Thomas Nast, Political Cartoonist (Friends Fund Publication)

If it really is precise that the pen is mightier than the sword and that one photograph is worthy one thousand phrases, Thomas Nast needs to definitely rank as probably the most influential personalities in nineteenth-century American historical past. His pen, dipped in satire, aroused an apathetic, disinterested, and uninformed public to indignation and motion greater than as soon as. the main awesome Nast crusade, and possibly the only top recorded at the present time, used to be directed opposed to ny City’s Tammany corridor and its boss, William Marcy Tweed. Boss Tweed and his ring so feared the ability of Nast and his drawings that they as soon as provided him a bribe of $500,000.

Six presidents of the us acquired and gratefully accredited Nast’s help in the course of their candidacies and administrations. of those, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses furnish, credited Nast with greater than mere aid. throughout the Civil struggle, Lincoln referred to as Nast his “best recruiting sergeant,” and after the warfare supply, then a basic, wrote that Nast had performed as “much as anybody guy to maintain the Union and produce the warfare to an end.” all through his occupation the cartoonist remained an ardent champion of furnish who, after his election in 1868, attributed his victory to “the sword of Sheridan and the pencil of Thomas Nast.”

Nast’s paintings continues to be established this present day. It was once Nast who popularized the trendy ideas of Santa Claus and Uncle Sam and who created such symbols because the Democratic donkey, the Republican elephant, and the Tammany tiger.

With greater than one hundred fifty examples of Nast’s paintings, Thomas Nast: Political Cartoonist recreates the existence and development of creative improvement of the fellow who made the political sketch a revered and strong journalistic form.

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The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House

By Bob Woodward

Operating backstage for the eighteen months following invoice Clinton's election, engaging in 1000's of interviews with management insiders and different key officers, and having access to private inner memos, diaries, and assembly notes, Bob Woodward has came across how the Clinton White residence quite works.

Clinton's pledge for a brand new fiscal deal was once the cornerstone of his 1992 crusade, and satisfying it's been his vital ambition and firm as president. by way of concentrating on Clinton's efforts to move a complete fiscal restoration plan, Woodward takes us not just to the top point conferences, the hard-fought debates, and the main tricky judgements but in addition to the very pay attention of this presidency -- and of this guy.

With its daily, usually minute-by-minute account, it's essentially the most intimate pics of a sitting president ever released. President Clinton is proven as he debates, scolds, pleads, celebrates, and rages in anger and frustration. What emerges is also a gaggle portrait of Clinton's innermost circle of advisers in motion -- together with his spouse, Hillary; vp Al Gore; Treasure Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and the commercial staff; George Stephanopoulos and David Gergen and the White residence employees; James Carville, Paul Begala, and the opposite open air political strategists; Congressional leaders; and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

utilizing his confirmed study procedure -- returning again and again to key resources and hoping on the paper path of inner documentation -- Woodward has assembled an in depth archive of the early Clinton presidency. This microscopic exam of the Clintons and this management, operating stressed at the nation's most vital job, finds the deep and nonetheless unsettled conflicts between President Clinton's advisers and inside himself. The questions about the federal deficit, future health care, welfare reform, taxes, jobs, govt spending, rates of interest, the jobs and tasks of the center category, the rich, and the negative are of lasting significance. How they're being spoke back impacts everyone within the country.

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The Salem Witch Trials Reader

By Frances Hill

Against the backdrop of a Puritan theocracy threatened through swap, in a inhabitants terrified not just of everlasting damnation yet of the earthly hazards of Indian massacres and recurrent smallpox epidemics, a small team of women denounces a black slave and others as worshipers of devil. inside of years, twenty women and men are hanged or pressed to loss of life and over 100 others imprisoned and impoverished. In The Salem Witch Trials Reader, Frances Hill offers and astutely reviews upon the particular files from the trial--examinations of suspected witches, eyewitness debts of "Satanic influence," in addition to the testimony of these who retained their cause and defied the insanity. continuously drawing on firsthand files, she illustrates the ancient history to the witchhunt and indicates how the rigors were represented, and occasionally distorted, by means of historians--and how they've got fired the imaginations of poets, playwrights, and novelists. For these interested by the Salem witch trials, this can be compelling studying and the sourcebook.

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United States History: 1841 to 1877: Westward Expansion & the Civil War (Essentials)

By Steven E. Woodworth

Overview

REA’s necessities offer quickly and straightforward entry to severe details in a number of various fields, starting from the main simple to the main complicated. As its identify implies, those concise, accomplished examine courses summarize the necessities of the sector lined. necessities are precious whilst getting ready for assessments, doing homework and may stay a long-lasting reference resource for college kids, academics, and professionals.

United States historical past: 1841 to 1877 discusses westward growth, Texas, the Mexican warfare, the Compromise of 1850, sectional clash, the Dred Scott Case, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Civil struggle, and Reconstruction.

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The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation

In the months after her husband's dying, Martha Washington informed a number of acquaintances that the 2 worst days of her existence have been the day George died—and the day Thomas Jefferson got here to Mount Vernon to supply his condolences.

What may possibly elicit any such robust response from the nation's unique first woman? although heritage has a tendency to solid the early years of the United States in a glow of camaraderie, there have been, actually, many conflicts one of the Founding Fathers—none extra vital than the single among George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. the manager confrontation among those former buddies established at the optimum, most unique public workplace created by means of the Constitutional Convention—the presidency. in addition they argued violently concerning the nation's international coverage, the position of retailers and farmers in a republic, and the sturdiness of the union itself. on the root of these types of disagreements have been sharply various visions for the nation's future.

Acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming examines how the differing temperaments and management types of Washington and Jefferson formed opposing perspectives of the presidency—and the state. The conflict among those proficient males, either one of whom cared deeply in regards to the us of a, profoundly prompted the subsequent centuries of America's background and resonates within the current day.

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Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868

In this engrossing and informative significant other to her New York Times bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil struggle through supplying a riveting examine Washington, D.C. and the reviews, effect, and contributions of its girls in this momentous interval of yankee history.

With the outbreak of the Civil struggle, the small, social Southern city of Washington, D.C. stumbled on itself stuck among warring facets in a four-year conflict that will be sure the way forward for the United States.

After the statement of secession, many desirable Southern ladies left the town, leaving their friends—such as Adele Cutts Douglas and Elizabeth Blair Lee—to grapple with safety issues and sanitation because the capital used to be remodeled into a big Union military camp and later a health center. With their husbands, brothers, and fathers marching off to warfare, both at the battlefield or within the halls of Congress, the ladies of Washington joined the reason in addition. And extra girls went to the Capital urban to enlist as nurses, offer organizers, aid employees, and reporters. Many risked their lives making munitions in a hugely flammable arsenal, toiled on the Treasury division printing bucks to finance the battle, and plied their needlework talents on the army Yard—once the only real province of men—to stitch canvas gunpowder baggage for the troops.

Cokie Roberts chronicles those women's expanding independence, their political empowerment, their fundamental function in maintaining the Union unified throughout the conflict, and in assisting heal it as soon as the struggling with used to be performed. She concludes that the warfare not just replaced Washington, it additionally perpetually replaced where of women.

Sifting via newspaper articles, govt files, and personal letters and diaries—many by no means ahead of published—Roberts brings the war-torn capital into concentration during the lives of its ambitious women.

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Commanding the Storm: Civil War Battles in the Words of the Generals Who Fought Them

By John Richard Stephens

From Beauregard and Custer to Lee and Sherman, twelve commanders from both sides vividly describe what they and their males skilled at twelve of the war’s so much mythical battles from citadel Sumter to Appomattox courtroom apartment in debts amassed from letters, memoirs, studies, and stories. They relate famous incidents and private triumphs and tragedies whereas overlaying recommendations and explaining battlefield judgements. Trench battle at Petersburg and Sherman’s scorched earth coverage in Georgia foreshadowed the area wars to return, and technological advancements—such as armored steamships, landmines, and computer guns—literally replaced the panorama of conflict. Submarines and a time bomb even got here into play. Informative biographies and headnotes for every conflict supply parallel facts at a look and determine context; sidebars hide extraordinary strategies and applied sciences, together with espionage, aerial reconnaissance, and guerilla war; and a concise roll-call define each one commander's existence in complete after the warfare. right here, from the boys who performed and regulated it, is a useful sourcebook of what occurred within the battle among the States and why.

 

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The Irony of American History

By Reinhold Niebuhr

“[Niebuhr] is one in all my favourite philosophers. I remove [from his works] the compelling concept that there’s severe evil on this planet, and trouble and ache. And we must always be humble and modest in our trust we will get rid of these issues. yet we shouldn’t use that as an excuse for cynicism and state of no activity. I remove . . . the feel we need to make those efforts figuring out they're hard.”—President Barack Obama
 
Forged in the course of the tumultuous yet victorious postwar years whilst the USA got here of age as a global energy, The Irony of yank History is extra suitable now than ever sooner than. pointed out by means of politicians as assorted as Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Niebuhr’s masterpiece at the incongruity among own beliefs and political fact is either an indictment of yank ethical complacency and a caution opposed to the confidence of advantage. Impassioned, eloquent, and deeply perceptive, Niebuhr’s knowledge will reason readers to reconsider their assumptions approximately correct and mistaken, struggle and peace.
 “The very best American theologian of the 20 th century.”—Arthur Schlesinger Jr., New York Times
“Niebuhr is necessary for the left this present day accurately simply because he warned approximately America’s tendency—including the left’s tendency—to do undesirable issues within the identify of idealism. His concept bargains a far better figuring out of the place the Bush management went unsuitable in Iraq.”—Kevin Mattson, The strong Society
 
Irony offers the grasp key to figuring out the myths and delusions that underpin American statecraft. . . . an important e-book ever written on US overseas policy.”—Andrew J. Bacevich, from the Introduction

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Jewish San Francisco (CA) (Images of America)

In San Francisco, the "instant urban" of the gold rush days, Jews have been pioneers between pioneers. a few got here as immigrants without delay from Europe, others as resettled adventurers from the East Coast, and nonetheless others as scions of southern Sephardic households. Out of this combined multitude emerged a neighborhood with synagogues and associations to take care of the needy and the unwell, besides a dignified social textile. New immigrants following the Russian pogroms of 1883 have been absorbed, and the ashen ruins from the 1906 earthquake have been rebuilt. The city's cultural treasures and social wishes have been enriched, and the city's Jews have been nurtured by way of civic commitments. cutting-edge 70,000 San Francisco Jews, status upon the shoulders of pioneering giants, proceed to construct and rebuild.

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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

By Tony Horwitz

National Bestseller 

When prize-winning conflict correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the center East for a calm nook of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he is positioned warfare zones in the back of him. yet woke up one morning by way of the crackle of musket fireplace, Horwitz starts off submitting front-line dispatches back this time from a warfare on the subject of domestic, and to his personal heart.

Propelled by way of his boyhood ardour for the Civil struggle, Horwitz embarks on a look for locations and folks nonetheless held in thrall by means of America's maximum clash. the result's an experience into the soul of the unvanquished South, the place the ghosts of the misplaced reason are resurrected via ritual and remembrance.

In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to accomplish the hollow-eyed glance of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and demands race battle sparked via the killing of a white guy who brandishes a insurgent flag; at Andersonville, he reveals that the prison's commander, done as a warfare legal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and within the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox within the corporation of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.'

Written with Horwitz's signature mix of humor, heritage, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates within the Attic brings alive previous battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, nation bars' the place the previous and the current collide, usually in explosive methods. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to an individual who has ever felt attracted to the mythic South and to the darkish romance of the Civil conflict.

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