Writing the American Past: US History to 1877

Writing the American Past: US History to 1877

By: Mark M. Smith (editor)Paperback

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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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Mark M. Smith is Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is the author or editor of a dozen previous books including the award-winning Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South (1997) and he has served or currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Southern History , the Journal of Social History , the Journal of American History , and The Senses and Society .


Acknowledgments. Timeline. Editor's Introduction: History, Handed Down. 1. Old World Explores New: Settling and Securing Newfoundland in the early 1600s. 2. The Chesapeake: Indenturing Labor, 1694. 3. Life in Seventeenth-Century New England: Massachusetts in the 1690s. 4. The Middle Colonies: A Philadelphia Furrier, 1738. 5. The Lower South and Slave Society: Slave Resistance and Imperial Contests, 1739. 6. Social Order in the Eighteenth-Century South: Slavery and Virginia's Gentry in the 1720s. 7. The Great Awakening: A Letter to George Whitefield, 1746. 8. Empire and Native Americans: The Treaty of Lancaster, 1744. 9. Imperial Crises and the Coming of Revolution: The Politicization of a Colonial Merchant, 1765. 10. Fighting the Revolutionary War: A Woman on the Homefront, 1776. 11. Crisis, Constitution, Nation: Probate Data and the Problem of Becoming American. 12. The New Republic: A Massachusetts Federalist in 1800. 13. Jeffersonian America: On the Road in 1818. 14. Revolutions in Time and Space: Tourism and Travel, 1850. 15. The Age of Jackson: The View from Abroad in 1828. 16. The Southern Master Class: An Elite Woman's School Experiences, 1828. 17. Lives of the Enslaved: Urban Slavery in 1862. 18. The Modernizing North: A Businessman's Letter, 1836. 19. The Age of Reform: On the Need for Temperance. 20. Westward Expansion: Kansas and Free Labor in 1856. 21. The Coming of the Civil War: Bleeding in Kansas, 1856. 22. Secession: A South Carolinian Describes the Event, 1860. 23. The Civil War:A Canadian Soldier's Experience. 24. Emancipation: The Labor of Freedom, 1867

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/02/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781405163590
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9781405163590
  • weight: 496
  • ISBN10: 1405163593

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