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American Voices, Volume 1: A Historical Reader

Robert D. Marcus (Editor), David Burner (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-881089-04-9
396 pages
July 1992, ©1992, Wiley-Blackwell
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Twenty-one full and lengthy selections from John Smith, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, Francis Parkman, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Parson Weems, Washington Irving, Alexis de Tocqueville, Red Jacket, George Catlin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry David Thoreu, and Margaret Leech.
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1. John Smith, Of the Natural Inhabitants of Virginia (1624).

2. Cotton Hather, Wonders of the Invisible World (1693).

3. Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741).

4. Francis Parkman, Montcalm and Wolfe (1884).

5. Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography (1868).

6. Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776).

7. Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur, What is an American? (1782).

8. Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1785).

9. James Madison, The Federalist (1787-88).

10.Parson Weems, The Life of George Washington (1800).

11.Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820).

12.Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835-1840).

13.Red Jacket, Reply to Missionary Cram at Buffalo, New York, 1805.

14.George Catlin, Letters and Notes on the North American Indians (1841).

15.Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar (1837).

16.Margaret Fuller, Women in the Nineteenth Century (1845).

17.Frederick Douglass, Life as a Slave (1855).

18.Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn (1884).

19.Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852).

20.Henry David Thoreau, A Plea for Captain John Brown (1859).

21.Margaret Leech, Arrival of a Westerner (1941).
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The late Robert D. Marcus was Professor of History at SUNY, Brockport, from 1983-2000.

David Burner, a professor of history at SUNY at Stony Brook, received his doctorate at Columbia, where he studied under Richard Hofstadter. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a Ford Fellow at Harvard. His early books are The Politics of Provincialism and Herbert Hoover: A Public Life. He is also the author of Making Peace with the Sixties (1996) and John F. Kennedy and a New Generation (2nd edition, 2003). He is currently writing a history of West Point.

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