Category: American History

  • Who Was John F. Kennedy?: Who Was...?

    By Yona Zeldis McDonough

    The fellow who kept the lives of his PT-109 crewmen in the course of WWII and have become the thirty fifth president fought-and won-his first conflict on the age of two-and-a-half, whilst he used to be afflicted with scarlet fever. even supposing his presidency used to be lower brief, our nation's youngest elected chief left an indelible mark at the American recognition and now could be profiled in our Who Was...? sequence. incorporated are a hundred black-and-white illustrations in addition to a timeline that publications readers via this eventful interval in heritage.
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  • Sexe Libris: dictionnaire rock, historique et politique de l'Amérique

    By Camille

    Ce dictionnaire rock, historique et politique dresse un tableau éclectique de los angeles sexualité, vitale pour l’être humain et, quoi qu’on en dise, bien au cœur de notre société !

    Connaissez-vous l’acomoclitisme ? los angeles xylophilie ? l. a. lilubérine ? les tengas ? le joydick ? Saviez-vous que les fonctionnaires et les professions libérales sont obligés de prendre des pseudonymes pour parler de sexualité ? Que los angeles zoophilie a été légalisée sous los angeles révolution française avant d’être à nouveau interdite en 2004 ? Que le rose a longtemps été l. a. couleur des garçons, des vrais ? Que de nombreux movies pornographiques sont doublés pour les bruitages par des professionnels du son ? Savez-vous d’où vient le mot « tabou » ?

    Sources de nombreux jeux de mots, insultes, rêves et fantasmes, l’acte sexuel et les organes qu’ils sollicitent sont soumis à los angeles double injonction d’être à l. a. fois intimes, et facteurs de reconnaissance sociale – pas de bonheur attainable sans sexe. C’est un tel enjeu de pouvoir que nombreux sont ceux à penser qu’il devrait être contrôlé socialement, politiquement et religieusement : les débats autour de l. a. réouverture des maisons closes et de l. a. légalisation de l. a. prostitution en France n’en sont que des exemples. Des grèves de sexe pour résoudre des conflits armés en passant par les droits des homosexuels, aujourd'hui le sexe est avant tout politique.

    De A comme Abstinence à Z comme Zahia, en passant par Sœur Emmanuelle, Giscard d’Estaing, Obus, Jean-Paul II, Poil, Edgar Faure, Air intercourse, element P, Jimi Hendrix ou Rocco Siffredi… ce dictionnaire résolument rock, historique, et politique du sexe souhaite donner des clefs pour en comprendre les enjeux, en retraçant à travers le monde et les époques différentes visions de los angeles sexualité et des sexes
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  • Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now: Library of America #251 (The Library of America)

    “The background of Shakespeare in America,” writes James Shapiro in his advent to this groundbreaking anthology, “is additionally the historical past of the USA itself.” Shakespeare was once a imperative, inescapable a part of America’s literary inheritance, and a prism during which an important American issues—revolution, slavery, conflict, social justice—were refracted and understood. In tracing the various striking kinds this effect took, Shapiro attracts on many genres—poetry, fiction, essays, performs, memoirs, songs, speeches, letters, motion picture reports, comedy routines—and on a striking variety of yankee writers from Emerson, Melville, Lincoln, and Mark Twain to James Agee, John Berryman, Pauline Kael, and Cynthia Ozick. american citizens of the progressive period give some thought to the query “to signal or to not sign;” Othello turns into the point of interest of debates on race; the Astor position riots, trigger through a construction of Macbeth, attest to the violent energies aroused by means of theatrical controversies; Jane Addams unearths in King Lear a metaphor for American struggles among capital and exertions. Orson Welles revolutionizes methods to Shakespeare together with his mythical productions of Macbeth and Julius Caesar; American actors from Charlotte Cushman and Ira Aldridge to John Barrymore, Paul Robeson, and Marlon Brando reimagine Shakespeare for every new period. the wealthy and tangled tale of the way americans made Shakespeare their very own is a literary and old revelation. As a unique function, the ebook contains a foreword by way of invoice Clinton, one of the most modern in an extended line of yankee presidents, together with John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Abraham Lincoln, who, because the assortment demonstrates, have became to Shakespeare’s performs for inspiration.


    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Bones: Discovering the First Americans

    By Elaine Dewar

    Award-winning journalist Elaine Dewar explores new terrain with Bones, uncovering facts that demanding situations the normal knowledge on how the Americas have been peopled in early heritage. In her probing research, Dewar travels from Canada's Mackenzie River to the Brazilian nation of Piaui, from the workplaces of the Smithsonian establishment to the Washington kingdom riverbank the place the continues to be of Kennewick guy have been chanced on. Dewar captures a story of not easy technology and human folly the place the excessive stakes comprise expert reputations, profitable provides, repute, and the resting areas of wandering spirits.
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  • Appleton (Images of America)

    Appletons wealthy beginnings came upon their resource at Lawrence Institute, the collage within the woods, at the Fox River. Rev. Henry Colman and Rev. William Sampson selected the bluff at the river for the positioning of the institute. Amos A. Lawrence donated $10,000, and the development all started in July 1848. It used to be with awl and hook that the 1st settlers cleared the land for Lawrence and Appleton. town used to be made from 3 villages: Martin (Grand Chute), Appleton, and Lawesburg. In 1857, the villages joined jointly to shape town of Appleton. Amos tale used to be the citys first mayor. Appletons grew at the banks of the Fox River, together with hydroelectricity and paper.
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  • Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

    From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a strong new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as army commander of the Confederacy

    History has no longer been style to Jefferson Davis. His cause went down in disastrous defeat and left the South impoverished for generations. If that cause had succeeded, it should have torn the United States in and preserved the establishment of slavery. Many american citizens in Davis’s personal time and in later generations thought of him an incompetent leader, if no longer a traitor. no longer so, argues James M. McPherson. In Embattled Rebel, McPherson indicates us that Davis could have been at the incorrect facet of history, however it is just too effortless to decrease him simply because of his cause’s failure. which will comprehend the Civil War and its consequence, it truly is necessary to supply Davis his due as an army chief and because the president of an aspiring accomplice nation.

    Davis didn't make it effortless on himself. His subordinates and enemies alike thought of him difficult, egotistical, and chilly. He used to be gravely ill throughout a lot of the warfare, frequently operating from home or even from his sickbed. Nonetheless, McPherson argues, Davis formed and articulated the significant coverage of the Confederacy with clarity and strength: the hunt for self sufficient nationhood. Although he had now not been a fire-breathing secessionist, as soon as he dedicated himself to a Confederate kingdom he by no means deviated from this goal. In a feeling, Davis was once the final accomplice left standing in 1865.

    As president of the Confederacy, Davis devoted most of his waking hours to army process and operations, besides Commander Robert E. Lee, and delegated the industrial and diplomatic functions of technique to his subordinates. Davis was current on numerous battlefields with Lee and even took half in a few tactical making plans; indeed, their shut courting stands as one of many great military-civilian partnerships in history.

    Most serious value determinations of Davis emphasize his offerings in and administration of generals rather than his recommendations, yet no different leader govt in American heritage exercised such tenacious hands-on influence within the shaping of army strategy. And whereas he used to be imprisoned for 2 years after the Confederacy’s give up looking ahead to an ordeal for treason that by no means got here, and lived for another twenty-four years, he by no means as soon as recanted the cause for which he had fought and misplaced. McPherson gives us Jefferson Davis because the commander in chief he particularly used to be, displaying persuasively that while Davis didn't win the conflict for the South, he was scarcely answerable for wasting it.
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  • American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic

    By Joseph J. Ellis

    National Bestseller

    Acclaimed historian Joseph J. Ellis brings his remarkable skills to this riveting account of the early years of the Republic.

    The final region of the eighteenth century is still the main politically inventive period in American background, whilst a devoted crew of fellows undertook a daring scan in political beliefs. It used to be a time of either triumphs and tragedies—all of which contributed to the shaping of our burgeoning state. Ellis casts an incisive eye at the slow speed of the yankee Revolution and the contributions of such luminaries as Washington, Jefferson, and Madison, and brilliantly analyzes the disasters of the founders to accurately resolve the issues of slavery and the therapy of local american citizens. With available prose and beautiful eloquence, Ellis delineates in American Creation an period of fallacious greatness, at a time while realizing our origins is extra vital than ever.

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  • A Short History of Reconstruction, Updated Edition

    From the “preeminent historian of Reconstruction” (New York occasions e-book Review), a newly up-to-date abridged version of the prize-winning vintage paintings at the post-Civil warfare interval which formed sleek America.

    In this up-to-date version of the abridged Reconstruction, Eric Foner redefines how the post-Civil battle interval was once viewed.

    Reconstruction chronicles the best way Americans—black and white—responded to the extraordinary adjustments unleashed via the struggle and the top of slavery. It addresses the search of emancipated slaves’ looking for fiscal autonomy and equivalent citizenship, and describes the transforming of Southern society; the evolution of racial attitudes and styles of race relatives; and the emergence of a countrywide country owning significantly accelerated authority and one devoted, for a time, to the primary of equivalent rights for all Americans.

    This “masterful therapy of 1 of the main complicated sessions of yank heritage” (New Republic) is still the normal paintings at the wrenching post-Civil struggle period—an period whose legacy nonetheless reverberates within the usa today.

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  • Roosevelt's Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War

    By Richard Moe

    "In Roosevelt's moment Act Richard Moe has proven in terrific model that what may appear to were an inevitable selection of relatively little curiosity was once faraway from it." ―David McCullough

    On August 31, 1939, nearing the top of his moment and most likely ultimate time period in workplace, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used to be operating within the Oval workplace and considering development of his presidential library and making plans retirement. the following day German tanks had crossed the Polish border; Britain and France had declared struggle. in a single day the realm had replaced, and FDR discovered himself being compelled to contemplate a dramatically assorted set of situations. In Roosevelt's moment Act, Richard Moe specializes in a turning element in American political historical past: FDR's determination to hunt a 3rd time period. frequently neglected among the passage and implementation of the recent Deal and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, that call used to be faraway from inevitable. because the election loomed, he refused to remark, confiding in not anyone, scrambling the politics of his personal get together; yet after the Republicans unusually nominated Wendell Willkie in July 1940, FDR grew to become confident that no different Democrat might either continue the legitimacy of the hot Deal and mobilize the state for struggle. With Hitler at the verge of conquering Europe, Roosevelt, nonetheless hedging, started to maneuver his method to the guts of the political degree. Moe bargains an excellent depiction of the duality that was once FDR: The daring, perceptive, prescient and ethical statesman who set lofty and principled targets, and the occasionally wary, bold, boastful and manipulative baby-kisser in pursuit of them. Immersive, insightful and written with an inside of knowing of the presidency, this ebook demanding situations and illuminates our knowing of FDR and this pivotal second in American history.

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  • Touring South Carolina's Revolutionary War Sites (Touring the Backroads)

    By Daniel W. Barefoot

    The textual content tells the tale of the Revolution in South Carolina because it examines particular conflict websites. comprises 21 excursions of websites reminiscent of Cowpens, Ninety-Six, Camden, Eutaw Springs, and Kings Mountain. it is also proper ancient websites in lots of of South Carolina's cities, together with Charleston, Columbia, Winnsboro, and Georgetown.
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