Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year

By Charles Bracelen Flood

Shortly after wasting all of his wealth in a bad 1884 swindle, Ulysses S. furnish realized he had terminal throat and mouth melanoma. Destitute and loss of life, furnish started to write his memoirs to avoid wasting his kin from everlasting monetary ruin.

As provide persevered his paintings, ache expanding discomfort, the yank public grew to become conscious of this race among Grant’s writing and his deadly sickness. two decades after his respectful and magnanimous demeanor towards Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, humans in either the North and the South got here to grasp supply because the courageous, sincere guy he used to be, now utilizing his well-known choice during this ultimate attempt. supply accomplished Memoirs simply 4 days earlier than he died in July 1885.

Published after his dying by means of his pal Mark Twain, Grant’s Memoirs turned an speedy bestseller, restoring his family’s monetary overall healthiness and, extra importantly, supporting to therapy the kingdom of sour discord. greater than the other American sooner than or on account that, furnish, in his final 12 months, used to be capable of heal this—the country’s maximum wound.

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Long Beach Fire Department (CA) (Images of America)

By Glen Goodrich

The lengthy seashore hearth Department's adaptability has been established through a wide selection of failures that experience marked it as a distinct firefighting strength at the West Coast. hundreds of thousands of citizens and others have owed their very lives to the

department when you consider that its 1897 formation. The LBFD moved into motion through the devastating 1933 lengthy seashore earthquake, within which its personal hearth condominium No. 1 used to be diminished to rubble. Its

firefighters have quelled oilfield blazes during the twentieth century, and its fireboats have poured water onto flames engulfing the docks and warehouses of the bustling port. different tasks have incorporated such facet tours as working

standby in the course of Howard Hughes's 1947 flight of the Spruce Goose and caring for Sam the cat, a Station 6 mainstay who slid down the hearth pole to the pride of tv audiences.

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The Age of Lincoln and the Art of American Power, 1848-1876

Although Abraham Lincoln was once between seven presidents who served through the tumultuous years among the tip of the Mexican conflict and the top of the Reconstruction period, heritage has now not been type to the others: Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Ulysses S. Grant.
 
In distinction, historical past sees Abraham Lincoln as an enormous in personality and deeds. in the course of his presidency, he ruled brilliantly, constructed the economic system, liberated 4 million humans from slavery, reunified the country, and helped enact the home Act, between different accomplishments. He proved to be not just a good commander in leader but in addition a talented diplomat, economist, humanist, educator, and moralist.
 
Lincoln completed that and extra simply because he used to be a grasp of the artwork of yankee strength. He understood that the fight for hearts and minds was once the essence of politics in a democracy. He asserted energy more often than not via beautiful to people’s hopes instead of their fears. All alongside he attempted to form instead of replicate winning public critiques that differed from his personal. subsequently, he was once outstanding at bridging the space among progressives and conservatives by way of reining within the former and urging at the latter.
 
His paintings of strength eventually mirrored his dependable devotion to the assertion of Independence’s ideas and the Constitution’s associations, or as he so elegantly expressed it, “to a central authority of the folks, through the folks, and for the people.”
 

 

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The Limits of Dissent: Clement L. Vallandigham and the Civil War

By Frank L. Klement

Each American warfare has introduced clash over the level to which nationwide defense will enable protesters to workout their constitutional warrantly of freedom of expression. the main well-known case was once that of Clement L. Vallandigham, the passionate critic of Lincoln's Civil warfare guidelines and some of the most arguable determine within the nation's historical past. within the nice drawback of his time, he insisted that no situation, even warfare, may well deprive a citizen of his correct to oppose executive coverage freely and openly.

The end result was once a furor which shook the nation's legislative halls and stuffed the click with vituperation. the last word destiny for Vallandigham used to be arrest, imprisonment, and exile. The burning matters raised by means of his case stay mostly unresolved this day. Mr. Klement follows the tragic irony of Vallandigham's profession and reassesses the fellow and history's judgment of him. After his demise, "Valiant Val'' turned an emblem of the dissenter in wartime whose case keeps to have relevance in American democracy.

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The Charleston Orphan House: Children's Lives in the First Public Orphanage in America (Markets and Governments in Economic History)

By John E. Murray

The first public orphanage in the US, the Charleston Orphan condominium observed to the welfare and schooling of millions of youngsters from negative white households within the city South. From filthy rich benefactors to the households who sought its counsel to the artisans and retailers who trusted its fees as apprentices, the Orphan apartment was once a critical section of the city’s social fabric. through bringing jointly white voters from all degrees of society, it additionally performed a strong political function in retaining the present social order.
 
John E. Murray tells the tale of the Charleston Orphan residence for the 1st time throughout the phrases of these who lived there or had kin who did. via their letters and petitions, the booklet follows the households from the occasions and judgements that led them to the Charleston Orphan condo during the children’s time spent there to, in a couple of situations, their later grownup lives. What those money owed demonstrate are households suffering to take care of ties after catastrophic loss and to maintain bonds with teenagers who now not lived below their roofs.
 
An intimate glimpse into the lives of the white bad in early American heritage, The Charleston Orphan House is furthermore an illuminating examine social welfare provision within the antebellum South.

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A Benjamin Franklin Reader

A range of Benjamin Franklin’s writings, with an advent and remark via popular writer Walter Isaacson.

Selected and annotated through the writer of the acclaimed Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, this selection of Franklin’s writings exhibits why he used to be the bestselling writer of his day and continues to be America’s favourite founder and wit. comprises an introductory essay exploring Franklin’s existence and impression as a author, and every piece is followed by way of a preface and notes that offer historical past, context, and research.

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The Presidents' War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them

By Chris DeRose

For the 1st time, readers will event America’s gravest obstacle during the eyes of the 5 former presidents who lived it. writer and historian Chris DeRose chronicles history’s so much epic Presidential Royal Rumble, which culminated in a multi-front attempt opposed to Lincoln’s reelection bid, yet no longer before:
     * John Tyler engaged in travel international relations among President Buchanan and the hot accomplice govt. He chaired the Peace conference of 1861, the final nice wish for a political solution to the concern. while it failed, Tyler joined the Virginia Secession conference, voted to depart the Union, and gained election to the accomplice Congress.
     * Van Buren, who had schemed to disclaim Lincoln the presidency, supported him in his efforts after castle Sumter, and thwarted Franklin Pierce's test at a gathering of the ex-Presidents to undermine Lincoln.
     * Millard Fillmore hosted Lincoln and Mary Todd on their option to Washington, initially supported the struggle attempt, provided severe suggestion to maintain Britain at bay, yet turned on Lincoln over emancipation. 
     * Franklin Pierce, pointed out as a Democratic candidate in 1860 and ’64, was once brazenly adverse to Lincoln and supportive of the South, an outspoken critic of Lincoln particularly on civil liberties. After Vicksburg, whilst Jefferson Davis’s domestic used to be raided, a mystery correspondence among Pierce and the accomplice President used to be revealed.
     * James Buchanan, who had left workplace as seven states had damaged clear of the Union, engaged in a frantic try to vindicate his management, partly by way of tying himself to Lincoln and assisting the conflict, arguing that his successor had easily his policies. 
     How Abraham Lincoln battled opposed to his predecessors to maintain the Union and later to place an finish to slavery is an exhilarating story of struggle waged on the most sensible point of power.

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Roosevelt's Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War

By Richard Moe

"In Roosevelt's moment Act Richard Moe has proven in awesome type that what may appear to were an inevitable determination of relatively little curiosity was once faraway from it." ―David McCullough

On August 31, 1939, nearing the tip of his moment and most likely ultimate time period in workplace, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was once operating within the Oval place of work and considering development of his presidential library and making plans retirement. tomorrow German tanks had crossed the Polish border; Britain and France had declared conflict. in a single day the area had replaced, and FDR stumbled on himself being compelled to think about a dramatically varied set of conditions. In Roosevelt's moment Act, Richard Moe makes a speciality of a turning aspect in American political background: FDR's choice to hunt a 3rd time period. frequently ignored among the passage and implementation of the hot Deal and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, that call was once faraway from inevitable. because the election loomed, he refused to remark, confiding in nobody, scrambling the politics of his personal celebration; yet after the Republicans strangely nominated Wendell Willkie in July 1940, FDR turned confident that no different Democrat may either keep the legitimacy of the hot Deal and mobilize the state for conflict. With Hitler at the verge of conquering Europe, Roosevelt, nonetheless hedging, started to maneuver his method to the guts of the political degree. Moe deals a super depiction of the duality that was once FDR: The daring, perceptive, prescient and ethical statesman who set lofty and principled pursuits, and the occasionally wary, bold, boastful and manipulative flesh presser in pursuit of them. Immersive, insightful and written with an within knowing of the presidency, this booklet demanding situations and illuminates our realizing of FDR and this pivotal second in American history.

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An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power

By John Steele Gordon

Throughout time, from historic Rome to trendy Britain, the nice empires equipped and maintained their domination via strength of hands and political energy. yet now not the U.S.. the USA has ruled the realm in a brand new, peaceable, and pervasive method - in the course of the endured production of wonderful wealth. during this authoritative, engrossing heritage, John Steele Gordon captures as by no means sooner than the genuine resource of our nation's international effect: wealth and the ability to create extra of it.

This P.S. variation good points an additional sixteen pages of insights into the ebook, together with writer interviews, urged interpreting, and extra.

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Home Sweet Home: Around the House in the 1800s (Daily Life in America in the 1800s)

By Zachary Chastain

Overview

In tough frontier cabins, tidy farmhouses, and chic townhouses, americans within the 1800s have been devoted to dwelling to boot and as with ease as their situations allowed. the yank domestic used to be a sacred establishment, the seat of relatives lifestyles the place the patriarch governed with mom at his part as dad or mum of the house, and the kids have been raised with strict self-discipline and powerful values.

Changes in style and type, advancements in know-how (indoor plumbing and a number of latest labor-saving devices), and social switch remodeled domestic and kinfolk lifestyles within the 1800s, as possibilities for relaxation actions and commercially produced client items got here close by of the typical American.

But the powerful American culture of the sanctity of the house, consumerism, and the significance of a cheerful relatives existence has its roots within the houses of nineteenth-century americans.

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