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

Ronald Story, Paul F. Boller, Jr.

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2005, 2000
  • 272 Pages


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.

Ronald Story, University of Massachusettes

Paul F. Boller, Jr.,

  • 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.
Chapter 1. Planters and Puritans
1. An Elizabethan Ideal: An Exhortation, concerning good order & obedience (1562), The Clergy of England
2. Contact: Address to John Smith (1608), Powhatan
3 . First Privileges: The Virginia Ordinance of 1619, Edwin Sandys
4. The Underside of Privilege: Virginia Slavery Legislation (1630-1691)
5. A Landed Elite: The Will of Augustine Washington (1743)
6. A Puritan Vision: A Model of Christian Charity (1630), John Winthrop
7. A New England Woman: Two Poems (ca. 1660), Anne Bradstreet
8. The Congregational Way: A Vindication of the New England Churches (1717), John Wise
9. The Hand of Empire: The Navigation Acts (1660-1764)
Chapter 2. Breaking Away
10. Diversity and Abundance: Letter from Pennsylvania (1725), Robert Parke
11. Reason and Self-Improvement: The Junto Queries (1729), Benjamin Franklin
12. Frontier Diplomacy: Address to Imperial Officials (1753), Tanacharison
13. Class Tension and Frontier Violence: The Lancaster Massacres (1764), Benjamin Franklin
14. A Demand for Privacy: Attack on the Writs of Assistance (1761), James Otis
15. Ideology and Agitation: The Crisis, Number One (1776), Thomas Paine
16. A Republican Army: The Newburgh Address (1783), George Washington
17. Securing Liberty: The Federalist, Number Ten (1787), James Madison
Chapter 3. Nationalists and Partisans
18. An Industrial Vision: On Manufactures (1791), Alexander Hamilton
19. A Nationalist Diplomacy: Farewell Address (1796), George Washington
20. The Revolution of 1800: Inaugural Address (1801), Thomas Jefferson
21. Hemispheric Designs: The Monroe Doctrine (1823), James Monroe
22. The Spectre of Sectionalism: South Carolina Exposition and Protest (1828), John C. Calhoun
23. Politics and Democracy: Rotation in Office (1829), Bank Veto Message (1832), Andrew Jackson
24. Trail of Tears: Appeal of the Cherokee Nation (1830)
25. When the Eagle Screamed: Annexation (1845), John L. O''Sullivan
Chapter 4. The Age of Reform
26. Educating Women: Address to the New York Legislature (1819), Emma Willard
27. The Evangelical Impulse: Christ the Remedy for Intemperance (1828), Lyman Beecher
28. The Struggles of Early Labor: Address to the General Trades Union (1833), Ely Moore; Resolutions of the Journeymen Carpenters of Boston (1845)
29. The Crusade for Public Schools: Report on the Common Schools (1838), Horace Mann
30. Women at Work: Letters from Lowell (1844), The Lowell Offering
31. Women''s Rights: The Seneca Falls Declaration of 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Chapter 5. The Crisis of Slavery
32. Insurrection: Statement to the Court (1831), Nat Turner
33. Of Human Bondage: That Class of Americans Called Africans (1833), Lydia Maria Child
34. A Southern Warning: Speech on Abolition and Slavery (1837), John C . Calhoun
35. The Antislavery Impulse: Uncle Tom''s Cabin (1852), Harriet Beecher Stowe
36. Patriotism: Slavery and the Fourth of July (1852), Frederick Douglass
37. Race, Slavery, and the Constitution: Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), Roger B. Taney
38. Liberty and Union: The Republican Party Platform of 1860
39. Flight from Union: Mississippi Resolutions on Secession (1860)
Chapter 6. Touched with Fire
40. Union Inviolate: First Inaugural Address (1861), Abraham Lincoln
41. Anthems of War: Maryland My Maryland (1861), James Ryder Randall; Battle Hymn of the Republic (1862), Julia Ward Howe
42. The Impact of Emancipation: A Confederate Letter (1862), Charles C. Jones, Jr.; A New York Diary (1863), Maria Daly
43. A New Birth of Freedom: The Gettysburg Address (1863), Abraham Lincoln
44. Faces of War: Message to the Atlanta City Council (1864), William Tecumseh Sherman; Diary of a Georgia Girl (1864), Eliza Andrews
45. Binding Wounds: Second Inaugural Address (1865), Abraham Lincoln
Chapter 7. The Agony of Reconstruction
46. A Hunger for Literacy: Congressional Report on the Freedmen''s Bureau (1868)
47. The Color Line: Constitution and Ritual of the Knights of the White Camellia (ca. 1868)
48. The Politics of Intimidation: Report of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction (1872)
49. Turning Away: What the Centennial Ought to Accomplish (1875), Scribner''s Monthly
50. Aftermath: Address to the Louisville Convention (1883), Frederick Douglass