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This distinctive, class-tested primary source reader tells Americas story through the words and other creative expressions of the ordinary and extraordinary Americans who shaped it. Now featuring the contributions of new co-author John M. Giggie, an award-winning teacher and scholar from the University of Alabama, America Firsthand offers a remarkable range of first-person perspectives that bring the past vividly to life from an African American ministers message of racial liberation, to the prison notes of suffragists, to a writers recollections of Sputnik. Points of View sections provide varied vantage points on important topics, and Visual Portfolios draw students into interpreting the visual record. This carefully crafted, ready-to-go collection saves instructors time and effort in finding consistently engaging and informative sources.