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Primary Source American History

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  • Subjects: Social Studies

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Primary Source American History is a primary source reader and teacher toolbox, with 962 pages full of assignments to help students learn about America's unique heritage of liberty. The documents f...
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Primary Source American History is a primary source reader and teacher toolbox, with 962 pages full of assignments to help students learn about America's unique heritage of liberty. The documents focus upon the period 1765-2017.

When I was first put in a classroom 10 years ago, I was dismayed to find that the narrative textbook used by the previous teacher read as if it had been written by Karl Marx. But I was given freedom to choose a new text, and came up with my own series of primary source readings that don't whitewash all positive references to religion from class. The result is this book.

Now my students can read history from the perspective of the history makers themselves, and not from biased point-of-view of the pooh-bahs of the leftist educational textbook cartel. Yes, my students still read segments of Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto," but as a warning rather than as a prescription. And they also read Jefferson, Madison, William "Bourke" Cockran, Ron Paul and free market economists like Adam Smith, Frederick Bastiat and Murray Rothbard.

In the 21st century, when so much information is available at our fingertips, there's really no reason or excuse to "drink downstream" and use secondary source narrative textbooks as the primary learning vehicle for U.S. History instruction.

The main idea behind this book is to create a large number of primary source readings – 92 in total – that can be assigned to U.S. History students in high school or as part of a university core survey course on U.S. History.

This workbook contains a variety of teacher resources, including: 92 primary source reading assignments, eight research and documentation projects (six papers, a PowerPoint presentation and a video), 22 unit vocabulary lists, 28 review worksheets, three mock trials (two criminal and one civil) and two mock congresses (with speech/paper). 

All of the assignments are in print-ready format. Because it is a digital text in MS Word DOC format, they are adaptable to your classroom or home-school preferences. Moreover, it's easy for the teacher purchasing this to post the first 740-odd pages on a school password-protected school intranet or GoogleClassroom to use as a textbook supplement. (You may want to withhold the Mock Trials and Mock Congress for the appropriate time.) 

All of the primary source readings have a series of questions at the end, which are generally a mix of reading comprehension, principle/faith-based questions, and – whenever possible – links to current events. The primary source documents are a necessity for the honors-level students at the college preparatory high school where I teach, as most are tracked to take the College Board's AP U.S. History exam. As such, I give them the document-based questions (DBQs) at the end of the texts (marked with a “►”) as preparation for the kind of questions they'll likely encounter in the AP exam.

962 pages total.

 – Thomas R. Eddlem

The full index of readings (with writers and works) is available on my Pinterest here:https://www.pinterest.com/teddlem/primary-source-american-history-2nd-edition-2017-1/


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Thomas R. Eddlem

My slogan is: "Primary sources, primary sources, primary sources!"

But I also produce authentic learning lessons, such as mock trials, mock congresses and other hands-on lessons for students. 

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