Download E-books Unsolved Mysteries of the Old West PDF

By W.C. Jameson

Two matters proceed to fascinate people—the outdated West and an exceptional secret. This e-book explores and examines twenty-one of the outdated West's such a lot baffling mysteries, which entice the curious and beg for research although their ideas have eluded specialists for many years. Many relate to the loss of life or disappearance of a few of the best-known lawmen and outlaws in historical past, resembling Billy the child, Buckskin Frank Leslie, John Wilkes sales space, The Catalina child, and Butch Cassidy. Others contain mysterious stories and legends of misplaced mines and buried treasures that experience no longer been recovered—yet.

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Download E-books Jonathan Edwards: A Life PDF

By George M. Marsden

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is a towering determine in American background. A arguable theologian and the writer of the well-known sermon Sinners within the palms of an indignant God, he ignited the momentous nice Awakening of the eighteenth century.

In this definitive and long-awaited biography, Jonathan Edwards emerges as either a good American and an excellent Christian. George Marsden conjures up the realm of colonial New England during which Edwards used to be reared—a frontier civilization on the middle of a clash among local americans, French Catholics, and English Protestants. Drawing on newly on hand resources, Marsden demonstrates how those cultural and spiritual battles formed Edwards’s lifestyles and concept. Marsden unearths Edwards as a posh philosopher and individual who struggled to reconcile his Puritan historical past with the secular, smooth global rising out of the Enlightenment. during this, Edwards’s existence expected the deep contradictions of our American culture.

Meticulously researched and wonderfully composed, this biography deals a compelling portrait of an eminent American.

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Download E-books The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl PDF

By Timothy Egan

"The Worst demanding Time is an epic tale of blind desire and patience nearly past trust; it's also, as Tim Egan has instructed it, a riveting story of bumptious charlatans, conmen, and tricksters, environmental vanity and hubris, political chicanery, and a ruinous lack of knowledge of nature's methods. Egan has reached around the generations and taken us the folk who performed out the drama during this devastated land, and makes use of their voices to inform the tale in addition to it could possibly ever be told." — Marq de Villiers, writer of Water: The destiny of Our Most worthy Resource

The airborne dirt and dust storms that terrorized America's excessive Plains within the darkest years of the melancholy have been like not anything ever obvious prior to or in view that, and the tales of the folks that hung on have by no means been absolutely advised. Pulitzer Prize–winning ny occasions journalist and writer Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen households and their groups throughout the upward push and fall of the area, going from sod houses to new framed homes to huddling in basements with the home windows sealed via damp sheets in a futile attempt to maintain the airborne dirt and dust out. He follows their determined makes an attempt to hold on via blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of family. Drawing at the voices of these who stayed and survived—those who, now of their eighties and nineties, will quickly hold their thoughts to the grave—Egan tells a narrative of patience and heroism opposed to the backdrop of the good Depression.

As basically nice historical past can, Egan's booklet captures the very voice of the days: its grit, pathos, and abiding braveness. Combining the human drama of Isaac's hurricane with the sweep of the yankee humans within the nice melancholy, The Worst demanding Time is an enduring and critical paintings of yankee history.

Timothy Egan is a countrywide company reporter for the recent York occasions. he's the writer of 4 books and the recipient of a number of awards, together with the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

“As person who, as a tender reporter, survived and stated at the nice airborne dirt and dust Bowl catastrophe, i like to recommend this ebook as a dramatic, interesting, and exact account of that tremendous and lethal phenomenon. this can be can’t-put-it-down history.” —Walter Cronkite

"The Worst demanding Time is exceptional: ribbed like surf, and battering us with a countrywide epic that ranks moment purely to the Revolution and the Civil conflict. Egan is familiar with this and convincingly claims attractiveness for his subject—as we as a rustic eventually complete, first with Lewis and Clark, after which for 'the maximum generation,' lots of whose individuals after all have been additionally survivors of the hardships of the nice melancholy. this can be a banner, heartfelt yet informative e-book, packed with power, examine, and compassion." —Edward Hoagland, writer of Compass issues: How I Lived

"Here's a good precise story—who might placed it down? Egan humanizes dirt Bowl heritage via telling the vibrant tales of the households who stayed in the back of. One loves the folk and admires Egan's energy and sympathy." —Annie Dillard, writer of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

"The American West acquired fortunate while Tim Egan concentrated his acute powers of commentary on its prior and current. Egan's amazing mixture of transparent research and hot empathy anchors his portrait of the ladies and males who hung on to their places—and hung on to their souls—through the approximately incredible miseries of the airborne dirt and dust Bowl. This ebook offers the best psychological workout for individuals eager to deepen, increase, and improve their brooding about the connection of people to this earth." —Patricia N. Limerick, writer of The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken earlier of the yank West

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Download E-books The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States PDF

By Gordon S. Wood

The preeminent historian of the Founding period displays at the start of yank nationhood and explains why the yankee Revolution continues to be so essential.

For Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. wooden, the yankee Revolution is an important occasion in our heritage, bar none. on the grounds that American id is so fluid, we've got needed to always go back to our nation’s founding to appreciate who we're. In a chain of illuminating essays, he explores the ideological origins of the Revolution—from historical Rome to the European Enlightenment—and the founders’ makes an attempt to forge a democracy. He displays at the origins of yankee exceptionalism, the radicalism and failed hopes of the founding iteration, and the “terrifying hole” among us and the lads who created the democratic nation we take without any consideration. it is a profoundly revealing examine the development that cast the U.S. and its enduring energy to outline us. 


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Download E-books The Great Depression: America 1929-1941 PDF

By Robert S. McElvaine

One of the vintage reviews of the good melancholy, that includes a brand new advent by way of the writer with insights into the commercial crises of 1929 and today.
within the twenty-five years because its ebook, critics and students have praised historian Robert McElvaine’s sweeping and authoritative background of the good melancholy as the best and such a lot readable reports of the period. Combining clear-eyed perception into the machinations of politicians and economists who struggled to restore the battered economic system, own tales from the typical those who have been toughest hit via an monetary challenge past their keep watch over, and an evocative depiction of the preferred tradition of the last decade, McElvaine paints an epic photo of an the USA dropped at its knees—but additionally introduced jointly via people’s commonly shared plight.
In a brand new creation, McElvaine attracts extraordinary parallels among the roots of the nice melancholy and the industrial meltdown that within the wake of the credits difficulty of 2008. He additionally examines the resurgence of anti-regulation loose industry ideology, starting within the Reagan period, and argues that a few economists and politicians revised background and overlooked the teachings of the melancholy period.

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Download E-books Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades K-2 (Common Core History: The Alexandria Plan) PDF

Comprehensive universal center curriculum for usa historical past, Grades K-2

The Alexandria Plan is usual Core's curriculum device for the educating of usa and international historical past. it's a strategic framework for selecting and utilizing prime quality informational texts and narrative nonfiction to fulfill the expectancies of the typical middle kingdom criteria (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) whereas additionally sharing crucial historic wisdom drawn from some of the best nation heritage and civics criteria from round the nation. The curriculum is gifted during this 4 quantity sequence: Common center Curriculum: usa heritage, Grades K-2; universal center Curriculum: global historical past, Grades K-2; universal middle Curriculum: usa background, Grades 3-5; and Common middle Curriculum: global historical past, Grades 3-5.

Features of every e-book include:

  • Learning expectancies, which articulate the foremost principles, occasions, evidence, and figures to be understood by way of scholars in a selected grade span.
  • Suggested anchor texts for every topic.
  • In intensity textual content reports, made out of text-dependent questions, pupil responses, and exams in keeping with a featured anchor text.
  • Select extra resources.
  • Concise period Summaries that orient either academics and scholars to the old background.

The curriculum is helping lecturers pose questions on texts protecting a variety of themes. This quantity, Common center Curriculum: usa heritage, Grades K-2, introduces decrease hassle-free scholars to 18 key eras in our country's background, from the unique local American humans to trendy instances, via tales that they are going to treasure forever.

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Download E-books Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1-3 PDF

By Philip C. DiMare

Movies in American heritage: An Encyclopedia is a reference textual content inquisitive about the connection among American society and films and filmmaking within the usa from the overdue nineteenth century during the current. past discussing many very important American movies starting from Birth of a Nation to Star Wars to the Harry Potter movie sequence, the essays incorporated within the volumes discover delicate matters in cinema regarding race, type, and gender, authored via foreign students who supply special views on American cinema and background.

Written by way of a various staff of unique students with backgrounds in heritage, movie reviews, tradition stories, technology, faith, and politics, this reference consultant will entice readers new to cinema reports in addition to movie specialists. each one encyclopedic access presents information concerning the movie, a proof of the film's cultural value and effect, information regarding major participants concerned with that paintings, and assets for additional study.

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Download E-books The Civil War: The Final Year Told By Those Who Lived It (Library of America, Volume 250) PDF

Additional contributors: John H. Stringfellow, Henry Highland Garnet, Emma LeConte, Luther Rice turbines, Frederick Douglass, Charles Sumner, Frances Johnson, Clarissa Burdett, Sallie Brock, William Gordon McCabe, Thomas Morris Chester, Elizabeth Keckly, Sarah Morgan, Jefferson Davis, Stephen Minot Weld, Gordon Granger

This ultimate installment of the hugely acclaimed four-volume sequence strains occasions from March 1864 to June 1865. It offers an incomparable portrait of a kingdom at conflict with itself, whereas illuminating the army and political occasions that introduced the Union to ultimate victory, and slavery and secession to their final destruction. listed here are greater than one hundred fifty letters, diary entries, memoir excerpts, speeches, articles, messages, and poems through over 100 contributors and observers, either recognized and unsung, together with Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. furnish, William T. Sherman, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Harriet Jacobs, Henry Adams, Elizabeth Keckly, and George Templeton robust, in addition to Union and accomplice infantrymen; girls diarists from North and South; and freed slaves. the choices contain bright and haunting firsthand money owed of mythical battles and campaigns— the desert, Spotsylvania, chilly Harbor, the Atlanta crusade, the Crater, Franklin, Sherman’s march via Georgia and the Carolinas—as good as of the determined stipulations inside of Andersonville criminal; the sinking of the accomplice raider Alabama; the passage of the 13th modification; and the struggles of either black and white civilians to outlive the cruel and violent downfall of the Confederacy.

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Download E-books America's Covered Bridges: Practical Crossings - Nostalgic Icons PDF

By Terry E. Miller, Ronald G. Knapp, A. Chester Ong

As many as 15,000 coated bridges have been inbuilt North the US during the last 2 hundred years. Fewer than 1,000 remain.

In America's coated Bridges, authors Terry E. Miller and Ronald G. Knapp inform the attention-grabbing tale of those bridges, how they have been equipped, the technological breakthroughs required to build them and principally the commitment and ability in their developers. every one wood bridge, no matter if nonetheless status or gone, has a narrative to inform concerning the nature of the USA on the time—not basically approximately its transportational wishes, however the availability of fabrics and the technological prowess of the folks who outfitted it.

North American coated bridges have been marvels of engineering lengthy earlier than smooth civil engineering was once invented. Early American bridge developers constructed progressive new carpentry how you can sign up for timbers into styles which includes triangles or non-stop arches that led to buildings inflexible adequate to span lengthy distances. referred to as trusses, those platforms have been serious to bridge development of the day and needed to be shielded from the weather via a roof and siding. Few buyers observe that bridges have been coated to guard the trusses—not the folk utilizing the bridge! Unprotected, the trusses quickly degraded and the bridge could collapse.

Illustrated with a few 550 ancient and modern pictures, work, and technical drawings of approximately four hundred diversified lined bridges, America's coated Bridges bargains 5 readable chapters at the background, layout and destiny of America's lined bridges, plus similar bridges in Canada. many of the modern images is via grasp photographer A. Chester Ong of Hong Kong.

55 photograph essays at the so much iconic bridges final, including:

  • Cornish-Windsor Bridge among Vermont and New Hampshire
  • Porter-Parsonsfield Bridge, Maine
  • East Paden and West Paden (Twin Bridges), Pennsylvania
  • Philippi Bridge, West Virginia
  • Hortons Mill Bridge, Alabama
  • Medora Bridge, Indiana
  • Rock Mill Bridge, Ohio
  • Knight's Ferry Bridge, California
  • Perrault Bridge, Quebec, Canada
  • Hartland Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada

Among the featured bridges are that have been destroyed prior to the publication can be released, New York's Blenheim Bridge in the course of a hurricane and Ohio's Humpback Bridge through arson. The everlasting Bridge in Philadelphia, thought of via so much because the first coated bridge in the US, figures prominently, as do the bridges of Lancaster County—heart of Pennsylvania Dutch nation. This compendium of vintage Americana comprises some of the such a lot unbelievable and iconic bridges ever inbuilt the USA, together with these via Timothy Palmer, Theodore Burr and Lewis Wernwag. a few, just like the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge over the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, have been a mile long.

Over time, wood bridges finally gave method to ones made from iron, metal and urban. An American icon, many lined bridges grew to become out of date and have been replaced—others easily decayed and collapsed. Many extra have been swept away through typical mess ups and fires. America's lined Bridges is actually filled with interesting tales and data passionately instructed through top specialists in this topic. The publication may be of great curiosity to someone attracted to American heritage, carpentry and technological switch.

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Download E-books Dana Point (CA) (Images of America) PDF

For 2 centuries ahead of it was once sculpted right into a sleek marina, the curve of the Pacific coast that's now Dana element Harbor was once a usual anchorage inside Capistrano Bay for winddependent buying and selling ships. Boston sailor Richard Henry Dana arrived on one and later defined the positioning as "the purely romantic spot in California" in his 1840 vintage, Years sooner than the Mast. located midway among San Diego and l. a., Dana Point's rugged coves attracted typically fishermen and surfers. Then within the Twenties, the marine terraces above the surf have been carved into streets, however the community's improvement was once stilled through the nationwide monetary crash of 1929. Now Dana aspect has matured right into a well known sport and inn port, in addition to a thriving residential urban, whereas a lot of the common attractiveness that encouraged namesake Dana has been preserved.

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