By William E. Leuchtenburg
For an individual attracted to historical past, the actual strains of the prior, particularly ancient locations, carry a different fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a amazing American, there isn't any query that we comprehend the previous in a special and extra quick approach after we come upon it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's such a lot proficient historians write approximately their very own encounters with historical locations, bringing a private standpoint to endure on a large choice of web sites, starting from Monticello to Fenway Park. right here James M. McPherson writes in regards to the battlefield of Gettysburg, and the way strolling the floor of Pickett's cost encouraged one among his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and unearths a number 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 US over a speck of land within the Pacific helped verify the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares locations, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., displaying how each one finds the various spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, u.s., a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the USA visited by way of Alexis de Tocqueville a century and a part in the past. different items contain 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 occupation of Sheldon Meyer, who over his years at Oxford college Press has released a few of our such a lot uncommon historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, almost all of whom have contributed to this quantity.
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