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By William E. Leuchtenburg

For someone drawn to historical past, the actual lines of the earlier, specifically ancient areas, carry a different fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a striking American, there's no query that we comprehend the earlier in a unique and extra instant manner once we stumble upon it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's such a lot proficient historians write approximately their very own encounters with ancient locations, bringing a private perspective 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 strolling the floor of Pickett's cost encouraged one in all his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and unearths the various flavors of California historical past there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused travel of Elvis Presley's Graceland, and David Kennedy tells the tale of the "Pig battle" of San Juan Island, the place a spat among Britain and the US over a speck of land within the Pacific helped be sure the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares areas, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., displaying how every one unearths different spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, united states, 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 contain 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 distinctive historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, nearly all of whom have contributed to this volume.

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