Revisiting America

Revisiting America : Reading in Race, Culture and Conflict

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For courses in Freshman Composition, Argumentative Writing, and American Studies. This composition reader, organized chronologically, offers contributions on a myriad of racial and cultural struggles in past and present America. Its combination of primary, secondary, and literary sources encourages students to think critically about the issues that have shaped the world around them, which take root in the early history of the United States, and which continue to be important in society today. The text also offers students a glimpse into the power of language--written and spoken--in shaping ideas, attitudes, and politics when conflicts arise.
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  • Paperback | 832 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 1,043.26g
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130293059
  • 9780130293053

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Tracing the evolution of race, culture, and conflict in America

REVISITING AMERICA--This chronologically organized reader traces American racial and cultural struggles and triumphs through the use of primary, secondary, and literary sources, encouraging you to think critically about the issues that have shaped the world around us.
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Table of contents

1. Early Conflicts on the Eastern Shore. A Distant Mirror, Ronald Takaki. The Pocahontas Perplex, Rayna Green. Disney's Politically Correct Pocahontas, Jacquelyn Kilpatrick. The Pocahontas Myth, Powhatan Nation Response. What Happened in Salem? David Levin. Trial Testimony, Sarah Good. Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem, Elaine Breslaw. The Black Slave Trade, Richard Hofstadter. The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson. 2. The Native Americans vs. the Newcomers. Fathers and Children, Michael Rogin. Message to Congress, Andrew Jackson. I Have Spoken, Frederick W. Turner III. Address to President Grant, Chief Red Cloud. Farewell Speech, Black Hawk. Land of the Spotted Eagle, Luther Standing Bear. Captivity and Restoration, Mary Rowlandson. Dangers of the Mail, Ruth Rosen. 3. Conflicts on the Way West. The Significance of the Frontier in American History, Frederick Jackson Turner. The American West and the Burden of Belief, Scott Momaday. My Life on the Plains, George Armstrong Custer. Slavery in the Antebellum West, Quintard Taylor. The Treaty of Guadlupe Hidalgo. Black Pioneers, John W. Ravage. The Gathering of Zion, Wallace Stegner. Wife No. 19, A Life in Bondage, Ann Eliza Young. Gendered Justice in the American West, Anne M. Butler. Deadwood Dick, The Prince of the Road, Edward Wheeler. 4. Slavery and the Civil War. First Inaugural Speech,Jefferson Davis. The Gettysburg Address,Abraham Lincoln. Sociology for the South, or the Failure of Free Society (1854),George Fitzhugh. The Anatomy of the Myth,Alan Nolan. The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Sojourner Truth. A Grand Army of Black Men: Letters,Edwin S. Redkey, ed. All the Daring of the Soldier,Elizabeth Leonard. A Soldier's Story,Harper's Weekly. Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,Ambrose Bierce. 5. Conflicts in California: The Missions, the Gold Rush, and Chinese Exclusion. Letter to Juan Andres, Father Junipero Serra. It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own, Richard White. Myth and Myopia, David Gutierrez. Ramona, Helen Hunt Jackson. California and the American Dream, Kevin Starr. Gentle Tamers of the West, Dee Brown. The Luck of Roaring Camp, Bret Harte. Closing the Gate, Andrew Gyory. The Chinese Exclusion Act. The Chinese Question, Thomas Nast. In the Land of the Free, Sui Sin Far. 6. Poverty, Wealth, and the American Dream. Wealth, Andrew Carnegie. The Personal Relation in Industry, John D. Rockefeller. Declarations of Independence, Howard Zinn. The New Colossus, Emma Lazarus. A Bundle of Letters, Isaac Metzker, ed. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Leon Stein. Testimony before the Senate Committee on the Relations between Capital and Labor, Samuel Gompers. Stereotypes of Immigrant Women, Maxine Seller. The Subjection of Women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The Supreme Court Ruling: Minor vs. Happersett (1875). 7. The Depression and the Two World Wars on the Home Front. Woodrow Wilson's War Message (1918). The American People on the Eve of the Great Depression, David Kennedy. Pearl Harbor Address, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Story of the Pacific Coast Japanese Evacuation, Karl Bendetsen. How to Tell Your Friends from the Japs, Time Magazine. Rosie the Riveter Revisited, Gluck. Jaysho, moasi!, Bruce Watson. 8. Civil Rights, Protest, and Foreign Wars. Senator Joseph McCarthy speech at Wheeling West Virginia. "I Have a Dream," Martin Luther King. Men and Women Talking, Gloria Steinem. The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan. American Indian Activism and Transformation: Lessons from Alcatraz, Troy Johnson, et al. Address to the Commonwealth Club, Cesar Chavez. The State Department White Paper. This Incredible War, Paul Potter. Address to the Nation (August, 1990), George Bush, Sr. 9. Conflicts Past and Conflicts Present. A Visit to the Buffalo Bill Museum, Jane Tompkins. Blacklash, Susan Faludi. No Turning Back, Estelle Freedman. "Fences Against Freedom," Leslie Marmon Silko. Fresh off the Boat, Anonymous. A Different Mirror, Ronald Takaki. Black Men and Public Spaces, Brent Staples. "Ashes," Phillipe Lopate. Address to Congress on September 20, 2001, George W. Bush. Susan Sontag, from The New Yorker, Sept. 24, 2001. Political Cartoons about September 11 and the War on Terrorism.
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