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Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)

  • We know--and love--the story of the American Revolution, from the Declaration of Independence to Cornwallis's defeat. But our first government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis. So when a group of men traveled to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to save a nation in danger of collapse, they had no great expectations for the...

    Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    published : 2003
  • This maritime history "from below" exposes the history-making power of common sailors, slaves, pirates, and other outlaws at sea in the era of the tall ship. † In¬† Outlaws of the Atlantic , award-winning historian Marcus Rediker turns maritime history upside down. He explores the dramatic world of maritime adventure, not from the perspective of...

    Publisher : Beacon Press
    published : 2014
  • Resurgent immigration is one of the most powerful forces disrupting and realigning everyday life in the United States and elsewhere, and gender is one of the fundamental social categories anchoring and shaping immigration patterns. Yet the intersection of gender and immigration has received little attention in contemporary social science literature...

    Publisher : University of California Press
    published : 2003
  • Praise for the original edition: "A haunting chorus of voices, a moving deeply disturbing evocation of an era." ?San Francisco Chronicle "Myra MacPherson?s book belongs with the best of the works on Vietnam, and there has been no better body of war literature that I know of." ?Joseph Heller "A brilliant and necessary book... this stunning depiction...

    Publisher : Indiana University Press
    published : 2009
  • Average Americans Were the True Framers of the Constitution Woody Holton upends what we think we know of the Constitution's origins by telling the history of the average Americans who challenged the framers of the Constitution and forced on them the revisions that produced the document we now venerate. The framers who gathered in Philadelphia...

    Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    published : 2008
  • The astonishing, hitherto unknown truths about a disease that transformed the United States at its birth A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across the Americas when the American Revolution began, and yet we know almost nothing about it. Elizabeth A. Fenn is the first historian to reveal how deeply variola affected the outcome of...

    Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    published : 2002
  • Since Peter Stuyvesant greeted with enmity the first group of Jews to arrive on the docks of New Amsterdam in 1654, Jews have entwined their fate and fortunes with that of the United States?a project marked by great struggle and great promise. What this interconnected destiny has meant for American Jews and how it has defined their experience among...

    Publisher : University of California Press
    published : 2004
  • One of the nation's foremost Lincoln scholars offers an authoritative consideration of the document that represents the most far-reaching accomplishment of our greatest president. No single official paper in American history changed the lives of as many Americans as Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. But no American document has been held up...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2006
  • This¬† New York Times ¬†bestseller is soon to be a major motion picture starring¬†Charlie Hunnam,¬†Tom Holland, and¬†Robert Pattinson and directed by James Gray. ¬† In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle, in search of a fabled civilization. He never returned. Over the years countless perished trying to find...

    Publisher : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
    published : 2009
  • The Progressive Era, a few brief decades around the turn of the last century, still burns in American memory for its outsized personalities: Theodore Roosevelt, whose energy glinted through his pince-nez; Carry Nation, who smashed saloons with her axe and helped stop an entire nation from drinking; women suffragists, who marched in the streets until...

    Publisher : Free Press
    published : 2010