HISTORY 17B ONLINE
PRIMARY DOCUMENTS

This page contains the primary documents you will be reading throughout the semester.  You must complete the readings by the first session of each week.  Highlighted authors are linked to sites that will give you background material on who wrote each of these passages (but are not part of the required reading).

WEEK 1

IdaBWells.jpg (10325 bytes) "A RED RECORD" (1895)

by Ida B. Wells-Barnet

THE ATLANTA EXPOSITION ADDRESS (1895)

by Booker T. Washington

OF MR. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND OTHERS

by W.E.B. DuBois

 

WEEK 3

LIVING AND DYING IN PACKINGTOWN, CHICAGO from THE JUNGLE (1905)

by Upton Sinclair

 

WEEK 5

THE GRAPES OF WRATH:  CHAPTER 1 (1939)

by John Steinbeck

 

WEEK 6

THE NEW DEAL AND THE IDEA OF THE STATE

by Alan Brinkley

 

WEEK 7

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND WORLD WAR II:  A FIFTH COLUMN? (1942)

by Arthur Caylor

 

WEEK 8

TRUMAN'S DECISION TO DROP THE BOMB

by Harry Truman

A SURVIVOR'S ACCOUNT OF THE HIROSHIMA BLAST (1945)

by Hiroko Nakamoto

HIROSHIMA:  WAS IT NECESSARY? LONG TELEGRAM (1946) 

by George Kennan

 

WEEK 9

COMMUNISTS IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE (1950)

by Sen. Joseph McCarthy

 

WEEK 10

friedan2.jpg (7835 bytes) THE PROBLEM THAT HAS NO NAME 

by Betty Friedan

UP FROM THE POTATO FIELDS (1950)

Time Magazine

family3.jpg (34276 bytes) "'LEAVE IT TO BEAVER' AND 'OZZIE AND HARRIET':  AMERICAN FAMILIES IN THE 1950S"

by Stephanie Coontz

 

WEEK 11

LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM CITY JAIL (April 16, 1963)

by Martin Luther King, Jr.

MESSAGE TO THE GRASS ROOTS (1963)

by Malcolm X

 

WEEK 12

PORT HURON STATEMENT (1962)

from Students for a Democratic Society

mylai.jpg (60120 bytes) MY LAI MASSACRE

Testimony of Dennis Conti (1970)

PEASANT EXPERIENCES IN THE VIETNAM WAR

from the International Commission of Enquiry into U.S. Crimes in Indochina (1972)

 

WEEK 13

THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION THE PARANOID STYLE IN AMERICAN POLITICS

by Richard Hofstadter

 

WEEK 14

40th PRESIDENT RODE BOUNDLESS OPTIMISM

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"WHITES NO LONGER A MAJORITY IN U.S. BY 2043"

by Hope Yen (Associated Press)

 

SOME PEOPLE DON'T COUNT

by Marc Cooper and Greg Goldin

ap_obama_speech_071002_ms.jpg (30913 bytes) RACE IN AMERICA

by Barack Obama

 

WEEK 15

PRESIDENT BUSH'S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS AFTER THE 9-11 TRAGEDY (Sept 20, 2001)

"WAS THE IRAQ WAR WORTH IT?"

by Bacevich, Boot, Ignatieff, and O'Hanlon

recession_2008.jpg (11908 bytes) THE REAL CAUSES OF THE CRASH OF 2008

by John Richardson