American Places: Encounters with History by William E. Leuchtenburg

By William E. Leuchtenburg

For an individual attracted to heritage, the actual lines of the prior, specially historic areas, carry a unique fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a remarkable American, there is not any query that we comprehend the previous in a unique and extra instant means after we come upon 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 undergo on a large choice of web sites, starting from Monticello to Fenway Park. the following 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 unearths some of the 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 US over a speck of land within the Pacific helped make certain 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 various spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, united states, a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the USA visited through 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 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, almost all of whom have contributed to this volume.

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