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By William E. Leuchtenburg

For somebody drawn to background, the actual strains of the earlier, specifically old locations, carry a distinct fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a remarkable American, there isn't any query that we comprehend the previous in a special and extra instant means once we come across 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 web sites, 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 certainly one of his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and reveals the various 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 struggle" of San Juan Island, the place a spat among Britain and the US over a speck of land within the Pacific helped make certain the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares locations, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., displaying 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, u.s., a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the United States visited through 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 college Press has released a few of our such a lot amazing historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, almost all of whom have contributed to this volume.

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