Counterpoints: Paired Sources from U.S. History, 1877-present

  • Softcover ISBN: 9781935306719 ($39.95)
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781935306467 ($19.95 rental / $29.95 purchase)
  • © 2019


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This innovative book brings paired documents on twelve subjects together to showcase different perspectives on the same historical topic. In so doing, it helps students grapple with the complicated nature of history, how it is made, and how historians interpret the past. The carefully selected primary documents in Counterpoints promote student analysis and a deeper understanding of historical events. As editor Jonathan Rees says in the Introduction, “Introducing primary sources and explaining their exact relationship to historical events is one way to raise the issues associated with doing history rather than just learning what happened.”

Each of the twelve units contains a unit overview to provide students with context, followed by two documents. Each document contains a document overview for further context. The document pair is then followed by discussion questions that challenge students to reflect on the topic and think critically about the different perspectives on it.

This book is suitable for the high school and college courses in modern U.S. History, including the U.S. History II survey course.


About the Editor


Jonathan Rees is Professor of History at Colorado State University—Pueblo. His books include Refrigeration Nation, Before the Refrigerator, and Industrialization and the Transformation of American Life.


Praise for Counterpoints: Paired Sources from U.S. History, 1877-present:


“This is an excellent sourcebook for American History courses, especially survey courses with a broad array of primary documents. It will supplement a textbook, or in some cases faculty might elect to use it to supplement class without a textbook.” --Leslie Steven Leighton, Georgia State University


“This sourcebook is simple, straightforward, and easy to navigate. It is a valuable resource for U.S. History teachers looking to add undergraduate-level primary source readings to their courses.” --Lindsey Maxwell, Florida International University

Table of Contents

This book includes twelve units, each consisting of the following:

  • Unit Introduction
  • 2 primary sources covering different perspectives on the topic
  • Brief overviews for each source
  • Unit Questions