Category: American History

  • Washington's Circle: The Creation of the President

    By David S. Heidler, Jeanne T. Heidler

    History fanatics and admirers of Team of Rivals will celebrate during this magisterial account of the intense americans who served the nation’s first leader govt: jointly, they created the presidency for a rustic disgusted via crowns and the folks who might put on them.
    In 1789, as George Washington turned the 1st president of the U.S., the realm was once all yet definite that the yank scan in liberty and consultant executive may founder. quite a lot of americans feared that the realm was once correct. In Washington’s Circle, we see how Washington and his depended on advisers, shut pals, and dedicated kinfolk defied the doomsayers to put the root for a permanent constitutional republic. it is a clean examine an aloof guy whose provider within the innovative warfare had already earned him the acclaim of fellow electorate. Washington was once effortless to revere, if tough to know.
    David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler show Washington’s personality via his courting along with his internal circle, displaying how this not going crew created the workplace of the presidency. here's a tale of cooperation, war of words, triumph, and unhappiness, because the president, Congress, and the courts looked after out the bounds of govt strength, quarreled over investment the govt., coped with household strife, and confronted an international at battle whereas attempting to maintain their kingdom at peace.
    much more, it's a tale of exceptional humans striving for impressive achievements. a lot of those characters are regularly occurring as ancient icons, yet in those pages they act and converse as dwelling participants: the usually irked and regularly irksome John Adams, within the vice presidency; the mercurial Alexander Hamilton, major the Treasury division; the bright, deceptively crafty Thomas Jefferson, as secretary of country; James Madison, who used to be Washington’s advocate—and his eyes and ears—in Congress; and Washington’s outdated pal and previous brother-in-arms Henry Knox, on the administration’s beleaguered conflict division. Their tales mingle with these of Edmund Randolph, John Jay, Gouverneur Morris, and the others who stood with a self-educated Virginia farmer to forge the presidency into an establishment protecting of its privileges yet respectful of congressional prerogatives.
    Written with strength, wit, and a mind for bright aspect, Washington’s Circle is the interesting account of the folks who met the main bold demanding situations of the government’s earliest hours with pluck, skill, and enviable resourcefulness. whilst the realm acknowledged they might fail, they rolled up their sleeves. this is often their story.

    Praise for Washington’s Circle
    “A high-quality, readable background of the 1st presidency . . . [David and Jeanne Heidler] offer not just a full of life historical past yet a gaggle portrait of Washington and many of the figures vying to persuade him.”The Wall highway Journal
    Washington’s Circle absolutely glows with narrative exuberance. this can be a e-book that may make even the main jaded pupil of the yankee Revolution bark little laughs of natural pride whereas reading.”Open Letters Monthly

    “Traditional debts painting Washington as a solitary actor within the drama of yankee nationhood, as cold and featureless because the marble shaft that dominates his namesake capitol. actually, he used to be the intensely human lead in a single of history’s such a lot colourful, and contentious, ensembles. David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler convey the entire solid to unforgettable existence during this personality study–cum–group portrait–cum–old-fashioned page-turner.”—Richard Norton Smith, writer of On His personal Terms

    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

    In 1587, John White led 117 English males, girls, and youngsters to Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina. They was hoping to set up a British foothold in North the US, yet quickly stumbled on themselves suffering to outlive. White back to England for aid, but if he back to Roanoke in 1590, the colonists have been nowhere to be came upon: White by no means observed his acquaintances or relations back. yet as James Horn unearths in A nation Strange, a few from the social gathering survived; their descendants have been found a century later, a dwelling testomony to America’s awesome origins.
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  • When Miners March

    By William C. Blizzard

    Chronicling the West Virginia Mine Wars of the Twenties, this first-hand account of the coal miners' uprisings bargains a brand new standpoint on labor unrest in the course of this time interval. entire with formerly unpublished kin photos and records, this retelling stocks the reviews of invoice snow fall, the author's father who was once the chief of the crimson Neck military. The tensions among the union and the coal businesses that led as much as the recognized conflict of Blair Mountain, the biggest open and armed uprising in usa heritage, are defined intimately, as are its aftermath and legacy. Addressing hard work matters in modern instances, this historic narrative makes transparent the human expenditures of extracting coal for electricity.

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  • Encyclopedia of Revolutionary America, Volumes 1-3 (Facts on File Library of American History)

    By Paul A. Gilje

    Editorial Reviews

    Michael Tosko wrote:

    Written via finished historian Gilje, those volumes don't simply conceal the continental U.S. however the complete North American continent. Gilje is determined by fundamental resources up to attainable within the alphabetically prepared entries. masking the interval from the French and Indian struggle, in 1754, to the top of the warfare of 1812 (1815), the encyclopedia includes the anticipated biographical entries at the Founding Fathers, favourite politicians, and renowned army leaders, yet a different attempt has been made to incorporate formerly missed teams within the examine of this period, comparable to local americans, African americans, ladies, and the decrease periods. different subject matters contain army engagements (both significant and minor); points of quotidian lifestyles (Clocks, garments, Hygiene); beliefs (Humanitarianism, Liberty); and different issues of the day (Education, Immigration, faith, Women’s prestige and rights). Entries, averaging a few part web page in size, are cross-referenced and by way of lists of additional examining. There are a few black-and-white illustrations incorporated, in general images. quantity three features a 12-page “Bibliographical consultant to additional Reading,” helpfully damaged down into sections like “Economic Development” and “Foreign Policy.” Following this are on the subject of one hundred fifty pages of “Selected basic Documents,” starting from “Albany Plan of Union” (1754) to “Proposed Amendments to the Constitution” (1815). additionally in quantity three are 35 maps, so much of them of army campaigns and battles but additionally together with thematic maps reminiscent of “Ethnic and Racial variety within the British Colonies sooner than 1775” and “Loyalist Stronghold and innovative help in the course of the American Revolution, 1776–81.” total, this can be an easy-to-use, useful, and entire source that will be a invaluable addition to the background collections of high-school, educational, and public libraries. additionally on hand as an book.

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  • American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms (P.S.)

    By Chris Kyle, William Doyle

    Drawing on his mythical firearms wisdom and combat experience, U.S. army SEAL and no 1 bestselling writer of yankee Sniper Chris Kyle dramatically chronicles the tale of America—from the Revolution to the present—through the lens of ten iconic guns and the impressive heroes who used them to form background: the yankee long rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester 1873 rifle, Springfield M1903 rifle, M1911 pistol, Thompson submachine gun, M1 Garand, .38 Special police revolver, and the M16 rifle platform Kyle himself used. American Gun is a sweeping epic of bravery, event, invention, and sacrifice.

    Featuring a foreword and afterword through Taya Kyle and illustrated with greater than a hundred photos, this new paperback version features a bonus bankruptcy, “The 11th Gun,” on shotguns, derringers, and the Browning M2 computer gun.

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  • My Indian Boyhood, New Edition

    By Luther Standing Bear

    Although the normal Sioux country used to be in its final days while Luther status endure was once born within the 1860s, he used to be raised within the ancestral demeanour to be a profitable hunter and warrior and a deferential and efficient member of Sioux society. referred to as lots Kill, younger status undergo belonged to the Western Sioux tribe that inhabited present-day North and South Dakota. In My Indian Boyhood he describes the house lifestyles and schooling of Indian teenagers. Like different boys, he performed with toy bows and arrows within the tipi earlier than studying to make and use them and have become schooled within the methods of animals and within the homes of vegetation and herbs. His lifestyles will be very diverse from that of his ancestors, yet he used to be now not denied the thrill of killing his first buffalo sooner than leaving to wait the Carlisle Indian college in Pennsylvania.
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  • Love Lessons from the Old West: Wisdom from Wild Women

    By Chris Enss

    From Calamity Jane’s relentless pursuit of untamed invoice Hickok to Emma Walters, who gave all of it up for the rushing Bat Masterson—and realized to remorse it, those romantic tales from the outdated West are nonetheless normal and unique to readers at the present time. Meet Agnes Lake Hickok, the intrepid spouse of untamed invoice Hickok and find out about the final love letter he despatched prior to being dealt the useless man’s hand. study the tale at the back of the captivating performer Lotta Crabtree’s heartaches. And become aware of the story of the rushing package Carson and his attractive bride. This assortment positive factors the teachings realized via and from the antics of the ladies who formed the West.
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  • Mourning Lincoln

    How did person american citizens reply to the surprise of President Lincoln’s assassination? Diaries, letters, and intimate writings demonstrate a sophisticated, untold story.

    the inside track of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 15, 1865, simply days after accomplice hand over, astounded the war-weary state. vast crowds grew to become out for providers and ceremonies. numerous expressions of grief and dismay have been published in newspapers and preached in sermons. Public responses to the assassination were good chronicled, yet this publication is the 1st to delve into the private and intimate responses of daily people—northerners and southerners, squaddies and civilians, black humans and white, women and men, wealthy and poor.
    via deep and considerate exploration of diaries, letters, and different own writings penned through the spring and summer time of 1865, Martha Hodes, one in every of our best historians, captures the complete variety of reactions to the president’s death—far extra various than public expressions could recommend. She tells a narrative of concern, glee, sorrow, anger, blame, and worry. “’Tis the saddest day in our history,” wrote a mournful guy. It used to be “an electrical surprise to my soul,” wrote a girl who had escaped from slavery. “Glorious News!” a Lincoln enemy exulted. “Old Lincoln is useless, and that i will kill the goddamned Negroes now,” an offended white southerner ranted. For the black squaddies of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts, it was once all “too overwhelming, too lamentable, too distressing” to absorb.
    there are numerous surprises within the tale Hodes tells, no longer least the best way even these totally devastated by way of Lincoln’s loss of life simply interrupted their mourning rituals to take care of the main mundane features of daily life. there's additionally the unforeseen and unabated virulence of Lincoln’s northern critics, and how Confederates at the same time celebrated Lincoln’s demise and instantly—on the very day he died—cast him as a fallen buddy to the defeated white South.
    Hodes brings to lifestyles a key second of nationwide uncertainty and confusion, whilst competing visions of America’s destiny proved irreconcilable and hopes for racial justice within the aftermath of the Civil warfare slipped from the nation’s take hold of. Hodes masterfully brings the tragedy of Lincoln’s assassination alive in human terms—terms that proceed to stagger and rivet us 100 and fifty years after the development they so strikingly describe.
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  • Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution

    By Patrick K. O'Donnell

    In August 1776, little over a month after the Continental Congress had officially declared independence from Britain, the revolution was once at the verge of a surprising and disastrous finish. normal George Washington discovered his troops outmanned and outmaneuvered on the conflict of Brooklyn, and it appeared like there has been no break out. yet because of a sequence of determined rear defend assaults via a unmarried heroic regiment, famously referred to as the “Immortal 400,” Washington used to be capable of evacuate his males and the nascent Continental military lived to struggle one other day.

    Today, just a modest, rusted and scarred steel signal close to a dilapidated vehicle storage marks the mass grave the place the our bodies of the “Maryland Heroes” lie—256 males “who fell within the conflict of Brooklyn.” In Washington’s Immortals, best-selling army historian Patrick ok. O’Donnell brings to lifestyles the forgotten tale of this notable band of brothers. often called “gentlemen of honour, kin, and fortune,” they fought not only in Brooklyn, yet in key battles together with Trenton, Princeton, Camden, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, and Yorktown, the place their heroism replaced the process the war.

    Drawing on large unique assets, from letters to diaries to pension purposes, O’Donnell items jointly the tales of those courageous men—their friendships, loves, defeats, and triumphs. He explores their palms and strategies, their struggles with adverse loyalists and shortages of garments and meals, their improvement into an elite unit, and their dogged rivals, together with British basic Lord Cornwallis. and during the prism of this one staff, O’Donnell tells the bigger tale of the progressive battle. Washington’s Immortals is gripping and encouraging boots-on-the-ground background, certain to entice a large readership.
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  • Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America

    By Jack Weatherford

    "Well written, imagery-ridden...A story of what was once, what grew to become, and what's this day in regards to the Indian relation to the ecu civilization that 'grafted' itself onto this historical system.'"
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    Conventional American heritage holds that the white settlers of the hot global re-created the societies they'd identified in England, France, and Spain. yet as anthropologist Jack Weatherford, writer of INDIAN GIVERS, brilliantly indicates, the Europeans really grafted their civilization onto the deep and nourishing roots of local American customs and ideology. Our position names, our farming and searching suggestions, our crafts, the very blood that flows in our veins--all derive from American Indians ways in which we constantly miss out on.
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