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By William E. Leuchtenburg

For someone drawn to historical past, the actual strains of the previous, specially historic locations, carry a distinct fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a amazing American, there isn't any query that we comprehend the previous in a special and extra instant method once we come across it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's so much talented historians write approximately their very own encounters with old locations, bringing a private standpoint to endure on a large choice of websites, starting from Monticello to Fenway Park. the following James M. McPherson writes in regards to the battlefield of Gettysburg, and the way jogging the floor of Pickett's cost encouraged certainly one of his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and reveals a few of the flavors of California historical past there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused travel of Elvis Presley's Graceland, and David Kennedy tells the tale of the "Pig battle" of San Juan Island, the place a spat among Britain and the US 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 unearths different spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, america, a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the United States 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 so much uncommon historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, almost all of whom have contributed to this volume.

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