America in Quotations: A Kaleidoscopic View of American History

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Howard Langer
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - 463 էջ

This is history from the inside out. What did Americans say about the great events in their own lifetimes? This book is a grassroots look at the country, as real people tell the story of America in their own voices. Quotations from more than 350 individuals are taken from speeches, interviews, editorials, letters, jokes, songs, and eyewitness accounts represent American thought from the ground up. This compendium includes the words of everyone from politicians and generals, to Native Americans, ethnic minorities, women, labor representatives, and slaves. The book is divided into 18 traditional historical periods from the pre-Columbus explorers to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

We hear the voices of Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy and FDR, but also of Joe McCarthy, Huey Long, and Susan B. Anthony. We hear American law in action through watersheds like Brown v. the Board of Education, the Scopes case, the prosecution of Sacco and Vanzetti, and the Salem witch trials. Then there are the grace notes, the forgotten but significant stories--a black woman beaten and humiliated for encouraging others to vote; the G.I. who overthrew a German bunker at Normandy; the last letter of a Union soldier soon to die in battle. Their words are woven into American history, remembered and illuminated in this kaleidoscopic collection.

 

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Spanning U.S. history from the pre-Columbian era to the September 11 attacks, this volume provides quotations from over 350 prominent individuals, among them Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Joe ... Read full review

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Before Columbus
1
Beginnings
3
Colonial Period
11
The American Revolution
27
The New Nation
43
Westward Expansion
53
House Divided
85
Civil War
105
Depression and New Deal
221
World War II
247
Cold War
275
Civil Rights Movement
297
From Nixon to Reagan
331
New World Orderand Disorder
371
Biographical Sketches
409
Chronology
433

Reconstruction
129
Industrialism
149
America as a World Power
175
Boom and Bust
205

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HOWARD J. LANGER is currently a freelance writer. He has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, textbook editor, marketing director, and director of publications. His other books include American Indian Quotations (Greenwood, 1996), The History of the Holocaust: A Chronology of Quotations (1997), and World War II: An Encyclopedia of Quotations (Greenwood, 1999).

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