American History Firsthand: Working with Primary Sources, Volume 2 (since 1865), 2nd edition

  • Peter J. Frederick
  • Julie Roy Jeffrey

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Designed to give students an up-close and personal view of history, American History First Hand: Working with Primary Sources offers students the opportunity to experience written documents, visual materials, material culture artifacts, and maps–the materials historians actually work with to decipher the past.


Completely unique in this market, American History First Hand: Working with Primary Sources is innovative and exciting, allowing students to learn first-hand what history is and what historians actually do. In each volume there are 12 archives, and each archive contains loose facsimiles for students to explore. In addition to the documents, students will also obtain a four-page introduction that describes the issues and themes of the folders. Pedagogical materials will help them explore the ramifications of these sources, as they practice the art of historical analysis.


Table of contents

Archive Twelve: Reconstruction: Clashing Dreams and Realities, 1865—1868

12.1 Painting, The Armed Slave, by William Spang, about 1865

12.2 Confederate song, “I’m a Good Old Rebel,” by R. B. Buckley, 1866

12.3 Legal form for the restoration of confiscated property held by the Freedmen’s Bureau, South Carolina Freedmen’s Bureau records

12.4 Black Codes [Laws] of Mississippi, 1865

12.5a Legal contract between Alonzo T. Mial and 27 freed laborers, 1866

12.5b Affidavit of ex-slave Enoch Braston, enclosed in letter from Chaplain L. S. Livermore to Lt. Col. R. S. Donaldson, January 10, 1866

12.5c Freedmen’s School, 1866, appearing in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, September 22, 1866

12.5d  Broadside, The Freedman’s Bureau, 1866

12.6 Letter from James A. Payne to stepdaughter Katherine F. Sterrett, September 1, 1867

12.7 Letter from a Mississippi black soldier, Calvin Holly, to Major General O. O. Howard, December 16, 1865

12.8 Letter from ex-slave Hawkins Wilson to Jane Wilson, May 11, 1867

12.9 Cartoon, “This Is a White Man’s Government,” by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly, vol. 12, September 5, 1868


Archive Thirteen:

13.1 Treaty of Fort Laramie between the United States and the

Sioux (Lakota), 1868

13.3a Indian pictograph of heroic exploits, on buffalo hide, northern Plains, probably Cheyenne

13.3b Yanktonai Sioux pictograph, Winter Count, 1890—1891

13.3c Pictographic account of the Battle of Little Bighorn by the Miniconjou Lakota Sioux Chief Red Horse, June 25—26

13.4a Camping with the Sioux, Fieldwork Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher, September 24, and October 5, 1881

13.4b Act of Congress, the General Allotment Act (Dawes Act), 1887

13.4c Map platting, Indian Allotments on the Rosebud Reservation, 1903

13.4d Legal allotment certificate for William Shakespeare (War Bonnet), Shoshone Agency, 1904

13.5a Autobiographical narrative by Luther Standing Bear on his first days at the Carlisle (Pennsylvania) Indian School

13.5b Photograph of Chief Standing Bear the elder visiting his son at Carlisle, in Luther Standing Bear

13.6 Autobiographical narrative by Zitkala-Sa on her first days at boarding school in Indiana, in Zitkala-Sa

13.7a Photograph of young Sioux at Carlisle boarding school, 1879

13.7b Photograph of the first graduating class at Carlisle boarding school, 1889

13.7c Photograph of four generations of the Two Strike family, by John A. Anderson, about 1906

13.8a Indian pictograph by Wo-Haw, The Buffalo Who Wouldn’t Die

13.8b Indian pictograph by Wo-Haw, Skinning a Buffalo

13.8c Indian pictograph by Wo-Haw, Classroom at Fort Marion


Archive Fourteen: American Imperialism: War with the Philippines

14.1a Poem by 1st Colorado volunteer soldier praising his Filipina girlfriend, “Colorado Soldier’s DELF,” Denver Post, undated, author unknown

14.1b Description of warfare by 1st Colorado Infantry Regiment volunteer Guy Sims, TMs, Wauneta, Nebraska, 1941

14.2 Letter from Private Carl Larsen, 1st Colorado volunteer, to “Dear Friend,” February 25, 1899

14.3 Magazine dispatch filed August 30, 1898, by John Bass, in Harper’s Weekly

14.4 Speech/essay by Theodore Roosevelt, “The Strenuous Life”

14.5 Congressional speeches on imperialism, by Senator Albert Beveridge (Indiana) and Senator George Hoar (Massachusetts), United States Senate, January 9, 1900

14.6 Speech by President William McKinley

14.7a Poem by Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden,”1899

14.7b Poem by Ernest Howard Crosby, “The Real ‘White Man’s Burden’,” 1899

14.8a Platform of the American Anti-Imperialist League, October 18, 1899

14.8b Speech on imperialism by Senator George F. Hoar (Massachusetts), United States Senate, January 9, 1899

14.9a Cartoon in magazine, “The Spanish Brute Adds Mutilation to Murder,” by Grant Hamilton, in Judge, July 9, 1898

14.9b Cartoon in magazine, “Is He to Be a Despot?” artist unknown, 1899

14.10 Essay by Mark Twain, “To the Person Sitting in Darkness,” February 1901


Archive Fifteen: Confronting the Problems of Urban, Industrial America

15.1 Magazine article on the changing character of immigration, by Kate Claghorn (1900—1901)

15.2a Cartoon of the party boss, undated, artist unknown.

15.2b Songs by Samuel “Golden Rule” Jones, in Samuel M. Jones, Jr. (1899—1901)

15.3a Movie poster for The Jungle, 1913.

15.3b Movie poster for The Jungle, 1913.

15.4a Photograph by Jacob Riis, Finishing Pants

15.4b Photograph by Lewis Hines, Henry McShane, 1908.

15.4c Photograph by Lewis Hines, Annie Fedele, 1912

15.5 Extract from magazine article on “Our Poorer Brother,” by Theodore Roosevelt, 1897

15.6 W. E. B. DuBois’s “The Seventh Ward of Philadelphia,” 1899

15.7 Settlement house records on Margaret Mitchell’s neighborhood visits, around January 1907

15.8 Settlement house records on Margaret Mitchell’s neighborhood visits, August 1907

15.9 Settlement house records on Margaret Mitchell’s neighborhood visits, October 1907

15.10 Settlement house records on Margaret Mitchell’s neighborhood visits, November 2, 1907 and January 17, 1908


Archive Sixteen: The Americans’ Experience in the Great War

16.1 Sheet music, “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier,” by Al Piantadosi and Alfred Bryan, 1915

16.2 President Wilson’s war message to Congress, 1917

16.3 War poster, “True Sons of Freedom,” 1918, by Charles Gustrine

16.4 Sheet music, “Good Bye Alexander,” 1918, by Creamer and Layton

16.5 Journal entries of James C. Adell, 1917—1918

16.6 Army Intelligence Test, ALPHA, Form 5, Test 8, 1921

16.7 A report on a German-American family, undated and unsigned, probably around April 17, 1918, by Clayton Ely Emig

16.8 Letters from Rufus Ullman to his family, May 13 and August 31, 1918

16.9 Journal entries of Dudley J. Hard, 1918

16.10 Form letter from John J. Pershing, February 28, 1919


Archive Seventeen: The Emergence of Modernism Between the Wars

17.1 Book excerpt on women and consumption, Christine Frederick, Selling Mrs. Consumer, 1929

17.2a Advertisement for a Dodge sedan, Ladies’ Home Journal, December 1922

17.2b Advertisement for a Cadillac, Good Housekeeping, February 1926

17.2c Advertisement for Listerine, Good Housekeeping, February 1926

17.2d Advertisement for Sellers kitchen cabinets, Good Housekeeping, February 1926

17.2e Advertisement for Lifebuoy soap, Ladies’ Home Journal, October 1935

17.3 Magazine article on worldliness, John Roach Straton, “How Rationalism in the Pulpit Makes Worldliness in the Pew,” Moody Bible Institute Monthly, January 1923

17.4 The “Creed of Klanswomen,” 1924. The Kluxer, March 8, 1924, p. 20.

17.5 A criticism of prohibition, in Fabian Franklin, What Prohibition Has Done to America,1922

17.6 Foreword from The New Negro, 1925

17.7 Photograph by James VanDerZee, Couple in Raccoon Coats, 1932

17.8 Two poems by Langston Hughes, Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues (New York: Knopf, 1926), “Proem” and “Epilogue”


Archive Eighteen: Rural America During the New Deal

18.1 Radio broadcast by Henry A. Wallace, May 13, 1933

18.2 Printed handbill for a mass meeting of North Dakota farmers, July 30, 1933

18.3 Report on drought conditions in western Kansas, April 1935

18.4 An Open Letter to Rex Tugwell, 1939

18.5 Newsreel transcript, “The Land of Cotton,” Partial transcript from March of Time newsreel August 1936

18.6 An examination of the plight of sharecroppers, 1936

18.7 Letter from Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Hannon to Eleanor Roosevelt, 1939

18.8a Photograph by Dorothea Lange, The Trek of Bums, February 1936

18.8b Photograph by Dorothea Lange, Dispossessed Arkansas Farmers, 1935

18.8c Photograph by Dorothea Lange of Oklahoma Dust Bowl Refugees, June 1935

18.9 An attack on New Deal farm policies, 1936

18.10 Radio broadcast of President Roosevelt’s fireside chat, September 6, 1936


Archive Nineteen: “The Good War”: A Diverse Nation in World War II

19.1 Transcript of interview with Bob Barker, January or February, 1942

19.2 Magazine illustrations depicting the Four Freedoms, 1943, by Norman Rockwell

19.3a War poster, United We Win, 1943

19.3b War poster, Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, undated, by David Stone Martin

19.3c War poster, Man the Guns–Join the Navy, 1942, by McClelland Barclay

19.3d War poster, You Talk of Sacrifice, undated, produced by Winchester

19.4 March on Washington flier, 1941

19.5 Oral interview with Robert Rasmus, in Studs Terkel, “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II, 1984

19.6 Oral interview with Timuel Black, in Studs Terkel, “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II, 1984

19.7 Photograph of the Buss family, 1942.

19.8 Oral interview with Peggy Terry, in Studs Terkel, “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II, 1984

19.9 Photograph of women working on the fuselage of a bomber aircraft during WWII, October 1942

19.10a Photograph of Japanese internment camp meal line, June 12, 1942

19.10b Poem about a relocation camp, undated, author unknown

19.11 Oral interview with Peter Ota, in Studs Terkel, “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II, 1984

19.12 Illustration picturing the postwar world, 1943


Archive Twenty: Social and Cultural Life in a Mass Society

20.1 C. Wright Mills’s analysis of mass media, 1963

20.2 Cookbook excerpts, 1948

20.3 An account of the birth of McDonald’s1977

20.4b Magazine advertisement for International Harvester trucks picturing an American family June 22, 1957

20.5a Newspaper advertisement for Halo shampoo, 1954

20.5b Magazine advertisement for Powers fluid foundation, 1953

20.6a Magazine article on the younger generation, 1951

20.6b Rock and roll lyrics, “Yakety Yak,” 1958

20.6c Photograph of Elvis Presley singing on stage, June 22, 1956

20.7 A television script, “Living 1950——The Children of Strangers,” November—December 1950

20.8a Photograph of crowd action at Central High School, 1957

20.8b Photograph of Elizabeth Eckford waiting for the bus, 1957

20.9 Holograph letter from Daisy Bates to Ray Wilkens, December 17, 1957


Archive Twenty-One: The United States and the Vietnam War

21.1 Declaration of Independence for the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, September 2, 1945

21.2a Policy statement about American objectives in Southeast Asia, June 25, 1952

21.2b Report by Vice President Johnson on his visit to Asian countries, May 23, 1961

21.2c Magazine advertisement about the dangers of socialism. The Saturday Evening Post, April 5, 1952

21.3 General Vo Nguyen Giap’s reflections on the people’s war, 1961

21.4a Photograph of Vietnamese resistance measures, 1965

21.4b Photograph of tunnel construction, 1965

21.4c Photograph of making weapons from unexploded American bombs, 1965

21.4d Photograph of a Cu Chi female guerrilla, 1965

21.4e Photograph of making bamboo traps, 1965

21.5 Cartoon about the war, 1964

21.6 Testimony by marine William Crandell at the Winter Soldier Investigation, January 31 and February 1, 1971

21.7 Testimony by members of the First Marine Division at the Winter Soldier Investigation, January 31 and February 1, 1971

21.8 Testimony by members of the Twenty-fifth Infantry Division at the Winter Soldier Investigation, January 31 and February 1, 1971

21.9a Photograph of American soldiers wading in rice paddy, 1966

21.9b Photograph of U.S. soldiers jumping from helicopters, November 16, 1967

21.9c Photograph of U.S. troops in action in South Vietnam, February 22, 1968

21.9d Photograph of an American patrol stopping Vietnamese civilians, November 1969

21.9e Photograph of an American soldier with Vietnamese police, December 1969



Archive 22: Experiencing the “Sixties”

22.1 Political and protest buttons, 1960s

22.2 “The Port Huron Statement” of the Students for a Democratic Society, June 1962

22.3a Issues paper no. 7, “Student Subversion, the Majority Replies,” 1965, Young Americans for Freedom

22.3b Pamphlet, “What Can I Do? to Combat Communism,” about 1965, Students Associated Against Totalitarianism

22.4a Oral history of the civil rights activist Lawrence Guyot, 1978

22.4b Enclosure in letter from SNCC: “SNCC Does Not Wish to Become A New Version of the White Man’s Burden,” June 6, 1966

22.4c Black Panther Flyer, “If You’re Not Part of the Solution You’re Part of the Problem,” 1968

22.4d Black Panther Flyer, “Racist Dog Policemen,” 1968

22.4e Black Panther Flyer, “We Will Not Sit Back and Let the Fascists Murder Chairman Bobby in the Electric Chair,” no date

22.5a Oral history of a student activist, James Seff, 1973

22.5b Photograph of students and professors in a brawl at Columbia University, April 28, 1968

22.6a Antiwar appeal from teachers, “Help Stop the War in Vietnam,” 1967

22.6b Photograph of Vietnam War Protestors outside the White House, November 30, 1965

22.6c Photograph, “Stop the Vietnam War” rally, Central Park, NYC, 1968

22.6d Photograph, “Along the March Route,” Washington, DC, 1967

22.6e Photograph, “Pentagon Peace Demonstration,” Washington, DC, 1967

22.6f Photograph, “Pro-war Demonstrator,” New York City, 1968

22.7a Oral History of cultural rebellion of Erika Taylor, 1973

22.7b Flyer, “Love: A Psychedelic Celebration, Tompkins Square Park,” October 6, 1966

22.8 Book covers, Our Bodies Our Selves: A Book by and for Women, 1971 and 1998


Archive Twenty-Three: The Return of Conservatism to America

23.1a Foreword to The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater 1960

23.1b Conclusion to speech, “A Choice Not an Echo,” by Barry Goldwater, 1964, accepting the Republican nomination for president

23.1c Speech by Ronald Reagan to the National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983

23.2 Catalog cover and introduction, “Restoring America,” 2007—2008

23.3a Presidential election flyer, “Where Do the Candidates Stand on Abortion?” 1992

23.3b Planned Parenthood flflyer, “A Closer Look at The Violent Opposition,” undated

23.3c “Statement of Concerned Women for America on the Passing of Ruth Bell Graham,” June 15, 2007

23.4a “Mission Statement, Promise Keepers,” 2001—2005

23.4b Newspaper article, “Hundreds of Thousands Gather On the Mall in a Day of Prayers,” October 5, 1997

23.4c “Seven Questions Women Ask About Promise Keepers,” 2001—2005

23.5 Alliance Defense Fund pamphlet, “The Truth About Student Rights”

23.6 Alliance Defense Fund pamphlet, “The Truth About Faith in the Workplace”

23.7 Transcript of Bush statement on Constitutional ban on same sex marriage, February 24, 2004

23.8a Photograph of gay couple, 2003

23.8b Photograph of man protesting gay marriage, 2004

23.9a Excerpts from George W. Bush’s discussion on Social Security, April 29, 2005.

23.9b Cartoon, “Fixing This Should Be Easy”

Published by Pearson (October 17th 2007) - Copyright © 2008