By William E. Leuchtenburg
For an individual drawn to heritage, the actual lines of the prior, specially ancient areas, carry a different fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a outstanding American, there's no query that we comprehend the earlier in a distinct and extra instant means once 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 old areas, bringing a private point of view to endure on a large choice of websites, 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 in every of his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and reveals some 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 USA over a speck of land within the Pacific helped make certain the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares locations, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., exhibiting how each one finds different 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 US visited via 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 collage Press has released a few of our such a lot exotic historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, almost all of whom have contributed to this quantity.
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