Milestone Documents in African American History

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135 Essays
Category Index
Subject Index
Teachers' Guides
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Milestone Documents

Milestone Documents in American HistoryAPRIL 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 LeadersAPRIL 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 HistoryJANUARY 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 LeadersAPRIL 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 ReligionsDECEMBER 2010
World Religions
examines the key sacred texts and foundational documents of the world's primary religions, from ancient times to the present.

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From: The Schlager Group
June 2010 · 4 volumes
2100 pages · 8.5" x 11"

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# of Pages: 2100
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Milestone Documents
in African American History

A groundbreaking approach to primary source documents, with in-depth expert analysis of the court cases, presidential and legislative initiatives, and speeches that tell the story of African American history.

Four volumes, including 2,100 pages
Full-text documents & analytical essays
Teachers' guides & study questions
Appendixes, indexes and resource listings

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The fourth publication in the award-winning, critically acclaimed Milestone Documents series explores the fundamental primary sources in African American history. The four-volume set covers 135 iconic primary documents from the 1600s to the present. Each entry offers the full text of the document in question as well as an in-depth, analytical essay that places the document in its historical context.

With content aligned to the National Standards in U.S. History and signed essays written by a team of 70 esteemed historians, Milestone Documents in African American History offers an unparalleled reference tool for students conducting primary source research. It's particularly useful for high school students in both regular and A.P. history courses, community college students, and American history survey courses for undergraduate college students. In-depth teacher activity guides make the set extremely useful at the classroom level, and every entry includes study questions that assist teachers in engaging students with further research.

Each entry in Milestone Documents in African American History begins with an overview section that outlines the importance of the document. Subsequent sections include the following:

Context places the document in its historical context.

Time Line includes key events surrounding the writing of the document

About the Author discusses the authorship of the document, including
        a brief biographical profile of the author, if known

Explanation and Analysis of the Documents consists of a detailed
        examination of the document text

Audience discusses the intended audience of the document's author

Impact Outlines the historical impact of the document

Essential Quotes offers a selection of key quotes from the document 

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

Among the documents included in the set are important legislative documents such as the Reconstruction era amendments; critical Supreme Court decisions from Dred Scott v. Sandford to Plessy v. Ferguson to Brown v. Board of Education; and iconic speeches and writings by leaders such as Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King Jr., Shirley Chisholm, and Barack Obama. Key congressional reports, executive orders, and letters help round out our coverage, providing an invaluable collection of primary documents that is paired with extensive original commentary that helps students understand the documents.

Other features include a general subject index, an index by category, and hundreds of photographs and other images. The editor in chief for the set is Dr. Paul Finkelman, the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School. In addition to serving as executive editor for the Milestone Documents series, Dr. Finkelman has previously edited landmark reference sets on African American history, including Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-present (Oxford, 2009); Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 (Oxford, 2006);Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (Routledge, 2004); and Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery (Macmillan, 1998).

The volumes are organized chronologically. Within each volume, entries are likewise arranged chronologically.