Defining Documents in American History
American Citizenship &
The American Economy
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Defining Documents in American History:
American Citizenship
This two-volume set examines how today's U.S. citizen was first imagined, how citizenship was established and codified, and how it has been refined over time. Essays also consider barriers to full citizenship, including voting rights, civil rights, prisoner's rights, immigration quotas, and the process of becoming a naturalized citizen. Slavery is also discussed, as slaves were not considered citizens at all and in fact only counted as three-fifths of a person.

Constitutional amendments, civil rights legislation, and a parade of court cases both advanced and prevented individuals from achieving citizenship. White women were considered citizens from the nation's earliest days, but they could not vote, hold office, or serve on juries until the determined efforts of suffragists began the process of making all women full citizens with all of its attendant rights, including the right to vote. Native Americans were not officially U.S. citizens until the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924.
Readers will gain an in-depth understanding of American citizenship. The documents analyzed in this set include:

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The United States Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Compromise of 1850
  • The Fifteenth, Nineteenth, Twenty-fourth, and Twenty-fifth Amendments 
  • David Walker's Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World
  • Susan B. Anthony's "Is It a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?" 
  • Voting Rights Act of 1975

Each in-depth chapter provides a thorough commentary and analysis of each primary source document, often reprinted in its entirety. Commentary includes a Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis, and discussion of Essential Themes. Many of these chapters are bolstered through the inclusion of Supplemental Historical Documents, which broaden the scope of the book and offer additional context. 
Pub. Date: February 2021 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-760-9 | List Price: $295
Defining Documents in American History:
The American Economy
From the American Revolution to the present day, our financial institutions and financial practices remain among the strongest influences on our American history and values. The primary documents in this set reveal the history and historical significance of the political and social currents that have affected America’s economy and have had an impact on the fortunes of individuals, businesses and corporations, banks and lending institutions, the stock market, and the federal government.

Some of the documents considered in this two-volume set cover:
  • the Panic of 1819
  • the Financial Panic of 1837
  • the Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression
  • Black Monday (1987) 
  • the Dot-Com Crash (2001)
  • the Great Recession (2008)
  • and the Coronavirus Pandemic (2020)

Each in-depth chapter provides a thorough commentary and analysis of every primary source document, often reprinted in its entirety. Commentary includes a Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis, and discussion of Essential Themes. Many of these chapters are bolstered through the inclusion of Supplemental Historical Documents, which broaden the scope of the book and offer additional context.
Pub. Date: December 2020 | ISBN: 978-1-64265-756-2 | List Price: $295
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