Immigrant’s Experience in America (1902). 152. A Woman’s Perspective on Women and the Economy (1898).
18. THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT.
153. An Insider’s View of Hull House. 154. “The American Forests” (1901). 155. Boss Government at Work (1903). 156. The Jungle (1906). 157. The Socialist Alternative (1908). 158. “Why Women Should Vote” (1910). 159. The New Nationalism of Theodore Roosevelt (1912). 160. Women and the Middle-Class Home (1913).
19. AMERICA ON THE WORLD STAGE.
161. The Sinking of the Maine (1898). 162. Aquinaldo’s Call for Philippine Independence (1899). 163. An Anti-Imperialist Perspective (1899). 164. The New Manifest Destiny (1900). 165. Perspectives of Overseas Expansion (1898, 1899, 1900). 166. “A Colombian View of the Panama Canal Question” (1903). 167. Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1904). 168. Woodrow Wilson’s Declaration of War Message (1917). 169. Advertising the War Effort (1920). 170. Opposition to the League of Nations (1919). 171. The Red Scare (1920).
20. THE RETURN TO “NORMALCY.”
172. A Speech against Immigration Restriction (1921). 173. The Role of Advertising (1922). 174. The Impact of the Automobile (1922). 175. The New Negro (1925). 176. Religion and the Scopes Trial (1925). 177. The Ku Klux Klan’s Perspective (1926). 178. The New Woman (1927). 179. American Individualism (1928).
21. FDR AND THE NEW DEAL.
180. Urban Families in the Great Depression (1931). 181. Women on the Breadlines (1932). 182. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address (1933). 183. A Businessman’s View of the New Deal (1934). 184. Editorial Cartoons Opposing the New Deal (1934, 1935). 185. The “Dust Bowl” (1935). 186. Eleanor Roosevelt on Social Welfare (1936). 187. The Tennessee Valley Authority (1937). 188. An African American Evaluation of the New Deal (1940). 189. “The New Deal in Review” (1940).
22. ISOLATIONISM AND WORLD WAR II.
190. The Four Freedoms (1941). 191. Isolation from the European War (1941). 192. Roosevelt’s Declaration of War Message (1941). 193. Life in a Japanese Internment Camp (1942). 194. Women in the Home-Front War Effort (1942). 195. The Second World War Homefront (1941-1945). 196. African Americans in the Military (1944). 197. Truman’s Decision to Drop the Bomb (1945). 198. Remembering the Hiroshima Atomic Blast (1945).
23. POST-WAR AMERICA.
199. “Containment” (1946). 200. NSC-68, a Blueprint for the Cold War (1950). 201. Communists in the Government (1950). 202. Life in the Suburbs (1953). 203. Governor Herman Talmadge’s Statement on the Brown Decision (1954). 204. Viewpoint on the Emmitt Till Murder Trial (1955). 205. The Impact of Television (1955). 206. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address (1961). 207. Poverty in the Age of Affluence (1962). 208. “The Problem That Has No Name” (1963).
24. THE TURBULENT SIXTIES.
209. Silent Spring (1962). 210. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (1963). 211. Malcolm X on Race Relations (1964). 212. Lyndon Johnson on the Great Society (1964). 213. SDS Call for a March on Washington (1965). 214. Views of the War in Vietnam (1967). 215. “I Made Promises to Dead People” (1967-1968). 216. A Report on Racial Violence in the Cities (1968). 217. Cesar Chavez and La Causa (1975).
25. THE RISING CONSERVATIVE TIDE.
218. Perspectives on Soaring Oil Prices (1973, 1974, 1976). 219. Sam Ervin on the Watergate Crisis (1974). 220. The Differences between Men and Women (1977). 221. The Question of Affirmative Action (1978). 222. Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979-1981). 223. The Christian Right’s Call to Action (1980). 224. The Reagan Revolution (1981). 225. Reagan’s Evil Empire Speech (1983). 226. An Editorial on the Removal of the Berlin Wall (1989).
26. SOCIETY AND CULTURE AT CENTURY’S END.
227. Catholic Bishops Call for “Economic Justice” (1986). 228. A Perspective on AIDS (1987). 229. A View on Hispanic Assimilation (1991). 230. Bill Gates and Microsoft (1998). 231. The Changing Demographics of America (1999). 232. The Issue of Same-Sex Marriage (2001).
27. AGE OF ANXIETY.
233. George W. Bush Responds to the Terrorist Attacks (2001). 234. A Response to the USA Patriot Act (2001). 235. The United States and the World (2003). 236. A Perspective on Limiting Immigration to the United States (2006). 237. An Economist on the Financial Crisis (2007). 238. Barack Obama’s Victory Speech (2008). 239. Editorial on the Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court (2009). 240. Immigration in the 21st Century (2010). 241. Offshore Oil Drilling and the Environment (2010).

What's New

  • New documents provide a greater diversity of voices while also offering readable selections that speak to larger issues. These include a woman’s description of farm life in Illinois at the turn of the twentieth century, Eleanor Roosevelt’s commentary on New Deal policies, an editorial on the 1955 Emmitt Till murder trial, a description of illegal immigrants crossing into Arizona in 2000, and an economist’s commentary on the looming financial crisis in 2007.
  • More photos and drawings, especially political cartoons, have been added to the traditional written documents. The result is a number of images that provide a unique approach to interpreting and understanding the key issues of U.S. history. These include perspectives on American overseas expansion, advertisements in the 1920s, political cartoons on the New Deal, and viewpoints on the war in Vietnam.

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Voices of the American Past, Volume I  (ISBN-10: 1111341249 | ISBN-13: 9781111341244)

VOICES OF THE AMERICAN PAST is a two-volume reader that presents a variety of diverse perspectives through more than 240 primary sources. Excerpts from speeches, letters, journals, magazine articles, hearings and government documents raise issues from both public and private aspects of American life throughout history. A “Guide to Reading and Interpreting Documents” in the front matter explains how and why historians use primary source evidence, and outlines basic points to help students learn to analyze sources. Brief headnotes set each source into context. “Questions to Consider” precede each document, offering prompts for critical thinking and reflection. The volumes are organized chronologically into 27 chapters, with the Reconstruction chapter overlapping in both volumes.

List Price = $126.95  | CengageBrain Price = $126.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $95.25

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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Voices of the American Past, Volume I  (ISBN-10: 1111341249 | ISBN-13: 9781111341244)

VOICES OF THE AMERICAN PAST is a two-volume reader that presents a variety of diverse perspectives through more than 240 primary sources. Excerpts from speeches, letters, journals, magazine articles, hearings and government documents raise issues from both public and private aspects of American life throughout history. A “Guide to Reading and Interpreting Documents” in the front matter explains how and why historians use primary source evidence, and outlines basic points to help you learn to analyze sources. Brief headnotes set each source into context. “Questions to Consider” precede each document, offering prompts for critical thinking and reflection. The volumes are organized chronologically into 27 chapters, with the Reconstruction chapter overlapping in both volumes.

List Price = $126.95  | CengageBrain Price = $126.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $95.25

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 = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.75

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

Raymond M. Hyser

Raymond M. Hyser is a Professor of History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His research interests include the study of race and ethnicity in the Gilded Age. He teaches courses in U.S. History, U.S. Business History, Gilded Age America, and Historical Methods.

J. Chris Arndt

J. Chris Arndt is a Professor of History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His research interests include the study of states' rights and economic change in antebellum America. He teaches courses in U.S. History, the American Revolution, the Early Republic, and Historical Methods.