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August 2016 · 1 volume · 400 pages · 8"x10"
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Defining Documents in American History:
The 1900s (1900-1909)
This new addition to the Defining Documents series profiles the first decade of the 20th century in America through careful, close analysis of historic documents from the era. Over thirty primary source documents are studied, delivering a thorough examination of this crucial period in American history.
Defining Documents in American History: The 1900s explores the years from 1900 to 1909, offering in-depth critical and analytical essays of various documents created in the years immediately preceding World War I. 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 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.
Defining Documents in American History: The 1900s provides detailed insight into a large variety of topics, including:
The McKinley Assassination
Theodore Roosevelt and the "Roosevelt Corollary"
Establishment of the Food & Drug Administration
The Panama Canal Zone Acquisition
Creation of the U.S. Department of Commerce & Labor
The San Francisco Earthquake
Admiral Peary's Successful Journey to the North Pole
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.
Readers will appreciate the diversity of the collected text, including journal entries from James Audubon, pamphlets from political leaders such as Eugene V. Debs and Vladimir Lenin, speeches from activists such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington, religious and philosophical tracts from Rudolf Steiner and Rufus Jones, laws such as the American Antiquities Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act, editorials from writers such as Samuel Gompers, trial notes relating to decisions that pertained to labor laws and sex discrimination, and a turn-of-the-century photograph by Edward Curtis, 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 and class position, point of view, and other relevant issues. In addition, essays are organized by section themes, highlighting major issues of the period, many of which extend across eras and continue to shape life as we know it around the world.