Backgrounds

John Calvin, "On Civil Government," from Institutes of the Christian Religion

Plato, "The Character of Democracy," from The Republic

American Government

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

American Literature

Edgar Allen Poe, "The Man of the Crowd"

The American Character

Tocqueville, excerpts from Democracy in America

The American Woman

The Declaration of Sentiments , 1848

Young Lady's Own Book , 1831

The Moral Conflict over Native Americans

George Catlin, "The Story of Wee-Jin-Jon," from Indians of North America

The Dawes Act of 1887 (Allotment)

Andrew Jackson, Second Annual Message

Memorial and Protest of the Cherokee Nation, 1836

Racial Slavery

William Henry Holcombe, The Alternative