Who Was John F. Kennedy?: Who Was...?

By Yona Zeldis McDonough

The guy who kept the lives of his PT-109 crewmen in the course of WWII and have become the thirty fifth president fought-and won-his first conflict on the age of two-and-a-half, while he was once afflicted with scarlet fever. even though his presidency used to be reduce brief, our nation's youngest elected chief left an indelible mark at the American attention and now's profiled in our Who Was...? sequence. integrated are a hundred black-and-white illustrations in addition to a timeline that publications readers via this eventful interval in background.

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Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves

By China Galland

By the eve of the Civil warfare, there have been 4 million slaves in North the US, and Harrison County used to be the most important slave-owning county in Texas. So while China Galland lower back to analyze her kin heritage there, it's going to no longer have stunned her to profit of unmarked cemeteries for slaves. "My daddy by no means enable anyone plow this finish of the field," an area matron instructed a startled Galland in the course of a trip to her antebellum mansion. "The slaves are buried there." Galland's next attempt to assist fix only one of those cemeteries—Love Cemetery—unearths a indispensable American tale of prejudice, land robbery, and environmental destruction, uncovering racial wounds which are gradual to heal.

Galland gathers an interracial team of neighborhood non secular leaders and laypeople to paintings on restoring Love Cemetery, securing group entry to it, and rededicating it to the thoughts of these buried there. In her try to aid reconsecrate Love Cemetery, Galland finds the ghosts of slavery that also hang-out us this present day. examine into county historic documents and interviews with neighborhood citizens discover types of history—one black, one white. Galland unpacks those tangled narratives to bare a heritage of shame—of slavery and lynching, Jim Crow legislation and land takings (the robbery of land from African-Americans), and ongoing exploitation of the land surrounding the cemetery via oil and fuel drilling. With dread she even discovers how her personal ancestors benefited from the racial imbalance.

She additionally encounters a few impressive, inspiring characters in neighborhood heritage. strangely, the unique deed for the cemetery's land used to be granted now not via a white plantation proprietor, yet via Della Love Walker, the niece of the well-known African-American cowboy Deadwood Dick. via one other member of the affection Cemetery committee, Galland discovers a connection to Marshall's local son, James L. Farmer, a founding father of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and organizer of the 1961 Freedom Riders. In discovering neighborhood background, Galland additionally learns of the coloured Farmers' Alliance, a statewide crew shaped within the nineteenth century that took up matters starting from low wages paid to cotton pickers to emigration to Liberia.

By telling this one tale of final interracial and intergenerational cooperation, Galland offers a version of the type of communal remembering and reconciliation which can start to heal the deep racial scars of a complete nation.

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American Warlords: How Roosevelt's High Command Led America to Victory in World War II

By Jonathan W. Jordan

American Warlords is the tale of the best “team of competitors” because the days of Lincoln.

In an entire life formed by way of politics, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proved himself a grasp manipulator of Congress, the clicking, and the general public. but if conflict in Europe and Asia threatened America’s shorelines, FDR discovered himself in an international grew to become the wrong way up, the place his pals turned his foes, his enemies his allies. to assist salary democracy’s first “total war,” he became to 1 of history’s such a lot outstanding triumvirates.

Henry Stimson, an old-money Republican from ny, rallied to FDR’s banner to steer the military as Secretary of warfare, and championed leading edge guns that form our global at the present time. normal George C. Marshall argued with Roosevelt over grand process, yet he outfitted the world’s maximum battle computing device and willingly sacrificed his dream of major the invasion of Europe that made his protégé, Dwight Eisenhower, a legend. Admiral Ernest J. King, a hard-drinking, irascible fighter who “destroyed” Pearl Harbor in a prewar naval workout, understood tips on how to struggle Japan, yet he additionally battled the military, the Air strength, Douglas MacArthur, and his British allies as they moved armies and fleets around the globe.

These commanders threw off sparks each time they clashed: Generals opposed to politicians, military as opposed to army. yet these sparks lit the fireplace of victory. in the course of 4 years of sour war, FDR’s lieutenants realized to put aside deep own, political, ameliorations and pull a kingdom during the 20th century's darkest days.

Encircling Roosevelt’s warlords—and occasionally bitterly at odds with them—was a colourful forged of the second one global War’s giants: Winston Churchill, MacArthur, Josef Stalin, Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Charles de Gaulle. those and different larger-than-life figures improve a sweeping tale of an period brimming with metal, fireplace, and blood.

Drawing upon a wealth of fundamental assets, American Warlords goes at the back of closed doorways to provide readers an intimate, usually mind-blowing view of titans who led the USA from isolation to the summit of world strength. Written in a strong, attractive type, writer Jonathan W. Jordan bargains a shiny portrait of 4 notable americans within the eye of war’s hurricane.
 

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Covered Wagon Women, Volume 11: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1879-1903

The tales appear simple—they left, they traveled, they settled—yet the stressed westering impulse of american citizens created the most enduring figures in our frontier pantheon: the hardy pioneer persevering opposed to all odds. Undeterred via storms, ruthless bandits, towering mountains, and raging epidemics, the ladies in those volumes recommend why the pioneer represented the top beliefs and aspirations of a tender kingdom. during this concluding quantity of the lined Wagon ladies sequence, we see the ultimate animal-powered overland migrations that have been even then yielding to railroad commute and, in a couple of brief years, to the auto. The diaries and letters resonate with the energy and spirit that made attainable the settling and community-building of the yank West.

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James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928 (Working Class in American History)

By Bryan D. Palmer

Bryan D. Palmer's award-winning learn of James P. Cannon's early years (1890-1928) info how the lifetime of a Wobbly hobo agitator gave option to management within the rising communist underground of the 1919 period. This old drama unfolds along the lifestyles stories of a local son of usa radicalism, the narrative relocating from Rosedale, Kansas to Chicago, ny, and Moscow. Written with panache, Palmer's richly certain booklet situates American communism's formative decade of the Twenties within the dynamics of a particular political and fiscal context. Our figuring out of the indigenous currents of the yank progressive left is widened, simply as appreciation of the complicated nature of its interplay with overseas forces is deepened.

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Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America after 9/11

By Geneive Abdo

Islam is Americas quickest turning out to be faith, with greater than six million Muslims within the usa, all residing within the shadow of 11th of September. who're our Muslim buddies? What are their ideals and wishes? How are they dealing with lifestyles below the warfare on Terror?
In Mecca and major Street, famous writer and journalist Geneive Abdo deals illuminating solutions to those questions. Gaining extraordinary entry to Muslim groups in the United States, she traveled around the kingdom, vacationing faculties, mosques, Islamic facilities, radio stations, and houses. She finds a neighborhood bored with being judged by means of American perceptions of Muslims abroad and desirous to inform their very own tales. Abdo brings those tales vividly to lifestyles, permitting us to listen to their very own voices and welcoming us to appreciate their hopes and their fears.
Inspiring, insightful, tough-minded, and even-handed, this publication will entice these curious (or apprehensive) in regards to the Muslim presence in the United States. it is going to even be warmly welcomed through the Muslim community.

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Who Was Daniel Boone?

By Sydelle Kramer

Referred to as the "Great Pathfinder", Daniel Boone is most renowned for starting up the West to settlers via Kentucky. an emblem of America's pioneering spirit Boone was once a talented outdoorsman and an avid reader even though he by no means attended institution. Sydelle Kramer skillfully recounts Boone's many adventures equivalent to the day he rescued his personal daughter from kidnappers.

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Lost Plantations of the South

By Marc R. Matrana

The nice majority of the South's plantation houses were destroyed through the years, and plenty of have lengthy been forgotten. In Lost Plantations of the South, Marc R. Matrana weaves jointly images, diaries and letters, architectural renderings, and different infrequent files to inform the tale of sixty of those vanquished estates and the folks who as soon as referred to as them home.

From plantations that have been destroyed through typical catastrophe corresponding to Alabama’s Forks of Cypress, to those who have been deliberately demolished comparable to Seven Oaks in Louisiana and Mount terrific in Kentucky, Matrana resurrects those misplaced mansions. together with plantations through the South in addition to border states, Matrana conscientiously tracks the histories of every from the earliest days of development to the customarily contentious struggles to maintain those irreplaceable old treasures. Lost Plantations of the South explores the foundation factors of death and gives figuring out and perception on how classes realized in those unhappy losses might help hinder destiny maintenance crises. shooting the voices of masters and mistresses along these of slaves, and that includes a couple of hundred stylish archival illustrations, this publication explores the strong and intricate histories of those cardinal houses around the South.

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Landmark Supreme Court Cases: The Most Influential Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States (Facts on File Library of American History)**OUT OF PRINT**

By Gary R. Hartman

For college students of yank historical past and political technology, this encyclopedia presents concise summaries of greater than 350 of an important and influential usa superb lawsuits. excellent as a short reference or start line for additional examine, the publication covers situations on such matters as freedom of speech, freedom of the click, civil rights, exertions unions, abortion, antitrust and pageant, due method, seek and seizure, hard work unions, government privilege, and extra. equipped alphabetically, each one access contains the case identify and felony quotation, 12 months of determination, key factor, old heritage, criminal arguments, selection (majority and dissenting opinions), aftermath and importance, comparable circumstances, and urged examining. different good points contain a chronology of circumstances, an index of situations by way of either events and renowned titles, an issue index, a thesaurus of criminal phrases, and the way to learn a criminal quotation.

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Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34

By Bryan Burrough

In Public Enemies, bestselling writer Bryan Burrough strips away the thick layer of myths positioned out by way of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI to inform the entire story—for the 1st time—of the main superb crime wave in American historical past, the two-year conflict among the younger Hoover and the collection of criminals who turned nationwide icons: John Dillinger, computing device Gun Kelly, Bonnie and Clyde, child Face Nelson, beautiful Boy Floyd, and the Barkers. In an epic feat of storytelling and drawing on a extraordinary quantity of newly to be had fabric on all of the significant figures concerned, Burrough finds an internet of interconnections in the gigantic American underworld and demonstrates how Hoover’s G-men overcame their early fumbles to safe the FBI’s upward push to energy.

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