In the second half of the 19th century, America transformed itself into an industrial power, ready to assume a dominant position on the world scene in the 20th century. The development of industrialization and the consumer society brought about opportunities for many Americans as part of an ever-growing middle class, but also resulted in environmental and social degradation that we continue to deal with at the present time.
Primary Sources provides excerpts and explications of seminal sources, including legislative acts, accounts of daily life from regular citizens, political cartoons and more. The set includes a separately published comprehensive index.
"Students will find 18 full or excerpted speeches and other documents. including the full text of Eli Whitney?s Cotton Gin Petition and an excerpt from John D. Rockefeller?s Random Reminiscences of Men and Events. Margins and sidebars offer definitions and additional information. Each chapter ends with 'What happened next' and 'Did you know' sections that provides additional facts. 'Consider the following' provides students with research and activities to take them beyond the primary source or the topic. A short list of books and Web sites offers suggestions for additional reading."
--Blanche Woolls, April 2006
Price: US $87.00