- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: OUP USA (3 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195154916
- ISBN-13: 978-0195154917
- Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,234,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Encounters in the New World: A History in Documents (Pages from History) Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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Students of American history will find plenty to chew on in this meaty, heavily illustrated entry in the new Pages from History series....Beginning with a full-color section, the pictures are...heavy on maps that chart the world's expansion in the European consciousness and including often fanciful scenes that in many cases are all that is left of vanished Native American cultures.... [Lepore] draws from a host of hard-to-find sources, and creates a ghastly, compelling picture of one of human history's pivotal moments. (Kirkus Reviews)
A wealth of primary source materials...an eye-opening look at the 'discovery' of the New World....Nearly every page features a black-and-white period reproduction, most with captions giving additional information...full-color reproductions of historical maps. In addition to offering valuable perspectives, this book will introduce readers to the challenges involved in understanding the past. (School Library Journal)
Presents primary source material (diaries, letters, maps, illustrations)
The author does an excellent job of introducing these documents, filling in their historical context, and pointing out their salient features....This volume provides a balance to traditional texts by presenting the voices of people not often heard, who suffered from European colonization of the new world. Classroom discussions and individual reports will be enriched....Recommended. (Book Report)
Promises to be both useful and capable of holding student interest....Contains many clear, large, and easy-to-use charts, diagrams, and pictures. The sixteen-page map section is a delight that students will find fascinating....Well-edited and beautifully illustrated. (OAH Magazine of History)
Almost all history teachers believe that the best way for students to 'catch' history is to read prime sources, not just textbook summaries. [This] fulfills that purpose superbly! The author's commentaryis readable, helpful, and connects the documents well.I'd buy the whole set for middle or high school libraries. (Library Materials Guide)
About the Author
Jill Lepore is an Associate Professor of History at Boston University, where she also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for American and New England Studies. Her previous works include A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States (Knopf, 2002) and The Name of War: King Philip's War and American Identity (Knopf, 1998), Winner of the Bancroft Prize, Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, Berkshire Prize, and the New England Historical Association Prize, and a selection of the History Book Club.
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The book contains many clear, large, and easy to use charts, diagrams, and pictures. The 16-page map section is a delight that students will find fascinating. Lepore provides informed and very readable commentary that sets up each chapter nicely. Her prose is both to-the-point and suggestive, gently helping readers to frame the context that the documents illuminate. Sidebars offer more information on a particular topic within the chapter. A detailed timeline and suggestions for further reading round out the volume. I myself found the short, illustrated sections at the front of the book about what a document is and how to read a document especially helpful.