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By William E. Leuchtenburg

For an individual drawn to background, the actual strains of the earlier, specifically old areas, carry a different fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a outstanding American, there isn't any query that we comprehend the earlier in a unique and extra rapid method after we come upon it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's so much proficient historians write approximately their very own encounters with historical locations, bringing a private standpoint to endure on a wide selection 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 certainly one of his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and unearths some of the flavors of California background there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused travel of Elvis Presley's Graceland, and David Kennedy tells the tale of the "Pig struggle" of San Juan Island, the place a spat among Britain and the USA over a speck of land within the Pacific helped make sure the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares areas, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., exhibiting how every one unearths the several 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 collage Press has released a few of our so much exotic historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, almost all of whom have contributed to this volume.

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