The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia

By Amy Pastan

Which president holds the checklist for the main vetoes? Which president had the biggest shoe dimension? Who was once the one president to serve in either global conflict I and international conflict II? Who used to be the tallest president? those questions and lots of, many extra are replied in The Smithsonian ebook of Presidential Trivia.

Divided into eleven chapters, The Smithsonian e-book of Presidential Trivia seems at each element of our heads of country and presidential background: voters, officials, Heroes, and Saviors; Stumping: From entrance Porch to fb; The Pledge and the events; contained in the Oval place of work; The Perpetual Podium; domestic, resort, Parlor, Playground; First households; Impeachment, Controversy, disgrace; Assassination; loss of life, and nationwide Mourning; Presidents within the well known mind's eye; and The Quotable President.

Many of the questions are observed with pictures of artifacts from the Smithsonian's collections. The Smithsonian publication of Presidential Trivia is certain to puzzle the minutiae buff and presidential specialist alike!

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The Road from Gap Creek: A Novel (Shannon Ravenel)

By Robert Morgan

One of America’s such a lot acclaimed writers returns to the land on which he has staked a literary declare to color an indelible portrait of a relations in a time of exceptional switch. In a compelling weaving of truth and fiction, Robert Morgan introduces a family’s appealing tale, set in the course of international warfare II and the nice melancholy. pushed via the uncertainties of the longer term, the relatives struggles to outline itself opposed to the vibrant Appalachian panorama. The street from hole Creek explores glossy American heritage in the course of the lives of a regular relations persevering via remarkable times.

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Theodore Rex

By Edmund Morris

Theodore Rex is the story—never absolutely advised before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s world-changing phrases as President of the USA. 100 years sooner than the disaster of September eleven, 2001, “TR” succeeded to strength within the aftermath of an act of terrorism. Youngest of all our leader executives, he rallied a bothered country together with his superhuman strength, appeal, and political talents. He proceeded to strive against the issues of race and exertions relatives and belief regulate whereas making the Panama Canal attainable and profitable the Nobel Peace Prize. yet his so much old fulfillment continues to be his construction of a countrywide conservation coverage, and his monument thousands of acres of safe parks and wooded area. Theodore Rex ends with TR leaving place of work, nonetheless merely fifty years outdated, his destiny attractiveness safe as certainly one of our best presidents.

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The Populist Vision

By Charles Postel

Within the past due 19th century, huge technological options just like the telegraph and steam strength made the United States and the area a way smaller position. New applied sciences additionally made attainable large-scale association and centralization. organizations grew exponentially and the wealthy accrued nice fortunes. these at the brief finish of those wrenching alterations spoke back within the Populist riot, essentially the most potent demanding situations to company energy in American history.

But what did Populism symbolize? part a century in the past, students comparable to Richard Hofstadter portrayed the Populist stream as an irrational reaction of backward-looking farmers to the demanding situations of modernity. given that then, the romantic thought of Populism because the resistance circulation of tradition-based and pre-modern groups to a latest and advertisement society has prevailed. In a vast, cutting edge reassessment, in line with a deep studying of archival resources, The Populist Vision argues that the Populists understood themselves as--and have been in fact--modern humans, who pursued an alternative imaginative and prescient for contemporary America.

considering either the leaders and the led, The Populist Vision makes use of a large lens, targeting the farmers, either black and white, women and men, whereas additionally taking a look at bet employees and bohemian urbanites. From Texas to the Dakotas, from Georgia to California, farmer Populists strove to take advantage of the hot options for his or her personal ends. They sought medical and technical wisdom, shaped hugely centralized agencies, introduced large-scale cooperative companies, and pressed for reforms at the version of the nation's such a lot complex forms - the Postal provider. millions of Populist farm ladies sought schooling, employment in colleges and places of work, and a extra sleek lifestyles. Miners, railroad staff, and different hard work Populists joined with farmers to provide impetus to the regulatory nation. Activists from Chicago, San Francisco, and different new towns supplied Populism with a dynamic city dimension

This significant reassessment of the Populist adventure is key examining for a person drawn to the politics, society, and tradition of recent America.

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America Between the Civil War and the 20th Century: 1865 to 1900

By Jeff Wallenfeldt, Britannica Educational Publishing

The newly reunified usa skilled a tenuous peace following the yank Civil struggle. It used to be a interval characterised by means of nice technological advances, but additionally through elevated political, fiscal, and social polarization. This penetrating examine American heritage among the Civil battle and twentieth century comprises firsthand bills that show the existing ideologies of the time and make clear major humans and occasions.

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Brothels, Depravity, and Abandoned Women: Illegal Sex in Antebellum New Orleans

By Judith Kelleher Schafer

Winner of the 2009 Gulf South old organization publication Award

When a clergyman prompt to at least one of the 1st governors of Louisiana that he banish all disreputable girls to elevate the colony's ethical tone, the governor answered, "If I ship away the entire unfastened women, there'll be no girls left the following at all." Primitive, mosquito infested, and sickness ridden, early French colonial New Orleans provided few sights to attract first rate ladies as citizens. King Louis XIV of France solved the inhabitants challenge in 1721 by means of emptying Paris's los angeles Salpêtrière legal of a lot of its such a lot infamous prostitutes and convicts and sending them to Louisiana. lots of those girls persisted to ply their alternate in New Orleans.

In Brothels, Depravity, and deserted ladies, Judith Kelleher Schafer examines case histories from the 1st District courtroom of latest Orleans and tells the engrossing tale of prostitution within the urban ahead of the Civil conflict. Louisiana legislations didn't criminalize the promoting of intercourse till the innovative period, even though the legislation forbade retaining a brothel. Police arrested person public ladies on obscure fees, for being "lewd and deserted" or vagrants. The city's filthy rich and influential landlords, a few of whom made large earnings by way of renting their estate as brothels, sought after their tenants again at the streets once attainable, and so they usually employed the simplest felony lawyers to assist free up the ladies from prison. The courts, in flip, usually handled those "public girls" leniently, exacting small fines or sending them to the city's workhouse for a number of months. consequently, prosecutors dropped just about all prostitution circumstances prior to trial.

Relying on formerly unexamined court docket documents and newly on hand newspaper articles, Schafer ably information the brutal and infrequently harrowing lives of the ladies and younger ladies who engaged in prostitution. a few watched as gangs of rowdy males smashed their furnishings; a few persisted beatings through their shoppers or different public ladies enraged through matches of jealousy; others have been murdered. Schafer discusses the sexual exploitation of kids, intercourse around the colour line, violence between and opposed to public ladies, and the city's feeble makes an attempt to suppress the alternate. She additionally profiles a number of notorious New Orleans intercourse staff, together with Delia speedy, alias Bridget Fury, a flaming redhead with a passion for stabbing males, and Emily Eubanks and her daughter Elisabeth, loose girls of colour recognized for assaulting white women.

Although students have written a lot approximately prostitution in New Orleans' Storyville period, few ancient experiences on prostitution in antebellum New Orleans exist. Schafer's wealthy research fills this hole and provides perception into an exciting interval within the historical past of the "oldest occupation" within the Crescent City.

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The Limits of Dissent: Clement L. Vallandigham and the Civil War (The North's Civil War)

By Frank L. Klement

In the course of the American Civil warfare, Clement L. Vallandigham used to be a passionate critic of Abraham Lincoln's rules and he insisted that no condition, no longer even struggle, might deprive a citizen of his correct to oppose governmental coverage. This quantity reports and reassesses Vallandigham's Civil conflict profession.

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Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power

By Mark Landler

The deeply pronounced tale of 2 supremely formidable figures, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—archrivals who turned companions for a time, trailblazers who proportion a standard experience in their historical future yet carry very assorted ideals approximately the way to undertaking American power

In Alter Egos, veteran New York instances White apartment correspondent Mark Landler takes us contained in the fraught and interesting courting among Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—a courting that has framed the nation’s nice debates over conflict and peace for the prior 8 years.

In the annals of yank statecraft, theirs was once a impossible alliance. Clinton, daughter of an anticommunist father, was once raised within the Republican suburbs of Chicago within the aftermath of worldwide struggle II, nourishing an unshakable trust within the usa as a strength for solid in far-off lands. Obama, an itinerant baby of the Seventies, used to be raised by means of a unmarried mom in Indonesia and Hawaii, suspended among worlds and a witness to the fewer savory facet of Uncle Sam’s effect overseas. Clinton and Obama could later come to embrace competing visions of America’s function on the planet: his, restricted, inward-looking, painfully conscious of limits; hers, hard-edged, pragmatic, unabashedly old-fashioned.
 
Spanning the arc of Obama’s terms, Alter Egos goes past the speeches and press meetings to the Oval place of work huddles and South garden strolls, the place Obama and Clinton pressed their perspectives. It follows their evolution from sour competitors to cautious companions, after which to whatever equivalent to opponents back, as Clinton outlined herself anew and distanced herself from her previous boss. within the technique, it counters the narrative that, in the course of her years as secretary of kingdom, there has been no sunlight among them, that the injuries of the 2008 crusade were completely healed.
 
The president and his leader diplomat parted corporation over the various largest problems with the day: how speedy to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; no matter if to arm the rebels in Syria; how you can reply to the upheaval in Egypt; and no matter if to belief the Russians. In Landler’s gripping account, we enterprise contained in the scenario Room throughout the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, watch Obama and Clinton paintings in tandem to salvage a convention on weather switch in Copenhagen, and discover the key historical past in their nuclear international relations with Iran—a tale with a bunch of unpolluted disclosures.

With the grand sweep of background and the pointillist element of an account in line with insider access—the e-book attracts on unique interviews with multiple hundred senior management officers, international diplomats, and pals of Obama and Clinton—Mark Landler deals the definitive account of a posh, profoundly very important dating. As Barack Obama prepares to relinquish the presidency, and Hillary Clinton makes maybe her final bid for it, how either regard American strength is a critical query of our time.

Advance compliment for Alter Egos

“A great journalist has introduced us a bright, page-turning, and revelatory account of the connection among Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, in addition to in their statecraft. Alter Egos will make a sign contribution to the nationwide debate over who can be the following American president.”—Michael Beschloss, bestselling writer of Presidential Courage

“Mark Landler, the most effective journalists operating in Washington at the present time, supplies an within account of Hillary Clinton’s dating with Barack Obama that brims with perception and high-level intrigue. It’s either enjoyable to learn and eye-opening.”—Jane Mayer, bestselling writer of Dark funds: The Hidden background of the Billionaires at the back of the increase of the novel Right

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River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom

By Walter Johnson

When Jefferson received the Louisiana Territory, he estimated an “empire for liberty” populated through self-sufficient white farmers. Cleared of local americans and the remnants of eu empires through Andrew Jackson, the Mississippi Valley was once reworked in its place right into a booming capitalist economic climate commanded through filthy rich planters, powered via steam engines, and depending on the coerced exertions of slaves. River of darkish Dreams locations the Cotton country on the middle of globally webs of alternate and exploitation that prolonged throughout oceans and drove an insatiable starvation for brand spanking new lands. This daring reaccounting dramatically alters our knowing of yankee slavery and its function in U.S. expansionism, worldwide capitalism, and the approaching Civil War.

Walter Johnson deftly lines the connections among the planters’ pro-slavery ideology, Atlantic commodity markets, and Southern schemes for worldwide ascendency. utilizing slave narratives, well known literature, criminal files, and private correspondence, he recreates the harrowing info of lifestyle less than cotton’s darkish dominion. We meet the boldness males and gamblers who made the Valley shimmer with promise, the slave buyers, steamboat captains, and retailers who provided the markets, the planters who wrung their civilization out of the minds and our bodies in their human estate, and the genuine believers who threatened the Union through attempting to extend the Cotton nation on an international scale.

yet on the middle of the tale Johnson tells are the enslaved those that pulled down the forests, planted the fields, picked the cotton—who worked, suffered, and resisted at the darkish underside of the yankee dream.

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Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography (Norton Paperback)

By Craig L. Symonds

"Riveting. . . . A considerate biography." ―New York instances e-book Review

common Joseph E. Johnston was once answerable for accomplice forces on the South's first victory―Manassas in July 1861―and at its last―Bentonville in April 1965. a lot of his contemporaries thought of him the best southern box commander of the warfare; others ranked him moment in basic terms to Robert E. Lee.

yet Johnston was once an enigmatic guy. His battlefield victories have been by no means decisive. He did not keep accomplice forces lower than siege through furnish at Vicksburg, and he retreated into Georgia within the face of Sherman's march. His extreme feud with Jefferson Davis ensured the cave in of the Confederacy's western crusade in 1864 and made Johnston the point of interest of a political schism in the government.

Now during this rousing narrative of Johnston's dramatic occupation, Craig L. Symonds supplies us the 1st rounded portrait of the final as a private and non-private man.

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