Freedom in America, Part 1: Obtaining Freedom (through 1865)

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Freedom in America, Part 1: Obtaining Freedom (through 1865)

The Freedom in America Series of three readers provides a well-documented approach to the founding and development of the United States of America. The purpose of these readers is to supplement traditional social studies and government textbooks in an educational setting, but also to provide valuable resources to the general public. As a supplement, it provides students with an in-depth understanding of the development, content, and influence of the U.S. Constitution. The common thread throughout the series is meaningful content supported by original primary source documents of freedom. Additional information may be found at

Student Edition
Chuck Stetson developed this Reader so that readers will have the opportunity to analyze the documents and events that are the building blocks of freedom. By including many of the source documents in the text, he has provided students an opportunity to examine the language, thoughts, and culture of the period. Readers are “escorted” through a journey that includes several landmarks: English Heritage, Colonial Experience, The Revolutionary Generation, Creating a Democratic Republic, and Addressing Slavery in a Democratic Republic. As each of these time periods are studied, the format of the text is to present a background (setting and context), introduce the author of the document, provide excerpts from original source documents, and discuss their significance. Familiar sources include the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence. Other sources that laid the foundation for American freedom include Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, colonial sermons, and the Virginia Declaration of Rights. After the Revolution, through the forming of the United States, and the challenges of slavery, additional documents of freedom supported and challenged Americans to live up to the promises of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Each of these periods of history are linked to lead the reader to an understanding of specific actions and resulting documents that led America to not only the country that it was in 1865, but how certain developments have influenced us in the present time. Additional information may be found at

Print ISBN: 978-1-943908-04-2
Digital ISBN: 978-1-943908-06-6


Teacher Instructional Guide
To assist teachers with planning appropriate units, this companion to the student edition gives specific suggestions for instruction. Activities are presented to help the teacher develop daily or weekly lesson plans. Particular activities were chosen to help students deal with primary sources. Each document includes an Idea Map that connects the document to the U.S. Constitution. Also, teachers have Close Reading questions to help students dig deeper into the sources to find key quotes that summarize the main ideas of each document. Instructional suggestions are designed to use a variety of instructional strategies: lecture, discussion, group work, individual assignments, Internet research, and projects. The purpose of the activities is to have students learn and apply the content. Additional information may be found at

Print ISBN: 978-1-943908-05-9
Digital ISBN: 978-1-943908-07-3

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