Review the Textbook
Textbooks can be helpful tools when we want to find background information, but it is important to remember that textbooks, like all written documents, have authors who write with specific intentions and from certain perspectives. As you read the textbook passage related to this module, pay attention to how the specific order of events and language tells a certain "story" of the past. Imagine how someone might tell a completely different story.
Below is a list of popular textbooks and the page numbers for the relevant sections. If your textbook is not listed here, check the index of your book for the module topic.
- Boorstin, Daniel J. and Brooks Mather Kelley. A History of the United States. Needham, Massachusetts: Pearson, Prentice Hall, 2005. Chapter 19: The United States and the World. Section 3: War with Spain Pages: 510-517 (up to “A new status for Puerto Rico”)
- Appleby, Joyce, Alan Brinkley, Albert S. Broussard, James M. McPherson, and Donald A. Ritchie. The American Vision. New York, NY: Glencoe, McGraw-Hill, 2003. Chapter 17: Becoming a World Power; Section 2: The Spanish-American War; Pages: 527-531.
- Danzer, Gerald, J. Jorge Klor de Alva, Larry S. Krieger, Louis E. Wilson, and Nancy Woloch. The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century (California Edition). McDougal Littell, 2006.Chapter 10: America Claims an Empire; Section 2: The Spanish-American War; Pages: 346-351
- Ayers, Edward L. and Robert D. Schulzinger, Jesus F. de la Teja, and Deborah Gray White. American Anthem: Modern American History (California Ediion). Orlando: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2007.Chapter 7: Entering the World Stage; Sections 1 & 2; Pages 200-201 and 206-212.