U.s. History - Constitutional
Paperback ISBN: 0375709185
The author of Sentimental Democracy describes how the United States celebrated fifty years of independence in 1826, describing the events and personalities of the time, America's political culture, the nation's attempt to reconcile its past and future, and the lives of America's ordinary men and women. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence
Paperback ISBN: 0674066227
Here in a newly annotated edition are the two founding documents of the United States of America: the Declaration of Independence (1776), our great revolutionary manifesto, and the Constitution (1787-88), in which “We the People” forged a new nation and built the framework for our federal republic. Together with the Bill of Rights and the Civil War amendments, these documents constitute what James Madison called our “political scriptures” and have come to define us as a people. Now a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian serves as a guide to these texts, providing historical contexts and offering interpretive commentary.
A Benjamin Franklin Reader
Paperback ISBN: 0743273982
A companion volume to Benjamin Franklin: An American Life presents a definitive version of Franklin's Autobiography, along with a selection of some of his most important writings, including "The Art of Conversation" and "Rules for Promoting Matrimonial Happiness," all accompanied by a helpful introduction, commentary, and notes. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Blood on the Moon
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Paperback ISBN: 0813191513
Blood on the Moon examines the evidence, myths, and lies surrounding the political assassination that dramatically altered the course of American history. Was John Wilkes Booth a crazed loner acting out of revenge, or was he the key player in a wide conspiracy aimed at removing the one man who had crushed the Confederacy's dream of independence? Edward Steers Jr. crafts an intimate, engaging narrative of the events leading to Lincoln's death and the political, judicial, and cultural aftermaths of his assassination.
The British at the Gates
The New Orleans Campaign in the War of 1812
Paperback ISBN: 1896941257
In 1814, the final year of the War of 1812, Britain mounted a massive seaborne assault against the United States. The British burned Washington, forcing President Madison and his cabinet to flee, but the Americans succeeded in fending off an assault on Baltimore (commemorated in the words of the American National Anthem). By the end of 1812 the British had sailed southward to launch a bold attack on New Orleans, which was defeated by the Americans under the inspired leadership of Andrew Jackson.Reilly's account of the Battle of New Orleans and the events that led up to it was first published to great acclaim in 1974. It is still regarded by many experts as unsurpassed. This is the first paperback edition. The text has been reset and the maps redrawn, and there are more pictures.
Burning of Washington
The British Invasion of 1814
Paperback ISBN: 1557504253
With all the immediacy of an eyewitness account, Anthony Pitch tells the dramatic story of the British invasion of Washington in the summer of 1814, an episode many call a defining moment in the coming-of-age of the United States. The British torched the Capitol, the White House, and many other public buildings, setting off an inferno that illuminated the countryside for miles and sending President James Madison scurrying out of town while his wife Dolley rescued a life-sized portrait of George Washington from the flames. The author's gripping narrative--hailed by a White House curator, a Senate historian, and the chairman of the National Geographic Society, among others--is filled with vivid details of the attack. Not confining his story to Washington, Pitch also describes the brave, resourceful defense of nearby Fort McHenry and tells how Francis Scott Key, a British hostage on a ship near the Baltimore harbor during the fort's bombardment, wrote a poem that became the national anthem.
The Constitution in 2020
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0195387961
The Constitution in 2020 is a powerful blueprint for implementing a more progressive vision of constitutional law in the years ahead. Edited by two of America's leading constitutional scholars, the book provides a new framework for addressing the most important constitutional issues of the future in clear, accessible language. Featuring some of America's finest legal minds--Cass Sunstein, Bruce Ackerman, Robert Post, Harold Koh, Larry Kramer, Noah Feldman, Pam Karlan, William Eskridge, Mark Tushnet, Yochai Benkler and Richard Ford, among others--the book tackles a wide range of issues, including the challenge of new technologies, presidential power, international human rights, religious liberty, freedom of speech, voting, reproductive rights, and economic rights. The Constitution in 2020 calls on liberals to articulate their constitutional vision in a way that can command the confidence of ordinary Americans.
America's First Admiral
Hardcover ISBN: 1574883984
"Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" With those words, David Glasgow Farragut led a fleet of Union warships into Mobile Bay, where he achieved one of the most celebrated victories in American naval history. What separates the good officer from the great one, writes historian Robert J. Schneller, Jr., is the courage to make difficult decisions in the heat of combat despite personal fear or the awful realization that some men will have to pay in blood. Farragut's personal attributes, such as his sharp intelligence and confidence, his keen situational awareness, and his courage to act boldly at decisive moments, produced the Union's most important naval victories and resulted in his appointment as the U. S. Navy's first admiral. These qualities made Farragut the greatest naval officer, Union or Confederate, of the Civil War and, indeed, the most outstanding U. S. naval officer of the nineteenth century.
Paperback ISBN: 0674035739
The John Harvard Library edition of the classic American essay with an introduction by Cass Sunstein.
The Life of Oliver Ellsworth
Hardcover ISBN: 1935191160
“Americans have a seemingly unquenchable thirst for knowledge of our Founding Fathers. Now Michael Toth brings us the story of Oliver Ellsworth, key member of the Constitutional Convention, sponsor of the Judiciary Act in the Senate, and chief justice for four crucial years. Ellsworth was a critical figure, and Toth describes his contributions with clear prose and an eagle eye for legal argument.