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For the President's Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush
For the President's Eyes Only
Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush
Paperback      ISBN: 0060921781
Examines how American presidents used secret intelligence
My American Century
My American Century
Paperback      ISBN: 1565844696
Terkel has selected the most memorable interviews from his eight previous books, including Kid Pharaoh, the con man of Division Street; Tom Patrick, a fireman; and C. P. Ellin, the former Ku Klux Klansman
The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers
The Shaker Experience in America
A History of the United Society of Believers
Paperback      ISBN: 0300059337
The Shakers, once a radical religious sect whose members were despised and harassed by their fellow Americans, have in recent years become celebrated?and sentimentalized?for their communal way of life, the simplicity of their worship, their belief in celibacy, pacifism, and equality of the sexes, and not least, their superb furniture and handicrafts. This monumental book is the first general history of the Shakers from their origins in eighteenth-century England to the present day. Drawing on written and oral testimony by Shakers over the past two centuries, Stephen J. Stein offers a full and often revisionist account of the movement: their charismatic leaders, the early years in revolutionary New York and New England, the expansion into the West, the maturation and growth of the sect before the Civil War, the decline in their fortunes after the war, the painful adjustments to society Shakers had to make during the first half of the twentieth century, the renaissance of interest after 1950, and the ?forbidden topic
Days of Destiny: Crossroads in American History : America's Greatest Historians Examine Thirty-One Uncelebrated Days That Changed the Course of History
Days of Destiny
Crossroads in American History : America's Greatest Historians Examine Thirty-One Uncelebrated Days That Changed the Course of History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0789480107
Thirty-one intriguing narratives by some of America's most distinguished historians, complemented by a host of dramatic visual images, highlight key events and personalities in the history of the United States, from the colonial period to the twentieth century.
Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South
Within the Plantation Household
Black and White Women of the Old South
Paperback      ISBN: 080784232x
Discusses how class, race, and gender shaped women's experiences in the South
The American West
The American West
Paperback      ISBN: 0684804417
An epic account of the American West depicts the tragic destruction of the Native American way of life and covers major events and key figures
Where the Buck Stops: The Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman
Where the Buck Stops
The Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman
Paperback      ISBN: 0446391751
Offers the late president's candid reflections on his office and leadership, his predecessors, politics and government in America, and his ever-controversial decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan
A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century
A Clearing in the Distance
Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684824639
A chronicle of the fascinating life and career of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, best known as the creator of New York's Central Park, shows the immense effect his ideas and actions had on American culture and history. 60,000 first printing. Tour.
The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life
The Presence of the Past
Popular Uses of History in American Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0231111495
Some people make photo albums, collect antiques, or visit historic battlefields. Others keep diaries, plan annual family gatherings, or stitch together patchwork quilts in a tradition learned from grandparents. Each of us has ways of communing with the past, and our reasons for doing so are as varied as our memories. In a sweeping survey, Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen asked 1,500 Americans about their connection to the past and how it influences their daily lives and hopes for the future. The result is a surprisingly candid series of conversations and reflections on how the past infuses the present with meaning. Rosenzweig and Thelen found that people assemble their experiences into narratives that allow them to make sense of their personal histories, set priorities, project what might happen next, and try to shape the future. By using these narratives to mark change and create continuity, people chart the courses of their lives. A young woman from Ohio speaks of giving birth to her first child, which caused her to reflect upon her parents and the ways that their example would help her to become a good mother. An African American man from Georgia tells how he and his wife were drawn to each other by their shared experiences and lessons learned from growing up in the South in the 1950s. Others reveal how they personalize historical events, as in the case of a Massachusetts woman who traces much of her guarded attitude toward life to witnessing the assassination of John F. Kennedy on television when she was a child. While the past is omnipresent to Americans, "history" as it is usually defined in textbooks leaves many people cold. Rosenzweig and Thelen found that history as taught in school does not inspire a strong connection to the past. And they reveal how race and ethnicity affects how Americans perceive the past: while most white Americans tend to think of it as something personal, African Americans and American Indians are more likely to think in terms of broadly shared experiences--like slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and the violation of Indian treaties." Rosenzweig and Thelen's conclusions about the ways people use their personal, family, and national stories have profound implications for anyone involved in researching or presenting history, as well as for all those who struggle to engage with the past in a meaningful way.
The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices
The Guilt of Nations
Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices
Paperback      ISBN: 0801868076
Is restitution hegemony or reclaimed rights? Barkan (cultural studies, Claremont Graduate U.) raises the question but doesn't answer it in his examination of a number of attempts to amend historical injustices through official apologies and financial payments. Separate chapters analyze the political, economic, and moral dynamics behind restitution movements related to the European Jews slaughtered by the Nazis; the Japanese traffic of sex slaves; the Russian plunder of Germany as restitution for German plunder; Native American claims on land, human remains, and sacred objects; Hawaiian claims of self determination; the treatment of Australian Aborigines; and the legacy of the slavery of Africans in America. He argues that discourses of restitution are deeply wedded to notions of identity and that restitution can sometimes lock people into seeing themselves as victims. Restitution, although sometimes appropriate, "orders injustices and attempts to rewrite specific wrongs, leaving other social discriminations and prejudices intact." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)