The Great American Documents: Volume II

1831-1900 by Ruth Ashby

  • Published: Aug 13, 2020

The essential primer on the most influential American documents between 1831 and 1900 The Great American Documents series, written by the graphic-book author Ruth Ashby and illustrated by the renowned Ernie Colón, tells the history of America through the... read more

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Details of The Great American Documents: Volume II

Exact title of the book
The Great American Documents: Volume II
Book author
Ruth Ashby
ISBN
9781466899926
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Sep 17, 2019
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
176
File size (in PDF)
1584 kB

Some brief overview of book

The essential primer on the most influential American documents between 1831 and 1900 The Great American Documents series, written by the graphic-book author Ruth Ashby and illustrated by the renowned Ernie Colón, tells the history of America through the major speeches, laws, proclamations, court decisions, and essays that shaped it. The second volume begins where the first left off. Uncle Sam returns to take us through numerous major documents, ranging from the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836 to Jacob Riiss seminal exposé of slum life in New York City, How the Other Half Lives, published in 1900.

Each document gets its own chapter, in which Uncle Sam explains not only its key passages but its origins, how it came to be written, and its impact. In the chapter "The Compromise of 1850" we learn how westward expansion forced the federal government to confront the expansion of slavery. "The Emancipation Proclamation" places Abraham Lincolns famous decree within the context of the ongoing Civil War.

And "The Chinese Exclusion Act" depicts the unique discrimination faced by Chinese immigrants and shows how that 1882 law presaged the restrictive policies and quotas established in the early twentieth century. As Ashby shows, the growth and expansion of the United States through the nineteenth century forced the nation to reckon with and confront many of its original injustices, plunging the country into the Civil War and emerging into new challenges as it rose to become a world power. A handy and elegantly concise guide, this masterfully illustrated volume is the perfect book for students of American history, young and old.

About author

Ashby is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults. A former book editor, she teaches English at the Portledge School in Locust Valley, New York. Ernie Colón is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The 911 Report A Graphic Adaptation, After 911 America's War on Terror (2001 ), Che A Graphic Biography, and Anne Frank The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography (all published by Hill and Wang).

He has worked at Marvel and at DC Comics, where he oversaw the production for Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Blackhawk, and The Flash. Ashby and Colón live in Huntington, New York.

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