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Milestone Documents in American History

Primary source documents have always occupied a central role in the study of history. Most existing reference sources, however, treat these documents as an afterthought. This new series fills the gap by offering students and researchers in-depth, analytical essays illuminating famous primary source documents from U.S. and world history.

The first publication in this remarkable series is Milestone Documents in American History: Exploring the Primary Sources That Shaped America. This fully illustrated, four-volume set will treat more than 133 iconic documents from the Revolutionary era to the twenty-first century.

Conceived and produced by an expert group of teachers, librarians, and historians, Milestone Documents in American History represents a unique and innovative approach to history reference. Each entry offers the full text of the document in question as well as an in-depth, analytical essay that places the document in its historical context. With content aligned with the National History Standards and signed essays written by a team of nearly 100 esteemed historiansMilestone Documents in American History offers an unparalleled reference tool for students conducting primary source research.

Among the documents included in the set are Revolutionary era standards such as:

  • Patrick Henry's "Liberty or Death" speech
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Constitution
  • Thomas Jefferson's first inaugural address
  • Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
  • Franklin Roosevelt's speech following the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • John F. Kennedy's 1963 address on integration
  • George W. Bush's address on September 11, 2001
  • Marbury v. Madison
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Bush v. Gore
  • Andrew Jackson's message "On Indian Removal
  • the Seneca Falls Declaration
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech
  • Equal Rights Amendment

Each entry in 
Milestone Documents in American History begins with an overview section that outlines the importance of the document. Subsequent sections include the following:

  • Context places the document in its historical context
  • Timeline includes key events surrounding the writing of the document
  • About the Author offers a brief biographical profile of the person or persons who wrote the document
  • Explanation and Analysis of the Document consists of a detailed examination of the document text
  • Glossary defines important, difficult, or unusual terms in the document text
  • Essential Quotes offers a selection of key quotes from the document
  • Audience discusses the intended audience of the document's author
  • Impact examines the historical impact of the document
  • Questions for Further Study includes study questions for students
  • Related Documents features an annotated listing of related primary source documents
  • Bibliography lists books, articles, and Web sites for further research
  • Full Text of the primary document

Special features include a general subject index, an index by category, and hundreds of photographs and other images. In addition, history educators will find eight detailed and useful teacher's guides containing dozens of student activities, all of which are aligned with the National History Standards, as well as an introduction to teaching with primary source documents.

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Pub. Date: April 2008
Softcover: 2100 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9797758-0-2
Price: $385
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e-ISBN: 978-0-9797758-9-5
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