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Download E-books Who Was John F. Kennedy?: Who Was...? PDF

Download E-books Who Was John F. Kennedy?: Who Was...? PDF

By Yona Zeldis McDonough

The guy who stored 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, while he used to be bothered with scarlet fever. even though his presidency was once minimize 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. integrated are a hundred black-and-white illustrations in addition to a timeline that publications readers via this eventful interval in historical past.

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Download E-books Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 PDF

Download E-books Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 PDF

By Grace Elizabeth Hale

Making Whiteness is a profoundly very important paintings that explains how and why whiteness got here to be the sort of the most important, embattled--and distorting--component of twentieth-century American identity.  In intricately textured element and with passionately mastered research, Grace Elizabeth Hale indicates how, while confronted with the energetic citizenship in their ex-slaves after the Civil warfare, white southerners re-established their dominance via a cultural approach in line with violence and actual separation.  And in a daring and transformative research of the that means of segregation for the kingdom as an entire, she explains how white southerners' construction of recent "whiteness" was once, starting within the Nineteen Twenties, taken up by way of the remainder of the country as a manner of implementing a brand new social hierarchy whereas even as developing the semblance of a countrywide, egalitarian, consumerist democracy.

By displaying the very fresh ancient "making" of up to date American whiteness and through reading how the tradition of segregation, in all its murderous contradictions, was once lived, Hale makes it attainable to visualize a destiny open air it. Her imaginative and prescient holds out the tricky promise of a very democratic American id whose percentages are not any longer restricted and disfigured through race.

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Download E-books Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 PDF

Download E-books Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 PDF

By Edwin G. Burrows, Mike Wallace

To ecu explorers, it was once Eden, a paradise of waist-high grasses, towering stands of walnut, maple, chestnut, and oak, and forests that teemed with bears, wolves, raccoons, beavers, otters, and foxes. this day, it's the web site of Broadway and Wall road, the Empire kingdom construction and the Statue of Liberty, and the house of hundreds of thousands of individuals, who've come from each nook of the kingdom and the globe.

In Gotham, Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace have produced a huge paintings of historical past, one who levels from the Indian tribes that settled in and round the island of Manna-hata, to the consolidation of the 5 boroughs into better big apple in 1898. it's an epic narrative, a narrative as sizeable and as diverse because the urban it chronicles, and it underscores that the heritage of latest York is the tale of our kingdom. Readers will relive the tumultuous early years of recent Amsterdam below the Dutch West India corporation, Peter Stuyvesant's despotic regime, Indian wars, slave resistance and rebellion, the progressive struggle and the defeat of Washington's military on Brooklyn Heights, the damaging seven years of British profession, big apple because the nation's first capital, the duel among Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, the Erie Canal and the arriving of the railroads, the expansion of town as a port and monetary heart, the notorious draft riots of the Civil struggle, the nice flood of immigrants, the increase of mass leisure corresponding to vaudeville and Coney Island, the development of the Brooklyn Bridge and the delivery of the skyscraper. right here too is a solid of thousands--the insurgent Jacob Leisler and the reformer Joanna Bethune; Clement Moore, who stored Greenwich Village from the city's street-grid plan; Herman Melville, who painted dissatisfied pix of urban lifestyles; and Walt Whitman, who fortunately celebrated that very same existence. We meet the insurgent Jacob Leisler and the reformer Joanna Bethune; Boss Tweed and his nemesis, cartoonist Thomas Nast; Emma Goldman and Nellie Bly; Jacob Riis and Horace Greeley; police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt; Colonel Waring and his "white angels" (who revolutionized the sanitation department); millionaires John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, August Belmont, and William Randolph Hearst; and enormous quantities extra who left their mark in this nice urban.

The occasions and those who crowd those pages be sure that this can be no mere neighborhood background. it really is in truth a portrait of the center and soul of the United States, and a e-book that might mesmerize all people attracted to the peaks and valleys of yankee existence as present in the best urban on the earth. Gotham is a blinding learn, a fast paced, fabulous narrative that incorporates the reader alongside because it threads 1000s of reports into one nice blockbuster of a book.

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Download E-books Encyclopedia of Revolutionary America, Volumes 1-3 (Facts on File Library of American History) PDF

Download E-books Encyclopedia of Revolutionary America, Volumes 1-3 (Facts on File Library of American History) PDF

By Paul A. Gilje

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Written via comprehensive historian Gilje, those volumes don't simply conceal the continental U.S. however the complete North American continent. Gilje depends upon fundamental resources up to attainable within the alphabetically prepared entries. masking the interval from the French and Indian conflict, in 1754, to the tip of the battle of 1812 (1815), the encyclopedia includes the predicted biographical entries at the Founding Fathers, well known politicians, and well known army leaders, yet a unique attempt has been made to incorporate formerly overlooked teams within the research of this period, akin to local american citizens, African americans, ladies, and the reduce sessions. different subject matters contain army engagements (both significant and minor); elements 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 means of lists of extra interpreting. There are a few black-and-white illustrations incorporated, generally pix. quantity three encompasses a 12-page “Bibliographical consultant to extra Reading,” helpfully damaged down into sections like “Economic Development” and “Foreign Policy.” Following this are with regards to 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 in addition together with thematic maps corresponding to “Ethnic and Racial variety within the British Colonies ahead of 1775” and “Loyalist Stronghold and progressive aid through the American Revolution, 1776–81.” total, this can be an easy-to-use, important, and complete source that might be a necessary addition to the background collections of high-school, educational, and public libraries. additionally to be had as an ebook.

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Download E-books One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History PDF

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By Peter Manseau

A groundbreaking new examine the tale of America

At the guts of the nation's religious heritage are audacious and sometimes violent scenes. however the Puritans and the shining urban at the hill supply us only one solution to comprehend the us. instead of recite American heritage from a Christian vantage element, Peter Manseau proves that what fairly occurred is worthy an in depth, clean glance.

Thomas Jefferson himself amassed books on all religions and required that the new Library of Congress take his books, in view that american citizens had to examine the "twenty gods or no god" he famously famous have been respected by means of his acquaintances. the american citizens who believed in those gods, Manseau fills in America's tale of itself, from the persecuted "witches" at Salem and who they honestly have been, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, from spirituality and cults within the '60s to the hot presidential election the place either applicants have been for the 1st time non-traditional Christians.

One country, lower than Gods shows how even more there's to the heritage we inform ourselves, correct again to the country's earliest days. Dazzling in its scope and sweep, it truly is an American background in contrast to any you might have learn.

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Download E-books Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different PDF

Download E-books Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different PDF

By Gordon S. Wood

During this brilliantly illuminating staff portrait of the boys who got here to be referred to as the Founding Fathers, the incomparable Gordon wooden has written a e-book that heavily asks, "What made those males great?" and indicates us, between many different issues, simply how a lot personality did in truth subject. The lifetime of each—Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, Madison, Paine—is awarded separately in addition to jointly, however the thread that binds those pix jointly is the assumption of personality as a lived fact. They have been participants of the 1st iteration in historical past that used to be self-consciously self-made males who understood that the arc of lives, as of countries, is one in all ethical development.

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Download E-books Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945 PDF

Download E-books Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945 PDF

By Thomas G. Mahnken

No country in contemporary historical past has positioned higher emphasis at the function of expertise in making plans and waging warfare than the us. In global battle II the wholesale mobilization of yank technology and know-how culminated within the detonation of the atomi

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Download E-books Hard Times: An Illustrated Oral History of the Great Depression PDF

Download E-books Hard Times: An Illustrated Oral History of the Great Depression PDF

By Studs Terkel

First released in 1970, Studs Terkel’s bestselling Hard Times has been known as “a large anthem in compliment of the yankee spirit” (Saturday Review) and “an precious record” (The big apple Times). along with his trademark grace and compassion, Terkel inspires a mosaic of stories from those that have been richest to those that have been destitute: politicians, businessmen, artists and writers, racketeers, speakeasy operators, strikers, impoverished farmers, those who have been simply youngsters, and those that take into accout wasting a fortune.

Now, in a good-looking new illustrated version, a variety of Studs’s unforgettable interviews are complemented through photographs from one other wealthy documentary trove of the melancholy event: Farm safeguard management pictures from the Library of Congress. Interspersed during the textual content of Hard Times, those breathtaking photos by means of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Jack Delano, and others extend the human scope of the voices captured within the publication, including a brand new size to Terkel’s incomparable quantity. Hard Times is the precise creation to Terkel’s paintings for brand spanking new readers, in addition to a stunning new addition to any Terkel library.

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Download E-books The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl PDF

Download E-books The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl PDF

By Timothy Egan

"The Worst difficult Time is an epic tale of blind wish and persistence nearly past trust; it's also, as Tim Egan has informed it, a riveting story of bumptious charlatans, conmen, and tricksters, environmental vanity and hubris, political chicanery, and a ruinous lack of understanding of nature's methods. Egan has reached around the generations and taken us the folks who performed out the drama during this devastated land, and makes use of their voices to inform the tale in addition to it could actually ever be told." — Marq de Villiers, writer of Water: The destiny of Our most beneficial Resource

The dirt storms that terrorized America's excessive Plains within the darkest years of the melancholy have been like not anything ever visible ahead of or for the reason that, and the tales of the folk that hung on have by no means been totally informed. Pulitzer Prize–winning manhattan occasions journalist and writer Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen households and their groups during the upward thrust and fall of the area, going from sod houses to new framed homes to huddling in basements with the home windows sealed by means of damp sheets in a futile attempt to maintain the dirt out. He follows their determined makes an attempt to hold on via blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of family. Drawing at the voices of these who stayed and survived—those who, now of their eighties and nineties, will quickly hold their stories to the grave—Egan tells a narrative of persistence and heroism opposed to the backdrop of the good Depression.

As in simple terms nice heritage can, Egan's publication captures the very voice of the days: its grit, pathos, and abiding braveness. Combining the human drama of Isaac's typhoon with the sweep of the yank humans within the nice melancholy, The Worst tough Time is a long-lasting and critical paintings of yankee history.

Timothy Egan is a countrywide firm reporter for the recent York instances. he's the writer of 4 books and the recipient of a number of awards, together with the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

“As person who, as a tender reporter, survived and said at the nice dirt Bowl catastrophe, i like to recommend this e-book as a dramatic, intriguing, and exact account of that tremendous and lethal phenomenon. this can be can’t-put-it-down history.” —Walter Cronkite

"The Worst not easy Time is magnificent: ribbed like surf, and battering us with a countrywide epic that ranks moment simply to the Revolution and the Civil warfare. Egan understands this and convincingly claims acceptance for his subject—as we as a rustic eventually entire, first with Lewis and Clark, after which for 'the maximum generation,' a lot of whose participants in fact have been additionally survivors of the hardships of the nice melancholy. this can be a banner, heartfelt yet informative booklet, filled with strength, learn, and compassion." —Edward Hoagland, writer of Compass issues: How I Lived

"Here's a good actual story—who may positioned it down? Egan humanizes airborne dirt and dust Bowl background by way of telling the vibrant tales of the households who stayed in the back of. One loves the folk and admires Egan's energy and sympathy." —Annie Dillard, writer of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

"The American West received fortunate while Tim Egan centred his acute powers of statement on its earlier and current. Egan's extraordinary mixture of transparent research and hot empathy anchors his portrait of the ladies and males who hung on to their places—and hung on to their souls—through the approximately incredible miseries of the airborne dirt and dust Bowl. This publication presents the best psychological workout for individuals eager to deepen, increase, and advance their puzzling over the connection of people to this earth." —Patricia N. Limerick, writer of The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken prior of the yank West

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