This anthology of secondary sources portrays the lives of ordinary Americans and examines the diversity of the American people, from the earliest settlement of America to Reconstruction.
The Social Fabric acquaints students with the ways in which important events in the nation's history were reflected in the everyday lives of ordinary people. A wide variety of essays deal with the experiences of men as well as women, Native Americans as well as African-Americans and immigrants, the poor as well as the wealthy. These readings highlight the diversity of Americans' experiences—based on differences in race, ethnicity, and gender—and the way in which those differences have at times led to conflict.
Table of Contents
(* denotes new reading to this edition)
I. EXPANSION AND CHANGE.
1. Political Violence During Reconstruction. From Samuel C. Hyde, Jr., Pistols and Politics.
2. The Reservation and the Destruction of Indian Culture. From Robert M. Utley, The Indian Frontier of the American West, 1846-1890.
3. The Farmers' Frontier. From Robert V. Hine, Community on the American Frontier.
4. Labor in the Gilded Age. From Jacquelyn Dowd Hall et al., Like a Family.
II. MASS MIGRATION AND CULTURAL CONFLICT.
5. Mass Culture at the Turn of the Century.* From Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements.
6. Immigration and Cultural Conflict. From Judy Yung, Unbound Feet.
7. African American Migration. From Florette Henri, Black Migration.
III. THE TENSIONS OF PROSPERITY.
8. The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana. From Kathleen M. Blee, Women of the Klan.
9. Mexican-Americans in the Southwest. From Sarah Deutsch, No Separate Refuge.
10. Technology and Household Work.* From Ruth Schwartz Cowan, More Work for Mother
IV. DEPRESSION AND WAR.
11. The Nation Confronts the Great Depression. From Caroline Bird, The Invisible Scar.
12. Work Relief in the Great Depression. From Edward Robb Ellis, A Nation in Torment.
13. The Home Front During World War II. From Richard R. Lingeman, Don't You Know There's a War On!
14. The GI Bill of Rights. From Michael J. Bennett, When Dreams Came True.
V. COLD WAR CULTURE AND SOCIETY.
15. Urban Neighborhoods in Postwar America. From Michael Johns, Moment of Grace.
16. That Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll. From Glenn C. Altschuler, All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America.
17. Consumerism and Suburban Homes.* From Elaine Tyler May, Homeward Bound.
VI. CONTESTING THE AMERICAN DREAM.
18. The Struggle for Civil Rights. From Doug McAdam, Freedom Summer.
19. The Counterculture. From Jay Stevens, Storming Heaven.
20. Vietnam–and After. From Loren Baritz, Backfire.
21. Culture War. From William Martin, With God on Our Side.