Defining Documents in American History: The 1910s (1910-1919)

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40 Primary Source Documents
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October 2016 · 1 volume · 400 pages · 8"x10"

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Defining Documents in American History:
The 1910s (1910-1919)
From 1910 to 1919, the United States saw its status as a world superpower escalate-a status confirmed by the end of World War I in 1918. This new addition to the Defining Documents series profiles these formative years in modern American history, providing careful, close analysis of over forty important documents from the era.

Defining Documents in American History: The 1910s explores the second decade of the 20th century in America, offering in-depth critical and analytical essays of various documents created during this time. Articles begin by introducing readers 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, written by professional writers and historians, guides the readers in understanding the key elements of language, rhetoric, and social and political meaning that define the significance of the author and document in the context of the time.

This period in American History was a tumultuous one with such important figures as Woodrow Wilson, Margaret Sanger, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jane Addams, and Billy Sunday. Pivotal Supreme Court decisions like Schenk vs. United States, Guinn vs. United States, and Hammer vs. Dagenhart are also analyzed. The most important and memorable event of the decade, World War I, is analyzed closely, including President Woodrow Wilson's address to Congress declaring war against Germany. Domestically, the Prohibition movement and general push for woman's rights are also examined.

This brand-new title is organized under six broad categories, including:

Domestic Developments
The War Front
International Affairs
Labor and Immigration
Women's Rights
African American Affairs

The 1910s contains 38 primary source documents - many in their entirety. Each document is supported by a critical essay, written by historians and teachers, that includes a Summary Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Document Analysis, and Essential Themes. Readers will appreciate the diversity of the collected text, including treaties, letters, speeches, political and religious sermons, laws, pamphlets, diplomatic communications, government reports, and trial notes, among other genres. An important feature of each essay is a close reading of the primary source that develops evidence of broader themes, such as the author's rhetorical purpose, social or class position, point of view, and other relevant issues. In addition, essays are organized by section themes, listed above, highlighting major issues of the period, many of which extend across eras and continue to shape life as we know it around the world. 

This collection will introduce students and educators to a diverse range of genres, including journals, letters, speeches, government legislation, and court opinions. Documents represent the diversity of ideas and contexts that define social, political and cultural subjects throughout American history. An historical timeline and a bibliography of related supplemental reading are also included.