Core American Documents: Documents and Debates
The latest volumes of our Core American Documents Collections – Documents and Debates – are now available!
TAH.org and professors Rob McDonald and LTC Seanegan Sculley from the History Department at the United States Military Academy at West Point worked together to create a two-volume set of documents readers, which starting in Fall 2018, will be used by all West Point cadets in their two-semester American History survey course. These volumes are structured around a series of topics, each based on a debatable question. For each topic there is a collection of documents that, together, form the basis of argument over that topic – from those who debated it at a given point in American history. For example, students will have the opportunity to understand why and how FDR and his administration made a case for Social Security, and will also read reasoned arguments against the program. The goal is to explore a series of critical moments in American history by asking questions for which there are not simple yes/no answers, but instead call for informed discussion and rational debate – where answers can be said to be valid, but not necessarily wrong or right.
These readers also include appendices of additional documents, and together are a perfect fit for any American History survey course, including AP United States History.
Download both volumes – PDF here
Hard copies are also available for $10 each – email [email protected] if you would like to place an order.
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