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Centennial Campaign: The Sioux War of 1876
Centennial Campaign
The Sioux War of 1876
Paperback      ISBN: 0806121521
“A fine book…In the twenty-two chapters that comprise the background and the campaign narrative, the author is at his best when he moves away from the Washington scene to detail the field operations. But it is the second part of the book—seven chapters labeled “Facets
Francis Parkman: France and England North America
Francis Parkman
France and England North America
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450100
This Library of America volume, along with its companion, presents, for the first time in compact form, all seven titles of Francis Parkman’s monumental account of France and England’s imperial struggle for dominance on the North American continent. Deservedly compared as a literary achievement to Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Parkman’s accomplishment is hardly less awesome than the explorations and adventures he so vividly describes. Pioneers of France in the New World (1865) begins with the early and tragic settlement of the French Huguenots in Florida, then shifts to the northern reaches of the continent and follows the expeditions of Samuel de Champlain up the St. Lawrence River and into the Great Lakes as he mapped the wilderness, organized the fur trade, promoted Christianity among the natives, and waged a savage forest campaign against the Iroquois. The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century (1867) traces the zealous efforts of the Jesuits and other Roman Catholic orders to convert the Native American tribes of North America. La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West (1869) records that explorer’s voyages on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and his treks, often alone, across the vast western prairies and through the labyrinthine swamps of Louisiana. The Old Régime in Canada (1874) recounts the political struggles among the religious sects, colonial officials, feudal chiefs, royal ministers, and military commanders of Canada. Their bitter fights over the monopoly of the fur trade, the sale of brandy to the natives, the importation of wives from the orphanages and poorhouses of France, and the bizarre fanaticism of religious extremists and their “incessant supernaturalism” animate this pioneering social history of early Canada. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Memoirs and Selected Letters: Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Selected Letters, 1839-1865
Memoirs and Selected Letters
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Selected Letters, 1839-1865
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450585
Letters from Grant to his wife, fellow officers, and government officials accompany his account of his life as a soldier, from West Point to the end of the Civil War
The Johnstown Flood
The Johnstown Flood
Paperback      ISBN: 0671207148
A graphic account of the collapse of a poorly constructed dam and the resulting flood which killed 2,000 people and caused a nationwide scandal
Women and Indians on the Frontier, 1825-1915
Women and Indians on the Frontier, 1825-1915
Paperback      ISBN: 0826307809
Pioneer women going west carried distinct images of themselves and of American Indians. Their views reflected stereotypes pervading the popular literature and journalism of the nineteenth century: women were weak and defenseless, their westward trek was a noble mission, and American Indians were savages. But as a result of their frontier experience, many women changed or discarded their earlier opinions. This book is the first account of how and why pioneer women altered their self-images and their views of American Indians. In Women and Indians on the Frontier, Riley substantially revises the conventional melodramatic picture of pioneer women cowering when confronted with Indians. Frontier life required women to be self-reliant, independent, and hardy: as they learned to adapt, frontierswomen also learned to reexamine stereotypes in the light of experience. Interestingly, Riley explains, while pioneer women frequently changed their beliefs about Indians, they did not often revise their attitudes toward Mormon or Mexican women following contact with them. Frontierswomen also differed from men, whose unfavorable impression of Indians seldom changed. Riley's work is an important addition to Western history, women's studies, and American Indian studies. She examines in detail images and myths of both women and Indians, using examples from history, literature, and film, complemented by period photographs and illustrations. Her comparative account will interest a variety of scholars concerned with cultures in conflict and transition.
American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It
American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It
Paperback      ISBN: 0679723153
Biographical portraits of leading American statesmen from Thomas Jefferson to Franklin D. Roosevelt provide insight into the main currents of the nation's political heritage
Jesse and Frank James: The Family History
Jesse and Frank James
The Family History
Paperback      ISBN: 0882896539
Traces the genealogy of Frank and Jessie James, and shares brief anecdotes about the brothers and their immediate relatives
The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
The Path to Power
The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Paperback      ISBN: 0679729453
Traces young Lyndon Johnson's rise from Texas poverty to political power, illuminating his political relationships
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
Photographic History of the Civil War: The Opening Battles
Photographic History of the Civil War
The Opening Battles
Hardcover      ISBN: 1555211747
Documents the early campaigns of the Civil War with photographs of soldiers, officers, and battlefields