This book tells a history of the United States using over 1,000 primary sources and documents. Fascinating articles, history-making speeches, moving personal letters, momentous court cases and more paint an in-depth portrait of American life in all arenas: political, social, religious and cultural. Brief introduction by the authors give background information for each document. Every issue in U.S. history is covered - from the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights to Brown vs. the Board of Education and Roe vs. Wade. Browsers will discover entertaining and informative writings not found in history books, including the first American cookbook, Andrew Carnegie's business advice, poems that inspired the Chicano Movement, Mario Cuomo's 1984 convention speech, the environmental movement manifestoes and the Starr Report. Organized chronologically and divided by subject ("The Civil War," "The Cold War," etc.), all documents are cross referenced in indexes so history buffs can find their favorite documents by author, document name and first line.