by Paul S. BoyerFirst, some information about the content of this book that's not always obvious when one is trying to purchase it online:
1. The editor/author is really James J. Lorence; Paul S. Boyer, et al., are the authors of Enduring Vision, which is a textbook of U.S. history. This book, Enduring Voices, is the companion volume to Enduring Vision that contains primary sources for students to study as they learn about corresponding historical events in Enduring Vision.
2. While Enduring Vision is up to its sixth edition, published in 2008, this is the fourth edition of Enduring Voices and was published in 2000 along with the fourth edition of Enduring Vision. I was assigned the fourth edition of Enduring Voices and the sixth edition of Enduring Vision for my U.S. history class and observed that there is no longer a one-to-one correspondence between chapters in Vision and chapters in Voices, as there seems to have been in the fourth edition of both texts. Also, of course, Enduring Voices ends sooner — its last document is from 1998, while the sixth edition of Enduring Vision covers the 2006 election.
3. The versions of Enduring Vision and Enduring Voices I'm writing about are Volume II; they cover U.S. history after 1865. The chapters are numbered accordingly; Enduring Voices starts with Chapter 16.
4. Here's a list of topics covered by Enduring Voices, volume II, fourth edition: Black and female suffrage after the Civil War — The African-American response to Emancipation — The end of Reconstruction — The Massacre at Sand Creek — Farming life on the Great Plains — Origins of environmental conservation — Effects of industrial change in the workplace — The labor movement in the 1880s — The New South — Effects of urban growth — Urban social reform — The Cult of Domesticity — Growth of the consumer society — Stereotypes of urban immigrants — Civil service reform — American imperialism — The Farmers' Alliance and Populism — Muckraking — Feminism — Progressive environmental conservation — WWI and German Americans — Social effects of WWI — WWI and foreign policy — 1920s business values — Social conflict in the 1920s — Labor unrest in Southern cotton mills — The Ford Hunger March — Assessing the New Deal — The Dust Bowl — Remembering the Great Depression (excerpts from Hard Times) — Images of the dispossessed — Mass media and the Depression — WWII and Hollywood — Social effects of WWII — US-Soviet coalition — The containment doctrine — McCarthyism — The Korean War — Origins of the Civil Rights Movement — Guatemala, 1954 — Escalation in Vietnam — Black Nationalism — United Farm Workers — Antiwar protests — Watergate — Soldiers' views of Vietnam — The Equal Rights Amendment — Iran-Contra — The Gulf War — Health care reform — Conservative revolution of 1994.
Each of these topics has three to nine documents: political cartoons, excerpts from newspaper articles or memoirs, congressional reports, speeches, etc. that were made or written during or shortly after the event in question (except for interviews long afterwards, as with Hard Times). Each section has a short introduction and a set of questions to guide reading, and is followed by citations of the documents' sources.
I learned so much from this book, and have just done so without yet having gone on to read any more deeply on most of its subjects, so I'm not in a position to review its choices of topics or the documents it used to illuminate them. I thought they were great, but then, I wouldn't know if there were better documents the editor could have used, or if any of his choices were strange or misleading.
The one small critique I do feel qualified to make is that I wish the editor had been more thorough in providing context for the documents. The reader can always tell when the document was produced and by whom (unless it was anonymous), and the original publisher is always cited too. But, as a student, I don't always know who the intended market for a particular newspaper was, or exactly how a given author was involved in the events he or she is writing about. Lorence sometimes explains this in the section introduction, but I would have preferred all the documents to have a brief introductory sentence setting up the context.
|eBook format||Paperback, (torrent)|
|Author||Paul S. Boyer|
|Publisher||Houghton Mifflin Company|
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|Book rating||3.95 (8 votes)