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1800 to 1945


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America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation
America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation
by David Goldfield
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In this spellbinding history, David Goldfield offers the first major new interpretation of the Civil War era since James M. McPhersons Battle Cry of Freedom. Where other scholars have seen the conflict as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield paints it as... (read more)

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Freedom's Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War
Freedom's Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War
by Guy Gugliotta
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The history of the modern United States Capitol, the iconic seat of the U.S. government, is also the history of Americas most tumultuous years. As the majestic new building rose above Washingtons skyline, battles over slavery and secession were ripping... (read more)

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The Longman Companion to America: 1910-1945
The Longman Companion to America: 1910-1945
by Patrick Renshaw
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This text relates how, between 1910 and 1945, the United States transformed itself from being a great power into a Super Power. By 1945, with rivals in Europe and Asia shattered by war, the US dominated global economic, financial and political... (read more)

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The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890
The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890
by Steven Hahn
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"Hahn's use of primary and secondary sources is extraordinary. He mixes rich quotations with clear writing."--The Journal of American History "Hahn's study is impressively argued and richly documented. Its intensive and skillful use of local sources... (read more)

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Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America
Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America
by Edward Behr
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When the Constitution declared on January 16, 1920, that Americans could no longer buy or sell alcoholic drink, it sparked the wildest, booziest years in our nation's history. Everyone saw in Prohibition an unparalleled license to get rich. Here is the... (read more)

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Hard Times: An Illustrated Oral History of the Great Depression
Hard Times: An Illustrated Oral History of the Great Depression
by Studs Terkel
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In this unique re-creation of one of the most dramatic periods in modern American history, Studs Terkel recaptures the Great Depression of the 1930s in all its complexity. The book is a mosaic of memories from those who were richest to those who were... (read more)

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The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America
The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America
by Maury Klein
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The dramatic story of the power revolution that turned America from an agrarian society into a technological superpower, and the dynamic, fiercely competitive inventors and entrepreneurs who made it happen--a riveting historical saga to rival McCullough... (read more)

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American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work
American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work
by Nick Taylor
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Seventy-five years after Franklin D. Roosevelts New Deal, here for the first time is the remarkable story of one of its enduring cornerstones, the Works Progress Administration (WPA): its passionate believers, its furious critics, and its amazing... (read more)

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Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877: A Revisionist View of One of the Most Controversial Periods
Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877: A Revisionist View of One of the Most Controversial Periods
by Kenneth M Stampp
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This brief political history of reconstruction is an attempt to give more general currency to the findings of scholars during the past few decades. Based on accumulated material on reconstruction for lectures for college students.... (read more)

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The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898
The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898
by Evan Thomas
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On February 15th, 1898, the American ship USS Maine mysteriously exploded in the Havana Harbor. News of the blast quickly reached U.S. shores, where it was met by some not with alarm but great enthusiasm. A powerful group of war lovers agitated that the... (read more)

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Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy
Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy
by David O. Stewart
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By the author of The Summer of 1787, the bestselling and highly acclaimed account of the writing of the constitution, a dramatic re-creation of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, which became the central battle of the struggle over how to reunite a... (read more)

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Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties (New York Review Books Classics)
Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties (New York Review Books Classics)
by Murray Kempton
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'\'\\\'\\\\\\\'\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'The NYRB Classics series is designedly and determinedly exploratory and eclectic, a mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and... (read more)

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The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln: And 44 Other Forgotten Figures from History
The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln: And 44 Other Forgotten Figures from History
by Graeme Donald
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Most people know that Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, but who shot John Wilkes Booth? It was Thomas Boston Corbett, who went mad instead of finding fame and fortune. We know about the great men whose actions changed the course of history, but what... (read more)

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A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era
A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era
by Steven Diner
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The early twentieth century was a time of technological revolution in the United States. New inventions and corporations were transforming the economic landscape, bringing a stunning array of consumer goods, millions of additional jobs, and ever more... (read more)

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The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
by Amity Shlaes
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It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand how the nation endured. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes offers a striking... (read more)

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Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression
Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression
by Morris Dickstein
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'Hailed as one of the best books of 2009 by the New York Timesand the Los Angeles Times, this vibrant portrait of 1930s culture masterfully explores the anxiety and hope, the despair and surprising optimism of distressed Americans during the Great... (read more)

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Americans Remember the Homefront: An Oral Narrative of the World War II Years in America
Americans Remember the Homefront: An Oral Narrative of the World War II Years in America
by Roy Hoopes
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From the first surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to the emotional aftermath of World War II's final victory, this rich and powerful tapestry of voices offers firsthand memories of a nation united...... (read more)

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The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
by James Bradley
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On the success of his two bestselling books about World War II, James Bradley began to wonder what the real catalyst was for the Pacific War. What he discovered shocked him. In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his... (read more)

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Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man
Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man
by Walter Stahr
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From one of our most acclaimed new biographers- the first full life of the leader of Lincolns “team of rivals” to appear in more than forty years. William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century... (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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