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Edited by: Michael Shally-Jensen, Ph D.
January 2017 · 4 volumes
2,500 pages · 8.5" x 11"
of American Leaders
Completely updated for 2016, this new edition of Milestone Documents of American Leaders offers a unique biographical approach to the study of primary source documents in American History.
THE PRINTED REFERENCE
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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This new four volume set pairs primary source texts with expert analysis by esteemed historians. Here, the lives of notable Americans are illuminated through an in-depth study of primary source texts they produced during their lifetimes. From presidents, jurists, and legislators to influential private citizens both past and present, Milestone Documents of 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.
This new update features influential documents written in the last 10 years including President Barack Obama's Election Night Speech in 2008, Newtown, Connecticut speech in 2012 and the State of the Union Address in 2014, plus, Chief Justice John G. Robert's Citizen's United Case of 2010, the Affordable Care Act case of 2012 and Same-sex Marriage case of 2015. In addition to the new documents added to this new edition, all existing analyses have been reviewed and updated. The documents in this set cover the entire span of American history and include the most notable documents and addresses by Abraham Lincoln, Sandra Day O'Connor, Martin Luther King Jr., Abigail Adams, Ronald Reagan, and Thomas Jefferson, to name a few.
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.
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
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.