Portrait of America, Vol 1
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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

Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 4th 2010 by Cengage Learning (first published 1900)
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David Johnson
I have the 7th edition, complete version of this book, but can't find it on Goodreads.

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.
This book is basically a collection of articles dated up to 1877. Not very interesting, unless you're extremely interested in the personal sides of some stories you may have heard about developing people back then.
Very informative essays. Again, I had to read this as a textbook for my class.
Ewwwww I hate doing Oates assignments. The articles arent all that bad, they have some actual interesting info, but overall this book should be prescribed to insomniacs because it can put anyone to sleep.
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A former professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is an expert in 19th-century United States history.

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
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