Download PDF by William E. Leuchtenburg: American Places: Encounters with History

By William E. Leuchtenburg

ISBN-10: 019513026X

ISBN-13: 9780195130263

For somebody attracted to heritage, the actual lines of the earlier, specially old areas, carry a different fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a remarkable American, there isn't any query that we comprehend the prior in a special and extra speedy manner once we come upon it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's so much proficient historians write approximately their very own encounters with historical areas, bringing a private perspective to endure on a wide selection of web sites, starting from Monticello to Fenway Park. right here James M. McPherson writes concerning the battlefield of Gettysburg, and the way jogging the floor of Pickett's cost encouraged one in all his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and reveals some of the flavors of California background there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused travel of Elvis Presley's Graceland, and David Kennedy tells the tale of the "Pig conflict" of San Juan Island, the place a spat among Britain and the United States over a speck of land within the Pacific helped make certain the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares areas, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., displaying how each one unearths different spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, america, a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the US visited via Alexis de Tocqueville a century and a part in the past. different items comprise Robert Dallek at the FDR Memorial, David Hackett Fischer at the Boston universal, and William Leuchtenburg on his local borough of Queens.
American Places celebrates the profession of Sheldon Meyer, who over his years at Oxford collage Press has released a few of our such a lot exclusive historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, nearly all of whom have contributed to this quantity.

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Fortunately there was no trouble that momentous day, and the inaugural procession, with soldiers, bands, marching clubs, governors, war veterans, congressmen, and Washington officials, went off nicely. The crowds lining the Avenue especially liked the float decorated in red, white, and blue, drawn by four white horses, and carrying thirty-four pretty little girls, one for each state (including the seceded ones), wearing white frocks and waving little flags. The story that Lincoln took time out to kiss each little girl is charming but spurious.

It is clear, however, that the fastidious force of gentrification is nowhere to be seen. From a nineteenth-century bandstand where townspeople once gathered on summer evenings, I survey a cluster of modest stores, a garage, a library, the offices of "Worcester County's Oldest Newspaper," several churches, a modern bank, and the Barre post office. Next to the Historical Society, the home long ago of a leading local family, I see a sadly empty field where until recently a grand old hotel testified to an earlier, more prosperous time when Barre dreamed of overcoming its isolation from a rapidly industrializing society.

Destroyed by fire, the structure and the memories it once inspired have given way to weeds. " The only self-conscious attempt to link contemporary Barre with its Revolutionary origins is the Colonel Isaac Barre Tavern, a small restaurant that like the town itself is named after a member of the British Parliament who during one memorable session in 1765 rose from the back benches of the House of Commons to attack a ministerial plan to tax colonial Americans without representation. He reminded his hostile colleagues that the colonists "fled from your Tyranny to a then uncultivated and unhospitable Country....

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