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Charging Up San Juan Hill: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of Imperial America

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Below a Cuban sun so hot it stung their eyes, American troops hunkered low at the base of Kettle Hill. Spanish bullets zipped overhead, while enemy artillery shells landed all around them. Driving Spanish forces from the high ground would mean gaining control of…
Wolf by the Ears: The Missouri Crisis, 1819–1821
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From the early days of the republic, American leaders knew that an unpredictable time bomb—the question of slavery—lay at the heart of national politics. An implicit understanding between North and South helped to keep the issue at bay: northern states, where…
Securing the West: Politics, Public Lands, and the Fate of the Old Republic, 1785–1850

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Few issues defined the period between American independence and the Mexican War more sharply than westward settlement and the role of the federal government in that expansion. In Securing the West , John R. Van Atta examines the visions of the founding generation…