Journals Higher Education



Published: 25 October 2017

384 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190280963

Bookseller Code (04)

Constructing the American Past

A Sourcebook of a People's History, Volume 2 from 1865

Eighth Edition

Edited by Elliott J. Gorn, Randy Roberts, Susan Schulten, and Terry D. Bilhartz

Now published by Oxford University Press, Constructing the American Past: A Source Book of a People's History, Eighth Edition, presents an innovative combination of case studies and primary source documents that allow students to discover, analyze, and construct history from the actors' perspective.

New to this Edition:

  • New chapters (seven and twelve) in Volume One address the problems of immigration and emancipation
  • Substantially revised chapters in Volume Two on World War One (seven), the Scopes Trial (nine) Great Depression (ten), the Second World War (eleven), the Cold War (twelve), Civil Rights (thirteen), Vietnam (fourteen), and liberalism (fifteen)
  • More inclusion of the diversity of female experience
  • An expanded chapter on the Second Great Awakening explores the relationship between evangelical revivals and social reform
  • New material on the Indian policies of President Andrew Jackson
  • In-depth coverage of Texas Independence and the subsequent war with Mexico underscores the dilemmas brought by western expansion
  • A new chapter on immigration explores the history of nativism
  • A new chapter on emancipation in the Civil War demonstrates the role not just of President Lincoln, but of slaves, abolitionists, and the military
  • New imagery provokes discussion and conveys the visual dimension of the past

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