America and Its Sources: A Guided Journey through Key Documents, 1865-present

  • Softover ISBN: 9781935306696 ($49.95)
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  • © 2019


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America and Its Sources: A Guided Journey through Key Documents, 1865-present is an innovative sourcebook designed for non-majors, ESL students, and other students who struggle with large amounts of reading. Through 14 focused units, the editors guide students from important post-1865 documents to major sources from contemporary America. Each unit includes a brief introduction to the era, unit questions, 5 expertly edited primary sources with overviews and guiding questions, and a unit review. This affordable sourcebook offers students the essential tools they need to examine and analyze primary sources without overwhelming them with lengthy and difficult texts.


About the Editors


Erin L. Conlin (PhD, University of Florida, 2014) is an assistant professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). She specializes in public, oral, and 20th-century U.S. History. She regularly teaches courses in these areas and is actively developing the IUP Oral History Program. Her research examines the evolution of Florida’s modern farm labor system and its heavy reliance on non-citizen workers.

Stephan Schaffrath (PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2004) is developmental instructor in the Department of Developmental Studies at IUP. For most of the last twenty-some years, he has been working with first-year college students to prepare them in literacy education through composition, language, literature, reading, academic acclimation, learning skills, and career exploration courses. With a Certificate in Developmental Education from the Kellogg Institute and a PhD from IUP's Literature and Criticism program, Stephan is an ardent advocate for making even the most complex texts accessible to all students. 


Praise for America and Its Sources


"This sourcebook provides for students an impressive range of documents while at the same time laying a framework for students in the survey course to understand how they fit together within the contours of US History." --Katrina A. Sinclair, Pennsylvania College of Technology

"This book is a useful and engaging way to introduce students to primary sources in history, and to--ultimately--aid our objective to get them to think like historians, introducing them to the historian's tool kit." --Derek Kutzer, San Antonio College

"A really well-conceived source reader: The excerpts are about the right length, the introductory material sets a clear tone for what is to come, and the selections are as timely now as when they were originally written." --William Wantland, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Table of Contents

Each unit features the following:

  • Brief introduction to the era
  • 4-6 expertly edited sources
  • Short document overviews
  • Guiding questions
  • Unit review