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The Antislavery Appeal: American Abolitionism After 1830
The Antislavery Appeal: American Abolitionism After 1830
by Ronald Walters
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"In this small but elegant book, Professor Walters approaches the interpretation of antislavery from a fresh vantage point . . . he asks new questions of old sources and comes up with novel and convincing interpretations . . [He] has allowed us to see... (read more)

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If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home
If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home
by Tim O'Brien
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During the Vietnam war, Tim O'Brien spent a year in the U.S. infantry. As a result, he wrote If I Die in a Combat Zone (Box Me Up and Ship Me Home), an account of his experiences there. He doesn't spare us the terrible particulars of this piece of our... (read more)

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Civilization of the American Indian #72: The Sioux: Life and Customs of a Warrior Society
Civilization of the American Indian #72: The Sioux: Life and Customs of a Warrior Society
by Royal B Hassrick
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For many people the Sioux, as warriors and as buffalo hunters, have become the symbol of all that is Indian colorful figures endowed with great fortitude and powerful vision. They were the heroes of the Great Plains, and they were the villains, too... (read more)

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Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam
Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam
by Nick Turse
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Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling and sure to be controversial history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were "isolated... (read more)

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Restless Giant : United States From Watergate To Bush V. Gore (05 Edition)
Restless Giant : United States From Watergate To Bush V. Gore (05 Edition)
by James T. Patterson
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In Restless Giant, acclaimed historical author James Patterson provides a crisp, concise assessment of the twenty-seven years between the resignation of Richard Nixon and the election of George W. Bush in a sweeping narrative that seamlessly weaves... (read more)

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Stayin' Alive : the 1970S and the Last Days of the Working Class (10 Edition)
Stayin' Alive : the 1970S and the Last Days of the Working Class (10 Edition)
by Jefferson Cowie
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An epic account of how middle-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, this wide-ranging cultural and political history rewrites the 1970s as the crucial, pivotal era of our time. Jefferson Cowies edgy and... (read more)

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State of the Native Nations (08 Edition)
State of the Native Nations (08 Edition)
by Oxford
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Media filters and personal preconceptions can make it hard to get a clear view of present-day Indian America. The reality is that the 500+ Native nations in the United States confront many of the same day-to-day challenges that are faced by other nations... (read more)

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Electric Kool-aid Acid Test (68 Edition)
Electric Kool-aid Acid Test (68 Edition)
by Tom Wolfe
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"An American classic" (Newsweek) that defined a generation. “An astonishing book” (The New York Times Book Review) and an unflinching portrait of Ken Kesey, his Merry Pranksters, and the 1960s.... (read more)

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Popular Justice : a History of American Criminal Justice (2ND 98 Edition)
Popular Justice : a History of American Criminal Justice (2ND 98 Edition)
by Samuel Walker
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This popular one-volume analysis of the evolution of American criminal justice places contemporary issues of crime and justice in historical perspective. Walker identifies the major periods in the development of the American system of criminal justice... (read more)

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Perspectives on Modern America : Making Sense of the Twentieth Century (01 Edition)
Perspectives on Modern America : Making Sense of the Twentieth Century (01 Edition)
by Harvard Sitkoff
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In Perspectives on Modern America: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century, Harvard Sitkoff brings together some of America's most distinguished scholars to survey and analyze the twentieth century. The impressive list of contributors includes Paul Boyer... (read more)

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Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement
Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement
by Fergus M Bordewich
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An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for change The civil war brought to a climax the country's bitter division. But the beginnings of slavery's denouement can be traced to a courageous... (read more)

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Modern Library Chronicles #14: The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945
Modern Library Chronicles #14: The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945
by Paul Fussell
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [167]-176) and index.... (read more)

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The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862
The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862
by Carol Sheriff
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Winner of Best Manuscript Award from the New York State Historical Association Artificial River reveals the human dimension of the story of the Erie Canal. Carol Sheriff's extensive, innovative archival research shows the varied responses of ordinary... (read more)

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Over Here : First World War and American Society - 25TH Anniversary Edition ((Rev)04 Edition)
Over Here : First World War and American Society - 25TH Anniversary Edition ((Rev)04 Edition)
by David M. Kennedy
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The Great War of 1914-1918 confronted the United States with one of the most wrenching crises in the nation's history. It also left a residue of disruption and disillusion that spawned an even more ruinous conflict scarcely a generation later. Over Here... (read more)

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Fierce Green Fire (Rev 03 Edition)
Fierce Green Fire (Rev 03 Edition)
by Philip Shabecoff
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In "A Fierce Green Fire, renowned environmental journalist Philip Shabecoff presents the definitive history of American environmentalism from the earliest days of the republic to the present. He offers an overview of the political, economic social, and... (read more)

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To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders
To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders
by Bernard Bailyn
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Two time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bernard Bailyn has distilled a lifetime of study into this brilliant illumination of the ideas and world of the Founding Fathers. In five succinct essays he reveals the origins, depth, and global impact of their... (read more)

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Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65
Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65
by Taylor Branch
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In the second volume of the three-part trilogy of monumental history that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Parting the Waters", Taylor Branch recreates the dramas that affected every American as the civil rights movement grew in size, impact, and... (read more)

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Unbound Voices : a Documentary History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (99 Edition)
Unbound Voices : a Documentary History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (99 Edition)
by Judy Yung
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An invaluable and finely-crafted collection of oral histories, narratives, interviews, essays, photographs, and memoirs, documenting more than half a century of Chinese immigrant women's lives in the San Francisco area.... (read more)

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Vietnam: A History
Vietnam: A History
by Stanley Karnow
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"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced account we have."—Boston Globe. "Superb, balanced in interpretation... immensely readable and full of new and interesting detail."—George Herring, Univ. of Kentucky.... (read more)

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Strangers from a Different Shore
Strangers from a Different Shore
by Ronald Takaki
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In a blend of narrative history, personal recollection, and oral testimony, Ronald Takaki presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental railroad, of plantation laborers in the canefields... (read more)

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