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Download E-books Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year PDF

By Charles Bracelen Flood

Shortly after wasting all of his wealth in a poor 1884 swindle, Ulysses S. provide realized he had terminal throat and mouth melanoma. Destitute and death, supply started to write his memoirs to save lots of his relatives from everlasting monetary ruin.

As provide endured his paintings, affliction expanding discomfort, the yankee public grew to become conscious of this race among Grant’s writing and his deadly disorder. 20 years after his respectful and magnanimous demeanor towards Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, humans in either the North and the South got here to grasp supply because the courageous, sincere guy he used to be, now utilizing his recognized decision during this ultimate attempt. furnish complete Memoirs simply 4 days earlier than he died in July 1885.

Published after his dying through his buddy Mark Twain, Grant’s Memoirs grew to become an quick bestseller, restoring his family’s monetary future health and, extra importantly, aiding to medication the kingdom of sour discord. greater than the other American earlier than or in view that, furnish, in his final yr, was once capable of heal this—the country’s maximum wound.

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Download E-books Mourning Lincoln PDF

How did person americans reply to the surprise of President Lincoln’s assassination? Diaries, letters, and intimate writings display a classy, untold story.

the inside track of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 15, 1865, simply days after accomplice give up, astounded the war-weary kingdom. colossal crowds became out for companies and ceremonies. numerous expressions of grief and dismay have been revealed in newspapers and preached in sermons. Public responses to the assassination were good chronicled, yet this e-book is the 1st to delve into the non-public and intimate responses of daily people—northerners and southerners, squaddies and civilians, black humans and white, women and men, wealthy and poor.
 
via deep and considerate exploration of diaries, letters, and different own writings penned in the course of the spring and summer time of 1865, Martha Hodes, one in every of our best historians, captures the entire variety of reactions to the president’s death—far extra different than public expressions might recommend. She tells a narrative of outrage, glee, sorrow, anger, blame, and worry. “’Tis the saddest day in our history,” wrote a mournful guy. It was once “an electrical surprise to my soul,” wrote a girl who had escaped from slavery. “Glorious News!” a Lincoln enemy exulted. “Old Lincoln is lifeless, and that i will kill the goddamned Negroes now,” an offended white southerner ranted. For the black infantrymen of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts, it was once all “too overwhelming, too lamentable, too distressing” to absorb.
 
there are various surprises within the tale Hodes tells, now not least the best way even these totally devastated by means of Lincoln’s dying simply interrupted their mourning rituals to take care of the main mundane features of lifestyle. there's additionally the unforeseen and unabated virulence of Lincoln’s northern critics, and how Confederates at the same time celebrated Lincoln’s dying and instantly—on the very day he died—cast him as a fallen pal to the defeated white South.
 
Hodes brings to existence a key second of nationwide uncertainty and confusion, whilst competing visions of America’s destiny proved irreconcilable and hopes for racial justice within the aftermath of the Civil struggle slipped from the nation’s grab. Hodes masterfully brings the tragedy of Lincoln’s assassination alive in human terms—terms that proceed to stagger and rivet us 100 and fifty years after the development they so strikingly describe.

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Download E-books American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good PDF

By Colin Woodard

The writer of American Nations examines the background of and strategies to the main American query: how top to reconcile person liberty with the upkeep of a loose society

The fight among person rights and the great of the group as a complete has been the root of approximately each significant confrontation in our background, from the debates on the Constitutional conference and within the run as much as the Civil conflict to the fights surrounding the agendas of the Federalists, the Progressives, the recent purchasers, the civil rights stream, and the Tea get together. In American Character, Colin Woodard lines those key strands in American politics throughout the 4 centuries of the nation’s lifestyles, from the 1st colonies throughout the Gilded Age, nice melancholy and the current day, and he explores how assorted areas of the rustic have effectively or disastrously accommodated them. The self reliant streak came across its such a lot pernicious shape within the antebellum South yet used to be balanced within the Gilded Age via communitarian reform efforts; the recent Deal was once an instance of a winning coalition among communitarian-minded japanese elites and Southerners.

Woodard argues that preserving a liberal democracy, a society the place mass human freedom is feasible, calls for discovering a stability among conserving  individual liberty and nurturing a loose society. Going to both libertarian or collectivist extremes ends up in tyranny. yet the place does the “sweet spot” lie within the usa, a federation of disparate local cultures that experience regularly strongly disagreed on those concerns? Woodard leads readers on a riveting and revealing trip via 4 centuries of fight, experimentation, successes and screw ups to supply a solution. His traditionally proficient and pragmatic feedback on the way to do so stability and holiday the nation’s  political impasse could be of curiosity to an individual who cares in regards to the present American predicament—political, ideological, and sociological.

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Download E-books Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity (Lives of American Women) PDF

By Julie Des Jardins

Lillian Gilbreth is a beautiful instance of lady ingenuity within the early 20th century. At a time while ladies have been general furnishings in the house and rarely authorised in lots of professions, Gilbreth excelled in either spheres, simultaneously successful honors as “Engineer of the yr” and “Mother of the Year.” This obtainable, enticing advent to the lifetime of Lillian Gilbreth examines her pivotal function in constructing the self-discipline of business psychology, her paintings as an engineer of family administration and residential economics, and her function as mom of twelve children—made recognized via the e-book, and later motion picture, Cheaper by means of the Dozen. This publication examines the lifetime of a superb girl who used to be capable of negotiate the divide among the general public and family spheres and outline it on her terms.

About the Lives of yank girls series:
Selected and edited via well known women’s historian Carol Berkin, those short biographies are designed to be used in undergraduate classes. instead of a entire process, each one biography focuses as an alternative on a specific point of a women’s lifestyles that's emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal determine within the period. The emphasis is on a “good read,” that includes available writing and compelling narratives, with out sacrificing sound scholarship and educational integrity. basic assets on the finish of every biography exhibit the subject’s viewpoint in her personal phrases. research questions and an annotated bibliography help the scholar reader.

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Download E-books The Penguin History of the USA (New Edition) PDF

By Hugh Brogan

This re-creation of Brogan's great one-volume heritage - from early British colonisation to the Reagan years - captures an array of dynamic personalities and occasions. In a vast sweep of America's victorious development. Brogan explores the interval resulting in Independence from either the yank and the British issues of view, pertaining to everlasting good points of 'the American character' - either the great and the undesirable. He offers a masterly synthesis of all of the most modern study illustrating America's fast progress from humble beginnings to international dominance.

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Download E-books The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South PDF

During this significant new background of the Civil battle, Bruce Levine tells the riveting tale of the way that clash upended the industrial, political, and social lifetime of the outdated South, completely destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended. instructed during the phrases of the folks who lived it, The Fall of the home of Dixie illuminates the way in which a conflict undertaken to maintain the established order turned a moment American Revolution whose effect at the nation used to be as powerful and lasting as that of our first.
 
In 1860 the yank South used to be an enormous, prosperous, enforcing area the place a small minority had accrued nice political energy and large fortunes via a approach of compelled exertions. The South’s huge inhabitants of slaveless whites nearly universally supported the fundamental pursuits of plantation proprietors, regardless of the massive wealth hole that separated them. via the top of 1865 those buildings of wealth and gear have been shattered. hundreds of thousands of black humans had received their freedom, many poorer whites had ceased following their filthy rich associates, and plantation proprietors have been delivered to their knees, wasting not just their slaves yet their political energy, their worldview, their very lifestyle. This sea swap was once felt national, because the stability of strength in Congress, the judiciary, and the presidency shifted dramatically and lastingly towards the North, and the rustic launched into a direction towards equivalent rights.
 
Levine captures the many-sided human drama of this tale utilizing an enormous trove of diaries, letters, newspaper articles, govt records, and extra. In The Fall of the home of Dixie, the genuine stakes of the Civil struggle turn into clearer than ever ahead of, as slaves conflict for his or her freedom within the face of brutal reprisals; Abraham Lincoln and his social gathering flip what begun as a constrained struggle for the Union right into a campaign opposed to slavery by way of issuing the Emancipation Proclamation; bad southern whites develop more and more upset with battling what they've got come to determine because the plantation vendors’ battle; and the slave proprietors develop ever extra determined as their loved social order is destroyed, not only through the Union military, but in addition from inside. while the smoke clears, not just Dixie yet all of yank society is modified forever.
 
Brilliantly argued and engrossing, The Fall of the home of Dixie is a sweeping account of the destruction of the outdated South in the course of the Civil conflict, delivering a clean viewpoint at the so much sizeable fight in our historical past and the hot global it introduced into being.

Praise for The Fall of the home of Dixie
 
“This is the Civil conflict because it is seldom obvious. . . . A portrait of a rustic in transition . . . as shiny as any that has been written.”The Boston Globe
 
“An soaking up social background . . . For readers whose Civil struggle bibliography runs to straightforward works through Bruce Catton and James McPherson, [Bruce] Levine’s e-book deals clean insights.”The Wall highway Journal
 
“More poignantly than any e-book earlier than, The Fall of the home of Dixie indicates how deeply intertwined the Confederacy was once with slavery, and the way the destruction of either made attainable a ‘second American revolution’ as far-reaching because the first.”—David W. Blight, writer of American Oracle
 
“Splendidly colourful . . . Levine recounts this story of Southern institutional rot with the benefit and authority born of many years of study.”Kirkus stories (starred review)
 
“A deep, wealthy, and intricate research of the interval surrounding and together with the yankee Civil War.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Download E-books Twelve Inventions Which Changed America: The Influence of Technology on American Culture PDF

This publication describes twelve innovations that reworked the USA from a rural and small-town group to an commercial nation of unheard of energy. those innovations show that not anyone individual is ever accountable for technological advances and that the tradition produces a few those who interact to create each one new invention. The publication additionally exhibits the impacts of expertise on society and examines the ideals and attitudes of these who partake in technological advances. The e-book is either a sociological research and a heritage of expertise within the usa some time past 200 years.

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Download E-books Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America PDF

By Lee Alan Dugatkin

In the years after the innovative conflict, the fledgling republic of the US used to be considered via many Europeans as a degenerate backwater, populated by means of subspecies vulnerable and feeble. leader between those naysayers used to be the French count number and world-renowned naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon, who wrote that the wildlife of the US (humans incorporated) have been not as good as eu specimens.

Thomas Jefferson—author of the assertion of Independence, U.S. president, and ardent naturalist—spent years countering the French belief of yankee degeneracy. His Notes on Virginia systematically and scientifically dismantled Buffon’s case via a chain of tables and both compelling writing at the nature of his domestic country. however the e-book did little to counter the boldness of the French and not often happy Jefferson’s quest to illustrate that his younger state was once each piece the equivalent of a well-established Europe. input the enormous moose.

The American moose, which Jefferson claimed used to be so huge, immense a eu reindeer might stroll below it, turned the cornerstone of his safety. confident that the sight of the sort of outstanding beast might reason Buffon to revise his claims, Jefferson had the continues to be of a seven-foot ungulate shipped top quality from New Hampshire to Paris. regrettably, Buffon died sooner than he can make any revisions to his Histoire Naturelle, but the legend of the moose makes for a desirable story approximately Jefferson’s ardour to turn out that American nature deserved prestige.

In Mr. Jefferson and the large Moose, Lee Alan Dugatkin vividly recreates the starting place and evolution of the debates approximately common historical past in the US and, in so doing, returns the prize moose to its rightful position in American history.

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Download E-books Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs PDF

At the forefront of the examine of race and exertions in American historical past, David R. Roediger is the writer of the now-classic The Wages of Whiteness, a examine of racism within the improvement of a white operating type in nineteenth-century the US. In Working towards Whiteness, he maintains that background into the 20 th century. He recounts how American ethnic teams thought of white today-including Jewish-, Italian-, and Polish-Americans-once occupied a harassed racial prestige of their new state. They finally turned a part of white the USA because of the nascent hard work stream, New Deal reforms, and an increase in home-buying. From ethnic slurs to racially restrictive covenants--the racist genuine property agreements that ensured all-white neighborhoods--Roediger explores the murky realities of race in twentieth-century the US. A masterful heritage via an award-winning author, Working towards Whiteness charts the unusual transformation of those new immigrants into the "white ethnics" of the US today.

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