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Unlock and explore American history firsthand though this nation's most important documents. Much more than a reference book, The Keys to American History tells the story of a growing, vibrant democracy through its laws, Supreme Court rulings, treaties, and presidential speeches, from colonial times to the present. Organized chronologically, each document includes a brief introduction and excerpts, and often an image of the original. Most are followed by interesting and relevant historical quotes from books, newspapers, and speeches of their eras, providing a rich and varied framework to understand each document's significance. The more than 60 entries include: * Mayflower Compact * Declaration of Independence * Washington's Farewell Address * Missouri Compromise * Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments * Emancipation Proclamation * Homestead Act * Wilson's Fourteen Points * Brown v. Board of Education * Voting Rights Act * Resignation Speech of Richard Nixon * and more By reading the essential documents of American government, and the viewpoints of the leaders and citizens who wrote them, you will gain a profound understanding of the United States and the men and women who built it.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781556527166
ISBN-10: 1556527160
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 215mm x 18mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Chicago Review Press
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » Since "many of the key moments in American history are associated with documents of some kind," Panchyk pairs those moments to their relevant documents. From the 1606 Great Patent of James I to the 2002 Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces in Iraq, each document is presented in context with a concise introductory comment, appearing both as facsimile reproduction and typescript, and followed by "What They Were Saying" (excerpts from primary sources that provide perspectives on those documents from major players and other contemporaries). Though readers may wonder if all inclusions are of equal importance - the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore and the Emancipation Proclamation, for instance - the significance of each document is clearly delineated. Archival illustrations help the design keep the dense type from appearing too daunting for all but the most hardcore researchers. A one-of-a-kind, easy-to-use resource. (author's note, questions to consider) (Nonfiction. 12 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Richard Panchyk

Richard Panchyk is the author of Archaeology for Kids and the coauthor of Engineering the City. Both of his grandfathers and three of his great-uncles were soldiers in World War II. He lives on Long Island in New York.

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