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Posted: 9/6/2002 4:20:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 4:33:41 AM EDT
Any one in which Professor T. Harry Williams, of LSU, is one of the authors, if you're talking about a general classroom survey course history book. If you are talking about a detailed History of America, then just about any history book written prior to, oh, say, 1970! After that, I cannot say. If you want the titles to such books, give me a few, and I'll be right back with some good ones! Eric The(HistoryMajor)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 4:39:03 AM EDT
My test for a good American History book; Any book that tells you that the Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breeds hill, and gives you the FULL battle cry; "Don't shoot til you see the whites of their eyes Then rip em in the belly, goddam them" [:D]
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 4:46:28 AM EDT
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I have this text book "History of the Republic of the United States" , 1899 ed In this particular text it terms the American people, the American Race.
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Link Posted: 9/6/2002 5:17:03 AM EDT
[sarcasm]I have heard that Bellesiles has a great book out.[/sarcasm]
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 5:40:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 5:40:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2002 5:41:58 AM EDT by LWilde]
Whew...where to start? No single book or online reference is going to provide you with much in the way of detailed American history. Whatever sources you do choose, please remember that historians, like everyone else bring certain biases to the game when they write history so it is very important for you use more than one and try to make sure that the sources are from opposing ends of the political spectrum. Much of what you will read in public school texts is full of PC garbage. Is is important that you use original sources whenever possible and filter that info to glean the clearest picture possible of what REALLY happened way back when. As I said, no one book will do our history justice. There is just too much time, happenings, people and issues to cover. I tried to remember a few I have read and came up with this list. Colonial history: Can't remember any off the top of my head but I'd recommend you read about the early settlers in the Massachusettes Bay Colony and Jamestown. Check out sources on the relations between the colonists and the Indians, The French and Indian War, the Tax Acts of 1765, the rise of rebellion and the war of indepence. I would pay special attention to the circumstances surrounding the Declaration of Indepence and later, our Constitution and the first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights. You might want to find out: -Who wrote these? Why? -What did the men who wrote the Declaration sacrifice? What happened to them? -What did the framers of our Constitution really mean when they wrote the document? -What did THEY see as the relationship between a free man and his "government"? -What should be the relationship between the federal government and the individual states? Early American: The papers of Alexis de Tocqueville. As a French noble touring America, his writings are a great window into our early history. President John Adams: Author David McCullough has a great source for that time period. Find a good book about Andy Jackson...the first "Frontier President". He broke the chain of men from Massachusettes or Virginia that had held the high office. His administration caused a big stir in government and he brought in major changes to the executive branch. The Civil War: Shelby Foote...hard to find a better writer and more comprehensive works than his. Lots of stuff there. Late 19th century and early 20th century: Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris. Great history of President and Congressional Medal of Honor winner Theodore Roosevelt, one of our greatest presidents. Good insight into that gilded age, and the Spanish American War and American expansion beyond our borders. We became a world power then. World War I: The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman World War II: Richard B. Frank's "Guadalcanal" is probably the best ever on the critical campaign that really ended the Japanese expansion and sealed their ultimate fate. Good war read too. This guy knows his stuff. For Hitler and the war in Europe: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer. Long...but very detailed on just about every aspect of Hitler and Nazism. For FDR and Eleanor: Read some of Doris Kearns Goodwin's stuff. Vietnam and the war: Stanley Karnow. None better. "The Bomb": Again, I recommend Richard B. Frank. His, "Downfall" is the best book ever written on why we used the bomb on Japan. The Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac. Good info on the goofy disaffected beats that came of age after WWII and led to my generations hippies. Again, one text just won't do it. More importantly, whatever sources you do use, read with a certain amount of skepticism. Historians often have agendas that season thier writings. Good Luck!
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 5:51:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By EricTheHun: If you are talking about a detailed History of America, then just about any history book written prior to, oh, say, 1970! After that, I cannot say. Eric The(HistoryMajor)Hun[>]:)]
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I'd agree, xcept that I'd go back to 1950, and earlier. Even the history proffs were on reefer back in the 60's. Just go to a used book store, and ask for the history section. Start pulling books, open the fly leaf, and see the copyright date. The mo' older, the mo' better.
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Link Posted: 9/6/2002 6:02:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TheRicker: I figured one book wouldn't cut it, just looking for general info, not super-detailed...yet. I'm trying to re-educate some friends of mine. They asked.
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ANy one specific topic?? Stephen Ambrose is pretty good on WW2 (when he isn't plagiarizing others [}:D] ) William Bennett's book "Death of Outrage" while not specifically a history book, is an excellent, no, OUTSTANDING expose' of 1970's, 1980's and 1990's philosophy and political sociology. In fact, I HIGHLY recommend you get and read Bennett's book.
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 6:21:23 AM EDT
I have the "American Freedom Library" CD by western standard publishing,[url]http://www.westernstandard.com/[/url] They have a phone # and e-mail on their web page, call them for availability. This cd has everything from the magna carta on... full works of many authors, complete US history, just unbelievable. World net daily used to have it. Found it! Go here. [url]http://www.shopnetdaily.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=78[/url]
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 6:24:36 AM EDT
re: historical gun freedoms, from Plato to today.... "That Every Man Be Armed" by Stephen Halbrook
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 7:13:27 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 11:09:24 AM EDT
A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
Link Posted: 9/6/2002 11:14:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2002 11:18:17 AM EDT by Spade]
The book you are searching for really doesn't exist. Also, there's a very good reason why books about more recent history (say, 1960 till today) are so bad. Historians don't have much of the government documents from those years. Most of it's still classified. Expect good books about the 60's and 70's to occur 10 or so years from now.
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