American Places: Encounters With History

Paperback | April 15, 2002

EditorWilliam E. Leuchtenburg

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In American Places, more than two dozen of America's most gifted historians write about their encounters with historic places, bringing a personal viewpoint to bear on a wide variety of sites, ranging from Monticello to Fenway Park. Here James M. McPherson writes about the battlefield ofGettysburg, and how walking the ground of Pickett's Charge inspired one of his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso and Frank Grill in Hollywood and finds many of the flavors of California history there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused tour of Elvis Presley's Graceland, and David Kennedy tells thestory of the "Pig War" on San Juan Island, where a spat between Britain and America over a speck of land in the Pacific Northwest helped determine the shape of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares two places, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson Square, showing how each revealsthe different spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks about spending time in Cyberspace, U.S.A. Other pieces include Robert Dallek on the FDR Memorial, David Hackett Fischer on the Boston Common, and William Leuchtenburg on his native borough of Queens. American Places celebrates the career of Sheldon Meyer, who over his years at Oxford University Press has published some of America's most distinguished historians, including many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, virtually all of whom have contributed to this volume.

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In American Places, more than two dozen of America's most gifted historians write about their encounters with historic places, bringing a personal viewpoint to bear on a wide variety of sites, ranging from Monticello to Fenway Park. Here James M. McPherson writes about the battlefield ofGettysburg, and how walking the ground of Pickett...

William E. Leuchtenburg is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has served as president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association. His books include The FDR Years and Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940, winner of the...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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William Leuchtenburg: IntroductionEdward L. Ayers: Cyberspace, U.S.A.Paul Boller, Jr.: Pennsylvania Avenue: The Avenue of The PresidentsT. H. Breen: A Monument for Barre: Memory in a Massachusetts TownWilliam H. Chafe: Greensboro, North Carolina: A Window on Race in the American SouthJames C. Cobb: World War II Normandy: American Cemetery and MemorialRobert Dallek: The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.David Brion Davis: The Americanized Mannheim of 1945-1946Carl N. Degler: Vassar CollegeJohn Demos: A Fan's Homage to FenwayPaula S. Fass: Finding History in Woodside, CaliforniaDavid Fischer: Boston CommonWilliam Freehling: CharlestonLouis R. Harlan: Climbing Stone MountainKenneth T. Jackson: Memphis, TennesseeRobert W. Johannsen: Illinois' Old State Capitol: A Tale of Two SpeechesMichael Kammen: "A Little Journey": Elbert Hubbard and the Roycroft Community at East Aurora, New YorkDavid M. Kennedy: San Juan Island, WashingtonAlice Kessler-Harris: 1048 Fifth AvenueWilliam E. Leuchtenburg: QueensJames M. McPherson: GettysburgMerrill D. Peterson: MonticelloKevin Starr: The Musso and Frank Grill in HollywoodJules Tygiel: The Polo GroundJoel Williamson: GracelandSean Wilentz: Nassau Hall, Princeton, New JerseyC. Vann Woodward: MontgomeryDonald Worster: The Grand CanyonBertram Wyatt-Brown: Sewanee - How to Make a Yankee Southern: Memories of the 1940s

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