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American Places: Encounters with History, a Celebration of by William E. Leuchtenburg

By William E. Leuchtenburg

For a person drawn to historical past, the actual lines of the earlier, in particular ancient areas, carry a different fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a amazing American, there isn't any query that we comprehend the earlier in a special and extra rapid method after we come across it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's so much proficient historians write approximately their very own encounters with historical locations, bringing a private perspective to endure on a large choice of websites, starting from Monticello to Fenway Park. right here James M. McPherson writes in regards to the battlefield of Gettysburg, and the way jogging the floor of Pickett's cost encouraged certainly one of his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and reveals the various flavors of California historical past there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused journey of Elvis Presley's Graceland, and David Kennedy tells the tale of the "Pig struggle" of San Juan Island, the place a spat among Britain and the USA over a speck of land within the Pacific helped confirm the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares areas, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., displaying how every one unearths the various spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, usa, a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the USA visited by way of Alexis de Tocqueville a century and a part in the past. different items comprise 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 profession of Sheldon Meyer, who over his years at Oxford collage Press has released a few of our such a lot wonderful historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, almost all of whom have contributed to this quantity.

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One of the unpleasantest (and among my favorites) occurred in 1933, when Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt rode to the Capitol together for the latter's swearing-in. Thousands of people lined the Avenue that morning, waving, shouting, cheering, and singing "Happy Days Are Here Again," and FDR smiled, waved, and raised his silk hat in obvious pleasure as the presidential limousine lumbered along. But Hoover, aghast at his successor's determination to go ahead with his New Deal, stared bleakly straight ahead, utterly unresponsive to FDR's efforts to get a conversation going.

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