The emergence of modern America (1874-1917) /

Provides an in-depth analysis of sixty primary source documents, introducing the document's historical context, followed by a description of the author's life and circumstances in which the document was written.

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Other Authors: Shally-Jensen, Michael, (Editor)
Format: Book
Published:Ipswich, Massachusetts : Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Information Services ; Amenia, NY : Grey House Publishing, [2014]
Edition:[First edition].
Series:Defining documents in American history (Salem Press)
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Table of Contents:
  • The end of the frontier and the start of a new era : "The rush to Oklahoma" ; "The significance of the frontier in American history"
  • Labor pains : "Account of the Haymarket Riot" ; Eugene Debs: "What can we do for working people?" ; Frick's fracas: Henry Frick makes his case ; The Homestead Strike: a congressional view ; Senator Sherman on the Pullman strike ; Coal strike hearings: the miners testify ; "Echoes from the recent Pennsylvania coal strike"
  • The lives of workers : From How the other half lives ; An immigrant garment worker's "days and dreams" ; Jane Addams: "Child labor and other dangers of childhood" ; From The jungle ; Child labor in the New York City tenements ; Fire hazards in New York City factories
  • Capital concerns : Wall Street owns the country ; Populist party platform, 1892 ; President Grover Cleveland on repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act ; "Political causes of the business depression" ; Andrew Carnegie: "The gospel of wealth"
  • Conflicts farther afield : Queen Liliuokalani to President Benjamin Harrison ; Report on the Battle of Santiago ; Platform of the American Anti-Imperialist League ; "Subjugation on the Philippines Iniquitous" ; The war prayer ; US-Mexico tensions
  • Minorities and mistreatments : Chinese Exclusion Act ; Address of the Lake Mohonk Conference on Indian Affairs ; Plessy v. Ferguson ; W.E.B. Du Bois: "Strivings of the Negro people" ; W.E.B. Du Bois: "The study of the Negro problems" ; A Mississippi governor opposes black education ; "What it means to be colored in the capital of the U.S.A." ; A skeptical view of Mexican immigrants in the United States ; W.E.B. Du Bois: "Socialism and the Negro problem"
  • Women, suffrage, and society : Petition to US Congress for women's suffrage ; Frances Willard: Address to the National Council of Women ; From Youth's Educator for Home and Society ; On American motherhood ; "Women's suffrage in a democratic republic" ; Petition from the Women Voters Anti-Suffrage Party
  • Reformers and remedies : "The absurd effort to make the world over" ; Frances Willard on Christian social responsibility ; Jane Addams on settlement houses ; John Dewey on social organization and the individual ; President Theodore Roosevelt on the conservation of natural resources ; Declaration of the conservation conference ; An argument for prohibition
  • A technological breakthrough : The Wright brothers' first powered flight.