By William E. Leuchtenburg

ISBN-10: 0756779014

ISBN-13: 9780756779016

For an individual drawn to historical past, the actual strains of the prior, particularly old locations, carry a different fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a remarkable American, there's no query that we comprehend the prior in a unique and extra rapid means once we come across it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's such a lot talented historians write approximately their very own encounters with historical locations, bringing a private point of view to endure on a large choice of websites, starting from Monticello to Fenway Park. the following James M. McPherson writes concerning the battlefield of Gettysburg, and the way jogging the floor of Pickett's cost encouraged considered one of his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and unearths a few of the flavors of California heritage there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused travel of Elvis Presley's Graceland, and David Kennedy tells the tale of the "Pig conflict" of San Juan Island, the place a spat among Britain and the USA over a speck of land within the Pacific helped ascertain the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares areas, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., displaying how each one unearths different 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 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 collage Press has released a few of our such a lot uncommon historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, nearly all of whom have contributed to this volume.

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