United States History 1900-1950
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Packinghouse Daughter: A Memoir
Packinghouse Daughter
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0060936843
The author integrates personal memories and public history to tell a story of family loyalty, small-town life, and working-class values in the face of a violent labor strike in 1959, describing the impact of the strike on her own life and reflecting on the influence on post-war prosperity on blue-collar children. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King
An Act of State
The Execution of Martin Luther King
Hardcover      ISBN: 1859846955
Recounts in vivid detail the events surrounding the government conspiracy to assassinate Martin Luther King, Jr., discussing his proposed campaign for president, the media cover-ups of information related to the assassination, and the efforts of contributing corporations. 30,000 first printing.
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
A Problem from Hell
America and the Age of Genocide
Paperback      ISBN: 0060541644
Discusses America's political stance during the holocausts of the past fifty years, presenting moral arguments for why the United States should change its non-engagement policies to become involved in conflicts involving genocide.
Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir
Wait Till Next Year
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0684847957
An eccentric cast of characters populates the autobiography of a young girl who roots for the Brooklyn Dodgers with her father, while her mother suffers from a debilitating illness
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Seabiscuit
An American Legend
Paperback      ISBN: 0345465083
Follows the story of the champion racehorse and the three men who discovered him, chronicling how a former bicycle repairman purchased the horse despite its lack of promise, and how the horse rose to become one of the sport's top performers. Reprint. (A Universal Pictures film, releasing July 2003, written & directed by Gary Ross, starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, & Elizabeth Banks) (Sports & Recreation)
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63
Parting the Waters
America in the King Years, 1954-63
Paperback      ISBN: 0671687425
Traces the birth of the American civil rights movement and profiles Martin Luther King, Jr., detailing the roles played by key figures around him and in government
The Hungry Years: A Narrative History of the Great Depression in America
The Hungry Years
A Narrative History of the Great Depression in America
Paperback      ISBN: 0805065067
A collection of oral histories, memories, researched monographs, and newspaper reports capture the experience of the Great Depression as lived by ordinary people, chronologically following the huge economic crisis as it developed and showing its wide-ranging effects. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
The Politics of Upheaval, 1935-1936: The Age of Roosevelt
The Politics of Upheaval, 1935-1936
The Age of Roosevelt
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0618340874
The Politics of Upheaval, 1935-1936, volume three of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.'s Age of Roosevelt series, concentrates on the turbulent concluding years of Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term. A measure of economic recovery revived political conflict and emboldened FDR's critics to denounce "that man in the White house." To his left were demagogues — Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and Dr. Townsend. To his right were the champions of the old order — ex-president Herbert Hoover, the American Liberty League, and the august Supreme Court. For a time, the New Deal seemed to lose its momentum. But in 1935 FDR rallied and produced a legislative record even more impressive than the Hundred Days of 1933 — a set of statutes that transformed the social and economic landscape of American life. In 1936 FDR coasted to reelection on a landslide. Schlesinger has his usual touch with colorful personalities and draws a warmly sympathetic portrait of Alf M. Landon, the Republican candidate of 1936.
The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld
The Barbary Coast
An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld
Paperback      ISBN: 1560254084
“The history of the Barbary Coast properly begins with the gold rush to California in 1849. If the precious yellow metal hadn’t been discovered ... the development of San Francisco’s underworld in all likelihood would have been indistinguishable from that of any other large American city. Instead, owing almost entirely to the influx of gold-seekers and the horde of gamblers, thieves, harlots, politicians, and other felonious parasites who battened upon them, there arose a unique criminal district that for almost seventy years was the scene of more viciousness and depravity, but which at the same time possessed more glamour, than any other area of vice and iniquity on the American continent.” The Barbary Coast is Herbert Asbury’s classic chronicle of the birth of San Francisco—a violent explosion from which the infant city emerged full-grown and raging wild. From all over the world practitioners of every vice stampeded for the blood and money of the gold fields. Gambling dens ran all day including Sundays. From noon to noon houses of prostitution offered girls of every age and race. (In the 1850s, San Francisco was home to only one woman for every thirty men. It was not until 1910 that the sexes achieved anything close to parity in their populations.) This is the story of the banditry, opium bouts, tong wars, and corruption, from the eureka at Sutter’s Mill until the last bagnio closed its doors seventy years later.
Riot and Remembrance: America's Worst Race Riot and Its Legacy
Riot and Remembrance
America's Worst Race Riot and Its Legacy
Paperback      ISBN: 0618340769
Drawing on period documents and interviews with survivors and their descendants, the author of Hurricane offers a definitive account of the 1921 race riot that destroyed the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, leaving hundreds of black residents dead, and describes the battle for belated justice and reparations to the victims. Reprint.