United States History, General
Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750
Paperback ISBN: 0679732578
This enthralling work of scholarship strips away those abstractions to reveal the hidden -- and not always stoic -- face of the "goodwives" of colonial America. In these pages we encounter the awesome burdens -- and the considerable power -- of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men. We see her borrowing from her neighbors, loving her husband, raising -- and, all too often, mourning -- her children, and even attaining fame as a heroine of frontier conflicts or notoriety as a murderess. Painstakingly researched, lively with scandal and homely detail, Good Wives is history at its best.
Letters of the Century
Hardcover ISBN: 0385315902
A collection of fascinating letters by Americans famous and obscure chronicles a century of life in the United States, from Mark Twain's side-splitting letter to the head of Western Union to Einstein's warning to Roosevelt about atomic warfare and a young Bill Gates begging hobbyists not to share software. Reissue.
The Battle of the Wilderness May 5-6, 1864
Hardcover ISBN: 0807118737
Recounts the first battle between Grant and Lee, when greater Union forces were stopped in dense forests near the Rapidan River in May 1864, causing heavy Confederate losses that meant the beginning of the end for the South
This Land Is Your Land
The Geographic Evolution of the United States
Hardcover ISBN: 0810967154
The development of the United States of America is in part a story of geography: five centuries of discovery, settlement, and expansion culminating in the present shape of this nation and the definition of its fifty states and handful of territories. Understanding the evolving geography of our country helps us to appreciate the full scope of its history. Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz provides this story in This Land Is Your Land, an account of the mosaic that constitutes the United States, and of the variety of names given to its constituent parts. Dr. Schwartz guides us step by step along the journey through the establishment and growth of our country, from the first explorations of the peninsula that the Spanish called Florida (based on their name for Easter) to the American acquisition, nearly four centuries later, of Puerto Rico, the "rich port" that had long before served as a base for those initial expeditions.
Nothing Like It in the World
The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
Paperback ISBN: 0743203178
Chronicles the race to finish the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s and the exploits, sacrifices, triumphs, and tragedies of the individuals who made it happen.
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
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.
The Month That Saved America
Paperback ISBN: 0060930888
The author reveals why the last month of the American Civil War was so pivotal in preserving the Union, describing such key events as the fall of Richmond, Lee's retreat, the surrender at Appomattox, and Lincoln's assassination. Reprint.
A Spirited Resistance
The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815
Paperback ISBN: 0801846099
Departing from the traditional confines of the history of American Indians, Dowd carefully draws on ethnographic sources to recapture the beliefs, thoughts, and actions of four principal Indian nations -- Delaware, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Creek.