American Eras: Primary Sources, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1414498322
  • ISBN-13: 9781414498324
  • DDC: 973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
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  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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American Eras: Primary Sources is a fascinating, student-friendly reference that's patterned after the Gale's award-winning American Decades: Primary Sources series. Like its predecessor, each volume of American Eras: Primary Sources offers full or excerpted primary sources representing a diversity of views that provide insight into the seminal issues, themes, movements, and events from each era. Also included are concise contextual information, notes about the author, further resources, and full color photos and illustrations. The following eras are covered: Early American Civilization, Exploration to 1600; The Colonial Era (1600-1754); Revolutionary Era (1754-1783); Development of a Nation, (1783-1815); Reform Era & Eastern U.S. Development (1815-1850); Westward Expansion (1800-1860); Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1878); and Development of the Industrial United States (1878-1899). The primary sources fall into the following categories: the arts, business and the economy, education, fashion and leisure, government and politics, law and justice, lifestyles and social trends, media, medicine and health, religion, and science and technology. Providing unique perspectives and a wealth of understanding are oral histories, songs, speeches, advertisements, letters, laws, legal decisions, newspaper articles, cartoons, and recipes.

Features and Benefits

  • More than 800 primary-source documents provide vivid first-hand account of key events, trends, and people (100 per volume).
  • Each entry provides background material and context to the primary source to explain its significance in history, along with a bibliography to direct the reader to additional research opportunities.
  • Inclusion of less studied topics in early American history (e.g., fashion and leisure, media, medicine and health, and religion) allows the reader to see a unique side of American society not readily covered in other sources.
  • This set supports the trend in research toward primary sources.
  • The set includes a full-color design.
  • There are more than 1,200 images (150 per volume).

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1414498233 | ISBN-13: 9781414498232


“The American Eras Primary Sources series packs a generous amount of information into a compact, well-organized volume. This particular volume shares a plethora of primary sources representing the era of early American civilizations and explorations to 1600.”

— American Reference Books Annual

“Primary documents are a unique way to study history, be they letters, newspapers, government documents, pictures, or books—all provide contemporary accounts that enrich one-of-a-kind insights into the people, places, and events of the period. The Gale American Era Primary Sources series targets primary sources with a sweeping array of materials revealing more details about period history.”

— American Reference Books Annual