Fourth Edition   ©2016

Going to the Source, Volume I: To 1877

The Bedford Reader in American History

Victoria Bissell Brown (Grinnell College) , Timothy J. Shannon (Gettysburg College)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-02749-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-02749-0; Format: Paper Text, 384 pages

Hands-on experience with historical sources

Many document readers offer lots of sources, but only Going to the Source combines a rich diversity of primary and secondary sources with in-depth instructions for how to use each type of source. Mirroring the chronology of the U.S. history survey, each of the main chapters familiarizes students with a single type of source — from personal letters to political cartoons — while focusing on an intriguing historical episode such as the Cherokee Removal or the 1894 Pullman Strike. A capstone chapter in each volume prompts students to synthesize information on a single topic from a variety of source types. The wide range of topics and sources across 28 chapters provide students with all they need to become fully engaged with America’s history.
Going to the Source is like a history laboratory: an engaging collection of introductions and documents that makes familiar topics seem fresh and new to students.”
— James D. Rice, State University of New York, Plattsburgh