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By David Hackett Fischer

Liberty and freedom: americans agree that those values are basic to our kingdom, yet what do they suggest? How have their meanings replaced via time? during this new quantity of cultural background, David Hackett Fischer exhibits how those various principles shape an intertwined strand that runs during the middle of yankee lifestyles.
Fischer examines liberty and freedom now not as philosophical or political abstractions, yet as folkways and renowned ideals deeply embedded in American tradition. Tocqueville known as them "habits of the heart." From the earliest colonies, american citizens have shared beliefs of liberty and freedom, yet with very diverse meanings. Like DNA those principles have remodeled and recombined in each one iteration.
The e-book arose from Fischer's discovery that the phrases themselves had differing origins: the Latinate "liberty" implied separation and independence. the foundation that means of "freedom" (akin to "friend") connoted attachment: the rights of belonging in a group of freepeople. the strain among the 2 senses has been a resource of clash and creativity all through American background.
Liberty & Freedom experiences the folks background of these principles via greater than four hundred visions, photos, and logos. It starts with the yankee Revolution, and explores the that means of latest England's Liberty Tree, Pennsylvania's Liberty Bells, Carolina's Liberty Crescent, and "Don't Tread on Me" rattlesnakes. within the new republic, the hunt for a typical American image gave new aspiring to Yankee Doodle, Uncle Sam, leave out Liberty, and plenty of different icons. within the Civil struggle, american citizens divided over liberty and freedom. in a while, new common visions have been invented by way of those that had previously been excluded from a loose society--African american citizens, American Indians, and immigrants. the 20th century observed liberty and freedom validated through enemies and contested at domestic, but it introduced the best outpouring of recent visions, from Franklin Roosevelt's 4 Freedoms to Martin Luther King's "dream" to Janis Joplin's "nothin' left to lose."
Illustrated in complete colour with a wealthy number of pictures, Liberty and Freedom is, actually, an eye-opening paintings of history--stimulating, large-spirited, and eventually, inspiring.

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By William Marvel

A revealing examine Lincoln’s activities in 1862—and a state in the course of war

Lincoln’s Darkest yr bargains a gripping narrative of 1862, a pivotal yr in our country’s Civil struggle. wonder keeps the tale he all started in Mr. Lincoln is going to struggle, which occupied with Lincoln’s first yr in workplace, back hoping on lately unearthed basic resources and little-known money owed to color an image of this severe 12 months in newfound aspect. Lincoln’s Darkest 12 months highlights not only the activities but additionally the deeper motivations of the key figures, together with basic Ulysses S. provide, Jefferson Davis, George McClellan, Stonewall Jackson, and, such a lot particularly, Lincoln himself. because the motion darts from the White condo to the battlefields and again, wonder sheds new gentle at the hardships continued by means of daily voters and the immense and sustained public competition to the war.

The moment in a deliberate four-part sequence at the Civil conflict, and the 1st significant reexamination in over fifty years, Lincoln’s Darkest yr stands except conventional assumptions and narratives concerning the early years of the Civil battle. surprise combines fluid prose and scholarship with the talents of an investigative historic detective to unearth the genuine tale of our nation’s maximum predicament.

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Download E-books America: The Last Best Hope, Volume I: From the Age of Discovery to a World at War PDF

By William J. Bennett

America, how good are you aware your history?

• Who quelled a coup d'etat by way of placing on a couple of analyzing glasses?
• Which U.S. senator was once approximately caned to demise at the Senate flooring?
• Which first girl refused to serve alcohol within the White residence?
• What recognized inventor was once referred to as to discover the assassin's bullet in President Garfield's again?
• Which profitable candidate for president insisted on telling the reality approximately his intercourse scandal?
• Which liked ex-president raced with loss of life and poverty to put in writing his best-selling memoirs and which well-known stand-up comedian got here to his rescue?
• Which president rigorously learn the trial notes of 303 condemned Sioux warriors and spared all yet 38 from the hangman's noose?
• Which "four-eyed" destiny president beat up a drunken bully in a saloon?

In his Farewell tackle, Ronald Reagan stated if we put out of your mind what we've got performed, we'll fail to remember who we're. This e-book, written through one in every of Reagan's such a lot dependable lieutenants, responds to Reagan's heartfelt demand an educated patriotism.

We all want to know extra approximately this land we like. during this gripping story of a state, our country's earlier comes alive. here's the tale of these we selected to guide us and what they did with the outstanding energy we gave them. sign up for invoice Bennett for the nice experience. America's instructor will lead you on a voyage of discovery.

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"William J. Bennett artfully and subtly makes connections among our prior and present occasions, reminding us ... that we're in detail and instantly hooked up to the intense american citizens who've bestowed upon us our nice heritage.... [T]he value of the US: The final top desire most likely exceeds something Dr. Bennett has ever written, and it truly is extra elegantly crafted and eminently readable than any finished paintings of background I've learn in a long time. It's foolish to check nice works of background to nice novels, yet this ebook really is a page-turner.... organize to have your religion in, wish for, and love of the United States renewed."
-Brad Miner, American Compass

"The function of heritage is to notify, encourage, and occasionally impress us, that is why invoice Bennett's splendidly readable booklet is so very important. He places our nation's triumphs, in addition to its lapses, into the context of a story concerning the development of freedom. from time to time it's beneficial to be reminded that we're a lucky humans, blessed with generations of leaders who time and again renewed the that means of America."
-Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

"For too lengthy americans were trying to find a historical past of our state that tells the tale of America's triumphs in addition to its tragedies. Now invoice Bennett has come ahead with America: The final most sensible Hope, which tells the story-fairly and fully-from 1492 to 1914. american citizens who've been interpreting fresh biographies of the Founding Fathers will love this book."
-Michael Barone, US information & international Report

"Bill Bennett's e-book will stand as probably crucial addition to American scholarship at this, the beginning of the recent century. For the earlier fifty years American historians have both distorted American background or lowered it to a multitude of dull indictments of our cultural and political historical past. With this publication Bennett deals to americans old and young a thrilling and relaxing historical past of what makes the USA the best country in the world.
-Brian Kennedy, president, The Claremont Institute

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By Tom Hayden

Based on exceptional entry to either Cuban and American officers, a e-book that provides clean perception into considered one of history's such a lot enigmatic relationships among nation-states—from one in all America's best-known voices of political and social activism.

Listen, Yankee! offers an account of Cuban politics from Tom Hayden's distinct place as an observer of Cuba and as a US progressive scholar chief whose efforts to mobilize political switch within the US reflected the novel transformation at the same time occurring in Cuba.

Chapters are dedicated to the writings of Che Guevara, Régis Debray, and C. Wright turbines; the Cuban missile situation; the elements Underground; the assassination of JFK; the powerful ancient hyperlinks among Cuba and Africa; the Carter period; the Clinton period; the Cuban 5; Elián González; and the December 17, 2014 announcement of normalization by means of presidents Obama and Castro.

Hayden places the current second into ancient context, and indicates how we are eventually discovering universal flooring to the benefit of Cubans and americans alike. 

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By Alan Brinkley

The younger president who introduced vigour and glamour to the White condo whereas he faced chilly struggle crises in another country and demands social switch at home

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was once a brand new form of president. He redefined how american citizens got here to work out the nation's leader government. He was once forty-three whilst he was once inaugurated in 1961—the youngest guy ever elected to the office—and he personified what he known as the "New Frontier" because the usa entered the 1960s.

But as Alan Brinkley indicates during this incisive and energetic evaluate, the truth of Kennedy's achievements used to be even more advanced than the legend. His short presidency encountered major failures—among them the Bay of Pigs fiasco, which forged its shadow on approximately each national-security selection that undefined. yet Kennedy additionally had successes, between them the Cuban Missile challenge and his belated yet strong stand opposed to segregation.

Kennedy looked as if it would continue to exist a knife's part, relocating from one drawback to another—Cuba, Laos, Berlin, Vietnam, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. His arguable public lifestyles reflected his hidden deepest lifestyles. He took dangers that might appear reckless or even foolhardy after they emerged from secrecy years later.

Kennedy's lifestyles, and his violent and surprising demise, reshaped our view of the presidency. Brinkley provides us a whole photograph of the fellow, his instances, and his enduring legacy.

ALAN BRINKLEY is the writer so much lately of The writer: Henry Luce and His American Century, which was once a Pulitzer Prize finalist. he's additionally the writer of Voices of Protest: Huey lengthy, Father Coughlin, and the nice melancholy, which gained the nationwide e-book Award, the tip of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and battle, and Liberalism and its Discontents. he's the Allan Nevins Professor of background and Provost Emeritus at Columbia college. He has additionally taught at Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge.

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Download E-books American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and the History of Religious Intolerance PDF

By Peter Gottschalk

In the midst of the 19th century a gaggle of political activists in manhattan urban joined jointly to problem a non secular workforce they believed have been opposed to the yank values of liberty and freedom. referred to as the understand Nothings, they began riots in the course of elections, tarred and feathered their political enemies, and barred males from employment in line with their faith. the crowd that brought on this uproar?: Irish and German Catholics―then often called the main villainous non secular team in the USA, and largely believed to be unswerving in simple terms to the Pope. it'll take one other hundred years prior to Catholics threw off those xenophobic accusations and joined the yank mainstream. the concept that the USA is a stronghold of non secular freedom is imperative to our identification as a nation―and completely at odds with the old list. In American Heretics, historian Peter Gottschalk lines the arc of yankee spiritual discrimination and exhibits that, faraway from the dominant protestant religions being stored in payment by way of the separation among church and nation, spiritual teams from Quakers to Judaism were subjected to comparable styles of persecution. at the present time, a lot of those related spiritual teams that have been as soon as considered as anti-thetical to American values are embraced as proof of our robust non secular heritage―giving wish to brand new Muslims, Sikhs, and different non secular teams now less than hearth.

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By John Garvey

Every little thing replaced at the morning of December 7, 1941, and lifestyles in San Francisco was once no exception. Flush with pleasure and tourism within the wake of the 1939 Golden Gate foreign Exposition, the town used to be surprised on the severity of the Pearl Harbor assault, and fast settled into geared up chaos with its new position as a huge deployment heart for the rest of the conflict. "Frisco" teemed with servicemen and servicewomen in the course of and after the clash, endlessly altering the face of this waterfront urban. Warships roamed the bay, and fearsome gun embankments seemed at the cliffs dealing with the ocean, getting ready to repel an invasion that by no means occurred.

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Download E-books Fueling the Gilded Age: Railroads, Miners, and Disorder in Pennsylvania Coal Country (Culture, Labor, History) PDF

If the railroads received the Gilded Age, the coal misplaced it. Railroads epitomized smooth administration, excessive expertise, and gigantic economies of scale. by means of comparability, the coal was once embarrassingly primitive. Miners and operators dug coal, obtained it, and offered it in 1900 within the related ways in which that they had for generations. within the renowned mind's eye, coal miners epitomized anti-modern forces because the so-called “Molly Maguire” terrorists.    
Yet the sleekly glossy railroads have been completely based upon the disorderly coal undefined. Railroad managers demanded that coal operators and miners settle for the only subordinate function implied by means of their prestige. They refused.   
Fueling the Gilded Age indicates how disease within the coal disrupted the strategic plans of the railroads. It does so through expertly intertwining the heritage of 2 industriesrailroads and coal miningthat historians have mostly tested from separate vantage issues. It exhibits the fantastic connections among railroad administration and miner organizing; railroad freight price constitution and coal mine operations; railroad approach and strictly neighborhood felony precedents. It combines social, financial, and institutional ways to provide an explanation for the Gilded Age from the point of view of the relative losers of historical past instead of the winners. It beckons readers to envision the still-unresolved nature of America’s nationwide conundrum: how you can reconcile the competing calls for of nationwide organizations, neighborhood companies, and employees.   

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By Stephen Sestanovich

From a author with lengthy and high-level adventure within the U.S. executive, a startling and provocative evaluation of America’s worldwide dominance. Maximalist places the heritage of our international coverage in an unforeseen new mild, whereas drawing clean, compelling classes for the current and future.

When the us has succeeded on the planet, Stephen Sestanovich argues, it has performed so now not by way of staying the path yet through having to alter it—usually amid deep controversy and uncertainty. for many years, the USA has been an influence like no different. but presidents and coverage makers fear that they—and, much more, their predecessors—haven’t gotten issues correct. different countries, they are saying to themselves, give a contribution little to assembly universal demanding situations. foreign associations paintings badly. a good international coverage bills an excessive amount of. Public help is shaky. Even the best successes usually didn’t think that means on the time.      
Sestanovich explores the dramatic result of American international primacy equipped on those apprehensive foundations, recounting cycles of overcommitment and underperformance, highs of feat and self assurance by way of lows of doubt. We might imagine there has been a time while America’s foreign position mirrored bipartisan cohesion, coverage continuity, and a distinct skill to paintings with others, yet Maximalist tells a distinct story—one of divided administrations and divisive choice making, of clashes with buddies and allies, of standard makes an attempt to set a brand new path. Doing an excessive amount of has consistently been through doing too little, and vice versa.

Maximalist reveals the backroom tales and personalities that carry American international coverage to existence. Who knew how tough Lyndon Johnson fought to stick out of the battle in Vietnam—or how frequently Henry Kissinger ridiculed the assumption of traveling China? Who recalls that George Bush Sr. discovered Ronald Reagan’s international relations too passive—or that Bush Jr. thought of invoice Clinton’s too lively? Leaders and scoundrels alike emerge from this retelling in sharper concentration than ever ahead of. Sestanovich unearths classes some time past that expect and make clear our chaotic current.

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By Wallace Stegner

The essays, memoirs, letters, and speeches during this quantity have been written over a interval of twenty-five years, a time during which the West witnessed fast alterations to its cultural and ordinary historical past, and Wallace Stegner emerged as a massive conservationist and novelist. This assortment is split into sections: the 1st good points eloquent sketches of the West's historical past and atmosphere, directing our mind's eye to the elegant great thing about such areas as San Juan and Glen Canyon; the concluding part examines the nation of Western literature, of the legendary prior as opposed to the decreased current, and analyzes the problems dealing with any modern Western author. The Sound of Mountain Water is either a hymn to the Western panorama, an confirmation of the desire embodied therein, and a cautious research of the West's cultural and usual legacy.

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