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For The Record: A Documentary History, From First Contact Through Reconstruction, Volume 1, 7th Edition

  • David E. Shi
  • ISBN-10: 0393673790
  • ISBN-13: 9780393673791
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

For the Record features 264 primary-source selections—both textual and visual—drawn from a broad range of government documents, newspapers, speeches, letters, and novels. In the Seventh Edition, timely new selections on immigration allow students to better understand the issues of today. For The Record remains an incredible value as a stand-alone and is also the perfect companion reader for the America family of books by co-editor David E. Shi.


  • 264 TEACHABLE PRIMARY SOURCES TO DEVELOP HISTORY SKILLS An unrivalled array: 264 classic and contemporary primary-source documents and images, ranging from one to seven pages in length. Editors Shi and Mayer’s carefully crafted pedagogy helps students navigate and interpret the selections. Guided analysis of both documents and images develop students’ history skills.

  • AN UNBEATABLE VALUE This reader can stand on its own, with clear chronological chapters that would work for any survey structure. As a stand-alone, it sells for much less than most of its competitors. But its best value is as a companion to any version of the America family—Full, Brief, or Essential Learning Edition. You can package it for only $10 (net) additional.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Collision of Cultures
BARTOLOMÉ DE LAS CASAS from In Defense of the Indians (1550)
JUAN DE OÑATE from Letter from New Mexico (1599)
JOHN SMITH from The Proceedings of the English Colonie in Virginia
PAUL LE JEUNE AND JEROME LALEMANT from The Jesuit Relations (1640)

Chapter 2: England's Colonies
RICHARD FRETHORNE from An Indentured Servant’s Letter Home (1623)
NATHANIEL BACON from Bacon’s Manifesto (1676)
JOHN WINTHROP from General Observations and Model of Christian Charity (1629–30)
The Massachusetts Bay Colony Case against Anne Hutchinson (1637)
WILLIAM PENN from Articles of Agreement with the Susquehanna Indians (1701)
BOARD OF TRADE Report on Charter and Proprietary Colonies (1701)

Chapter 3: Colonial Ways of Life
MARY ROWLANDSON from A Captivity Narrative (1676)
COTTON MATHER from Accounts of the Salem Witchcraft Trials (1693)
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN from Articles of Belief (1728)
JONATHAN EDWARDS from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741)
ELIZA LUCAS PINCKNEY from Letters from South Carolina (1740–42,1760–61)
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN from Way to Health (1757)
PETER FONTAINE Slavery in Virginia (1757)
NEWSPAPERS from Ads for Runaway Servants and Slaves (1733–72)

Chapter 4: From Colonies to States
JOHN LOCKE from The Second Treatise of Civil Government (1689)
ATIWANETO from Conditions for Peace (1752)
THE ALBANY CONGRESS from The Albany Plan of Union (1754)
STAMP ACT CONGRESS from Declaration of Rights and Grievances of the Colonies (1765)
JOHN DICKINSON from Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (1767)
SAMUEL ADAMS to the Boston Gazette
THOMAS PAINE from Common Sense (1776)
THOMAS JEFFERSON from Draft of the Declaration of Independence (1776)

Chapter 5: The American Revolution
THOMAS PAINE from The American Crisis
ELIZABETH DRINKER from Life in Occupied Philadelphia (1777–78)
BENEDICT ARNOLD A Proclamation (1780)
Petition to the Assembly of Pennsylvania against the Slave Trade (1780)
Massachusetts Bill of Rights (1780)
Virginia Statue of Religious Liberty (1786)
Articles of Confederation (1781)
ABIGAIL AND JOHN ADAMS from Family Letters on Revolutionary Matters (1776–1783)

Chapter 6: Strengthening the New Nation
GEORGE WASHINGTON from About Shays's Rebellion (1786)
CONTINENTAL CONGRESS Northwest Ordinance (1787)
CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION from Debates on Slavery (1787)
The Constitution (1787)
PATRICK HENRY & GEORGE MASON from Arguments against Ratification (1788)
JAMES MADISON from The Federalist Papers, No. 45 (1788)
THOMAS JEFFERSON from Notes on the State of Virginia (1785)
GEORGE WASHINGTON from Farewell Address (1796)
Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)

Chapter 7: The Early Republic
THOMAS JEFFERSON from First Inaugural Address (1801)
Marbury v. Madison (1803)
Reflections on the Cession of Louisiana to the United States (1803)
MERIWETHER LEWIS AND WILLIAM CLARK from Journals of Exploration (1804–5)
JAMES DURAND from The Free and Impressed Sailor (1812)
THE SUPPORTER, “Anecdotes of the Battle on Lake Erie” (1814)

Chapter 8: Emergence of a Market Economy
HEZEKIAH NILES Great National Interests (1826)
WILLIAM SCHAULER from The Factory System of Yankeedoodledum (1845)
ANNA MARIA KLINGER from Letters Home to Germany (1849)
JOHN FRANCIS MAGUIRE from The Irish in America (1867)
SAMUEL F.B. MORSE from Imminent Dangers to the Free Institutions of the United States (1835)

Chapter 9: Nationalism and Sectionalism
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS from Reflections on the Missouri Question (1820)
THOMAS JEFFERSON to John Holmes (1820)
DAVID WALKER from Appeal to the Colored citizens of the World (1829)
DAVID WALKER from McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
The Monroe Doctrine (1823)
HENRY CLAY from On the Election, the Court, and Improvements (1823)

Chapter 10: The Jacksonian Era
South Carolina's Ordinance of Nullification (1832)
ANDREW JACKSON from The President's Nullification Proclamation (1832)
ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE from Parties in the United States (1835)
FRANCES TROLLOPE from Domestic Manners of the Americans (1830)
JOHN ROSS from The Chief’s Annual Message (1831)
Worcester v. Georgia (1832)

Chapter 11: The South, Slavery, and King Cotton
FREDERICK DOUGLASS from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845)
HARRIET A. JACOBS from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)
LYDIA MARIA CHILD from Propositions Defining Slavery and Emancipation (1833)
WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON from The Declaration of Sentiments of the American Anti-Slavery Society (1833)
H. MANLY, PUBLISHER from The South Vindicated from the Treason and Fanaticism of the Northern Abolitionists (1836)
LYDIA MARIA CHILD from Prejudices against People of Color (1836)
American Bison
Fort Benton
Across the Continent

Chapter 12: Religion, Romanticism, and Reform
CHARLES GRANDISON FINNEY from Lectures on Revivals of Religion (1835)
HENRY DAVID THOREAU from Walden (1854)
MARGARET FULLER from Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845)
Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848)
SOJOURNER TRUTH from Address to the Women's Rights Convention, Akron, Ohio (1851)
BOSTON INVESTIGATOR, “The Bible in the Common Schools” (1854)

Chapter 13: Western Expansion
Home Missionary Society (1840)
CATHERINE HAUN from A Pioneer Woman's Westward Journey (1849)
JAMES K. POLK from The Presidents War Message to Congress. 11 May 1846
HENRY CLAY from Speech about the Mexican War (1847)
BOSTON DAILY ATLAS, “The El Dorado Discovered, &c.” (1848)

Chapter 14: The Gathering Storm
RALPH WALDO EMERSON from The Fugitive Slave Law (1854)
The Democratic Platform (1856)
The Republican Platform (1856)
Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857)
HINTON ROWAN HELPER from The Impending Crisis of the South (1857)
South Carolina's Ordinance of Secession and Declaration of Independence (1860)
JEFFERSON DAVIS from Speech upon Leaving the Senate (January 1861)

Chapter 15: The War of the Union
FREDERICK DOUGLASS from The Reasons for Our Troubles (1862)
ELISHA HUNT RHODES from The Diary of a Union Soldier (1862)
JULIUS ROBERT VOIGT from Letters of a German Confederate (1862–63)
MARY ABIGAIL DODGE from Courage! (1862)
ABRAHAM LINCOLN from The Gettysburg Address (1863)
MATTHEW BRADY Yorktown Fortifications (1862)
MATTHEW BRADY Antietam/Sharpsburg (1862)
MATTHEW BRADY Fredericksburg (1862–63)
MATTHEW BRADY Gettysburg (1863)
MATTHEW BRADY Freedman’s Camp (1865)

Chapter 16: Reconstruction: North and South
JOURDAN ANDERSON, “Letter to My Old Master” (1865)
NEW YORK TIMES from The Late Convention of Colored Men (1865)
BENJAMIN C. TRUMAN Black Codes of Mississippi (1865)
JOURDAN ANDERSON Organization and Principles of the Ku Klux Klan (1868)
LEE GUIDON Klan Terrorism in South Carolina (1871)
SOJOURNER TRUTH, Address to the First Annual Meeting of the American Equal Rights
Association, New York Times, 10 May 1867
DAILY CLEVELAND HERALD, “Women, War, and Negroes” (1869)

New to this edition

  • NEW COVERAGE OF IMMIGRATION HELPS STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES OF TODAY Selections include 37 new documents and 2 new images highlighting the role of immigration in American history. These enhance the timeliness of the readings and empower students with historical context to understand today’s issues.