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  • Download E-books Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation PDF

    By Andrea Wulf

    For the Founding Fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany have been elemental passions: a conjoined curiosity as deeply ingrained of their characters because the conflict for liberty and a trust within the greatness in their new kingdom.
     
    Founding Gardeners is an exploration of that obsession, telling the tale of the progressive iteration from the original standpoint in their lives as gardeners, plant hobbyists, and farmers. Acclaimed historian Andrea Wulf describes how George Washington wrote letters to his property supervisor whilst British warships accumulated off Staten Island; how a travel of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson’s and John Adams’s religion of their fledgling country; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of environmentalism. via those and different tales, Wulf finds a clean, nuanced portrait of the lads who created our nation.

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  • Download E-books The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex during the War of 1812 PDF

    By George C. Daughan

    A few months after the outbreak of the battle of 1812, Captain David Porter set out within the USS Essex on an epic, seventeen-month cruise to the South Seas. Porter was once pursuing repute and riches, and through so much debts his odyssey was once a gorgeous luck: it introduced glory to the fledgling American military, cemented Porter’s acceptance as a bold and gifted commander, and has lengthy been celebrated as one of many maximum maritime adventures in U.S. background. much less renowned, although, is the negative fee that the group of the Essex paid for his or her captain’s oversized ambitions.

    In The Shining Sea, award-winning historian George C. Daughan tells the whole tale of Porter’s exciting, action-packed voyage, revealing the heights of Porter’s hubris and the genuine depths of his failure in this fateful cruise. rationale on attaining own glory, Porter made the treacherous trip round Cape Horn and into the Pacific Ocean, the place he deliberate to catch a British man-of-war. From Valparaiso to the Galapagos to the Marquesas, the Essex roamed the South Seas, seizing British whaling and service provider ships, wreaking havoc on British trade, and incomes Porter and his males wealth and acclaim. Flush along with his victories, Porter welcomed the inside track British frigate—the HMS Phoebe—was on his tail, and he resolved to seize her. yet Porter couldn't conquer the Phoebe’s more suitable firepower. Over the process a determined, bloody conflict, he misplaced the Essex and over two-thirds of her crew—a stunning finish to a bold journey.

    A swashbuckling story of chance and break at the excessive seas, The Shining Sea brings to lifestyles the monomaniacal quest of 1 of the main misunderstood commanders of the warfare of 1812. Porter’s singular voyage, Daughan indicates, stands as a cautionary story for any chief who may placed own glory and ambition prior to reason and countrymen.

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  • Download E-books A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror PDF

    By Larry Schweikart, Michael Patrick Allen

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    For the previous 3 many years, many heritage professors have allowed their biases to distort the way in which America’s prior is taught. those intellectuals have hunted for cases of racism, sexism, and bigotry in our background whereas downplaying the greatness of America’s patriots and the achievements of “dead white men.”

    As a end result, extra emphasis is put on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington; extra in regards to the internment of jap americans in the course of international warfare II than approximately D-Day or Iwo Jima; extra at the hazards we confronted from Joseph McCarthy than these we confronted from Josef Stalin.

    A Patriot’s heritage of the United States corrects these doctrinaire biases. during this groundbreaking booklet, America’s discovery, founding, and improvement are reexamined with an appreciation for the weather of public advantage, own liberty, and personal estate that make this state uniquely profitable. This e-book deals a long-overdue acknowledgment of America’s actual and proud heritage.

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  • Download E-books Theodore Rex PDF

    By Edmund Morris

    Theodore Rex is the story—never absolutely instructed before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s world-changing phrases as President of the us. 100 years earlier than the disaster of September eleven, 2001, “TR” succeeded to strength within the aftermath of an act of terrorism. Youngest of all our leader executives, he rallied a troubled kingdom along with his superhuman strength, attraction, and political abilities. He proceeded to strive against the issues of race and hard work kinfolk and belief keep an eye on whereas making the Panama Canal attainable and profitable the Nobel Peace Prize. yet his such a lot old fulfillment continues to be his construction of a countrywide conservation coverage, and his monument hundreds of thousands of acres of secure parks and wooded area. Theodore Rex ends with TR leaving workplace, nonetheless in basic terms fifty years previous, his destiny recognition safe as one in every of our best presidents.

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  • Download E-books An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America PDF

    By Nick Bunker

    Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in History

    Written from a strikingly clean point of view, this new account of the Boston Tea celebration and the origins of the yankee Revolution indicates how a deadly mixture of politics, personalities, and economics resulted in a struggle that few humans welcomed yet not anyone may perhaps prevent.  

    “A nice Empire, like a superb Cake, is most simply lowered on the edges,” saw Benjamin Franklin, almost immediately prior to the yankee Revolution. In An Empire at the part, British writer Nick Bunker promises a robust and propulsive narrative of the line to warfare. on the center of the booklet lies the Boston Tea celebration, whilst the British stumbled into an unexpected predicament that revealed deep flaws in an imperial procedure sprawling from the Mississippi to Bengal. laying off new gentle at the Tea Party’s origins and at the roles of such conventional characters as Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Thomas Hutchinson, and the British ministers Lord North and Lord Dartmouth, Bunker depicts the final 3 years of deepening anger on each side of the Atlantic, culminating within the irreversible descent into revolution.

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  • Download E-books The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness History of the Civil War’s Greatest Battle PDF

    One hundred and fifty years after the conflict of Gettysburg, the phrases of the warriors and onlookers current for these 3 fateful days nonetheless reverberate with the ability in their braveness and sacrifice. The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness heritage of the Civil War's maximum Battle gathers letters, journals, articles and speeches from the folk who lived via these mythical 3 days. Tied including narrative through historian Rod Gragg and illustrated with a wealth of images and pictures, The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader will delivery you to the battlefield, immersing you within the emotional depth of the fight of brother opposed to brother for the way forward for the us of America.

    "Here they're penetrating the guts of a adverse kingdom leaving their houses past huge rivers and the biggest of the enemies armies whereas in entrance of them is accumulating all of resistance that may be bought by means of an influence fruitful of each component to army power."
    Confederate soldier T.G. Pollock at the thirtieth of June, 1863, the day ahead of the conflict of Gettysburg

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  • Download E-books Dynamics of the Contemporary University: Growth, Accretion, and Conflict (Clark Kerr Lectures on the Role of Higher Education in Society) PDF

    By Neil J. Smelser

    This e-book is an elevated model of the Clark Kerr Lectures of 2012, added via Neil Smelser on the collage of California at Berkeley in January and February of that 12 months. The preliminary exposition is of a concept of change—labeled structural accretion—that has characterised the background of yank larger schooling, customarily (but no longer solely) of universities. The essence of the idea is that associations of upper schooling gradually upload capabilities, buildings, and constituencies as they develop, yet seldom shed them, yielding more and more advanced buildings. the 1st lectures hint the a number of ramifications of this precept into different arenas, together with the essence of complexity within the educational environment, the solidification of educational disciplines and departments, alterations in school roles and the tutorial group, the expansion of political constituencies, educational management and governance, and educational stratification by means of status. In remaining, Smelser analyzes a few modern tendencies and difficulties which are superimposed at the already-complex buildings of upper schooling, similar to the diminishing public aid with no adjustments of governance and responsibility, the expanding trend of commercialization in better schooling, the expansion of distance-learning and for-profit associations, and the striking development of transitority and part-time school.

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  • Download E-books Upland (Images of America) PDF

    By Donald Laine Clucas, Marilyn Anderson, Cooper Museum

    Upland--a extra becoming identify couldn't were selected. town is nestled one of the foothills on the base of the San Gabriel Mountains--better recognized to the old-timers because the Sierra Madres. Upland has a wealthy heritage, courting again to rancho days of the early 1800s, then throughout the land growth of the Eighties, into agricultural occasions, cityhood in 1906, and coming of age within the twentieth century. even supposing town has replaced, Upland has held onto a few of its rural surroundings and style and is still a stunning and hot position. those that stopover at take pleasure in it, yet those that dwell inside of Upland's outstretched hands and the shadow of her peaks really like it.

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  • Download E-books American Philosophy: From Wounded Knee to the Present PDF

    By Erin McKenna, Scott L. Pratt

    American Philosophy bargains the 1st traditionally framed advent to the culture of yankee philosophy and its modern engagement with the world.

    Born out of the social and political turmoil of the Civil battle, American philosophy used to be a method of facing clash and alter. within the turbulence of the twenty first century, this is still as proper as ever. putting the paintings of presentday American philosophers within the context of a historical past of resistance, via a philosophical culture marked through a dedication to pluralism, fallibilism and liberation, this e-book tells the tale of a philosophy formed via significant occasions that decision for mirrored image and illustrates the ways that philosophy is correct to lived adventure.

    This publication offers a survey of the ancient improvement of yank philosophy, in addition to assurance of key modern concerns in the United States together with race idea, feminism, indigenous peoples, and environmentalism and is the fitting creation to the paintings of the most important American thinkers, previous and current, and the sheer breadth in their rules and impression.

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  • Download E-books Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves PDF

    By China Galland

    By the eve of the Civil struggle, there have been 4 million slaves in North the US, and Harrison County used to be the biggest slave-owning county in Texas. So whilst China Galland again to analyze her relatives heritage there, it's going to no longer have shocked her to profit of unmarked cemeteries for slaves. "My daddy by no means permit anyone plow this finish of the field," an area matron informed a startled Galland in the course of a trip to her antebellum mansion. "The slaves are buried there." Galland's next attempt to assist restoration only one of those cemeteries—Love Cemetery—unearths a integral American tale of prejudice, land robbery, and environmental destruction, uncovering racial wounds which are sluggish to heal.

    Galland gathers an interracial crew of neighborhood non secular leaders and laypeople to paintings on restoring Love Cemetery, securing neighborhood entry to it, and rededicating it to the stories of these buried there. In her try and aid reconsecrate Love Cemetery, Galland reveals the ghosts of slavery that also hang-out us this present day. examine into county ancient files and interviews with neighborhood citizens discover models of history—one black, one white. Galland unpacks those tangled narratives to bare a background 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 by means of oil and gasoline 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. unusually, the unique deed for the cemetery's land was once granted no longer through a white plantation proprietor, yet by way of 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 studying neighborhood historical past, Galland additionally learns of the coloured Farmers' Alliance, a statewide workforce shaped within the nineteenth century that took up concerns starting from low wages paid to cotton pickers to emigration to Liberia.

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

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