U.s. History - Late 19th Century
American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam
American Apostles
When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam
Hardcover      ISBN: 0809023989
The surprising tale of the first American Protestant missionaries to proselytize in the Muslim world On November 3, 1819, Pliny Fisk and Levi Parsons embarked from Boston on the first American mission to the Middle East. A year later they were joined by their friend Jonas King. Poor boys reared on hardscrabble New England farms and steeped in evangelical piety, they imagined themselves martyrs to the cause of converting the world. So too did their large and devoted following in the United States. Christine Leigh Heyrman's American Apostles brilliantly chronicles the first collision between American evangelicalism and the diverse religious cultures of the Levant. The founding members of the "Palestine mission" thrilled readers with tales of crossing the Sinai and exploring Cairo and Jerusalem. But their missions did not go according to plan. The Muslims of the Middle East showed no interest in converting. Instead of saving souls, the New Englanders found themselves engaging scholars in theological debate, marveling at the local folkways, and pursuing an elusive Bostonian convert to Islam. From the start, the American encounter with Islam was an unstable mix of crusading vigor and cosmopolitan curiosity. In the end, Heyrman argues that the failure of the foreign missions movement bolstered a more militant Christianity that became America's unofficial creed. The missionaries did not convert Muslims but they did transform themselves--with political and religious legacies that last to this day.
Bringing Down the Colonel: The Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the
Bringing Down the Colonel
The Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took On Washington
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374252661
Relates the story of Madeline Pollard, an unlikely nineteenth-century women's rights crusader who brought the man who "ruined" her, and the hypocrisy of America's control of women's sexuality, to trial and won.
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
The Bully Pulpit
Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
Hardcover      ISBN: 141654786x
Doris Kearns Goodwin, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Team of Rivals, captures the Progressive Era through the story of the broken friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, culminating in their running against one another for president in 1912.
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
The Bully Pulpit
Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
Paperback      ISBN: 1416547878
One of the Best Books of the Year as chosen by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Time, USA TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, and more. “A tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue
Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West
Cattle Kingdom
The Hidden History of the Cowboy West
Paperback      ISBN: 1328470253
“The best all-around study of the American Cowboy ever written. A must-read!”—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America The open-range cattle era lasted barely a quarter century, but it left America irrevocably changed. These few decades saw the greatest boom-and-bust cycle until the Depression, the invention of the assembly line, the dawn of the conservation movement, and the birth of American legends, like the cowboy. Yet this extraordinary time has remained unexamined for decades. Cattle Kingdom reveals how the West rose and fell, and how its legacy defines us today. The tale takes us from dust-choked cattle drives to the unlikely splendors of boomtowns like Abilene, Kansas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. We meet a diverse cast, from cowboy Teddy Blue to failed rancher and future president Teddy Roosevelt. Christopher Knowlton shows us how they and others like them could achieve so many outsized feats: killing millions of bison, building the first opera house on the open range, driving cattle by the thousands, and much more. Cattle Kingdom is a revelatory new view of the Old West.
The Children's Blizzard
The Children's Blizzard
Paperback      ISBN: 0060520760
Describes the deadly 1888 snowstorm in the Great Plains that killed more than five hundred people including numerous schoolchildren, describing how the storm devastated immigrant families and dramatically affected pioneer advancement.
Custer
Custer
Hardcover      ISBN: 1451626207
In this lavishly illustrated volume, Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry, the American West's greatest chronicler, delivers a defining portrait of the life and legacy of the West's most legendary figure, George Armstrong Custer. On June 25, 1876, George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry attacked a large Lakota Cheyenne village on the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory. He lost not only the battle but also his life—and the lives of all his men. It was the U.S. Army's worst defeat in the long and bloody Plains Indian War. Yet with no survivors and only unreliable Indian accounts, “Custer's Last Stand
The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America
The Edge of Anarchy
The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America
Hardcover      ISBN: 1250128862
Chronicles the railroad labor uprisings of 1894, sharing insights into the issues that shaped the disputes, including the rivalry between model town developer George Pullman and industrial union founder Eugene Debs.
First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power
First Great Triumph
How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374179395
Documents how the United States rose to a significant world power one century ago through the actions of five political figures, including Theodore Roosevelt, naval strategist Alfred T. Mahan, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Secretary of State John Hay, and colonial administrator Elihu Root.
Grant
Grant
Paperback      ISBN: 0684849275
Arguing that Grant has been underrated by historians, the author seeks to correct the record with this new assessment of the celebrated Civil War general and Reconstruction-era president.