Second Edition   ©2017

Exploring American Histories, Volume 2

A Survey with Sources

Nancy A. Hewitt (Rutgers University) , Steven F. Lawson (Rutgers University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-9471-9; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-9471-4; Format: Paper Text, 680 pages

  • Podcast

    Nancy Hewitt and Steven Lawson talk about Incorporating Primary Sources into their Text

  • The presentation of documents in each chapter now follows a consistent progression to make skill building easier. In each chapter students first encounter an annotated Guided Analysis source, followed by a Comparative Analysis of two documents, and then a Solo Analysis of a single written or visual source. This progression bolsters students’ confidence working with sources before they tackle with the multiple sources in the concluding Document Projects.
  • A new reader of additional Document Projects gives instructors more options for assignment. Available in print and in LaunchPad, the document projects cover topics such as the Atlantic Slave trade, loyalists in the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, the Cherokee Removal, debates of the abolition of Slavery, home front protest during the Civil War, women in the West, progressivism and social control, the Scopes "Monkey" trial, the New Deal and its critics, the Korean War, debating the Vietnam War, women’s liberation, and Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War.
  • More on Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and the West has been added to round out the multiple perspectives considered. The narrative, source features, and illustration program all contribute to this enhanced coverage. For example, such enhancement include more about alliances among Indian nations and Europeans, more on Indian removal, and updated coverage of Native American struggles during westward expansion. New primary source features include a comparison of documents on Texas independence, a comparison of documents about Chinese immigrants to the United States, a source protesting the maltreatment of Mexican laborers in California, a comparison of documents on Japanese American internment, sources on Mexican American and Chinese American teenagers, the Native American and Chicano freedom movements, and California’s Proposition 13. The image program includes new visuals such as Richard Caton Woodville’s painting War News from Mexico, an Indian pictograph of bison hunting, a photograph of a Latino mutual aid society, and a photograph of Mexican migrant workers during the Depression, among others.
  • New "Thinking through Sources" activities in LaunchPad extend and amplify the companion document projects reader for the book. Surrounded by a distinctive and sophisticated pedagogy of auto-graded exercises, these interactive activities guide students in assessing their understanding of the sources, in organizing those sources for use in an essay, and in drawing useful conclusions from them. Designed to build arguments and to practice historical reasoning, this unique pedagogy does for skill development what LearningCurve does for content mastery and reading comprehension. 
  • Over 40 percent new sources and 8 new document projects provide a rich variety of fresh assignment options. New primary documents and visuals come from such sources as indentured servants, slave masters, elite men and women, religious revivalists, free blacks, Civil War photographers, presidents, court justices, artists and writers, conservative activists, and more. New document projects cover tobacco and slavery, debating the Constitution in New York, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the election of 1828, life in slavery, the Muller v. Oregon case, the Harlem Renaissance, and the New Right.
  • New source-based questions in the test bank and in the LearningCurve adaptive learning tool in LaunchPad give instructors easier ways to test students on their understanding of sources in the book.
  • Questions in the test bank can now be sorted by chapter learning objectives. Because learning objectives are keyed to the major sections of each chapter, this new ability to sort allows instructors to easily test of portions of the chapters and it makes it easier to see what major concepts students need to work on. Details from images and excerpts from the documents are provided to students for easy of reference as they answer the questions.
  • An expanded Guide to Analyzing Primary Sources gives students more support for working with sources. Building upon the checklist found in the first edition, the authors have provided additional tips on working with specific source types.

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