Reading the American Past: Volume II: From 1865
Fifth Edition   ©2012

Reading the American Past: Volume II: From 1865

Selected Historical Documents

Michael P. Johnson (Johns Hopkins University)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-56377-9; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-56377-6; Format: Paper Text, 368 pages

The documents introduce students to the range of historical actors in U.S. history, from a Seven Years’ War captive, a colonial woman writer, and a slave appealing to his president to end slavery to a young female homesteader, a staunch segregationist, and a president seeking an end to terrorism. The variety of perspectives helps students analyze historical events and appreciate the historical agency behind the sometimes successful and sometimes thwarted search for the American promise.
The Introduction for Students explains the importance of primary sources and gives students step-by-step instructions for document analysis.
Chapter introductions and headnotes provide the right amount of background information for students’ comprehension of the documents.
Questions for Reading and Discussion follow each document to engage students to think critically.
Comparative Questions at the end of each chapter connect the documents’ themes and ask students to evaluate the sources taken together.

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