William E. Leuchtenburg's American Places: Encounters with History PDF

By William E. Leuchtenburg

For an individual drawn to historical past, the actual lines of the earlier, in particular old locations, carry a unique fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a extraordinary American, there is not any query that we comprehend the previous in a distinct and extra speedy means after we come across it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's such a lot proficient historians write approximately their very own encounters with old locations, bringing a private standpoint to endure on a wide selection of websites, starting from Monticello to Fenway Park. the following James M. McPherson writes in regards to the battlefield of Gettysburg, and the way strolling the floor of Pickett's cost encouraged considered one of his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and reveals a few of the flavors of California historical past there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused travel of Elvis Presley's Graceland, and David Kennedy tells the tale of the "Pig battle" of San Juan Island, the place a spat among Britain and the United States over a speck of land within the Pacific helped verify the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares locations, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., exhibiting how every one finds the several spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, united states of america, a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the United States visited via Alexis de Tocqueville a century and a part in the past. different items contain Robert Dallek at the FDR Memorial, David Hackett Fischer at the Boston universal, and William Leuchtenburg on his local borough of Queens.
American Places celebrates the occupation of Sheldon Meyer, who over his years at Oxford college Press has released a few of our such a lot distinctive historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, nearly all of whom have contributed to this volume.

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