The result is both an impressive scholarly tour de force and a lively, highly accessible account of the sentiments of both Northern and Southern soldiers during the national trauma of the Civil War. Mcpherson presented a fascinating, concise general history of the defining American conflict. His conclusion that most of them felt a keen sense of patriotic and ideological commitment counters the prevailing belief that Civil War soldiers had little or no idea of what they were fighting for.
Living only eighty years after the signing of the declaration of Independence, Civil War soldiers felt the legacy and responsibility entrusted to them by the Founding Fathers to preserve fragile democracy--be it through secession or union--as something worth dying for. In an exceptional and highly original civil war analysis, McPherson draws on the letters and diaries of nearly one thousand Union and Confederate soldiers, giving voice to the very men who risked their lives in the conflict.
In battle cry of freedom, James M. With what they fought for, he focuses his considerable talents on what motivated the individual soldier to fight. In their letters home and their diaries--neither of which were subject to censorship--these men were able to comment, in writing, on a wide variety of issues connected with their war experience.
Anchor Books. In what they fought for, mcpherson takes individual voices and places them in the great and terrible choir of a country divided against itself. Their insights show how deeply felt and strongly held their convictions were and reveal far more careful thought on the ideological issues of the war than has previously been thought to be true.
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
During the decade that followed, the founding fathers–re-examined here as Founding Brothers–combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes–hamilton and burr’s deadly duel, the debate about where to place the capital, Adams’ administration and political partnership with his wife, Washington’s precedent-setting Farewell Address, Franklin’s attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison’s attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adams’ famous correspondence–Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation’s history.
. Vintage Books USA. In this landmark work of history, washington, the national book award—winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals–Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Burr, and Madison–confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.
The united states was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790 .
The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions
In the final chapter, allison explores the aftermath of the American Revolution: how the newly independent states created governments based on the principles for which they had fought, and how those principles challenged their own institutions, such as slavery, in the new republic. Here is a brisk, accessible, and vivid introduction to arguably the most important event in the history of the United States--the American Revolution.
The book recreates the tumultuous events of the 1760s and 1770s that led to revolution, such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, as well as the role the Sons of Liberty played in turning resistance into full-scale revolt. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field.
Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library.
Every very short introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. He considers as well the revolution's legacy, Latin America, the many ways its essential ideals influenced other struggles against oppressive power or colonial systems in France, and Asia.
In this lively account, robert allison provides a cohesive synthesis of the military, political, diplomatic, and intellectual aspects of the Revolution, social, paying special attention to the Revolution's causes and consequences.
The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop Library of American Biography
Caught between the ideals of god’s Law and the practical needs of the people, John Winthrop walked a line few could tread. Vintage Books USA. In every aspect of our society today we see the workings of the tension between individual freedom and the demands of authority. Here is the story of the people that brought this idea to our shores: the Puritans.
Edmund morgan relates the hardships and triumphs of the Puritan movement through this vivid account of its most influential leader, John Winthrop. In addition, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times. Oxford university Press USA. The titles in the library of american Biography Series make ideal supplements for American History Survey courses or other courses in American history where figures in history are explored.
Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each interpretive biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life.
Give Me Liberty!: An American History Seagull Fifth Edition Vol. 1
Oxford university Press USA. Vintage Books USA. Updated with powerful new scholarship on borderlands and the West, the Fifth Edition brings new interactive History Skills Tutorials and Norton InQuizitive for History, the award-winning adaptive quizzing tool. Survey course. Give me liberty! is the #1 book in the U.
S. History survey course because it works in the classroom. The leading text in the U. S. A single-author text by a leader in the field, concise, accessible, Give Me Liberty! delivers an authoritative, and integrated American history. The best-selling Seagull Edition is also available in full color for the first time.
The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion
The true story behind the new motion picture Birth of a Nation“A penetrating reconstruction of the most disturbing and crucial slave uprising in America’s history. New york timesthe bloody slave rebellion led by nat turner in virginia in 1831 and the savage reprisals that followed shattered beyond repair the myth of the contented slave and the benign master, and intensified the forces of change that would plunge America into the bloodbath of the Civil War.
Stephen B. Oates, the celebrated biographer of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. Gifted, presents a gripping and insightful narrative of the rebellion—the complex, and driven man who led it, the social conditions that produced it, and the legacy it left. A classic now newly reissued to include the text of the original 1831 court document “The Confessions of Nat Turner, ” here is the dramatic re-creation of the turbulent period that marked a crucial turning point in America's history.
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Of the People: A History of the United States, Volume 1: To 1877
This comprehensive survey focuses on the social and political lives of people--some famous, some ordinary--revealing the compelling story of America's democracy from an individual perspective, from across the landscapes of diverse communities, and ultimately from within the larger context of the world.
Vintage Books USA. Oxford university Press USA. Of the people: a history of the united states, third edition, carefully marking how this country's evolution has been anything but certain, of its dealings and ideals--but it also unfolds the story of American democracy, not only tells the history of America--of its people and places, from its complex beginnings to its modern challenges.
America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s
Oxford university Press USA. America divided: the civil war of the 1960s, social, is the definitive interpretive survey of the political, Fifth Edition, and cultural history of 1960s America. Written by two top experts on the era--maurice isserman, a historian of American radicalism, and Michael Kazin, a specialist in social movements--this book provides a compelling tale of this tumultuous era filled with fresh and persuasive insights.
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Radical Reconstruction: A Brief History with Documents Bedford Series in History and Culture
Oxford university Press USA. In this volume K. Document headnotes, questions to consider, a chronology, and a bibliography enrich students' understanding of Radical Reconstruction. Stephen prince explores the important role of the Radical Republicans in pressing for change during this period in a way designed to make the complexities of Reconstruction comprehensible to students.
Vintage Books USA. The reconstruction period following the civil war was a transformative moment in which political leaders addressed questions concerning the place of the southern states in the postwar nation, the status of formerly enslaved African Americans, and the powers and limitations of the federal government.
The introduction introduces the Radical Republicans and details how Reconstruction grew from a complex negotiation among groups with often conflicting agendas. The documents, letters, legislation, arranged in thematic and roughly chronological chapters, allow students to sift through the evolution of Radical Reconstruction and its aftermath through speeches, press coverage, and contemporary illustrations.
American History: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions
Vintage Books USA. In a miracle of concision, Paul S. Oxford university Press USA. Ranging from the earliest native american settlers to the presidency of Barack Obama, cultural, diplomacy, this Very Short Introduction offers an illuminating account of politics, and war as well as the full spectrum of social, and scientific developments that shaped our country.
Boyer provides a wide-ranging and authoritative history of America, capturing in a compact space the full story of our nation. And along the way, he touches upon the cultural milestones of American history, from Tom Paine's The Crisis to Allen Ginsberg's Howl. American history: a very short introduction is a panoramic history of the United States, one that covers virtually every topic of importance--and yet can be read in a single day.
Certain broad trends shape much of the narrative--immigration, urbanization, slavery, continental expansion, the global projection of U. S. Here is a masterful picture of America's achievements and failures, large-scale socio-historical forces, and pivotal events. Power, the centrality of religion, the progression from an agrarian to an industrial to a post-industrial economic order.
Oxford university Press, USA. Yet in underscoring such large themes, boyer also highlights the diversity of the American experience, gender, the importance of individual actors, and the crucial role of race, ethnicity, and social class in shaping the contours of specific groups within the nation's larger tapestry.
Boyer sheds light on the colonial era, the wars in iraq and afghanistan, the roaring twenties and the Great Depression; the two world wars and the Cold War that followed; right up to the tragedy of 9/11, the Revolution and the birth of the new nation; slavery and the Civil War; Reconstruction and the Gilded Age; the Progressive era, and the epoch-making election of Barack Obama.
The Civil War: A Concise History
In the final chapter masur considers the aftermath of the South's surrender at Appomattox and the clash over the policies of reconstruction that continued to divide President and Congress, conservatives and radicals, Southerners and Northerners for years to come. Masur explains how the war turned what had been a loose collection of fiercely independent states into a nation, remaking its political, cultural, and social institutions.
Oxford university Press, USA. Masur begins by examining the complex origins of the war, focusing on the pulsating tensions over states rights and slavery. Louis P. Oxford university Press USA. Vintage Books USA. The book then proceeds to cover, year by year, and military events, social, highlighting two important themes: how the war shifted from a limited conflict to restore the Union to an all-out war that would fundamentally transform Southern society, the major political, and the process by which the war ultimately became a battle to abolish slavery.
In 1873, mark twain and charles dudley wrote that the war had "wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations. From the vantage of the war's sesquicentennial, this concise history of the entire Civil War era offers an invaluable introduction to the dramatic events whose effects are still felt today.
Masur's the civil war: a concise History offers a masterful and eminently readable overview of the war's multiple causes and catastrophic effects. But he also focuses on the soldiers themselves, both Union and Confederate, whose stories constitute nothing less than America's Iliad.