Defining Documents in American History: The American West (1836-1900)

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1 Volumes
400 Pages
40 Essays
25 Photos
Time Line
Subject Index
Chronology
Complete List of Contents
General Bibliography
List of Web Resources

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Defining Documents

The following titles make up the entire Defining Documents series:

Exploration and Colonial America (1492-1755)

The American Revolution (1754-1805)

Manifest Destiny & the New Nation (1803-1859)
The American West (1836-1900)
Civil War  (1860-1896)
Reconstruction & Development of the Industrial United States  (1865-1880)
The Emergence of Modern America (1868-1918)
World War I (1914-1920)
The 20s (1920-1929)
The 30s (1930-1939)
World War II (1936-1946)
Post-War 1940s (1945-1949)

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December 2014 · 1 volume · 400 pages

ISBN: 978-1-61925-533-3
# of Pages: 400
# of Volumes: 1
Print List Price: $175
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Defining Documents in American History:
The American West, 1836-1900
Provides readers with a new, interesting way to study the impact of the American West on American history. Through in-depth analysis of important primary documents from 1836-1900, readers will gain new insight into the causes, issues and lasting effects of this pivotal time in American history.

Defining Documents in American History: The American West offers a broad range of historical documents on important figures and topics in American West research. Written by historians and experts in the field, this resource examines a wide array of primary source documents with an in-depth critical analysis. Articles begin by introducing the reader to the document’s historical context, followed by a description of the author’s life and circumstances in which the document was written. A document analysis guides readers in understanding key elements of language, rhetoric, and social and political meaning that define the significance of the author and the document in American history.

Defining Documents in American History: The American West provides detailed analysis of the following topics:


On Texas Independence
Across the Plains in 1844 
The Discovery of Gold in California 
Trouble on the Paiute Reservation
The Alaska Purchase
The Transcontinental Railroad
Frontier Justice
Walt Whitman on “The Spanish Element in Our Nationality” 
The Ghost Dance Among the Lakota
The Massacre at Wounded Knee
Mormon Disavowal of Plural Marriage & 
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show 

From speeches to journal entries, government documents and newspaper articles, students and researchers will gain new insights into America’s westward expansion, through the thoughts and letters of the brave Americans who ventured out to seek their fortunes and reshape our nation.