American Places

American Places : Encounters with History

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For anyone interested in history, the physical traces of the past, especially places, haold a special fascination. Sometimes such a visit raises new questions in our minds. James McPherson has described walking in the field where Pickett's men charged at Gettysburg and wondering, what made them do it? But whatever our motivation for visiting these places, or how they affect us, there is no question that we understand the past in a different way when we encounter it "on the ground". We can touch, or be touched by, history in many places that are not historic sites' in the guidebook sense. A rusted bridge on Route 66 may speak more evocatively to us than the Bunker Hill Monument - partly because each of us has an individual sensibility, and also because each encounter with the past is unique. In this work, some of American's most gifted historians write about their own encounters with historic places, bringing a personal viewpoint to bear on a wide variety of sites, ranging from Monticello to Fenway Park, Queens to cyberspace.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162.6 x 242.3 x 33mm | 757.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019513026X
  • 9780195130263

About William E. Leuchtenburg

William E. Leuchtenburg is William J. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has served as president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association. His books include The FDR Years and Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940, winner of the Bancroft and Francis Parkman Prizes.show more

Table of contents

Prof. Edward L. Ayers: Cyberspace; Prof. Paul Boller, Jr.: Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC; Prof. Timothy Breen: Barre, Massachusetts; Prof. James C. Cobb: U. S. and Allied Soldiers Cemetary, Normandy; Prof. Robert Dallek: FDR Memorial, Washington DC; Prof. William H. Chafe: Greensboro, North Carolina; Prof. David Brion Davis: Occupied Mannheim, Germany, 1945; Prof. John Demos: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts; Prof. Paula Fass: Woodside California; Prof. David Hackett Fischer: Boston Common; Prof. Carl Degler: Vassar College; Prof. William Freehling: The Battery, Charleston, South Carolina and Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisanna; Prof. Louis Harlan: Stone Mountain, Georgia; Prof. Kenneth T. Jackson: Memphis, Tennessee; Prof. Robert Johannsen: Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois; Prof. Michael Kammen: Aurora, New York; Prof. David M. Kennedy: San Juan Island, Washington,; Prof. Alice Kessler Harris: Yivo Institute for Research, New York City; Prof. William Leuchtenburg: Queens, New York; Prof. James McPherson: Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennsylvania; Prof. Merrill D. Peterson: Monticello, Virginia; Dr. Kevin Starr: Musco and Frank Grill, Hollywood, California; Prof. Jules Tygiel: The Polo Ground, New York City; Prof. Sean Wilentz: Nassau Hall, Princeton University; Prof. Joel Williamson: Graceland; Prof. Donald Worster: Grand Canyon; C. Vann Woodward: Montgomery, Alabama.show more

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