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Architecture and Nature: Creating the American Landscape

By Christine Macy

Winner of the 2006 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award!

The be aware 'nature' comes from natura, Latin for beginning - as do the phrases country, local and innate. yet nature and country proportion greater than a typical root, they percentage a standard historical past the place one time period has been used to outline the opposite. within the usa, the connection among kingdom and nature has been vital to its colonial and post-colonial heritage, from the belief of the noble savage to the parable of the frontier. Narrated, painted and filmed, American landscapes were critical to the development of a countrywide id.

Architecture and Nature presents an in-depth learn of the way altering rules of what nature is and what it skill for the rustic were represented in constructions and landscapes during the last century.

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Personal Memoirs

By Ulysses S. Grant

Mark Twain had identified a number of the nice males of the Civil warfare and the Gilded Age, and esteemed none extra hugely than Ulysses S. furnish, who was once modest, delicate, beneficiant, sincere, and superlatively clever. Grant's braveness, either ethical and actual, was once a question of list. His genius as a common guaranteed his immortality. In 1881, Twain instructed provide to jot down his memoirs.

No one is drawn to me, provide responded. Out of the military, out of place of work, and out of favor--that used to be his existence now. He reminded Twain that the Military background of Ulysses S. Grant, written by way of his wartime assistant, Adam Badeau, had offered poorly. And John Russell Young's booklet, Around the area with normal Grant, released in 1879, were a whole flop.

Broke and sick--he begun agony agonizingly painful throat melanoma in 1884-- provide agreed to put in writing 4 articles for the Century Magazine on a few of his Civil struggle battles, and Century provided to put up his memoirs if in simple terms he'd write them. Twain used to be on a lecture travel whilst he heard that furnish can be prepared to write down a ebook and moved quickly again to manhattan to inform furnish that he may organize for ebook of the e-book by way of a small company that he managed. provide authorised his supply simply because Twain have been the 1st individual to signify he write his memoirs.  

The rigid will and strong brain that helped make provide an outstanding basic have been improved than the torturing ache, the sleepless nights, the terrors of dying. but there has been no feel of this heroic fight within the narrative he produced with stubby pencils or via dictating to a secretary. The ebook used to be just like the guy himself--often funny, often captivating, regularly lucid, occasionally poignant, beneficiant to his enemies, dependable to his buddies. Twain used to be astonished while he came across that furnish had produced a significantly longer e-book than he had gotten smaller to put in writing, yet supply had continually attempted to offer greater than was once anticipated of him. He did so even now.

Grant entire his e-book in July 1885. The Memoirs have been a triumph. The narrative has the directness and limpidity of the purest English prose because it used to be first crafted by way of William Tyndell after which unfold in the course of the English-speaking global within the King James model of the Bible.

Grant had reached deep into himself and into the area historical past of the Anglo-American humans to know the middle of its tradition, the English language. He relied on in that narrative variety that achieves its results by means of by no means straining for influence, assembled it into brilliant photos sufficiently understated to permit an clever reader's mind's eye room to extend, and formed a literary structure with a born artist's eye.

His memories have been unavoidably partial and selective. as with any memoirs, Grant's was once at its top as a revelation of how he remembered the occasions of his tumultuous existence and the sentiments they evoked in him as demise drew close to. Its fact used to be much less within the info of what he recalled as within the tale he needed to inform, of justice victorious over an excellent evil.

On July 23, 1885, a number of days after correcting the galley proofs of his ebook, supply died in a summer season cottage at the slopes of Mount McGregor, manhattan, surrounded by means of family and friends. The memoirs, released a number of months later, have by no means been out of print.

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We the People: Volume 2: Transformations

Constitutional swap, likely so orderly, formal, and sophisticated, has in truth been a progressive method from the 1st, as Bruce Ackerman makes transparent in We the folks: Transformations. The Founding Fathers, rarely the genteel conservatives of fantasy, set the USA on a notable process innovative disruption and constitutional creativity that endures to at the present time. After the bloody sacrifices of the Civil warfare, Abraham Lincoln and the Republican celebration revolutionized the conventional process of constitutional modification as they positioned ideas of liberty and equality into better legislations. one other wrenching transformation happened throughout the nice melancholy, whilst Franklin Roosevelt and his New purchasers vindicated a brand new imaginative and prescient of activist govt opposed to an attack via the ideal Court.

These are the the most important episodes in American constitutional background that Ackerman takes up during this moment quantity of a trilogy hailed as "one of crucial contributions to American constitutional inspiration within the final half-century" (Cass Sunstein, New Republic). In each one case he indicates how the yank people--whether led via the Founding Federalists or the Lincoln Republicans or the Roosevelt Democrats--have faced the structure in its moments of significant situation with dramatic acts of upheaval, regularly within the identify of well known sovereignty. A completely new approach of knowing constitutional improvement, We the folks: Transformations finds how America's "dualist democracy" presents for those populist upheavals that amend the structure, usually with no formalities.

The e-book additionally units modern occasions, similar to the Reagan Revolution and Roe v. Wade, in deeper constitutional point of view. during this context Ackerman exposes simple constitutional difficulties inherited from the recent Deal Revolution and exacerbated by way of the Reagan Revolution, then considers the basic reforms that would unravel them. A daring problem to formalist and fundamentalist perspectives, this quantity demonstrates that ongoing fight over America's nationwide id, instead of consensus, marks its constitutional history.

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Emporium Department Store

By Anne Evers Hitz

The Emporium--"California's biggest, America's Grandest Store"--was an important procuring vacation spot on San Francisco's marketplace road for a century, from 1896 to 1996. consumers flocked to the mid-price shop with its appealing dome and bandstand. buyers may well locate something on the Emporium, from jewellery to stoves, and it was once a gathering position for neighbors to get pleasure from tea whereas hearing the Emporium Orchestra. based because the Emporium and Golden Rule Bazaar, the shop flourished till the disastrous 1906 earthquake. as soon as it reopened in 1908, it ruled buying downtown until eventually mid-century. Many San Franciscans take note with nice nostalgia the Christmas Carnival at the roof, whole with slides, a skating rink, and a educate. Santa consistently arrived in grand variety with a massive parade down industry road. After global warfare II, the Emporium, which had merged with H.C. Capwell & Co. within the overdue Twenties, all started its push and opened department shops in the course of the San Francisco Bay zone. despite the fact that, as festival elevated, the company's monetary state of affairs worsened, and the Emporium identify used to be not more in 1996.

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I Wish I Knew That: U.S. Presidents: Cool Stuff You Need To Know

Here is a glance on the attention-grabbing profiles of every of the forty three presidents, together with the names in their pets! Sidebars are choked with enjoyable and strange information regarding our leaders-such as who seems to be on stamps and money-and "At a look" packing containers offer delivery date, political social gathering, and different important details, together with that:

  • Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd president, spoke six languages, invented many stuff (the swivel chair and the pedometer, to call two), and designed and outfitted not just Monticello (his rural domestic) but in addition the collage of Virginia.
  • Theodore Roosevelt, used to be one of many nation's nice hunters, and the Smithsonian is full of hundreds and hundreds of specimens from his safari in Africa. He was once additionally our first environmentalist president, surroundings apart approximately two hundred million acres for nationwide parks and natural world refuges.

you will additionally discover a part on "The First Ladies"-short takes on the entire presidents' other halves. The publication ends with a unique characteristic that is simply in time for the 2012 election: how a president will get elected. From the 1st presidential election to fresh recounts, this bankruptcy in actual fact explains to a tender viewers how we decide the subsequent chief of our country.

contains over a hundred whimsical illustrations!

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Encyclopedia of Media and Propaganda in Wartime America [2 volumes]

This interesting compilation of reference entries records the original courting among mass media, propaganda, and the U.S. army, a courting that begun within the interval sooner than the yankee Revolution and keeps to this day―sometimes cooperative, occasionally combative, and regularly complex.

• Introductory essays describe the categories of media most vital to every clash interval, how they have been used, by way of whom, and to what influence

• A basic essay outlines how media has been used to unfold messages approximately conflicts all through U.S. history

• photos and illustrations upload a major visible element

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River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom

By Walter Johnson

When Jefferson received the Louisiana Territory, he anticipated an “empire for liberty” populated via self-sufficient white farmers. Cleared of local american citizens and the remnants of eu empires by way of Andrew Jackson, the Mississippi Valley used to be reworked in its place right into a booming capitalist economic climate commanded by way of prosperous planters, powered through steam engines, and depending on the coerced exertions of slaves. River of darkish Dreams locations the Cotton nation on the heart of globally webs of alternate and exploitation that prolonged throughout oceans and drove an insatiable starvation for brand spanking new lands. This daring reaccounting dramatically alters our figuring out of yank slavery and its function in U.S. expansionism, international capitalism, and the approaching Civil War.

Walter Johnson deftly strains the connections among the planters’ pro-slavery ideology, Atlantic commodity markets, and Southern schemes for international ascendency. utilizing slave narratives, well known literature, criminal files, and private correspondence, he recreates the harrowing information of way of life below cotton’s darkish dominion. We meet the boldness males and gamblers who made the Valley shimmer with promise, the slave buyers, steamboat captains, and retailers who provided the markets, the planters who wrung their civilization out of the minds and our bodies in their human estate, and the genuine believers who threatened the Union through attempting to extend the Cotton state on an international scale.

yet on the middle of the tale Johnson tells are the enslaved those that pulled down the forests, planted the fields, picked the cotton—who worked, suffered, and resisted at the darkish underside of the yankee dream.

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Heavy Radicals - The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists: The Revolutionary Union / Revolutionary Communist Party 1968-1980

By Aaron J. Leonard, Conor A. Gallagher

Heavy Radicals: The FBI's mystery conflict on America's Maoists is a historical past of the progressive Union/Revolutionary Communist celebration — the biggest Maoist association to come up within the US — from its origins within the explosive yr of 1968, its enlargement right into a nationwide association within the early seventies, its extension into significant all through early a part of that decade, the devastating schism within the aftermath of the demise of Mao Tse-tung, and its final decline because the Seventies changed into the Nineteen Eighties. From its beginnings the grouping was once the point of interest of J. Edgar Hoover and different best FBI officers for an unrelenting array of operations: Informant penetration, environment companies opposed to one another, constructing phony communist collectives for infiltration and disruption, planting of cellphone faucets and microphones in flats, break-ins to scouse borrow club lists, using FBI ‘friendly reporters’ akin to Victor Riesel and Ed Montgomery to undermine the crowd, and masses extra. it's the tale of a large element of the radicalized adolescence of whose radicalism didn't disappear on the finish of the sixties, and of the FBI’s biggest — and in past times, untold — crusade opposed to it.

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Great Issues in American History, Vol. III: From Reconstruction to the Present Day, 1864-1981

By Richard Hofstadter, Beatrice K. Hofstadter

Original yr of publication: 1969; 1982

The 3rd quantity in nice concerns In American background, From Reconstruction to the current Day is now up-to-date and revised to incorporate one other decade of yankee background. Beatrice ok. Hofstadter, spouse of the past due Richard Hofstadter and herself an historian who labored with him heavily at the unique variation, has additional a brand new part overlaying 1970 to 1981 and rearranged different sections within the gentle of what has when you consider that proved to be of lasting significance. This number of major records in American heritage now is going from Lincoln's Proclamation at the Wade-Davis invoice on July eight, 1864, to Reagan's handle on palms keep an eye on Negotiations on November 18, 1981.

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