America in Quotations

America in Quotations : A Kaleidoscopic View of American History

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 163.32 x 242.82 x 35.05mm | 907.18g
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0313308837
  • 9780313308833

Table of contents

Introduction Before Columbus Beginnings Colonial Period The American Revolution The New Nation Westward Expansion House Divided Civil War Reconstruction Industrialism America as a World Power Boom and Bust Depression and the New Deal World War II Cold War Civil Rights Movement The New World Order--And Disorder Biographical Sketches Chronology Bibliography Index
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"Langer provides a readable and entertaining reference tool that will reward students seeking primary-source materials related to major periods in U.S. history."-School Library Journal ..."offers an interesting approach to American history....More than just a collection of quotations, America in Quotations could serve as a text-book or a companion to one."-Booklist "For public and academic libraries."-Library Journal ?For public and academic libraries.??Library Journal ?For public and academic libraries.?-Library Journal ?For public and academic libraries.?- Library Journal ?Langer provides a readable and entertaining reference tool that will reward students seeking primary-source materials related to major periods in U.S. history.?-School Library Journal ?...offers an interesting approach to American history....More than just a collection of quotations, America in Quotations could serve as a text-book or a companion to one.?-Booklist .,."offers an interesting approach to American history....More than just a collection of quotations, America in Quotations could serve as a text-book or a companion to one."-Booklist
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About Howard J. Langer

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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