Category: American History

  • Download E-books Experiencing America's Story through Fiction: Historical Novels for Grades 7-12 PDF

    Ancient fiction is helping teens think the prior during the lives and relationships of its protagonists, placing them on the middle of attention-grabbing occasions and places--and the recent universal middle criteria let to be used of novels along textbooks for instructing heritage. ideal for lecture room use and YA readers advisory, Crew's e-book highlights greater than a hundred and fifty titles of old fiction released considering 2000 which are applicable for 7th to 12th graders. identifying award-winners in addition to novels which were well-reviewed in Booklist, The Horn Book, Multicultural Review, History Teach, Journal of yank History, and different periodicals, this source assists librarians and educators by
    • Spotlighting novels with a multiplicity of voices from diversified cultures, races, and ethnicities
    • Featuring either YA novels and novels written for adults which are applicable for teens
    • Offering thorough annotations, with an exam of every novel s historic content
    • Providing dialogue questions and on-line assets for lecture room use that inspire scholars to imagine significantly concerning the booklet and evaluate rules and occasions within the tale to real history
    This ebook may help lecturers of background in addition to institution and public librarians who paintings with adolescence to advertise a extra inclusive figuring out of the United States s tale via historic fiction.
    Show description

  • Download E-books The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States PDF

    By Gordon S. Wood

    The preeminent historian of the Founding period displays at the start of yank nationhood and explains why the yankee Revolution continues to be so essential.

    For Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. wooden, the yank Revolution is crucial occasion in our historical past, bar none. on the grounds that American identification is so fluid, now we have needed to regularly go back to our nation’s founding to appreciate who we're. In a chain of illuminating essays, he explores the ideological origins of the Revolution—from historical Rome to the European Enlightenment—and the founders’ makes an attempt to forge a democracy. He displays at the origins of yankee exceptionalism, the radicalism and failed hopes of the founding iteration, and the “terrifying hole” among us and the lads who created the democratic nation we take without any consideration. it is a profoundly revealing examine the development that solid the us and its enduring energy to outline us. 


    Show description

  • Download E-books The United States of Fear PDF

    By Tom Engelhardt

    In 2008, whilst the U.S. nationwide Intelligence Council issued its newest document intended for the management of newly elected President Barack Obama, it estimated that the planet’s “sole superpower” may undergo a modest decline and a delicate touchdown fifteen years hence.

    In his new booklet The usa of Fear, Tom Engelhardt makes transparent that americans may still don their crash helmets and buckle their seat belts, as the usa is at the route to a big decline at a startling velocity. Engelhardt deals a savage anatomy of ways successive administrations in Washington took the “Soviet path”—pouring American treasure into the army, battle, and nationwide security—and so helped force their kingdom off the closest cliff.

    This is the startling story of the way worry was once profitably shot into the nationwide bloodstream, how the country—gripped by means of terror fantasies—was locked down, and the way a brain-dead Washington elite fiddled (and profited) whereas the United States quietly burned.

    Think of it because the tale of the way the chilly conflict rather ended, with the triumphalist “sole superpower” of 1991 heading slowly for a similar go out in which the Soviet Union left the degree two decades earlier.
    Show description

  • Download E-books Pasadena in Vintage Postcards PDF

    The postcard has been a well-liked a part of American communique for over a century, documenting either the curiosity of a spot and its background. Captured the following in approximately two hundred classic postcards is the original historical past of this California city, translated in Chippewa as "Crown of the Valley." the town of Pasadena, simply north of l. a., sits opposed to the majesty of the Sierra Madre mountain diversity. included in 1885, town used to be initially referred to as a inn urban, jam-packed with travelers from world wide. Showcased right here by using the author's own postcard assortment are classic photographs of Millionaires Row, the match of the Roses Parade, the Mt. Lowe Railway, and the Alpine Tavern.
    Show description

  • Download E-books The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton PDF

    The American President is a charming account of yank presidential activities from the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to invoice Clinton's final evening in workplace in January 2001. William Leuchtenburg, one of many nice presidential historians of the century, portrays all of the presidents in a chronicle glowing with anecdote and wit.

    Leuchtenburg deals a nuanced overview in their behavior in workplace, preoccupations, and temperament. His booklet offers numerous moments of excessive drama: FDR hurling defiance on the "economic royalists" who exploited the terrible; ratcheting stress for JFK as Soviet vessels method an American naval blockade; a grievously wounded Reagan joking with nurses whereas struggling with for his life.

    This publication charts the big development of presidential energy from its lowly country within the past due 19th century to the imperial presidency of the 20 th. That remarkable switch used to be manifested either at domestic during periods of innovative reform and overseas, significantly in global wars, Vietnam, and the warfare on terror.

    Leuchtenburg sheds mild on presidents combating with contradictory forces. stuck among protecting their acceptance and executing their targets, many practiced deceits that form their photograph this present day. yet he additionally unearths how the country's leaders pulled off incredible achievements necessary of the nation's pride.
    Show description

  • Download E-books Founding Grammars: How Early America's War Over Words Shaped Today's Language PDF

    By Rosemarie Ostler

    Who made up our minds to not cut up infinitives? With whom should still we take factor if in truth, we want to boldly write what no grammarian hath writ sooner than?
    In Founding Grammars, Rosemarie Ostler delves into the roots of our grammar obsession to respond to those questions and plenty of extra. common grammar and actual spelling are generally thought of hallmarks of a great schooling, yet their particular definitions are even more contentious - able to inciting a full-blown grammar conflict on the splice of a comma, battles easily seen within the media and on-line within the reviews of blogs and chat rooms. With an available and enthusiastic journalistic strategy, Ostler considers those grammatical shibboleths, tracing present debates again to America's earliest days, an period while so much households owned merely books - the Bible and a grammar primer. alongside the way in which, she investigates colourful ancient characters on either side of the grammar debate in her efforts to unmask the origins of up to date speech. Linguistic founding fathers like Noah Webster, Tory expatriate Lindley Murray, and post-Civil struggle literary critic Richard provide White, all play a featured function in growing the principles now we have come to take advantage of, and infrequently discard, during the years. Founding Grammars is for curious readers who need to know the place grammar principles have come from, the place they have been, and the place they may move next.

    Show description

  • Download E-books When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington PDF

    By Peter Snow

    In August 1814, the USA military used to be defeated simply outdoor Washington, D.C., via the world's maximum army strength. President James Madison and his spouse had barely enough time to escape the White residence prior to the British invaders entered. British troops stopped to banquet at the meal nonetheless sitting at the Madisons' dining-room desk prior to atmosphere the White condo on hearth. the level of the destruction was once gigantic; accomplished in wooden instead of marble, every thing contained in the mansion was once flamable. in simple terms the outer stone partitions could stand up to the fire.

    The tide of the struggle of 1812 may fast flip, notwithstanding. under a month later, American troops might stand successful on the conflict of castle McHenry. Poet Francis Scott Key, struck via the sight of the yankee flag waving over citadel McHenry, jotted down the beginnings of a poem that may be set to song and develop into the U.S. nationwide anthem, "The superstar Spangled Banner."

    In his compelling narrative type, Peter Snow recounts the fast-changing fortunes of that summer's amazing confrontations. Drawing from a wealth of fabric, together with eyewitness debts, Snow describes the colourful personalities on either side of these fantastic occasions: together with the beleaguered President James Madison and primary girl Dolley, American heroes akin to Joshua Barney and Sam Smith, and mistaken army leaders like military leader William Winder and warfare Secretary John Armstrong. at the British part, Snow re-creates the fiery Admiral George Cockburn, the wary yet immensely renowned significant normal Robert Ross, and sharp-eyed diarists James Scott and George Gleig.

    When Britain Burned the White House highlights this extraordinary second in British and American heritage, the brave, profitable safety of citadel McHenry and the yankee triumph that will stick with, and America's and Britain's selection to by no means back struggle every one other.

    Show description

  • Download E-books When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation PDF

    “A vibrant, soaking up account of a brief interval in heritage that also resounds today.” —Kirkus Reviews

    Beautifully written and brilliantly argued, When the USA Spoke French offers a clean point of view at the tumultuous years of the US as a tender country, whilst the Atlantic world’s first republican experiments have been positioned to the try. It explores the country’s formative interval from the point of view of 5 unique Frenchmen who took safe haven in the United States after leaving their houses and households in France, crossing the Atlantic, and touchdown in Philadelphia. via their tales, we see one of the most recognized occasions of early American historical past in a brand new light—from the battles with local american citizens at the western frontier to the Haitian Revolution, the Whiskey uprising to the Louisiana buy in 1803.
    Show description

  • Download E-books Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express PDF

    By Christopher Corbett

    “WANTED. younger, thin, WIRY FELLOWS. now not OVER 18. has to be professional RIDERS. prepared TO threat dying day-by-day. ORPHANS PREFERRED.”
    —California newspaper help-wanted advert, 1860

    The Pony show is without doubt one of the so much celebrated and enduring chapters within the background of the us, a narrative of the all-American characteristics of bravery, bravado, and entrepreneurial probability which are a part of the very cloth of the outdated West. No photo of the yank West within the mid-1800s is extra regularly occurring, extra cherished, and extra strong than that of the lone rider galloping the mail throughout antagonistic Indian territory. No picture is extra respected. And none is much less understood. Orphans Preferred is either a revisionist historical past of this great and ill-fated event and an wonderful examine the usually larger-than-life people who created and perpetuated the parable of “the Pony,” because it is understood alongside the horse convey path that runs from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. the horse exhibit is a narrative that exists within the annals of Americana the place truth and fantasy collide, a narrative as heroic because the trip of Lewis and Clark, as advanced and revealing because the legacy of Custer’s final Stand, and as muddled and freighted with yarns as Paul Revere’s dead night trip. Orphans Preferred is a clean and exuberant reexamination of this nice American story.

    Show description

  • Download E-books FDR PDF

    By Jean Edward Smith

    One in all today’s premiere biographers has written a contemporary, finished, certainly final publication at the epic lifetime of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. during this superlative quantity, Jean Edward Smith combines modern scholarship and a huge diversity of fundamental resource fabric to supply an engrossing narrative of 1 of America’s maximum presidents.

    This is a portrait painted in huge strokes and bits and bobs. We see how Roosevelt’s stressed power, fierce mind, own magnetism, and skill to venture easy grace authorized him to grasp numerous demanding situations all through his existence. Smith recounts FDR’s battles with polio and actual incapacity, and the way those studies helped forge the get to the bottom of that FDR used to surmount the commercial turmoil of the good melancholy and the wartime possibility of totalitarianism. right here is also FDR’s deepest lifestyles depicted with unheard of candor and nuance, with shut realization paid to the 4 girls who molded his character and helped to notify his worldview: His mom, Sara Delano Roosevelt, ambitious but ever supportive and gentle; his spouse, Eleanor, whose suggestions and affection have been instrumental to FDR’s public and person achievements; Lucy Mercer, the nice romantic love of FDR’s existence; and Missy LeHand, FDR’s longtime secretary, spouse, and confidante, whose adoration of her boss used to be essentially unlimited.

    Smith additionally tackles head-on and in-depth the varied mess ups and miscues of Roosevelt’s public profession, together with his disastrous try to reconstruct the Judiciary; the shameful internment of Japanese-Americans; and Roosevelt’s sometimes self-defeating govt overreach. also, Smith bargains a delicate and balanced review of Roosevelt’s reaction to the Holocaust, noting its breakthroughs and shortcomings.

    Summing up Roosevelt’s legacy, Jean Smith proclaims that FDR, greater than the other person, replaced the connection among the yank humans and their executive. It was once Roosevelt who revolutionized the paintings of campaigning and used the burgeoning mass media to garner public aid and allay fears. yet extra very important, Smith provides us the clearest photo but of the way this necessary Knickerbocker aristocrat, a guy who by no means needed to depend upon a paycheck, turned the typical man’s president. the result's a strong account that provides clean views and attracts profound conclusions a few guy whose tale is celebrated yet a ways much less good understood. Written for the final reader and students alike, FDR is a beautiful biography in each approach worthwhile of its subject.

    From the Hardcover edition.
    Show description