By William E. Leuchtenburg

ISBN-10: 019513026X

ISBN-13: 9780195130263

For an individual attracted to background, the actual lines of the previous, specifically historic locations, carry a distinct fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a amazing American, there isn't any query that we comprehend the prior in a unique and extra quick method after we come upon it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's so much talented historians write approximately their very own encounters with old 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 one in all his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and unearths a number of the flavors of California background there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused journey 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 United States over a speck of land within the Pacific helped ascertain 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 different spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, usa, a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the United States visited by means of 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 profession 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, nearly all of whom have contributed to this quantity.

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Did he sense even then the terrible vulnerability of a man who was property? Clark understands my frustration. We stand by the car in front of the Historical Society. I am just about to depart Barre when Clark asks whether I want to see the Quork marker. I have no idea what he is talking about. Without fully explaining, Clark leads me up the street to the local playhouse, an old church that now serves as a theater. It was there that the town performed the drama entitled Quart's Passage, and although the play closed weeks ago, no one has yet moved a heavy metal monument that dominates the lobby of the little theater.

He was a slave, the son of Dinah and Mingo. So far as anyone knows, Quork—his name sometimes appears in the early records as Quock or Quok—made no trouble for his master James Caldwell. After Caldwell died, however, the slave's life in this rural community, then known as the Rutland District, took a turn for the worse. Caldwell's widow married Nathaniel Jennison, a local man who seems to have possessed few positive virtues. Surviving records depict him as litigious, self-pitying, and occasionally violent.

There is only momentum—of network, of mass communication, of consumerism, of hunger for speed, stimulation, and gratification. As in Tocqueville's America, the government in cyberspace is decentralized, distrusted, and weak, afraid to interfere. As in Tocqueville's America, the denizens of cyberspace are fascinated by any machinery faster and shinier than yesterday's machinery. People flock together to discuss UFOs, politics, or stocks online, just as they flocked to the lodges, reform organizations, and religions they invented on the spot in the America of Andrew Jackson.

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