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Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune
Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune
by Mary Jo Ignoffo
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Media Kit  Since her death in 1922, Sarah Winchester has been perceived as a mysterious, haunted figure. After inheriting a vast fortune upon the death of her husband in 1881, Sarah purchased a simple farmhouse in San José, California. She... (read more)

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Taking Sides: Clashing Views in United States History, Volume 2: Reconstruction to the Present (Taking Sides)
Taking Sides: Clashing Views in United States History, Volume 2: Reconstruction to the Present (Taking Sides)
by Larry Madaras
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Taking Sides volumes present current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a... (read more)

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All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
by John Taliaferro
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If Henry James or Edith Wharton had written a novel describing the accomplished and glamorous life and times of John Hay, it would have been thought implausibleand#8212;a novelistand#8217;s fancy. Nevertheless, John Taliaferroand#8217;s brilliant... (read more)

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Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation
Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation
by Deborah Davis
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In this revealing social history, one remarkable White House dinner becomes a lens through which to examine race, politics, and the lives and legacies of two of Americaand#8217;s most iconic figures. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In 1901, President... (read more)

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
by Tony Horwitz
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Library Journal Top Ten Best Books of 2011 A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown launched a surprise raid on the slaveholding South. Leading a... (read more)

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Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859 (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era)
Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859 (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era)
by Elizabeth R Varon
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In the decades before the Civil War, Americans debating the fate of slavery often invoked the specter of disunion to frighten or discredit their opponents. According to Elizabeth Varon, "disunion" was a startling and provocative keyword in Americans... (read more)

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Federal Laws of the Reconstruction: Principal Congressional Acts and Resolutions, Presidential Proclamations, Speeches and Orders, and Other Legislati
Federal Laws of the Reconstruction: Principal Congressional Acts and Resolutions, Presidential Proclamations, Speeches and Orders, and Other Legislati
by Frederick E. Hosen
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This collection of documents (primarily statutes and presidential proclamations), provide an important research tool that gives a unique sense of the reconstruction process. Included are 37 acts of congress, 44 presidential proclamations, eight... (read more)

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Reconstruction Americas Unfinished Revolution 1863 1877
Reconstruction Americas Unfinished Revolution 1863 1877
by Eric Foner
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"A remarkable clarity is one of the many beauties of this book that dwells on so many conflicts and ambiguities...Foner's Reconstruction is a smart book of enormous strengths." Neil Irvin Painter, Boston... (read more)

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Andrew Jackson Vs. Henry Clay: Democracy and Development in Antebellum America (Bedford Series in History & Culture)
Andrew Jackson Vs. Henry Clay: Democracy and Development in Antebellum America (Bedford Series in History & Culture)
by Harry L Watson
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This selection of letters, essays, and speeches demonstrates how the clashing perspectives of two individuals shaped and exemplified the major issues of national politics between the War of 1812 and the territorial crisis of 1850 — the... (read more)

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The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln
The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln
by Kate Clifford Larson
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Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, The Assassins Accomplice tells the gripping story of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln through experience of its only female participant. Confederate sympathizer Mary Surratt ran a boarding house in... (read more)

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A Patriot's History of the Modern World: From America's Exceptional Ascent to the Atomic Bomb: 1898-1945
A Patriot's History of the Modern World: From America's Exceptional Ascent to the Atomic Bomb: 1898-1945
by Larry Schweikart
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From the Revolutionary War to the present, the American military has consistently beaten the odds. Its not luck. Americas armed services are under attack. From college campuses to the floor of the Senate, the Iraq war is portrayed as a quagmire, the army... (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 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor. The sinking of the Maine was just the provocation Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt was looking for. Along with his friend Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and his rival, newspaper... (read more)

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Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War
Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War
by A J Langguth
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By the acclaimed author of the classic Patriots and Union 1812, this major work of narrative history portrays four of the most turbulent decades in the growth of the American nation. After the War of 1812, President Andrew Jackson and his successors led... (read more)

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The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr
The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr
by Henry W Brands
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Though he was a hero of the Revolutionary War, a prominent New York politician, and vice president of the United States, Aaron Burr is today best remembered as the villain who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.  But as H. W. Brands demonstrates in... (read more)

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Kit Carson Days: 1809-1868
Kit Carson Days: 1809-1868
by Edwin L Sabin
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Volume 2 begins with Carson carrying the news of the conquest of California across the country to Washington, D.C., stopping en route to see his wife in Taos, New Mexico. The older Carson consolidates his fame as a courier, scout, soldier, and Indian... (read more)

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1812: The War That Forged a Nation (P.S.)
1812: The War That Forged a Nation (P.S.)
by Walter R Borneman
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< p> Although frequently overlooked between the American Revolution and the Civil War, the War of 1812 tested a rising generation of American leaders; unified the United States with a renewed sense of national purpose; and set the stage for... (read more)

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America on the Brink: How the Political Struggle Over the War of 1812 Almost Destroyed the Young Republic
America on the Brink: How the Political Struggle Over the War of 1812 Almost Destroyed the Young Republic
by Richard Buel
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Many people would be surprised to learn that the struggle between Thomas Jefferson's Republican Party and Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Party defined--and jeopardized--the political life of the early American republic. America on the Brink looks at why... (read more)

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The Great Depression: America in the 1930's
The Great Depression: America in the 1930's
by T H Watkins
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This companion volume to the public television series delves into the events and impact of the Great Depression. The text is illustrated throughout with photos, documents, and posters, many previously unpublished.... (read more)

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The Hungry Years: A Narrative History of the Great Depression in America
The Hungry Years: A Narrative History of the Great Depression in America
by T H Watkins
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It was the worst of times and the best of times. It was an era of unprecedented crisis and a time of unprecedented courage. In a single, comprehensive volume, The Hungry Years tells the story of the Great Depression through the eyes of the people who... (read more)

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Civic Wars: Democracy & Public Life in the American City
Civic Wars: Democracy & Public Life in the American City
by Mary Ryan
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Historian Mary P. Ryan traces the fate of public life and the emergence of ethnic, class, and gender conflict in the 19th-century city. Using as examples New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco, Ryan illustrates the way in which American cities of the... (read more)

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