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