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Santa Catalina Island in Vintage Images

During the years, the 76-square-mile island of Santa Catalina has hosted Native-American tribes, ecu sailors, American travelers, or even the Chicago Cubs. The island has survived either ecologically and culturally, resisting the temptation of turning into a Coney Island of l. a.. during the paintings of its citizens in addition to chewing gum multi-millionaire William Wrigley Jr., Santa Catalina Island is as appealing this present day because it used to be while it was once found in 1542.

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Gone at 3:17: The Untold Story of the Worst School Disaster in American History

By David M Brown, Michael Wereschagin

At 3:17 p.m. on March 18, 1937, a ordinary gasoline leak underneath the London Junior-Senior highschool within the oil boomtown of recent London, Texas, created a deadly mix of fuel and oxygen within the school’s basement. The odorless, colorless fuel went undetected until eventually the turn of an electric change prompted a huge blast. The two-story college, one of many nation’s newest, disintegrated, burying all people lower than an enormous pile of rubble and particles. greater than three hundred scholars and lecturers have been killed, and hundreds of thousands extra have been injured.

As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the disaster ways, it is still the deadliest institution catastrophe in U.S. background. Few, besides the fact that, comprehend of this old tragedy, and no booklet, earlier, has chronicled the explosion, its reason, its sufferers, and the aftermath.

Gone at 3:17 is a real tale of what can take place whilst college officers make undesirable judgements. to save cash on heating the college construction, the trustees had approved employees to faucet right into a pipeline sporting “waste” typical gasoline produced by way of a gas refinery. The explosion ended in legislation that now require fuel businesses so as to add the widespread stinky smell. the information that the tragedy might have been avoided extra immeasurably to the heartbreak skilled by means of the survivors and the sufferers’ households. the city might by no means be the same.

Using interviews, testimony from survivors, and archival newspaper records, Gone at 3:17 places readers contained in the store type to witness the spark that ignited the fuel. a lot of these interviewed in the course of 20 years of analysis are not any longer residing, yet their acts of heroism and tales of survival live to tell the tale during this meticulously documented and widely illustrated book.

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Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas

The assertion of Independence

Carl L. Becker's vital examine is an research of the ideas expressed within the announcement. here's a lucid clarification of what the assertion relatively is, what perspectives it units forth, the place these perspectives arose, and the way they've been approved or converted via succeeding generations. A ebook that each American may still learn.

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Building the Blue Ridge Parkway (NC) (Images of America)

By Karen J. Hall

The Blue Ridge throughway begun as a dream within the overdue 1800s and have become fact in 1983 whilst the 469-mile scenic street was once accomplished. building of the Blue Ridge freeway begun in September 1935 at Cumberland Knob. Heavy development was once performed via contractors who received bids for the several tasks alongside a number of sections of the freeway. Civilian Conservation Corps troops took care of the roadsides,

landscaping, and constitution development. As a part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, this venture was once meant to supply jobs in the course of the sector. pictures of the USA: construction the Blue Ridge throughway comprises nearly 2 hundred development photos of the Blue Ridge freeway.

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The Hessians: Mercenaries from Hessen-Kassel in the American Revolution

By Rodney Atwood

The Hessians are notorious in American historical past for his or her function as a part of the British forces despatched to overwhelm the colonists' uprising in 1776. but those German auxiliaries, or mercenaries have been just one example of a widespread army perform, licensed via overseas jurists of the time and utilized by the British in all their eighteenth-century wars. This research (dealing with one of many six contingents identified inaccurately because the Hessians) is the 1st to make huge use of manuscript resources in Germany, Britain and the United States to place the Hessians of their ancient context and to check the various myths approximately them. The come across of the american citizens with the Hessian troops from a disciplined paternalistic society equipped for struggle, with targeted thoroughness, used to be now not in basic terms the assembly of 2 army structures, but in addition of 2 methods of lifestyles, and is therefore precious of analysis in an age of conflict.

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Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History

By Andrew P. Napolitano


We shrug off this truth as an unlucky fact. the US is the land of the unfastened, finally. Does it really count even if our flesh pressers bend the reality the following and there?

When in reality traded for lies, our freedoms are lowered and don’t return.

In Lies the govt. informed You, pass judgement on Andrew P. Napolitano unearths how America’s freedom, as assured through the U.S. structure, has been forfeited via a central authority extra protecting of its personal strength than its duties to maintain our person liberties.

“Judge Napolitano’s large wisdom of yankee legislations, heritage, and politics, in addition to his ardour for freedom, shines via in Lies the govt informed You, as he info how all through American historical past, politicians and executive officers have betrayed the beliefs of non-public liberty and restricted government."

―Congressman Ron Paul, M.D. (R-TX), from the Foreword


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The Contours of American History

By William Appleman Williams

Original yr of publication: 1961; 2011 - fwd

William Appleman Williams used to be the yankee background profession’s maximum critic people imperialism. The Contours of yankee History, first released in 1961, reached again into British historical past to argue that the connection among liberalism and empire was once in impact a grand compromise, with enlargement overseas containing category and race tensions at home.

Coming because it did sooner than the political explosions of the Nineteen Sixties, Williams’s message was once a deeply heretical one, and but the fashionable Library finally selected Contours as the most effective a hundred nonfiction books of the 20 th Century. This 50th anniversary version will introduce this magisterial paintings to a brand new readership, with a brand new creation by means of Greg Grandin, one among today’s major historians people overseas policy.

Source: Overdrive Retail EPUB

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The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism

By Megan Marshall

Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody have been in lots of methods our American Brontes. the tale of those impressive sisters — and their valuable position in shaping the deliberating their day — hasn't ever earlier than been absolutely advised. two decades within the making, Megan Marshall's enormous biograpy brings the period of inventive ferment referred to as American Romanticism to new existence. Elizabeth, the oldest sister, was once a mind-on-fire philosopher. a strong effect at the nice writers of the period — Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau between them — she additionally released a few of their earliest works. It used to be Elizabeth who prodded those newly minted Transcendentalists clear of Emerson's individualism and towards a better connection to others. Mary used to be a decided and passionate reformer who eventually stumbled on her soul mate within the nice educator Horace Mann. The frail Sophia was once a painter who received the admiration of the preeminent society artists of the day. She married Nathaniel Hawthorne — yet now not prior to Hawthorne threw the fragile dynamics one of the sisters into disarray. Marshall specializes in the instant whilst the Peabody sisters made their indelible mark on background. Her extraordinary examine into those lives exposed hundreds of thousands of letters by no means learn ahead of in addition to different formerly unmined unique assets. The Peabody Sisters casts new gentle on a mythical American period. Its book is destined to develop into an occasion in American biography.

This e-book is very urged for college students and analyzing teams drawn to American heritage, American literature, and women's stories. it's a outstanding investigate 19th-century existence.

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