Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (American Crossroads)

First version, Winner of the Arthur J. Viseltear Prize, American Public overall healthiness Association

With an emphasis at the American West, Eugenic Nation explores the lengthy and unsettled historical past of eugenics within the usa. This elevated moment version contains stunning info demonstrating that eugenics maintains to notify institutional and reproductive injustice. Alexandra Minna Stern attracts on lately exposed ancient files to bare styles of racial bias in California’s sterilization software and files compelling person stories. With the addition of appreciably new and proper learn, this version connects the eugenic previous to the genomic current with cognizance to the moral and social implications of rising genetic technologies.

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

By Charles Bracelen Flood

Shortly after wasting all of his wealth in a poor 1884 swindle, Ulysses S. supply discovered he had terminal throat and mouth melanoma. Destitute and death, furnish started to write his memoirs to save lots of his relations from everlasting monetary ruin.

As furnish persevered his paintings, soreness expanding ache, the yank public grew to become conscious of this race among Grant’s writing and his deadly disorder. 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 decision during this ultimate attempt. supply accomplished Memoirs simply 4 days prior to he died in July 1885.

Published after his demise by way of his buddy Mark Twain, Grant’s Memoirs turned an quick bestseller, restoring his family’s monetary healthiness and, extra importantly, supporting to therapy the kingdom of sour discord. greater than the other American earlier than or considering the fact that, furnish, in his final yr, used to be in a position to heal this—the country’s maximum wound.

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Shelby County (Images of America)

By Julie A. Elbert

Overview

Shelby County has a wealthy and fascinating historical past. Shelby County was once created in 1827 and initially incorporated just about all of Moultrie County, Pana, Assumption, and so much of Praireton Township in Christian County. at the present time it really is nonetheless one of many greatest counties in Illinois.

The county seat, Shelbyville, is traditionally associated with Abraham Lincoln, who made a variety of visits to Shelby County in the course of his circuit using days. Early pioneers stumbled on ample natural world within the forests and prairies. within the 1840s, the pioneers started to holiday the prairie and located fertile soil. the coming of the railroad spurred the wealthy agricultural historical past of the county that maintains to at the present time. Samuel Moulton, country consultant and U.S. congressman from Shelbyville, brought the invoice that validated the Illinois unfastened Public institution method. Chautauquas have been provided on the Auditorium in Shelbyville, which nonetheless exists this present day, and at Lithia Springs.

More than a dozen towns, cities, and villages mix to create a desirable heritage of this county.

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Traveling Tennessee: A Complete Tour Guide to the Volunteer State from the Highlands of the Smoky Mountains to the Banks of the Mississippi River

By Cathy Summerlin, Vernon Summerlin

Overview

A whole travel advisor to the Volunteer nation from the highlands of the Smoky Mountains to the banks of the Mississippi River.

Tennessee is a nation of never-ending range. It boasts breath-taking surroundings, the houses of 3 presidents, and the birthplace of mythical frontiersman Davy Crockett. it's the birthplace of the blues and the house of the King of rock 'n' roll. It bargains a wealth of possibilities for mountain climbing, canoeing, fishing, and wildlifeviewing in kingdom and nationwide parks, activity parts, and forests. From mountain highroads to delta lands, this complete advisor invitations you to the simplest of Tennessee's mattress and breakfasts, museums, historical websites, eating places, vintage retailers, and such points of interest as:

• the good Smoky Mountains nationwide Park
• The nationwide Storytelling competition in Jonesborough
• The South's favourite outlet buying in Pigeon Forge
• Coker Creek, the location of Tennessee's gold rush
• World-class whitewater rafting at the Obed and Ocoee Rivers
• the large South Fork nationwide River and game Area
• The Chattanooga Choo Choo and the Tennessee nation Aquarium
• Civil conflict battlefields like Stones River and Shiloh
• The Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg
• The Natchez hint Parkway
• Musical venues from the Grand Ole Opry to Beale Street
• the biggest heart forest Indian Mound within the southeast
• A half-mile-long reprodction of the Mississippi River

Traveling Tennessee does greater than get you the place you need to cross. It additionally educates you in regards to the state's history, excites you approximately its holiday probabilities, and entertains you with money owed of the authors' personal experiences.

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The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton

The American President is a charming account of yank presidential activities from the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to invoice Clinton's final evening in place of work in January 2001. William Leuchtenburg, one of many nice presidential historians of the century, portrays all of the presidents in a chronicle gleaming with anecdote and wit.

Leuchtenburg bargains a nuanced review in their behavior in place of work, preoccupations, and temperament. His e-book offers numerous moments of excessive drama: FDR hurling defiance on the "economic royalists" who exploited the terrible; ratcheting rigidity for JFK as Soviet vessels process an American naval blockade; a grievously wounded Reagan joking with nurses whereas combating for his life.

This booklet charts the big progress of presidential strength from its lowly nation within the overdue 19th century to the imperial presidency of the 20th. That impressive switch used to be manifested either at domestic during times of innovative reform and in another country, significantly in international wars, Vietnam, and the warfare on terror.

Leuchtenburg sheds gentle on presidents struggling with with contradictory forces. stuck among protecting their attractiveness and executing their pursuits, many practiced deceits that form their picture at the present time. yet he additionally finds how the country's leaders pulled off fantastic achievements helpful of the nation's pride.

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Los Angeles's Historic Ballparks (Images of America)

By Chris Epting

Baseball's lengthy and storied background in l. a. has been performed at venues together with the turn-of-the-century Chutes Park, which was once a part of an entertainment park, in addition to Gilmore box, the place the Hollywood Stars performed, and Wrigley box, the place many video clips and tv exhibits have been filmed. The 1923-vintage la Memorial Coliseum grew to become the Dodgers' first domestic in California in 1958, after they moved from Brooklyn. larger la additionally featured expert baseball at Olive Memorial Stadium in Burbank, Brookside Park in Pasadena, on Catalina Island, plus at quite a few diamonds all through Orange and Riverside Counties, the place legends together with Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Connie Mack seemed. such a lot enthusiasts recognize Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium, yet many different old ballparks existed in Southern California. Their pictures are amassed jointly right here for the 1st time.

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One-Night Stands with American History (Revised and Updated Edition): Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents

By Richard Shenkman, Kurt Reiger

Respect your self within the morning -- learn One-Night Stands with American History!

This choice of little-known proof and anecdotes is American heritage with the uninteresting components ignored. Richard Shenkman and Kurt Reiger have exposed a variety of tales approximately hoaxes, innovations, secrets and techniques, and infrequent incidents -- many related to the main well-known and strong humans in America.
• President U. S. provide used to be arrested for rushing in his horse carriage.
• J. Edgar Hoover refused to permit humans to stroll on his shadow.
• France shipped Louisiana twenty-five prostitutes simply because girls have been briefly provide in 1721.
• H. L. Hunt received his first oil good in a online game of five-card stud.

Even historians locate that One-Night Stands with American History positive aspects interesting tales they by no means knew. Now up to date with evidence and anecdotes from the final two decades, this quantity is a treasure trove of exceptional tales that may startle, entertain, and tell you. And the simplest half is that they're all true!

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Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero (Eminent Lives)

By Michael Korda

The first officer given that George Washington to turn into a four-star normal within the usa military, Ulysses S. supply used to be a guy who controlled to finish the Civil warfare on a be aware of grace, and used to be the one president among Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson to serve 8 consecutive years within the White apartment. The son of an Ohio tanner, he has lengthy been remembered as an excellent common yet a failed president whose moment time period resulted in monetary and political scandal. yet now acclaimed, bestselling writer Michael Korda deals a dramatic reconsideration of the guy, his existence, and his presidency. Ulysses S. Grant is an evenhanded and stirring portrait of a wrong chief who however ably guided the United States via a pivotal juncture in its history.

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Haunted Etowah County, Alabama (Haunted America)

By Mike Goodson

Positioned alongside the Coosa River, Etowah County's background is intertwined with the twists and turns of this flowing water. And although the currents of the Coosa shift on a daily basis, a few furnishings of the river can't aid yet stay. it truly is acknowledged that famed riverboat captain James M. Elliott Jr. haunts the Coosa's banks, nonetheless blasting the whistle from the Magnolia, his steam engine greater than a century previous. however the river is not the purely a part of Etowah County that is still populated by way of spirits prior. subscribe to neighborhood writer and ghost journey advisor Mike Goodson on a chilling trip via Gadsden, Attalla and the remainder of Etowah County as he recounts the haunted heritage of the quarter. This eerie assortment deals the definitive consultant to ghostly task in Etowah County.

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A Zombie's History of the United States: From the Massacre at Plymouth Rock to the CIA's Secret War on the Undead

Americans were taught that their state is civilized and humane. yet, too frequently, U.S. activities were uncivilized and inhumane.

—Howard Zinn

Shedding mild on 500 years of suppression, this stunning exposé finds the pivotal position in American historical past performed by means of its such a lot invisible minority—zombies.

From colonization and revolution to global Wars and international hegemony, A Zombie’s background of the United States tells the robust and relocating tales of this country’s living-dead underclass, including:

•The zombie bloodbath of eu colonists at Plymouth Rock

•The grotesque killing of a zombinated Meriwether Lewis via his fellow explorer William Clark

•The doomed protection of the Alamo opposed to hordes of the attacking undead

•The heroic, platoon-saving cost right into a hail of German fireplace via an undead Lt. Audie Murphy

•The top-secret NASA missions that launched(and usually misplaced) zombies into space

•The anti-terrorist application to forestall the weaponization of the zombie virus

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