The Way We Lived: Essays and Documents in American Social History, Volume I: 1492-1877

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This popular reader uses both primary and secondary sources to explore social history topics and sharpen your interpretive skills. Each chapter includes one secondary source essay and several related primary source documents. Chapter introductions tie the readings together and pose questions to consider.

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Frederick M. Binder is emeritus professor of history at CUNY, College of Staten Island. He received his Ed.D. from Columbia University in 1962 and has been widely published in the areas of early national, social, and intellectual U.S. history.

David M. Reimers is emeritus professor of history at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in 1961 from the University of Wisconsin. He has published several articles and books in his research areas, which include immigration and recent U.S. social history.

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Part I: COLONIAL SOCIETY, 1492-1783. 1. The First Americans. Essay. Peter Nabokov with Dean Snow, "Algonquians and Iroquoians: Farmers of the Woodlands." Documents. "Of the Naturall Inhabitants of Virginia," 1624. Recollections of a "White Indian" (1759), 1823. An Indian's View, 1805. The Indians of New Mexico, 1599. 2. Colonial Beginnings: Aspirations, Obstacles, Opportunities. Essay. Lois Green Carr, "The Rise of Daniel Clocker." Documents. Virginia, A Troubled Colony, 1622. Mayflower Compact, 1620. "We shall be as a City upon a Hill," 1630. 3. The Enslavement of Africans in Britain's American Colonies. Essay. Ira Berlin, "Human Cargo: From Africa to America." Documents. From Freedom to Slavery (1756), 1793. Slavery in New York City, 1731. 4. Husbands and Wives, Parents and Children in Puritan Society. Essay. Steven Mintz and Susan Kellogg, "The Godly Family of Colonial Massachusetts." Documents. Two Poems, 1678. Monitoring Style and Behavior in Puritan Massachusetts, 1675. Good Manners for Colonial Children, 1772. Statutes, Laws, and Privileges of Harvard College, 1700. 5. Eighteenth-Century Religion: Progress and Piety. Essay. Alan Taylor, "Awakenings." Documents. "On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield," 1700. The Great Awakening in Connecticut, 1740. "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," 1741. 6. Urban Life in the Eighteenth Century. Essay. Pauline Maier, "Boston and New York in the Eighteenth Century." Documents. Benjamin Franklin's Union Fire Company, 1738. Philadelphia, 1748. The Scourge of Yellow Fever, Philadelphia, 1793. New Orleans, 1751. 7. People at War: Soldiers and Civilians During the American Revolution. Essay. Gary B. Nash, "Foot Soldiers of the Revolutionary Army." Documents. On the Road to Valley Forge, 1777. Emily Geiger, A Heroine of the Revolution (1781), 1848. Travails of a Loyalist Wife and Mother, 1777. Suggestions for Further Reading. Part II: SOCIAL LIFE IN A NEW NATION, 1784-1877. 8. The Onset of Industry: The Lowell Venture. Essay. Thomas Dublin, "Women, Work, and Protest in the Early Lowell Mills." Documents. Recollections of a Strike (1836), 1898. "Regulations to Be Observed," Hamilton Manufacturing Company, 1848. A Mill Worker's Grievances, 1845. 9. The Cherokee Removal: An American Tragedy. Essay. Dee Brown, "The Trail of Tears." Documents. Cherokee Women Petition Their National Council, 1818. Cherokee Women Petition Their National Council, 1831. Removal Defended, 1830. Catherine Beecher's Appeal, 1829. 10. Moving West. Essay. Daniel Walker Howe, "The California Gold Rush." Documents. A Most Welcome Guest, c. 1849. Flush Times in Nevada, c. 1862. Emigrants to Texas, c. 1857. A Letter from Oregon Territory, 1847. 11. Paths to Salvation: Revivalism and Communitarianism. Essay. David S. Reynolds, "Revivalism's Return: The Second Great Awakening." Documents. Religious Excitability, 1835. "THIS COUNTRY IS RUN MAD after Preaching," c. 1830. Visiting the Shakers, c. 1841. A Letter from Brook Farm, 1844. 12. New People in a New Land. Essay. Tyler Anbinder, "From Famine to Five Points." Documents. Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Catholic Bias, 1854. Resolves of Welcome and Support, 1847. A German Immigrant Writes Home, 1857. 13. The Age of Reform. Essay. Margaret Hope Bacon, "Lucretia Mott: Pioneer for Peace." Documents. William Lloyd Garrison Inaugurates "The Liberator," 1831. Songs of the Temperance Movement, 1847. The "Reformatory and Elevating Influences" of the Public Schools, 1848. Elizabeth Cady Stanton: On Women's Rights, 1860. 14. Slavery in the Antebellum South. Essay. Walter Johnson, "Human Property Bought and Sold." Documents. The Domestic Slave Trade: A Planter's View, 1835. The Domestic Slave Trade: A Slave's Experience (c. 1850), 1890. Songs of Freedom, c. 1820-1860. 15. The Soldiers' Civil War. Essay. James L. McDonough, "Glory Can Not Atone: Shiloh--April 6, 7, 1862." Documents. A Black Soldier Writes to President Lincoln, 1863. Andersonville: "...death stalked on every hand," 1864. Recollections of a Confederate Veteran (1865), 1899. 16. Reconstruction: Triumphs and Tragedies. Essay. Mark Andrew Huddle, "To Educate a Race." Documents. A Letter "To My Old Master," c. 1865. The Knights of the White Camelia, 1868. "We Are Literally Slaves," 1912. Suggestions for Further Reading.

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