This title offers an accessible, inclusive sourcebook covering a pivotal era in U.S. history. It features carefully curated primary sources along with highly targeted activities to help students engage with and analyze primary documents. Presenting marginalized voices, including women, African Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants, this anthology represents a modern approach to historical reference. Document texts are abridged to remain brief and accessible, even to struggling readers (including ESL students), while activity questions range in difficulty from basic to more advanced. Featuring the contributions of numerous scholars, this volume is an essential reference for students, researchers, and teachers of American history.