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Writing the American Past: US History to 1877

Writing the American Past: US History to 1877

Mark M. Smith (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-16359-0

Mar 2009

184 pages

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Writing the American Past reproduces dozens of untranscribed, handwritten documents, offering students the opportunity to transcribe, decipher, and interpret primary sources.
  • Documents include diary entries from Massachusetts in the 1690s, a woman detailing the Great Awakening, an eighteenth-century treaty with Native Americans, a journal describing antebellum train travel, and a letter by a slave
  • Skillfully teaches students to engage with the raw material of pre-1877 US history: the written document
  • An introduction and headnotes to each document contextualize the sources and provide a foundation from which the student can explore the material

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Timeline vii

Acknowledgments xi

Editor’s Introduction: History, Handed Down 1

1 Old World Explores New: 7

Settling and Securing Newfoundland in the Early 1600s

2 The Chesapeake: 13

Indenturing Labor, 1694

3 Life in Seventeenth-century New England: 19

Massachusetts in the 1690s

4 The Middle Colonies: 25

A Philadelphia Furrier, 1738

5 The Lower South and Slave Society: 33

Slave Resistance and Imperial Contests, 1739

6 Social Order in the Eighteenth-century South: 39

Slavery and Virginia’s Gentry in the 1720s

7 The Great Awakening: 45

A Letter to George Whitefield, 1746

8 Empire and Native Americans: 51

The Treaty of Lancaster, 1744

9 Imperial Crises and the Coming of Revolution: 57

The Politicization of a Colonial Merchant, 1765

10 Fighting the Revolutionary War: 65

AWoman on the Homefront, 1776

11 Crisis, Constitution, Nation: 71

Probate Data and the Problem of Becoming American in the 1780s

12 The New Republic: 77

A Massachusetts Federalist in 1800

13 Jeffersonian America: 83

On the Road in 1818

14 Revolutions in Time and Space: 89

Tourism and Travel, 1850

15 The Age of Jackson: 95

The View from Abroad in 1828

16 The Southern Master Class: 103

An Elite Woman’s School Experience, 1838

17 Lives of the Enslaved: 111

Urban Slavery in 1862

18 The Modernizing North: 119

A Businessman’s Letter, 1836

19 The Age of Reform: 125

On the Need for Temperance, 1824

20 Westward Expansion: 133

Kansas and Free Labor in 1856

21 The Coming of the Civil War: 141

Bleeding in Kansas, 1856

22 Secession: 149

A South Carolinian Describes the Event, 1860

23 Americans in Civil War: 155

A Canadian Soldier’s Experience, 1864

24 Emancipation: 161

The Labor of Freedom, 1867

 

  • Reproduces images of dozens of untranscribed, handwritten primary documents

  • Documents include diary entries from Massachusetts in the 1690s, a woman detailing the Great Awakening, an eighteenth-century treaty with Native Americans, a journal describing antebellum train travel, and a letter by a slave

  • Skillfully teaches students to transcribe, decipher, and interpret primary sources

  • An introduction and headnotes to each document contextualize the sources and provide a foundation from which the student can explore the material