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Portrait of America is an anthology of essays written by some of America's most eminent historians. Suitable for U.S. history survey courses, the collection has a loose biographical focus. The essays in this secondary source reader humanize American history by portraying it as a story of real people with whom students can identify.Each selection is preceded by an introduction that sets the context and a helpful glossary that identifies important individuals, events, and concepts. The Eighth Edition includes an essay in which six major historians reflect on the historical significance of September 11, 2001.

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Genre: History
Author: Stephen B. Oates
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Release: 1987
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 0395369347

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This is the first of two volumes which take a biographical approach to portray American history as the story of real people who actually lived, struggled, enjoyed triumphs and suffered failures. The articles in each chapter provide different perspectives on a period or historical question, and each selection has been chosen for its literary merit, its importance to historical scholarship, and its potential for exciting students' interest.

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Genre: United States
Author: Stephen B. Oates
Publisher:
Release: 1994
File: 416 Pages
ISBN-13: 0395708877

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Until recently a "womanless" American history was the norm. But without a history of women we neglect gender dynamics, sex roles, and family relations--the very fundamentals of human interaction. Here 24 short essays locate the histories of women--from Pocahontas to Betty Friedan--and men together by period and provide a sense of their continuities through the whole gallery of the American past. 26 photos.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: G. J. Barker-Benfield
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release: 1998
File: 603 Pages
ISBN-13: 0195120485

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Genre: History
Author: Stephen B. Oates
Publisher:
Release: 2002-08-01
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 0618302530

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How well do we know our country? Whom do we include when we use the word "American"? These are not just contemporary issues but recurring questions Americans have asked themselves throughout their history--and questions that were addressed when, in 1935, the Roosevelt administration created the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. Although the immediate context of the FWP was work relief, national FWP officials developed programs that spoke to much larger and longer-standing debates over the nature of American identity and culture and the very definition of who was an American. Hirsch reviews the founding of the FWP and the significance of its American Guide series, considering the choices made by administrators who wanted to celebrate diversity as a positive aspect of American cultural identity. In his exploration of the FWP's other writings, Hirsch discusses the project's pioneering use of oral history in interviews with ordinary southerners, ex-slaves, ethnic minorities, and industrial workers. He also examines congressional critics of the FWP vision; the occasional opposition of local Federal Writers, especially in the South; and how the FWP's vision changed in response to the challenge of World War II. In the course of this study, Hirsch raises thought-provoking questions about the relationships between diversity and unity, government and culture, and, ultimately, culture and democracy.

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Genre: History
Author: Jerrold Hirsch
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Release: 2004-07-21
File: 312 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780807861660

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Forty-nine articles from The Nation, published between 1922 and 1925, include selections by H. L. Mencken, Willa Cather, W.E.B. Du Bois, and many others, covering topics as varied as the Ku Klux Klan and the gender ratio in Wyoming.

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Genre: History
Author: Daniel H. Borus
Publisher:
Release: 1992
File: 418 Pages
ISBN-13: 0801427479

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Genre: United States
Author: Stephen B. Oates
Publisher:
Release: 1978
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015051441510

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Genre: United States
Author:
Publisher:
Release: 1995
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 0395717280

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Collects approximately three-fourths of Henry Sienkiewicz's reports from America.

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Genre: United States
Author: Henryk Sienkiewicz
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press
Release: 1959
File: 300 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015066416622

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Portrait of America is an anthology of essays written by some of America's most eminent historians. Suitable for U.S. history survey courses, the collection maintains a loose biographical focus. The essays in this secondary-source reader humanize American history by portraying it as a story of real people with whom students can easily identify. More than 20 percent of the essays in the Ninth Edition are new. Each selection is preceded by an introduction for context, and a helpful glossary identifies important individuals, events, and concepts. Study questions follow each selection, prompting students to make comparisons between the readings.

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Genre: History
Author: Michael D. Oates
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
Release: 2006-08
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 0618642978

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