Portrait of America, Vol 1
PORTRAIT OF AMERICA is an anthology of essays written by some of America's most eminent historians. The collection maintains a loose biographical focus. The essays in this secondary-source reader humanize American history by portraying it as a story of real people with whom students can easily identify. More than 25 percent of the essays in the Tenth Edition are new, many...more
This was my first college textbook, and I still love it. I am not an American History buff, but these essays are short (typically around 20 pages) and focus on the theories of why rather than the simple facts.
Every now and then I pick it up and spend 30 minutes re-reading an essay.
Oates has written 16 books during his career, including biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, and John Brown, and an account of Nat Turner's slave rebellion. His Portrait of America, a compilation of essays about United States history, is...more