By William E. Leuchtenburg
For someone drawn to heritage, the actual strains of the previous, in particular ancient areas, carry a distinct fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a outstanding American, there is not any query that we comprehend the previous in a unique and extra rapid manner once we come upon it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's such a lot proficient historians write approximately their very own encounters with historical locations, bringing a private point of view 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 strolling the floor of Pickett's cost encouraged one in every of his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and reveals a number of the flavors of California background there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused journey of Elvis Presley's Graceland, and David Kennedy tells the tale of the "Pig conflict" 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 areas, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., exhibiting how each one finds different spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, united states of america, a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the USA visited by way of Alexis de Tocqueville a century and a part in the past. different items comprise 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 profession of Sheldon Meyer, who over his years at Oxford collage Press has released a few of our so much unique historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, nearly all of whom have contributed to this quantity.
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Like Tocqueville's America, cyberspace America confronts no old order to overthrow, no virtual monarchy, church, or aristocracy to slow its spreading dominion. There is only momentum—of network, of mass communication, of consumerism, of hunger for speed, stimulation, and gratification. As in Tocqueville's America, the government in cyberspace is decentralized, distrusted, and weak, afraid to interfere. As in Tocqueville's America, the denizens of cyberspace are fascinated by any machinery faster and shinier than yesterday's machinery.
Cheers greeted the little procession moving down the Avenue, but Wilson purposely ignored them; he assumed they were all for Harding, and he tried to convince himself that he didn't mind a bit. But he was amused by the turn the conversation took soon after they left the White House. Harding began telling Wilson about an elephant he'd heard of whose devotion to his keeper was almost unbelievable. " The clock-ticking chats weren't always as amiable as the HardingWilson exchange. One of the unpleasantest (and among my favorites) occurred in 1933, when Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt rode to the Capitol together for the latter's swearing-in.
On icy days, some groups paid as much as five hundred dollars for comfortable window views of the Pennsylvania Avenue parade. 25 AMERICAN PLACES In the late twentieth century America's inaugural celebrations became so elaborate—lasting several days and featuring hundreds of events on and off Pennsylvania Avenue—that a few people began lamenting the egregious departure from the Jeffersonian simplicities of the early nineteenth century. A few presidents even requested simpler celebrations— Wilson in 1917, Harding in 1921, Coolidge in 1925, and FDR in 1941 and 1945—and from time to time the inaugural planners shortened the afternoon parades or omitted them entirely.
American Places: Encounters with History by William E. Leuchtenburg