U.s. History - Constitutional
Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America: And a Stay of Several Years Along the Missouri (During the Years 1824, '25, '26, and 1827)
Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America
And a Stay of Several Years Along the Missouri (During the Years 1824, '25, '26, and 1827)
Paperback      ISBN: 0826221432
The mass migrations to the United States from Europe that began in the 1830s were strongly influenced by what is known today as emigration literature--travelers' writings about their experiences in the New World. Such accounts were particularly popular with German readers; over 150 examples of the genre were published in Germany between 1827 and 1856. Gottfried Duden's Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America, published in 1829, was one of the most influential of these books. The timing, format, coverage, and literary qualities of the Report, and its idyllic descriptions of pioneer farming in Missouri, combined to make it an instant success. It attracted thousands of Germans to the Midwest, and particularly to Missouri, the focus of Duden's account. This edited and annotated translation is the first complete version to be published in English. It provides for the general public and the professional historian a significant contribution to U.S. immigration history and a unique and delightful fragment of Missouri's rich German heritage. Duden presented his account in the form of personal letters, a style that helped make the book believable. The Mississippi- Missouri valley reminded him of his native Rhineland where the rivers facilitated trade and transportation, and fertile river bottomland offers the perfect environment for agriculture. Duden farmed the land he bought during his sojourn in Missouri, and his book includes meticulous descriptions of clearing, fencing, and harvesting. His pro-emigration bias, colored by the fact that he himself had been able to hire help on his Missouri farm, made his view of the farmer's life, it turned out, more idyllic than practical. Many would-be gentlemen farmers, inspired by his book to come to Missouri, found pioneer farming more strenuous than they had expected.
A Right to Bear Arms?: The Contested Role of History in Contemporary Debates on the Second Amendment
A Right to Bear Arms?
The Contested Role of History in Contemporary Debates on the Second Amendment
Hardcover      ISBN: 1944466258
"The history of firearm use and possession is a topic of considerable contemporary debate. Yet, what do we actually know about firearms in the Anglo-American tradition? How is the history of firearms taught and remembered? In recent years historians and legal scholars have examined different threads of the densely interwoven relationships between firearms and American culture and society. This history stretches back to 14th-century England and includes locations as diverse as Puritan Massachusetts and 19th-century Dodge City. Rather than assume a static, unchanging relationship to firearms, historians and legal scholars have shown that this history has been closely related to the broader processes of social change that transformed American society from an early modern pre-industrial culture governed by a powerful monarch to a multi-cultural industrial democracy. The book addresses aspects of the current state of historical scholarship on firearms; offers a rare, bipartisan view of the significant breadthof the current state of historical scholarship on firearms history; and includes views of legal practitioners with divergent interpretations of the current meaning of the Second Amendment."--Provided by publisher.
Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper
Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper
Paperback      ISBN: 0809083884
The true history of a legendary American folk hero In the 1820s, a fellow named Sam Patch grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, working there (when he wasn't drinking) as a mill hand for one of America's new textile companies. Sam made a name for himself one day by jumping seventy feet into the tumultuous waters below Pawtucket Falls. When in 1827 he repeated the stunt in Paterson, New Jersey, another mill town, an even larger audience gathered to cheer on the daredevil they would call the "Jersey Jumper." Inevitably, he went to Niagara Falls, where in 1829 he jumped not once but twice in front of thousands who had paid for a good view. The distinguished social historian Paul E. Johnson gives this deceptively simple story all its deserved richness, revealing in its characters and social settings a virtual microcosm of Jacksonian America. He also relates the real jumper to the mythic Sam Patch who turned up as a daring moral hero in the works of Hawthorne and Melville, in London plays and pantomimes, and in the spotlight with Davy Crockett-a Sam Patch who became the namesake of Andrew Jackson's favorite horse. In his shrewd and powerful analysis, Johnson casts new light on aspects of American society that we may have overlooked or underestimated. This is innovative American history at its best.

Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification
Slavery's Constitution
From Revolution to Ratification
Paperback      ISBN: 0809016508
Identifies a key link between slavery and the creation of the U.S. Constitution, examining how the document contains six clauses pertaining to slavery while never mentioning the institution directly, in a report that reveals how slavery played a role in every major issue in pre-Civil War America. Reprint.
A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism
A Sovereign People
The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism
Hardcover      ISBN: 0465060889
The Baruch Presidential Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center shows how George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and John Adams navigated the nation through four successive crises, extended the power of the federal government and fended off foreign attempts to subvert American sovereignty. 15,000 first printing.
The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution
The Summer of 1787
The Men Who Invented the Constitution
Paperback      ISBN: 0743286936
Traces the events of the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 to offer insight into how its delegates worked to establish the world's first constitutional democracy, in a historical account that covers such topics as the fierce conflicts that influenced the writing of the Constitution, the issues that divided the states, and the contributions of key players. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It
The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It
Paperback      ISBN: 1891743155
In The U.S. Constitution & Fascinating Facts About It you'll see the entire text of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence‚Äďand much more! You'll find interesting insights into the men who wrote the Constitution, how it was created, and how the Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution in the two centuries since its creation.

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation
The United States Constitution
A Graphic Adaptation
Paperback      ISBN: 0809094703
An illustrated account of the American Constitution covers each article and amendment in a graphic format designed to render its meanings more relevant and accessible to modern readers, in a volume that addresses such topics as the separation of church and state, the break from the monarchy, and the limits imposed on presidential power. Simultaneous.
The United States Constitution: What It Says, What It Means: A Hip Pocket Guide
The United States Constitution: What It Says, What It Means
A Hip Pocket Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0195304438
Affordable, readable, and indispensable,The United States Constitution: What it Says, What it Means allows you to put the most important document in American history in your back pocket. In conjunction with Justice Learning and The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and with an introduction written by Caroline Kennedy and an afterword written by David Eisenhower, this pocket guide appeals to the broadest possible audience. Each Article and each Amendment is followed by a clear and concise explanation, in plain English, that is suitable for both middle and high school students. On December 8, 2004 President Bush officially signed Constitution Day into law. The law mandates that each year, on September 17th, schools and colleges that receive federal money are required to teach the Constitution. The new law was championed in Congress by Sen. Robert Byrd who famously carries around a copy of the document in his pocket. Sen. Byrd became increasingly alarmed at the lack of civics education-specifically relating to the Constitution-in our public schools and he wanted to take action. Lightweight, easy to use and easy for everyone to understand The United States Constitution: What it Says, What it Means is an excellent way for students and citizens of all ages to read and completely comprehend the building block of American democracy. Justice Learning (www.justicelearning.org), is a comprehensive on-line resource that offers wide-ranging non-partisan materials relating to civics education.
The War of 1812
The War of 1812
Paperback      ISBN: 1841764663
The War of 1812-1815 was a bloody confrontation that tore through the American frontier, the British colonies of Upper and Lower Canada, and parts of the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The conflict saw British, American, and First Nations' forces clash, and in the process, shape the future of North American history. This exciting new volume explains what led to America's decision to take up arms against Great Britain and assesses the three terrible years of fighting that followed on land and sea, where battles such as Lake Erie and Lake Champlain launched American naval traditions.