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Jefferson Writings: Autobiography Notes on the State of Virginia Public and Private Papers Addresses Letters
Jefferson Writings
Autobiography Notes on the State of Virginia Public and Private Papers Addresses Letters
Hardcover      ISBN: 094045016x
Gathers Jefferson's letters to politicians, scientists, and family members, public speeches, travel essays, and political writings
Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Couglin and the Great Depression
Voices of Protest
Huey Long, Father Couglin and the Great Depression
Paperback      ISBN: 0394716280
This analysis of two powerful American demogogues traces the shaping of their political ideologies and strategies and the reasons behind their ultimate failure
Laura Ingalls Wilder Country
Laura Ingalls Wilder Country
Paperback      ISBN: 0060973463
Chronicling the lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family members, a photographic tour includes images of the cabins, homes, and towns in which she lived, as well as pictures of such items as the family Bible and Pa's fiddle. Reprint.
Bring Warm Clothes: Letters and Photos from Minnesota's Past
Bring Warm Clothes
Letters and Photos from Minnesota's Past
by Meier
Paperback      ISBN: 0932272061
Fear on Trial
Fear on Trial
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 029272442x
John Henry Faulk was a popular radio and television personality during the McCarthy era. He was host of his own radio program on WCBS in New York when he publicly challenged AWARE, Inc., an ultrapatriotic group engaged in the systematic blacklisting of entertainment personalities. In response, an AWARE bulletin accused Faulk himself of subversive associations. Angry and frightened by this accusation, Faulk brought suit against AWARE, charging conspiracy to libel him and to destroy his career. Thus began one of the great civil rights cases of this century. John Henry Faulk recounts the story of this harrowing time in Fear on Trial, the dramatic account of his six years on the "blacklist"--an exile that began with the AWARE bulletin and ended with his vindication by a jury award of $3,500,000--the largest libel award in U.S. history at that time. The heart of the book is the trial of Faulk's libel action against AWARE, in which attorney Louis Nizer relentlessly exposed the blacklist for what it was--a cynical disdain of elementary decency couched in the rhetoric of patriotism. Many of the people involved in the Faulk case were and are famous: attorneys Nizer and Roy Cohn; Edward R. Murrow and Charles Collingwood; Myrna Loy, Kim Hunter, Tony Randall, and Lee Grant; J. Frank Dobie; Ed Sullivan, David Susskind, and Mark Goodson. But the hero is Faulk himself, a man who--in the words of Studs Terkel--"faced the bastards and beat them down."
Henry Adams: History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson
Henry Adams
History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450348
One of the greatest histories ever written in English, Henry Adams’s History of the United States is remarkable for its fullness of detail, its penetrating insight, and above all its strong, lively, and ironic style. First published in nine volumes from 1889 to 1891, this classic work was out of print for several decades until The Library of America reissued it in two volumes: the first volume on the years of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency and the second devoted to those of James Madison. With a cast of characters including Aaron Burr, Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert Gallatin, John Randolph, Toussaint L’Ouverture, and the complex, brilliantly delineated character of Thomas Jefferson, the first volume is unrivaled in its handling of diplomatic intrigue and political factionalism. Upon assuming office, Jefferson discovers that his optimistic laissez-faire principles—designed to prevent American government from becoming a militaristic European "tyranny"—clash with the realities of European war and American security. The party of small government presides over the Louisiana Purchase, the most extensive use of executive power the country has yet seen. Jefferson’s embargo—a high-minded effort at peaceable coercion—breeds corruption and smuggling, and the former defender of states’ rights is forced to use federal power to suppress them. The passion for peace and liberty pushes the country toward war. In the center of these ironic reversals, played out in a Washington full of diplomatic intrigue, is the complex figure of Jefferson himself, part tragic visionary, part comic mock-hero. Like his contemporary Napoleon Bonaparte, he is swept into power by the rising tide of democratic nationalism; unlike Bonaparte, he tries to avert the consequences of the wolfish struggle for power among nation-states. The grandson of one president and the great-grandson of another, Adams gained access to hitherto secret archives in Europe. The diplomatic documents that lace the history lend a novelistic intimacy to scenes such as Jefferson’s conscientious introduction of democratic table manners into stuffily aristocratic state dinner parties. Written in a strong, lively style pointed with Adams’s wit, the History chronicles the consolidation of American character, and poses questions about the future course of democracy.
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.
Route 66: The Highway and Its People
Route 66
The Highway and Its People
Paperback      ISBN: 0806122919
Route 66 uses oral history and photography as the basis for a human study of this country's most famous road. Historic times, dates, places, and events are described in the words of men and women who were there: driving the highway, cooking hamburgers, creating pottery, and pumping gas. As much as the concrete, gravel, and tar spread in a sweeping arc from Chicago to Santa Monica, those people are Route 66. Their stories and portraits are the biography of the highway.
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
Paperback      ISBN: 0060801328
Examines the life, character, and career of Andrew Jackson evaluating his military, political, and diplomatic abilities
Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography
Mary Todd Lincoln
A Biography
Paperback      ISBN: 0393305864
Profiles the much-maligned Fist Lady, a woman who was raised in a world of frontier violence, and who, like the nation her husband led during the Civil War, achieved an incomplete victory over internal discord