Discovering the American Past: A Look at the Evidence, Volume 1: To 1877

Discovering the American Past: A Look at the Evidence, Volume 1: To 1877

William Bruce Wheeler, Susan Becker, Lorri Glover

Language: English

Pages: 356

ISBN: 2:00097888

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This primary source reader in the popular DISCOVERING series contains a six-part pedagogical framework that guides readers through the process of historical inquiry and explanation. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data. Each chapter is organized around the same pedagogical framework: The Problem, Background, The Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue. The Seventh Edition integrates new documents and revised coverage throughout. For example, the Reconstruction chapter, appearing in Volumes I and II, now explores Thomas Nast's political cartoons and their effect on public opinion.












when he wrote (in 1984), “He who controls the past controls the 3. Joseph Moreau, Schoolbook Nation: Conflicts over American History Textbooks from the Civil War to the Present (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003), pp. 15–20. 4. Ibid., pp. 219–221; Frances Fitzgerald, America Revised: History Schoolbooks in the Twentieth Century (Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1979), pp. 36–37. For one attack on textbooks, see E. Merrill Root, Brainwashing in the High Schools: An Examination of

trial, so ministers and elders from churches throughout Massachusetts needed to either cleanse her of her sins or, failing that, excommunicate her from the community of saints. That is exactly what happened in March 1638. Expelling a congregant was a public affair, just like confirming a saint. The meetinghouse at Boston was therefore packed when Hutchinson was excommunicated. “I not only pronounce you worthy to be cast out, but I do cast you out,” proclaimed one of the ministers who participated

you will be using to answer these central questions will be statistics. Analyzing and interpreting statistics is one of the best ways that historians can measure and assess change over time. In this chapter you will be doing precisely that. 3. The soldier of fortune was Henry Whistler. See Tree, History of Barbados, p. 16. Interestingly, the initial settlements in Virginia and Barbados both were named Jamestown. 4. Gragg, Englishmen Transplanted, p. 1. [ 58 ] Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning. All

to what their revolution was all about. Samuel Adams and others organized annual remembrances of the event. At the 1775 ceremony, held only a month before the battles of Lexington and Concord Bridge, Joseph Warren brought his audience to a near frenzy when he thundered, “[T]ake heed, ye infant babes, lest, whilst your streaming eyes are fixed on the ghastly corpse, your feet slide on the stones bespattered with your father’s brains.”35 More than one hundred years after the event, the

subsidize English colonizing efforts— at least nothing on a scale to threaten Spain. So, during the 1580s, she encouraged mariners such as Francis Drake to raid Spanish ships travelling through the Caribbean. This “privateering” was really state-sponsored piracy. Small groups of English sailors, led by the likes of Drake, would attack Spanish vessels carrying gold and silver from the American mainland to Spain and steal their cargo. Queen Elizabeth took a cut of Drake and other privateers’

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