4 Volumes
2,300 Pages
121 Entries
Subject Index
8 Teachers' Guides
Study Questions
500 Full-Text Documents

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Milestone Documents in American History APRIL 2008
Milestone Documents in American History
combines the full-text of iconic primary source documents with riveting, readable analysis by esteemed historians.

Milestone Documents of American Leaders APRIL 2009
American Leaders
offers a unique biographical approach to the study of primary source documents, featuring a significant number of each leaders original texts.

Milestone Documents in World History JANUARY 2010
World History extends the series into world history, from ancient times to today. Key documents from all important world cultures are included.

Milestone Documents of African American Leaders APRIL 2010
African American History offers the full text of the document in question, as well as an in-depth analytical essay.

Milestone Documents of World Religions DECEMBER 2010
World Religions examines the key sacred texts and foundational documents of the world's primary religions, from ancient times to the present.

Milestone Documents of American Leaders

From: The Schlager Group
April 2009 · 4 volumes · 2300 pages · 8.5" x 11"

Includes Online Database with Print Purchase

ISBN: 978-0-9797758-5-7
Print List Price: $395

e-ISBN: 978-1-935306-04-7
eBook Single User Price: $395

Milestone Documents
of American Leaders

The second title in the groundbreaking Milestone Documents series, Milestone Documents of American Leaders offers a unique biographical approach to the study of primary source documents. Plus complimentary online access to the full content of this great reference set is available.

Four volumes, including 2,100 pages
Over 500 full-text documents & analytical essays
Eight teachers' guides
Appendixes, indexes and resource listings

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Unlimited users at your library
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Immediate access via online registration
A simple, intuitive interface
User profile areas for students and patrons
Sophisticated search functions
Complete content, including appendixes
Fully illustrated

Milestone Documents of American Leaders is the highly anticipated follow up to 2008's critically acclaimed Milestone Documents in American History. This new, four-volume set continues the "Milestone Documents" tradition of pairing primary source texts with expert analysis by esteemed historians. Here, the lives of notable Americans are illuminated through an in-depth study of the primary source texts they produced during their lifetimes. From presidents, jurists, and legislators to influential private citizens both past and present, American Leaders features important full-text sources written by the people who shaped the nation-and crucial scholarly analysis to help the documents come alive.

As important, Milestone Documents of American Leaders is offered in print and online database form simultaneously, with the online resource available at no charge to purchasers of the printed volumes. Access supporting unlimited users are fully supported by Salem Press.

Primary Source Documents & Analysis
Conceived and produced by an expert group of teachers, librarians, and historians, Milestone Documents of American Leaders brings a unique biographical approach to the study of primary source documents. Each entry offers a number of full texts from the historical figure in question as well as an in-depth, analytical essay that places the documents in their historical context. With content aligned with the National History Standards and signed essays written by a team of 60 esteemed historians, Milestone Documents of American Leaders offers an unparalleled reference tool for students conducting primary source research.

Among the documents included in the set are Abraham Lincoln: Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, second inaugural address; Sandra Day O’Connor: Bush v. Gore, United States v. Lopez, McConnell v. FEC; Martin Luther King Jr.: “I Have a Dream”, “A Time to Break the Silence” speeches, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail;” Abigail Adams: Letters to John and John Quincy Adams; Ronald Reagan: “A Time for Choosing” speech and “Evil Empire” speech; Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence, Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, first inaugural address.

Organization & Format
Essays are arranged alphabetically by last name of author, and include several sections, including the full text of the primary documents; a summary overview of the person's place in history and their role as a producer of documents; a timeline of key events; a detailed explanation and analysis of the selected primary documents; the impact and legacy of the person's writings on American history; a selection of quotes; an annotated bibliography; and a comprehensive glossary.

Bonus Online Feature
Customers who purchase this set will receive at no extra charge an additional online entry: "Barack Obama", featuring in-depth analysis of the speeches that catapulted Obama to the presidency, including his 2008 speech on race, and his acceptance speech at the 2008 convention and inaugural address.

Each entry in Milestone Documents of American Leaders begins with an overview section that outlines the importance of the historical figure and the selected documents. Subsequent sections include the following:

Overview Provides a summary overview of the person’s output and
describes his/her place in American history and his/her role as a
producer of documents within the context of the time.

Time Line includes key events from the subject’s life and times

Explanation and Analysis of the Documents detailed analysis
the texts of several key primary documents produced by the subject

Impact and Legacy Outlines the impact that the person’s writings had
on his/her times and thus on American history. It also discusses the
legacy of the subject and of the corresponding documents.

Essential Quotes offers a selection of key quotes from the document

Key Sources annotated bibliography of the subject’s key writings
and papers

Questions for Further Study includes study questions for students

Bibliography lists books, articles, and Web sites for further research

Full text of the primary documents

Glossary defines important, difficult, or unusual terms in the document

Full Text of the primary document

Special features include a general subject index 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.

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