American Eras: Primary Sources: Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1877), 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1414498349
  • ISBN-13: 9781414498348
  • DDC: 973.7
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 454 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released April 2013
  • 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 Eras: Primary Sources is a fascinating, student-friendly reference that's patterned after 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, communications, education, fashion and leisure, government and politics, law and justice, lifestyles and social trends, health, religion, science, medicine, 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 100 primary-source documents provide vivid firsthand accounts of key events, trends, and people.
  • 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, communications, 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 150 images.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 141449825X | ISBN-13: 9781414498256

Table of Contents

Currier & Ives Paintings.
"Life Without Principle" by Henry David Thoreau.
"The Man Without a Country" from The Man Without a Country and Other Tales by Edward Everett Hale.
Selections from Tony Pastor's Complete Budget of Comic Songs.
"O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman.
Constitution of the National Institute of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Photographic Print of Grand Central Depot, Designed by Architect John B. Snook.
Examples of Architecture by Henry Hobson Richardson.
Talks on Art by William Morris Hunt.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
Thomas Eakins and the Human Figure.
Lyrics from "Greenbacks!" by Daniel D. Emmett.
National Bank Act.
Preamble to the Constitution of the Knights of Labor.
A Practical Guide to Business: Being a Handbook for the American Farmer, Merchant, Mechanic, Investor by Lewis G. Welsh.
Coinage Act.
The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner.
Journal Proceedings of the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry.
Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies by Henry M. Robert.
Annals of the Great Strikes in the United States by Joseph A. Dacus.
The Pacific Railroads and the Relations Existing Between Them and the Government of the United States by Henry Varnum Poor.
"A Chapter of Erie" in Chapters of Erie, and Other Essays by Charles Francis Adams and Henry Adams.
The Anti-Slavery Alphabet.
Morrill Act.
Mary S. Peake: The Colored Teacher at Fortress Monroe by Rev. Lewis C. Lockwood.
"Letter of George Peabody" in Proceedings of the Trustees of the Peabody Education Fund Education Board.
Sex in Education or a Fair Chance for the Girls by Edward Clarke.
Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class by Elizabeth P. Peabody.
Autobiography of Edward Austin Sheldon, Edited by Mary Sheldon Barnes.
Godey's Lady's Book, 1861.
Uniform and Dress of the Army of the Confederate States by Adjutant and Inspector General's Office.
A Complete Practical Guide to the Art of Dancing by Thomas Hillgrove.
Athletic Sports for Boys: A Repository of Graceful Recreations for Youth.
Velocipedes, Bicycles, and Tricycles: How to Make and How to Use Them by Velox.
Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery and Other Details by Charles Eastlake.
The Saloon Keeper's Companion, and Book of Reference, for Saloon Keepers, Proprietors of Hotels, and Sporting Men by Addison V. Newton.
South Carolina's Declaration of Causes of Secession.
Lincoln's First Inaugural Address.
Telegram Announcing the Surrender of Fort Sumter.
Inaugural Address of Jefferson Davis.
The Emancipation Proclamation.
The Gettysburg Address.
Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction (Lincoln's Plan of Reconstruction).
General Sherman's Official Account of His Great March through Georgia and the Carolinas by William Tecumseh Sherman.
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.
"The Surrender at Appomattox Court House" by Horace Porter, Brevet Brigadier General, U.S.A.
Jefferson Davis's Last Message to the People of the Confederacy.
Lee's Farewell to His Army.
Transcript of Treaty of Cession (Purchase of Alaska).
Treaty of Fort Laramie.
Confession of John Wilkes Booth from The Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth: or, the First True Account of Lincoln's Assassination, Containing a Complete Confession by Booth by Finis Langdon Bates.
The Rhyme of the Border War. A Historical Poem of the Kansas-Missouri Guerrilla War, Before and During the Late Rebellion, the Principal Character Being the Famous Guerrilla, Charles William Quantrell by Thomas Brower Peacock.
Crittenden Compromise.
The Constitution of the Confederate States of America.
Homestead Act.
War Department General Order 143.
Wade-Davis Bill.
Freedmen's Bureau Bill.
13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery.
Organization and Principles of the Ku Klux Klan.
14th Amendment: Civil Rights.
Report of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction.
Reconstruction Acts.
Impeachment of the President: Opinion of Mr. Vickers, of Maryland, in the Senate of the United States, May 11, 1868.
15th Amendment: Voting Rights.
Syllabus of the Slaughterhouse Cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Munn v. Illinois Opinion.
Soldiers' Songs.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself by Harriet Ann Jacobs.
"Rules of Highland Plantation" from The Diary of Bennet H. Barrow.
A Diary from Dixie by Mary Boykin Chesnut.
After the War: A Southern Tour, May 1, 1865 to May 1, 1866 by Reid Whitelaw.
Declaration and Protest of the Women of the United States by the National Woman Suffrage Association, July 4th, 1876.
Recipe for Army Hardtack (Biscuits).
The Cooking Manual of Practical Directions for Economical Every-Day Cookery by Juliet Corson.
A Fool's Errand by Albion Tourgee.
Pages from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.
Photographs by Matthew Brady.
"The Early History of the Typewriter (From a Paper Read at the Tenth Annual Convention of the National Shorthand Reporters' Association)" from The Early History of the Typewriter by Charles Edward Weller.
"Chaper LIII: The Law of Libel" from Journalism in the United States, from 1690–1872 by Frederic Hudson.
Abstract and Patent Drawing for Continuous-Roll Printing Press.
"The Modern Literary King" by Edward W. Bok.
Directions from Surgeon General's Office for Mixing Disinfectant for Army Hospitals from Outlines of the Chief Camp Diseases of the United States Armies as Observed During the Present War: A Practical Contribution to Military Medicine by Joseph Janvier Woodward.
Narrative of Privations and Sufferings of United States Officers and Soldiers While Prisoners of War in the Hands of the Rebel Authorities Report by the United States Sanitary Commission.
Nurse and Spy in the Union Army: The Adventures and Experiences of a Woman in Hospitals, Camps, and Battle-Fields by S. Emma E. Edmonds.
"An Address on the Antiseptic System of Treatment in Surgery" from The Collected Papers of Joseph Baron Lister.
"Code of Sanitary Ordinance" from Manual of the Metropolitan Board of Health.
Ad for Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound.
"Milk as an Agency in the Conveyance of Disease" by Rowland Godfrey Freeman, M.D.
"Free Churches" by B. T. Roberts.
National Organization for the Promotion of Christian Holiness Formed.
Plan of Operations Address by United States Christian Commission in Annals of the United States Christian Commission by Rev. Lemuel Moss.
Evidences for the Coming of the Lord in 1873: Or the Midnight Cry by Nelson Barbour.
"The Gods" by Robert Green Ingersoll.
The Beecher Trial: A Review of the Evidence by Henry Ward Beecher.
The Cosmic God: A Fundamental Philosophy in Popular Lectures by Isaac Mayer Wise.
Heaven by D. L. Moody.
Christ in the Camp: Or, Religion in Lee's Army by John William Jones.
"The Fight for a Clear Brain" Chapter from Women Torch-Bearers: The Story of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union by Elizabeth Putnam Gordon (1924).
"Chapter XI. Army Organization--Artillery" from Elements of Military Art and Science; or, Course of Instruction in Strategy, Fortification, Tactics of Battles, etc., Embracing the Duties of Staff, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, and Engineers by Henry W. Halleck.
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life by Charles Darwin.
Gatling Gun Patent Drawing.
Air Brake Instruction Book of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company.
Excerpt from Studies in General Science by Antionette Louisa Brown Blackwell.
"The Ballad of John Henry".
"Researches in Telephony" Speech by Alexander Graham Bell.
Ancient Society; Or, Research in the Lines of Human Progress by Lewis H. Morgan.
"Farragut at Mobile Bay" Chapter from Battles and Leaders of the Civil War by Robert Underwood Johnson and Clarence Clough Buel.