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Containing Multitudes: A Documentary Reader of US History to 1877
edited by Wesley Phelps and Jennifer Jensen Wallach
University of Arkansas Press, 2022
eISBN: 978-1-61075-780-5

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Containing Multitudes: A Documentary Reader of US History provides nearly two hundred primary documents that narrate aspects of US history from the period before European contact through the twenty-first century. Presented in two volumes, this curated selection—including letters, literature, journalism, and visual art—provides access to historical voices from a wide range of subject positions and belief systems.


Designed for US history survey courses, this reader provides both analysis and instructional support in the form of brief introductory essays and questions to promote student discussion and reflection. Containing Multitudes not only conveys a rich and complex portrait of the American past but also offers readers valuable insight into the many dimensions of the historian’s craft.


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