By William E. Leuchtenburg
For an individual attracted to heritage, the actual lines of the earlier, in particular historic areas, carry a different fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a impressive American, there's no query that we comprehend the earlier in a distinct and extra fast manner once we come across 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 ancient areas, bringing a private perspective to endure on a wide selection of web sites, starting from Monticello to Fenway Park. right here James M. McPherson writes concerning 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 unearths a few of the flavors of California heritage there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused journey 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 USA over a speck of land within the Pacific helped verify the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares locations, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., exhibiting how every one unearths the several spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, united states, a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the US visited through 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 profession of Sheldon Meyer, who over his years at Oxford collage Press has released a few of our so much amazing historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, almost all of whom have contributed to this quantity.
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These words anticipated, with remarkable thoroughness, the laments of many who worry about the morality fostered in cyberspace. Every clause has been the focus of one critic or another of the new space growing in our midst. Cyberspace seems a 11 AMERICAN PLACES distillation of America. Both are quick, shallow, and lonely as well as hopeful, energetic, and sociable. Like Tocqueville's America, cyberspace America confronts no old order to overthrow, no virtual monarchy, church, or aristocracy to slow its spreading dominion.
PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE The Avenue of the Presidents A s a sport, running (like swimming laps) can be boring at times, at least for an amateur, and a few years after taking it up I began combining it, whenever possible, with sightseeing. It seemed like a bright idea: keeping fit while learning something about cities I visited. C. Pennsylvania Avenue was a favorite. The sights along the way were impressive: museums, monuments, memorials, statues, imposing government buildings, parks, plazas. The association with presidents, a major interest of mine, was also powerful.
We stand, absorbing the details of the Civil War monument, and perhaps because of an abiding interest in that great conflict, I read through the names of those killed on distant Southern battlefields. "There is something odd about the monument," I observe. Clark gives me a look of professional admiration. "You're the first one who noticed," he responds with characteristic excitement. 3i AMERICAN PLACES His praise—the kind of reverence that Dr. Watson was always directing at Sherlock Homes—makes me uneasy.