Milestone Documents in American History

Milestone Documents in American History

Exploring the Primary Sources That Shaped America

Edited by Kelli McCoy

Published by: Schlager Group Inc.

1800 pages, Photographs and drawings, Second Edition

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781935306511
  • Published: September 2020




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The new edition of our landmark reference set deepens the original edition's coverage of major themes in American history with nearly 40 new entries (175 total), with a special focus on documents from African American history, women's history, immigration history, as well as 21st-century issues ranging from terrorism to campaign finance to LGBTQ rights. New entries to the 2nd edition include:

  • John Rolfe: Letter to Edwin Sandys - First documented case of Africans sold into servitude in North America (1619)
  • Abigail Adams: “Remember the Ladies" Letter to John Adams (1776)
  • Ku Klux Klan Act (1871)
  • United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898)
  • Ida B. Wells: Lynching: Our National Crime (1909)
  • National Organization for Women Statement of Purpose (1966)
  • Andrew Sullivan: A (Conservative) Case for Gay Marriage (1989)
  • Citizens United v. FEC (2010)
  • Barack Obama: Remarks on Signing the Affordable Care Act (2010)
  • Articles of Impeachment of Donald Trump (2019)

First published in 2008, Milestone Documents in American History: Exploring the Primary Sources That Shaped America launched an acclaimed series of reference sets focusing on primary sources. Pairing critical documents from America's past with in-depth scholarly analysis and commentary to help students better understand each document, Milestone Documents in American History received widespread critical praise as well as awards including Outstanding Academic Title from Choice magazine, a Booklist Editor's Choice citation, and Best Reference Source from the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.

Praise for the 1st edition:

“The premier reference work devoted to the subject" ( American Reference Books Annual)

“Well written and superior in depth and quality" ( Booklist starred review)

“An exceptional work" ( School Library Journal)