Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877

By Brenda Wineapple

Impressive in scope, Ecstatic Nation illuminates the most dramatic and momentous chapters in America's earlier, whilst the rustic dreamed colossal, craved new lands and new freedom, and was once bitterly divided over its nice ethical improper: slavery.
 
With a canvas of striking characters, akin to P. T. Barnum, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, and L. C. Q. Lamar, Ecstatic Nation brilliantly balances cultural and political heritage: It's a riveting account of the sectional clash that preceded the Civil warfare, and it astutely chronicles the advanced aftermath of that warfare and Reconstruction, together with the promise that girls might proportion in a new  definition of yankee citizenship. It takes us from photographic surveys of the Sierra Nevadas to the invention of gold within the South Dakota hills, and it indications the painful, exciting delivery of contemporary America.

An epic story by way of award-winning writer Brenda Wineapple, Ecstatic Nation lyrically and with precise originality captures the optimism, the disasters, and the tragic exuberance of a renewed Republic.

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The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's

By Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt, writer of the very important web site TomDispatch.com, takes a scalpel to the yank urge to dominate the globe. Tracing advancements from Sept. 11 to past due final evening, this is often an unforgettable anatomy of a catastrophe that's but to end.

Since 2001, Tom Engelhardt has written commonplace experiences for his renowned website TomDispatch that experience supplied badly-needed perception into U.S. militarism and its results, either at domestic and overseas. while others have been celebrating the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, he warned of the large risks of either occupations.

In The American manner of War, Engelhardt files Washington’s ongoing dedication to army bases to preserve—and extend—its empire; finds damning information regarding the yankee reliance on airpower, at nice fee to civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan; and exhibits that the U.S. empire has deep old roots that precede the Bush administration—and proceed at the present time into the presidency of Barack Obama.

"Tom Engelhardt offers a clear-eyed exam of U.S. international coverage within the Bush and Obama years, and information unsparingly how Obama has inherited -- and in lots of circumstances exacerbated -- the ills of the Bush era.... a major booklet for an individual hoping to appreciate how the U.S. arrived at its present main issue throughout the Bush years, and the way it is still during this difficulty regardless of Obama's most sensible efforts -- or even as a result of them."
—Daniel Luban, Inter-Press Service

“Tom Engelhardt is between our so much trenchant critics of yank perpetual conflict. Like I. F. Stone within the Nineteen Sixties, he has an uncanny skill to ferret out and spot sincerely the gruesome truths hidden in executive reviews and facts. No cynic, he regularly measures the sordid fact opposed to a vivid imaginative and prescient of an the USA that lives as much as its optimum ideals.”
—Juan R. Cole, Professor of background on the collage of Michigan

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Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America's First Sensational Murder Mystery

By Paul Collins

Duel with the satan is acclaimed historian Paul Collins’ notable actual account of a wonderful turn-of-the-19th century homicide and the trial that ensued – a showdown during which iconic political opponents Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to ensure justice was once performed. nonetheless our nation’s longest operating “cold case,” the secret of Elma Sands eventually involves a detailed with this publication, which promises the 1st big holiday within the case in over 2 hundred years.
within the ultimate days of 1799, the USA used to be nonetheless a tender republic. Waging a fierce conflict for its doubtful destiny have been political events: the well-moneyed Federalists, led through Alexander Hamilton, and the populist Republicans, led through Aaron Burr. the 2 best attorneys in manhattan, Burr and Hamilton have been sour competitors either out and in of the court, and because the subsequent election approached—with new york prone to be the swing district on which the presidency might hinge—their animosity reached a crescendo. relevant to their dispute was once the ny water offer, which Burr observed not only as a chance to aid a urban devastated via epidemics yet as an opportunity to heal his battered finances.

But every thing replaced whilst Elma Sands, a stunning younger Quaker lady, used to be stumbled on lifeless in Burr's newly developed big apple good. The awful crime fast gripped the kingdom, and prior to lengthy accusations settled on considered one of Elma’s suitors, good-looking younger chippie Levi Weeks. because the enraged urban demanded a noose be draped round the accused murderer’s neck, the one query appeared to be no matter if Levi may make it to trial or be lynched first.

The younger man’s merely desire was once to rent a felony dream crew. And therefore it used to be that New York’s such a lot sour political opponents and maximum lawyers did the unthinkable—they teamed up.

At as soon as an soaking up felony mystery and an expertly crafted portrait of the us throughout the time of the Founding Fathers, Duel with the satan is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction.

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Hallowed Ground: A Walk at Gettysburg (Crown Journeys)

By James M. McPherson

“[I]n a bigger experience, we will now not dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we can't hallow—this flooring. The courageous males, residing and lifeless, who struggled the following, have consecrated it, some distance above our energy so as to add or detract.”
—President Abraham Lincoln

James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of Battle Cry of Freedom, and arguably the best Civil conflict historian on this planet, walks us during the website of the bloodiest and maybe so much consequential conflict ever fought via americans.

The occasions that happened at Gettysburg are etched into our collective reminiscence, as they served to alter the process the Civil conflict and with it the process heritage. greater than the other position within the usa, Gettysburg is certainly hallowed floor. It’s no shock that it really is one of many nation’s so much visited websites (nearly million annual visitors), attracting travelers, army buffs, and scholars of yank background.

McPherson, who has led numerous excursions of Gettysburg through the years, makes stops at Seminary Ridge, the Peach Orchard, Cemetery Hill, and Little around most sensible, between different key destinations. He displays at the that means of the conflict, describes the occasions of these bad 3 days in July 1863, and areas the fight within the larger context of yankee and international heritage. alongside the best way, he intersperses tales of his personal encounters with where over a number of many years, in addition to debunking a number of renowned myths concerning the conflict itself.

What introduced these 165,000 soldiers—75,000 accomplice, 90,000 Union—to Gettysburg? Why did they lock themselves in the sort of dying grip throughout those as soon as bucolic fields till 11,000 of them have been killed or mortally wounded, one other 29,000 have been wounded and survived, and approximately 10,000 have been “missing”—mostly captured? What was once comprehensive by means of all of this carnage? sign up for James M. McPherson on a stroll throughout this hallowed flooring as he be encompasses the intensity of that means and historic effect of a spot that helped outline the nation’s personality.

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Biographies of the New American Nation: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and More (Impact on America: Collective Biographies)

A charming sequence that surveys the lives of the political figures and social revolutionaries who formed early U.S. historical past comprises vivid pictures depicting memorable occasions and contributors, a thesaurus, causes of keyword phrases and concepts, and relevant
Title: Biographies of the recent American Nation
Author: Hollar, Sherman (EDT)
Publisher: Rosen Pub Group
Publication Date: 2012/08/10
Number of Pages: 146
Binding variety: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2011045403

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James Madison: A Life Reconsidered

A significant new biography of the fourth U.S. president, from New York Times–bestselling writer Lynne Cheney

James Madison was once a real genius of the early republic, the chief who did greater than the other to create the state we all know this day. This majestic new biography tells his story.

Outwardly reserved, Madison used to be the highbrow motive force in the back of the structure. His visionary political philosophy—eloquently provided within the Federalist Papers—was an important issue at the back of the Constitution’s ratification, and his political savvy was once of significant significance in getting the recent executive underway. As secretary of country less than Thomas Jefferson, he controlled the Louisiana buy, doubling the dimensions of the us. As president, Madison led the rustic in its first struggle lower than the structure, the struggle of 1812. with no precedent to lead him, he could reveal republic may shield its honor and independence whereas final actual to its younger structure.

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Black American Biographies: The Journey of Achievement (African American History and Culture) (African American History and Culture (Hardcover))

By Hope Lourie Killcoyne

Constructing a energy that has drawn power from a hardship-filled previous in addition to optimism for the longer term, African americans have reworked the heritage and tradition of the us. From the abolitionists and civil rights leaders who struggled to safe simple freedoms to the scientists, entertainers, and public servants who've nurtured innovation of their respective fields, African americans have damaged serious boundaries for each American. This quantity profiles lots of these individualsfrom Frederick Douglass to Oprah Winfrey to Barack Obamawhose efforts and concepts proceed to counterpoint the principles of the state.

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United States History: 1789 to 1841: The Developing Nation (Essentials)

By John F. Chilton

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EA’s necessities supply fast and straightforward entry to severe info in quite a few diverse fields, starting from the main simple to the main complex. As its identify implies, those concise, finished learn publications summarize the necessities of the sector lined. necessities are priceless while getting ready for tests, doing homework and may stay an enduring reference resource for college students, academics, and professionals.

United States heritage: 1789 to 1841 comprises Washington and the Federalist period, the Jeffersonian period, the conflict of 1812, the Monroe presidency, the Marshall court docket, the Missouri Compromise, Jacksonian Democracy, Ante-Bellum tradition, take place future, and lengthening sectional tension.

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Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War

By Michael C. C. Adams

Many americans, argues Michael C. C. Adams, are inclined to consider the Civil struggle as extra wonderful, much less lousy, than the truth. hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to battlefields every year as holiday locations, their perceptions of the conflict usually formed through reenactors who work flat out for verisimilitude yet who can't eventually simulate mutilation, insanity, persistent ailment, complex actual decay. In Living Hell, Adams attempts a distinct tack, clustering the voices of myriad real individuals at the firing line or within the health facility ward to create a digital old reenactment.

Perhaps as the usa has no longer obvious traditional battle by itself soil for the reason that 1865, the collective reminiscence of its horror has light, in order that we now have sanitized and romanticized even the adventure of the Civil struggle. Neither movie nor reenactment can totally seize the difficult fact of the four-year clash. Living Hell offers a stark portrait of the human expenses of the Civil conflict and provides readers a extra actual appreciation of its profound and lasting consequences.

Adams examines the pointy distinction among the expectancies of recruits as opposed to the realities of communal dwelling, the big difficulties of dust and publicity, bad nutrition, malnutrition, and affliction. He describes the slaughter produced via close-order wrestle, the problems of cleansing up the battlefields—where tens of hundreds of thousands of useless and wounded usually lay in a space of just a couple of sq. miles—and the ensuing mental harm survivors experienced.

Drawing greatly on letters and memoirs of person squaddies, Adams assembles vibrant debts of the misery accomplice and Union infantrymen confronted day-by-day: disorder, exhaustion, starvation, devastating accidents, and makeshift hospitals the place saws have been usually the clinical device of choice.

Inverting Robert E. Lee's recognized line approximately struggle, Adams means that too many americans turn into keen on battle out of lack of awareness of its terrors. offering a robust counterpoint to Civil battle glorification, Living Hell echoes William Tecumseh Sherman's remark that conflict is cruelty and can't be subtle.

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Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Robert F. Kennedy

"A minor vintage in its laconic, spare, compelling evocation by means of a player of the moving moods and maneuvers of the main harmful second in human history."―Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

During the 13 days in October 1962 while the us faced the Soviet Union over its install of missiles in Cuba, few humans shared the behind-the-scenes tale because it is advised the following through the past due Senator Robert F. Kennedy. during this designated account, he describes all the contributors throughout the occasionally hour-to-hour negotiations, with specific consciousness to the activities and perspectives of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. In a brand new foreword, the celebrated historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., discusses the book's enduring significance and the importance of latest information regarding the obstacle that has come to gentle, specifically from the Soviet Union. 

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