Published in 1776, when America was teetering on the brink of war with Britain, Common Sense galvanized the colonists and George Washington's army, influencing not only the course of the Revolutionary War, but also the resultant government.
Turner's much-anthologized 1893 essay argues that the vast western frontier shaped the modern American character-and the course of US history. Interacting with both the wilderness and Native Americans, settlers on the frontier developed institutions and character traits quite distinct from Europe.
A work of revisionist history that traces the moody period that enveloped America in the aftermath of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, when popular culture came to embody the psychological insecurities and anxieties provoked by wartime upheaval and cultural isolation.
Addresses such questions as who is Mark Felt? And, why did he risk so much for his country? Supported by Felt's 1979 memoir and secret manuscript written in the 1980s, this work combines revelations from his personal letters and memos, together with his family's and associate's account of his life.
Nathan Hale, the celebrated hero, and Moses Dunbar, an unknown loyalist executed for treason, died during the American Revolution for causes they regarded as honorable. The Martyr and the Traitor presents these men's stories for what they reveal about the Revolution's impact on ordinary lives and about the many factors involved in choosing sides in war.
This text provides students with a collection of over 50 documents which will help them to put presidency into context. New documents in this 4th edition include Obama's Health Care Address and his Campaign Speech on Race in America.
This text is an account of the vibrant international network that the American socio-political reformers constructed - so often obscured by notions of American exceptionalism - and of its profound impact on the USA from the 1870s through to 1945.
This second volume in "The Americans" trilogy deals with the crucial period of American history from the Revolution to the Civil War. Here we meet the people who shaped, and were shaped by, the American experience - the versatile New Englanders, the Transients and the Boosters.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, many women began to write historical analysis, taking a big role in defining the new American Republicanism. The work collected here ranges from reportage to poetic historical narratives and historical drama to depictions of women.
Arnold Rothstein was one of the important but mysterious figures in the history of New York. A peer in the wood-panelled business sancta of the Rockerfellers and the Morgans, he was also the godfather of organized crime in America. This book aims to unravel the mysteries of Rothstein's life, a story ending in the final mystery of his murder.
Originally published in 1985, By the Bomb's Early Light is the first book to explore the cultural "fallout" in America during the early years of the atomic age. The book is based on a wide range of sources, including cartoons, opinion polls, radio programs, movies, literature, song lyrics, slang, and interviews with leading opinion-makers of the time.
That do-your-own-thing freedom - run amok since the individualism and relativism of the 1960s and later the unprecedented free-for-all world of the Internet, is the driving credo of America's current transformation where the difference between opinion and fact is rapidly crumbling.
Gerard Magliocca'sThe Heart of the Constitution is the untold story of the most celebrated part of the Constitution. Until the twentieth century, few Americans called the first ten amendments the Bill of Rights. When they did after 1900, the Bill of Rights was usually invoked to increase rather than limit federal authority.
From the late nineteenth century through World War II, popular culture portrayed the American South as a region ensconced in its antebellum past, draped in moonlight and magnolias, and represented by such southern icons as the mammy, the belle, and the chivalrous planter. Karen Cox shows that the chief purveyors of this constructed nostalgia for the Old South were outsiders of the region.
Vividly recounting the lives of enslaved women in eighteenth-century Bridgetown, Barbados, and their conditions of confinement through urban, legal, sexual, and representational power wielded by slave owners, authorities, and the archive, Marisa J. Fuentes challenges how histories of vulnerable and invisible subjects are written.
Relations between Europe and America have become contentious, fuelled by the post-9/11 unilateral and pre-emptive tone of US foreign policy and old fears of American hegemony. The author argues that this increasing mistrust prevents constructive dialogue and action and threatens world stability.
Opening up readings of writers in the growing field of transatlanticism, this text discusses diverse and innovative interventions in the field of Anglo-American literary relations, revealing previously unresearched connections between writers on both sides of the Atlantic.
America's leading expert on men and masculinity explains why, with the demographics of the nation rapidly changing and the levers of political power ostensibly slipping from their hands, white men are angrier than ever before in our recent history.
Conveying through 16 essays the continuing importance of American Studies and the excitement to be gained from its study, this book provides an evaluation of America's place in the world and the often tangled paths that led her there. It also examines ideals such as the commitment to liberty, equality and material progress.
Surveys and analyses the broad contours of US involvement in the Middle East. It probes the reasons why the United States implemented various policies and assesses the wisdom of American leaders as they accepted greater responsibilities for preserving stability and security in the region.
Using material from both published and private sources, this text focuses on United States-Soviet diplomacy to explain the causes and consequences of the Cold War. It explores how the Cold War was shaped by domestic events in both the US and the Soviet Union.
This is a survey of the American past from the earliest colonial settlements to the present day. The author assesses not only the epic achievements of the nation, but also the tensions and limitations of the society behind the American dream. A new chapter reviews recent presidential elections.
This is an authoritative and comprehensive history of the Cold war and the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union that has dominated world politics in the second half of the twentieth century.
The ideologies of equal opportunity and individual responsibility that dominate American culture tend to obscure the casual connections between poverty and wealth. Uncovering these connections is one of the purposes of this book.
The Cuban missile crisis was the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War and the most perilous moment in American history. In this dramatic and succinct narrative, Sheldon M. Stern enables the reader to follow the often harrowing twists and turns of the crisis.
This volume offers a comprehensive historical overview of the formation and growth of North American regions from European exploration and colonization to the later 20th century. It explores themes including acquisition of geographical knowledge, cultural transfer and frontier expansion.
Surrounding the war with an aura of nostalgia both fosters the delusion that war can cure our social ills and makes us strong again, and weakens confidence in our ability to act effectively in our own time."-Journal of Military History