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Table of Contents

Unit 1: Reconstruction

Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1865)
Black Code of Mississippi (1865)
Testimony before the Joint Committee on Reconstruction on Atrocities in the South against Blacks (1866)
Civil Rights Act of 1866 (1866)
Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868)
Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1868)
Henry McNeal Turner: Speech on His Expulsion from the Georgia Legislature (1868)
Ku Klux Klan Act (1871)
Richard Harvey Cain: “All That We Ask Is Equal Laws Equal Legislation and Equal Rights” (1874)


Unit 2: Industrialization and the Labor Question

T. Thomas Fortune: “The Present Relations of Labor and Capital” (1886)
Andrew Carnegie: “Wealth” (1889)
Sherman Antitrust Act (1890)
Samuel Gompers: Address to Workers in Louisville Kentucky (1890)
Eugene V. Debs: “Liberty” (1895)
Thorstein Veblen: “Conspicuous Consumption” (1899)


Unit 3: Immigration: Atlantic and Pacific

National Quarantine Act (1878)
Chinese Exclusion Act (1882)
Immigration Act of 1891 (1891)
Dillingham Commission Report (1911)
Anzia Yezierska: “How I Found America” (1920)
Immigration Act of 1924 (1924)


Unit 4: The Growth of Cities and Social Reform

Jacob Riis: How the Other Half Lives (1890)
Jane Addams: “The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements” (1892)
Booker T. Washington: Atlanta Exposition Address (1896)
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Jane Addams: “Why Women Should Vote” (1910)
Eugene V. Debs: “How I Became a Socialist” (1902)
W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
Ida B. Wells: “Booker T. Washington and His Critics” (1904)
Margaret Sanger: “Birth Control and Racial Betterment” (1919)


Unit 5: Westward Expansion and American Empire

Homestead Act (1862)
Dawes Severalty Act (1887)
Wounded Knee Massacre: Statements and Eyewitness Accounts (1891)
Frederick Jackson Turner: “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” (1893)
William McKinley: “Benevolent Assimilation” Proclamation (1898)
Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1904)


Unit 6: Political and Business Reform: Populists and Progressives

Populist Party: Omaha Platform (1892)
William Jennings Bryan: “Cross of Gold” Speech (1896)
Pure Food and Drug Act (1906)
Progressive Party Platform (1912)


Unit 7: The United States and World War I

Robert La Follette: Speech Opposing War with Germany (1917)
Espionage Act (1917)
Emma Goldman: Speech against Conscription and War (1917)
Woodrow Wilson: Address to Congress Leading to a Declaration of War against Germany (1917)
Zimmermann Telegram (1917)
Sedition Act (1918)
Woodrow Wilson: Fourteen Points (1918)
Eugene V. Debs: Antiwar Speech (1918)
Schenck v. United States (1919)
W. E. B. Du Bois: “Returning Soldiers” (1919)


Unit 8: The 1920s: Looking Forward, Looking Backward

Billy Sunday: “Get on the Water Wagon” (1915)
Volstead Act (1919)
Marcus Garvey: “The Principles of the Universal Negro Improvement Association” (1922)
Alain Locke: “Enter the New Negro” (1925)
James Weldon Johnson: “Harlem: The Culture Capital” (1925)
William Jennings Bryan: Speech at the Scopes Trial (1925)
Herbert Hoover: “Rugged Individualism” Campaign Speech (1928)


Unit 9: The Great Depression

Wayne W. Parrish: Letter to Harry Hopkins (1934)
John S. Gambs: “United We Eat” (1934)
Paul Taylor: “Again the Covered Wagon” (1935)
Report of the Great Plains Drought Area Committee (1936)
Aubrey Williams: “The Problem of Unemployment” (1936)


Unit 10: The New Deal

Herbert Hoover: “The Consequences of the Proposed New Deal” (1932)
National Industrial Recovery Act (1933)
Emergency Banking Relief Act (1933)
Franklin D. Roosevelt: First Inaugural Address (1933)
Huey Long: “Share Our Wealth” Address (1935)
National Labor Relations Act (1935)
Social Security Act (1935)
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Campaign Address at Madison Square Garden (1936)
Fair Labor Standards Act (1938)


Unit 11: The United States and World War II

Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Pearl Harbor” Speech (1941)
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Four Freedoms Message to Congress (1941)
Executive Order 9066: Japanese Internment (1942)
Order for Internment of Japanese Americans in San Francisco (1942)
Korematsu v. United States (1944)
GI Bill (1944)
Harry S. Truman: Statement Announcing the Use of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima (1945)


Unit 12: The United States and the Cold War Era

Winston Churchill: Iron Curtain Speech (1946)
George F. Kennan: “Long Telegram” (1946)
Harry S. Truman: Truman Doctrine (1947)
J. Edgar Hoover: Testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee (1947)
George Marshall: Marshall Plan Speech (1947)
Joseph McCarthy: “Enemies from Within” Speech (1950)
Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy (1953)
William H. Whyte: The Organization Man (1956)
Richard M. Nixon: “Kitchen” Debate with Nikita Khrushchev (1959)
Newton N. Minow: Vast Wasteland of Television Speech (1961)
John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address (1961)
John F. Kennedy: Man on the Moon Speech (1961)
John F. Kennedy: Report to the American People on the Soviet Arms Buildup in Cuba (1962)


Unit 13: The Civil Rights Era

Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
Southern Manifesto (1956)
John F. Kennedy: Civil Rights Address (1963)
Martin Luther King Jr.: “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (1963)
Malcolm X: “Message to the Grass Roots” (1963)
Martin Luther King Jr.: “I Have a Dream” Speech (1963)
Betty Friedan: The Feminine Mystique (1963)
Lyndon Baines Johnson: “Great Society” Speech (1964)
Civil Rights Act of 1964 (1964)
Voting Rights Act of 1965 (1965)
Stokely Carmichael: “Black Power” (1966)
National Organization for Women Statement of Purpose (1966)
Black Panther Party: “What We Want What We Believe” (1966)
Kerner Commission Report (1968)
Lucian Truscott IV: “Gay Power Comes To Sheridan Square” (1969)
Gloria Steinem: “Living the Revolution” (1970)
Equal Rights Amendment (1972)


Unit 14: Vietnam and the Counterculture

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Statement of Purpose (1960)
Tom Hayden: “The Port Huron Statement of the Students for a Democratic Society” (1962)
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1964)
Martin Luther King Jr.: “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” (1967)
Richard M. Nixon: “Silent Majority” Speech (1969)
Indians of All Tribes Occupation of Alcatraz: Proclamation (1969)
Abbie Hoffman: Steal This Book (1971)


Unit 15: Conservatism and Reaganism

Beliefs and Principles of the John Birch Society (1962)
Barry Goldwater: Acceptance Speech for the Presidential Nomination of the Republican Party (1964)
Ronald Reagan: "A Time for Choosing" (1964)
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978)
Ronald Reagan: First Inaugural Address (1981)
Billy Graham: “The Coming Storm” (1981)
Ronald Reagan: “Evil Empire” Speech (1983)
Ronald Reagan: Remarks on East-West Relations at the Brandenburg Gate (1987)
Republican Contract with America (1994)


Unit 16: Clinton, Bush, Obama, and the Age of Terror

Gordon Gekko: “Greed Is Good” Speech (1987)
Benjamin R. Barber: “Jihad vs. McWorld” (1992)
Time: “The Computer Moves In” (1993)
Osama bin Laden: Declaration of Jihad against Americans (1996)
George W. Bush: Address to the Nation on September 11 2001 (2001)
Patriot Act (2001)
Robert C. Byrd: “The Emperor Has No Clothes” Speech (2003)