I was trawling around the Chicago Review Press website looking for some books to go with our US history studies as we head, still slowly, toward the 20th century, when I came across the following new title (just out on February 1), Keys to American History: Understanding Our Most Important Historic Documents by Richard Panchyk.
From CRP’s page on the book,
Unlock and explore American history firsthand though this nation’s most important documents. Much more than a reference book, The Keys to American History tells the story of a growing, vibrant democracy through its laws, Supreme Court rulings, treaties, and presidential speeches, from colonial times to the present. Organized chronologically, each document includes a brief introduction and excerpts, and often an image of the original. Most are followed by interesting and relevant historical quotes from books, newspapers, and speeches of their eras, providing a rich and varied framework to understand each document’s significance.
It seems as if it will be quite useful as we move toward more primary sources. I may have to write to CRP and ask if they’re planning any other Keys to … History books, which strikes me as a wonderful idea for a series.