The American war against British imperial rule (1775-1783) was the world's first great popular revolution. Ideologically defined by the colonists' Declaration of Independence in 1776, the struggle has taken on a mythic character and become emblematic of American national identity.
"Thomas Paine, a singularly injudicious man, requires an exceptionally judicious biographer, and in Mr. Hawke he has at last got one... An absorbing narrative that moves briskly through two revolutions and three countries." -The New Yorker
Two great waves of immigration, one at the start of the 20th century and another in its final decades, transformed the history and personality of New York City. This in-depth comparison of New York's two most recent immigration eras reassesses the myths that surround both sets of immigrants.
A reassessment of the tumultuous culture of politics on the national stage during America's earliest years, when national leaders struggled to define themselves and their role in the new nation. The author shows how the rituals and rhetoric of honour provided ground rules for political combat.
A case study of decision making under pressure, this text covers the Cuban missile crisis. Using the missile crisis as a basic frame of reference, it seeks to teach students how to compare and contrast perspectives on foreign affairs.
This volume explores the implications of the terrorist attack on America of September 11th 2001 and the "war on terrorism" for border controls, cross-border relations and economic integration in North America.
Recounting the role of the church during emancipation, Jim Crow and black leadership, this incisive book tells the story of one of the most influential African American institutions in the south - the Dexter Avenue Church.
America is in crisis. In the space of a generation, it has become more than ever a country of winners and losers, as industries have failed, institutions have disappeared and the country's focus has shifted to idolise celebrity and wealth. This book tells the story of America over the years, empathizing with those facing difficult challenges.
1961. A squadron of Vulcan aircraft, Britain's most lethal nuclear bomber, flies towards the east coast of the United States. Highly manoeuvrable, the great delta-winged machines are also equipped with state of the art electronic warfare devices that jam American radar systems. This title deals with the lives of British pilots.
The multi-volume Longman literature in English series aims to provide students of literature with a critical introduction to the major genres in their historical and cultural context. This book looks at cinema, painting and architecture in 20th-century America, as well as the culture of politics.
Two hundred and forty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States, the story of how America overthrew the British is as meaningful today as it was when the ink was still wet on the document. This book brings the drama of the Revolutionary War to life.
Describes how the American Indians lost their land and lives to a dynamically expanding white society. This book described the opening of the West from the Indians' viewpoint. It focuses on a national disgrace.
The author rediscovered America thirty-five years after her first Greyhound trip across the country. She returns in turbulent midlife to trace the steps of six women who fled various sorts of trouble in nineteenth-century England and went to the United States to reinvent themselves. This book tells her story.
Once America's capitalist dream town, the Silicon Valley of the Jazz Age, Detroit became the country's greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the furthest. The city of Henry Ford, modernity, and Motown found itself blighted by riots, arson, unemployment, crime and corruption.
In 1960, John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck to rediscover the soul of America, visiting small towns and cities from New York to New Orleans. The trip became Travels With Charley, one of his best-loved books. Half a century on, Geert Mak sets off from Steinbeck's home.
From early British colonisation to the Reagan years, this title captures an array of dynamic personalities and events. In a broad sweep of America's triumphant progress, it explores the period leading to Independence from the American and the British points of view, touching on permanent features of 'the American character' - the good and the bad.
It was Thomas Jefferson who envisioned the United States as a great 'empire of liberty.' This title takes Jefferson's phrase as a key to the saga of America - helping unlock both its grandeur and its paradoxes.
Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. This volume tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of the unprecedented calamaties of World War II.
In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. This book brings to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world.
Is America the new world empire? Presidents from Lincoln to Bush may have denied it but, this book shows, the US is in many ways the greatest imperial power of all time. This title reveals, is an empire running on empty, weakened by chronic defecits of money, manpower and political will.
According to an early 1990s study, 95 per cent of what college students know about Native Americans was acquired through the media, leading to widespread misunderstandings of First Nations people. This title contends that negative 'Indian' stereotypes do physical, mental, emotional, and financial harm to First Nations individuals.
The Oregon Trail is the gripping account of Francis Parkman's journey west across North America in 1846. His detailed description of the journey, set against the vast majesty of the Great Plains, has emerged through the generations as a classic narrative of one man's exploration of the American Wilderness.
This guide to contemporary American political practices, processes and institutions contains essays covering phenomena such as the Tea Party upsurge in the Republican Party, Obama's health care reforms, recent changes to campaign funding emanating from the key Citizens' United Supreme Court decision, and more.