Milestone Documents of American Leaders
Milestone Documents
of American Leaders:

Exploring the Primary Sources
of Notable Americans
 Editor in Chief: Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, Albany Law School

Consulting Editor: James A. Percoco, History Teacher, West Springfield High School (Springfield, Virginia); History Educator in Residence, American University (Washington, D.C.)

ISBN: 978-0-9797758-5-7
List price: $395
Publication date: May 2009
First edition * 4 volumes * 2300 pages * 8.5 x 11
Available exclusively through Salem Press: 800-221-1592

  • Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazine

  • Booklist Editor's Choice, 2009

  • Best Reference Source, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association


See what reviewers are saying:

"Highly recommended for high-school libraries and would also be an excellent choice for both undergraduate and public libraries." Booklist starred review, October 15, 2009

"This second work in the outstanding Milestone Documents series ... will make an excellent companion to Milestone Documents in American History and is recommended for both high school and academic libraries." Doug's Student Reference Room, Gale Reference Reviews, July, 2009

"This useful set examines 120 influential Americans in relations to their writings and speeches.... Each entry will generate discussion in history classes." School Library Journal, October 1, 2009

"The design is attractive and ... the essays are well done. This is a useful source for both high school and undergraduate college students." American Reference Books Annual, June 2009

The second title in our groundbreaking Milestone Documents series, this four-volume set offers a unique biographical approach to the study of primary source documents, with entries devoted to a diverse array of key figures from American history. From U.S. presidents and other government figures to influential private citizens, Milestone Documents of American Leaders features important full-text sources written by the people who shaped the nation. With free online access to the full content.


  • Four volumes, including 2,300 pages
  • Over 500 full-text documents
  • 120 analytical essays
  • Eight teachers' guides
  • Appendixes, indexes and resource listings


  • Fully supported
  • Complimentary online access
  • Unlimited users at your library
  • Full access from home or dorm room
  • Immediate access via online registration
  • A simple, intuitive interface
  • User profile areas for students and patrons
  • Sophisticated search functions
  • Complete content, including appendixes
  • Fully illustrated

The set covers 120 notable Americans from the Revolutionary era to the present day. Each entry provides a brief overview of the person's life and times as well as in-depth analysis about the key primary source documents that the person produced. The full text of each document is also included, along with vocabulary keys. The following sections are included in each entry in Milestone Documents of American Leaders:

  • "Overview": places the person in his/her historical context and gives a summary description of the person's output of speeches, letters, and other documents
  • "Timeline": includes important events from the subject's time
  • "Explanation and Analysis of the Documents": consists of a detailed examination of the main document texts produced by the subject
  • "Impact and Legacy ": outlines the impact that the person's writings had on his/her times and thus on American history
  • "Essential Quotes": offers a selection of key quotes from the person's writings/speeches
  • "Glossary": defines important, difficult, or unusual terms found in the document texts
  • "Questions for Further Study": includes study questions for students
  • "Key Sources ": features an annotated bibliography of the subject's key writings and papers
  • "Further Reading ": lists books, articles, and Web sites for further research

Among the people included in the set are noteworthy presidents such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush; Supreme Court justices from John Marshall to Thurgood Marshall to Sandra Day O'Connor; important political figures including Henry Clay, Tecumseh, and Condoleezza Rice; and other influential people such as Abigail Adams, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Susan B. Anthony.

Other features include a general subject index as well as hundreds of photographs and other images. In addition, history educators will find detailed and useful teacher's guides containing dozens of student activities, all of which are aligned with the National History Standards.

Available from Salem Press--in print and online

Milestone Documents of American Leaders is available in print exclusively through Salem Press, and online through Salem History as well as leading e-book vendors.

Bonus Online Feature

Customers who purchase this set will receive at no extra charge an additional online entry: "Barack Obama", featuring in-depth analysis of the speeches that catapulted Obama to the presidency, including his 2008 speech on race, his acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and his 2009 inaugural address.

Table of Contents

Model Entry: William McKinley