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Great American Documents
Volume 1: 1620 - 1830

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  • Volume 1 introduces as the series narrator none other than Uncle Sam, who walks readers through twenty major documents bookended by the Mayflower Compact in 1620 and the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Each document gets its own chapter, in which Uncle Sam explains not only its key passages but its origins, how it came to be written, and its impact. In the chapter “The Maryland Toleration Act” we learn that the document was one of the first blueprints for modern religious tolerance.

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Product Description

  • Author
    Russell Motter  
    Binding
    trade paperback  
    Cat No.
    3071694  
    EAN
    97803745345305200  
    Genre
    Biography  
    ISBN
    9780374534530  
    Publisher
    Hill & Wang  
    Type
    Books  
  • Volume 1 introduces as the series narrator none other than Uncle Sam, who walks readers through twenty major documents bookended by the Mayflower Compact in 1620 and the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Each document gets its own chapter, in which Uncle Sam explains not only its key passages but its origins, how it came to be written, and its impact. In the chapter “The Maryland Toleration Act” we learn that the document was one of the first blueprints for modern religious tolerance.

    “Common Sense” depicts the Boston Tea Party and the British response as the prelude to Paine’s stirring pamphlet. And “The Louisiana Purchase Treaty” closes with Lewis and Clark setting off to map Jefferson’s “empire of liberty.”

    As Ashby shows, the creation of that empire made for immense prosperity but also entailed the extension of slavery and the forcible removal of the Indians. Her balanced and teachable theme is that these twenty documents embodied our early struggles to live up to the principles of liberty and equality. A handy and elegantly concise guide, this masterfully illustrated volume is the perfect book for students of American history, young and old.

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