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The Antebellum era : primary documents on events from 1820 to 1860
Copeland, David A., 1951-
Publication Information:
Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, [2003]

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xiii, 423 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Author Notes

DAVID A. COPELAND is the A. J. Fletcher Professor of Communication at Elon University. He is the author Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers (Greenwood, 2000), Colonial Newspapers: Character and Content (1997), and Benjamin Keach and the Development of Baptist Traditions in Seventeenth-Century England (2001). A past president of the American Journalism Historians Association, he was named Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Virginia Professor of the Year in 1998.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-These collections feature excerpts from contemporary newspapers-opinion pieces, essays, letters, interviews, and poems-in addition to straightforward reporting. Each covers 26 to 30 key events and issues, with 4 to 12 excerpts for each presented in a pro/con format. Each chapter begins with an overview of the issue/event and brief summary of the documents, and concludes with discussion questions. A few black-and-white illustrations are included. Unfortunately, there are no maps or descriptive lists of persons and incidents mentioned. The absence of glossaries or annotations is a crucial omission. While a few difficult and/or unusual terms, archaic spellings, foreign phrases, and numerous allusions are defined, the vast majority are not and will stymie readers, e.g., phrenzy; "So mote it be!"; Volumnia; "a tournament with windmills"; Sylla; "the pas qui conte"; "-ye fustian declaimers for liberty!" Not all the chapters are balanced. Finally, there is little attempt to identify misinformation in the excerpts. Although no other titles use only newspapers, a few focus on primary documents. Brenda Stalcup's Reconstruction (Greenhaven, 1995) uses a similar format and is thoughtful and readable, with pertinent documents, discussion questions, a chronology, an annotated bibliography, and political cartoons. David F. Burg's The American Revolution (2001) and Joe H. Kirchberger's The Civil War and Reconstruction (1990, both Facts On File) contain historical data, detailed chronologies, and short "eyewitness testimony" arranged chronologically, as well as maps and biographies. Any of these books will be more useful to students than these series titles.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Newspapers and Antebellum America
The Missouri Compromise
The Back-to-Africa Movement
The Monroe Doctrine
The Elections of 1824 and 1828
The Massachusetts Public School Act, 1827
The South Carolina Tariff Conflict, 1828
The Indian Removal Act, 1830William Lloyd
Garrison and the Abolitionist Movement, 1831
Nat Turner and Slave Rebellions, 1831
The Nullification Act, 1832
The Battle of the Bank of the United States, 1832
The Penny Press and the Moral War, 1833
The Alamo and Texas Annexation, 1836
The Trail of Tears, 1838
The Amistad and Cinque, 1839
The Dorr Rebellion, 1842
Joseph Smith and the Mormons, 1844
Manifest Destiny, 1845
The Mexican War, 1846
The Wilmot Proviso, 1846
Seneca Falls and Women's Rights
1848 The California Gold Rush, 1848
The Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act, 1850
Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852
The Kansas-Nebraska Act, 1854
The Caning of Charles Sumner, 1856
The Dred Scott Decision, 1857
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, 1858
John Brown's Raid, 1859
Chronology of Events
Selected Bibliography