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Writing the American past : US history to 1877

Author: Mark M Smith
Publisher: Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. An introduction  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark M Smith
ISBN: 9781405163590 1405163593
OCLC Number: 226356127
Description: x, 168 p. : ill., facsims. ; 28 cm.
Contents: Old world explores new: settling and securing Newfoundland in the early 1600s --
The Chesapeake: indenturing labor, 1694 --
Life in seventeenth-century New England: Massachusetts in the 1690s --
The middle colonies: a Philadelphia furrier, 1738 --
The lower South and slave society: slave resistance and imperial contests, 1739 --
Social order in the eighteenth-century South: slavery and Virginia's gentry in the 1720s --
The Great Awakening: a letter to George Whitefield, 1746 --
Empire and native Americans: the treaty of Lancaster, 1744 --
Imperial crises and the coming of revolution: the politicization of a colonial merchant, 1765 --
Fighting the Revolutionary War: a woman on the homefront, 1776 --
Crisis, constitution, nation: probate data and the problem of becoming American --
The new republic: a Massachusetts federalist in 1800 --
Jeffersonian America: on the road in 1818 --
Revolutions in time and space: tourism and travel, 1850 --
The age of Jackson: the view from abroad in 1828 --
The southern master class: an elite woman's school experiences, 1828 --
Lives of the enslaved: urban slavery in 186 --
The modernizing North: a businessman's letter, 1836 --
The age of reform: on the need for temperance --
Westward expansion: Kansas and free labor in 1856 --
The coming of the Civil War: bleeding in Kansas, 1856 --
Secession: a South Carolinian describes the event, 1860 --
The Civil War:a Canadian soldier's experience --
Emancipation: the labor of freedom, 1867.
Responsibility: [edited by] Mark M. Smith.

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"This volume provides a fascinating set of documents and a superb teaching tool. It introduces students to the intellectual excitement and the practical challenges of archival research." Nancy A. Read more...

 
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