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American Controversies
This series deals with major controversies in American history. The events depicted in this series were either controversial at the time or have sparked modern historiographical controversies. Designed for American history survey classes as well as upper-level undergraduate electives, these modestly sized volumes--approximately one hundred and fifty pages each--will sell for an equally modest price. Apart from the theme, what sets this series apart from similarly sized books? Unlike some others, which are nearly ninety percent documents and but ten percent introduction, this series will begin with a seventy-five page essay that explains the topic, discusses the relevant historiography, and summarizes the various points of view, contemporaneous as well as modern. The other half of the volume is devoted to documents, each annotated and preceded by a brief introduction. The volumes in this series are designed to be broad enough, and to cover enough historical ground (such as the decade prior to the Civil War) so that they may be used and discussed in a typical class over the course of an entire week. Since the lengthy introduction functions as a brief monograph, yet covers the historiography of the topic, these volumes may be used in place of longer monographs. And by laying out and contextualizing the documents used by the authors to write the volumes, this series pulls back the curtain on the process of writing history, even as the companion documents allows important American actors to speak in their own voices. Students love debate. They love contention, which they see all about them in modern society. Yet too many monographs or biographies erase the controversies that existed in earlier decades. Slavery or institutionalized sexism, for example, strike modern students as being so clearly wrong that they cannot understand why rational Americans endorsed slavery or thought it foolish to enfranchise women. How could politicians as brilliant as Thomas Jefferson believed that forced assimilation was the best policy for Native Americans? Why did the Monroe Doctrine make leaders of the emerging South American republics nervous? By explaining both sides in these debates, and by providing documents that see each issue from different angles, the American Controversies Series will bring history alive--and enliven history classrooms.

Editor(s): Douglas R. Egerton