America Firsthand, Volume 2 Readings from Reconstruction to Present

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Edition: 10th
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Pub. Date: 2015-12-28
Publisher(s): Bedford/St. Martin's
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This distinctive, class-tested primary source reader tells America’s story through the words and other creative expressions of the ordinary and extraordinary Americans who shaped it. "Points of View" sections provide varied vantage points on important topics, and select images draw students into interpreting the visual record. This carefully crafted, ready-to-go collection saves instructors time and effort in finding consistently engaging and informative sources.

Author Biography

Anthony Marcus is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He has published widely on urban public policy, American legal history, African American history and culture, and economic and social development in America and abroad. His book, Where Have All the Homeless Gone: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis looks at political discourses on poverty and public policy from the Great Depression to the Clinton era.

John M. Giggie is an Associate Professor of history at the University of Alabama. His published works include articles on nineteenth-century America, southern U.S. history, and U.S. religion, as well as his recently published books After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875–1915  and Faith in the Market: Religion and the Rise of Urban Commercial Culture. His current research projects include African American religion and the Civil War; early blues music; and religion and the civil rights movement.
David Burner, late professor of history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, wrote two books on John F. Kennedy, as well as books on Herbert Hoover, the 1960s, the Democratic Party in the 1920s, and a number of textbooks.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Using Sources to Study the Past

After the Civil War: New South and New West
Points of View: The Battle of Little Bighorn (1876)
1. She Walks with Her Shawl, and One Bull,
Victory at Greasy Grass
2. Charles DeRudio, Witness to Custer’s Last Stand 
3. Felix Haywood et al.,
African Americans during Reconstruction 
4. Ida B. Wells,
African American Protest
5. Freedmen in the West
6. Caleb G. Forshey and the Reverend James Sinclair, White Southerners’ Reactions to Reconstruction 
7. Grimes Family and Swindell Brothers, Work under Sharecropper and Labor Contracts 
8. Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin), School Days of an Indian Girl 
9. The Homestead Act and the Peopling of the West

The Gilded Age: Industrial Growth and CrisisPoints of View: The Rise of Labor Unions
10.  The Knights of Labor,
Early Efforts at Labor Organizing
11. Industrial Workers of the World,
Demanding a New Workplace
12. The Industrial City
13. William Steinway, Workers Prosper as Industry Grows
14. George Rice, Losing Out to Standard Oil 
15. Joseph T. Finnerty,
The Decline of the Independent Craftsman
16. Albert Parsons,
The Haymarket Riot
17. Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in American Politics
18. The Omaha Platform, Agrarian Protests 
19. Pauline Newman et al.,
Conditions at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company

A Society in Flux: Preparing for an American CenturyPoints of View: Suppressing the "Dreadful Curse of Liquor" (1890-1919)
20. Carrie Nation,
Smashing the Evils of Alcohol
21. Percy Andreae,
A Glimpse behind the Mask of Prohibition
22. Letters from the Battlefront and the Home Front, Debating War in the Philippines
23. Abraham Cahan, A Bintel Brief
24. Immigrant Labor at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
25. Emmett J. Scott et al., Letters from the Great Migration 
26. Lucy Burns and Alice Paul,
Prison Notes
27. Edwin W. Sims, War on the White Slave Trade
28. Kate Richards O’Hare et al.,
The Trial of Kate Richards O’Hare

A New Society: Between the Wars
Points of View: The Great Depression
29. Anonymous, Down and Out in the Great Depression
30. Morey Skaret, On the Road during the Great Depression
31. Images of the Great Depression
32. William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, In Defense of the Bible
33. Langston Hughes, The Harlem Renaissance
34. Margaret Sanger, My Fight for Birth Control
35. Unknown Photographer, Capitalizing on New Fears: The Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s
36. Luis Tenorio et al., Mexican Migrants and the Promise of America
37. Genora Dollinger, Taking a Stand: The Sit-Down Strikes of the 1930s

"The American Century": War, Affluence, and Uncertainty
Points of View: Building and Using an Atomic Bomb (1942–1945)
38.  J. Robert Oppenheimer
, To Build an Atomic Bomb
39. Paul Tibbets and George Weller,
To Use an Atomic Bomb 
40. Fanny Christina Hill,
Rosie the Riveter
41. Ben Yorita and Philip Hayasaka, Memories of the Internment Camp 
42. Otto Apel,
Mechanized Angels in Korea
43. Ring Lardner Jr.,
Blacklisted: The Post–World War II Red Scare
44Levittown: Making America Suburban
45. Charles Douglas Jackson, The Sputnik Crisis: The Beep Heard ’Round the World

Awakenings: Authority and Liberty in the Modern Age
Points of View: The My Lai Massacre and Its Aftermath (1968–1970)
46. Ronald L. Ridenhour et al.,
Disbelief and Corroboration 
47. General Westmoreland, President Nixon et al.,
Cover-Up and Outcome
48. Naomi Weisstein, The Adventures of a Woman in Science in the 1960s 
49. Phyllis Schlafly, The Limits of the Women’s Movement
50. Student Workers, Mississippi Freedom Summer
51. Protest Movements of the 1960s and 1970s
52. Pablo Guzmán, The Young Lords
53. César Chávez, Toward Mexican American Civil Rights
54. Robert Amsel et al., The Gay Rights Movement

Between History and Tomorrow: Life After the Cold War
Points of View: A Public Debate between Somalis in Lewiston, Maine, and Their Mayor (October 1, 2002-January 29, 2003)
55. Mayor Laurier T. Raymond et al.,
The Letter That Sparked the Debate and Supporters of It
56. Elders of the Somali Community et al., Letters in Support of the Somali Community
57. Cathy Langston, When PATCO Went on Strike
58. The Los Angeles Riots of 1992
59. Dennis W. Shepard, Homophobia in the Heartland 
United States Interrogation Policy
61. Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Walking While Black: The Unhappy Marriage of Race and Criminal Justice
62. Ryan J. Downey and Hannah Appel, Personal and Social Debt
63. Stanley Crouch, Barack Hussein Obama: Black Like Whom?

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