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1776 - David McCullough
Call Number: E 208 .M396 2005
ISBN: 0743226712
Publication Date: 2005-05-24
In this superbly written account of their trials and triumphs, McCullough captures the spirit of the times. Equally important are the portraits he limns of the key participants. His focus is on Washington, the "indispensable man," but Henry Knox, Nathanael Greene, Charles Lee, King George III, Henry Clinton, and the Howe brothers are all captured on his canvas and deftly placed in context. -Choice Reviews

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Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolution - Jonathan R. Dull
Call Number: E 302.6 .F8 D848 2010
ISBN: 9780803230330
Publication Date: 2010-12-01
This brief, readable account of the life of the American Renaissance Man focuses on Franklin's leadership role during the American Revolution, when he served the cause as a skilled diplomat and vocal advocate.

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The Day the American Revolution Began - William H. Hallahan
Call Number: E 209 .H36 1999
ISBN: 0380976161
Publication Date: 2000-04-05
Aiming to do more than just describe Paul Revere's famous ride and the "shot heard round the world," military historian Hallahan argues that the Battle of Lexington and Concord wasn't merely the mythic event that has become part of our American heritage; it was a politically important occurrence, a catalyst for radicalizing the colonies behind the emerging idea of national independence. -Publishers Weekly

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Founders - Ray Raphael
Call Number: E 208 .R248 2009
ISBN: 9781595583277
Publication Date: 2009-04-28
The author reminds us that the revolution was not merely the business of a few talented geniuses, but rather a collective enterprise that also engaged such people as Robert Morris, the financier whose personal credit sustained the Army; Henry Laurens, the South Carolina aristocrat and reluctant revolutionary; and Mercy Warren, Plymouth's poet and historian. -Kirkus Reviews

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The Glorious Cause - Robert Middlekauff
Call Number: E/208/.M45/2005
ISBN: 0195029216
Publication Date: 1982-06-03
This outstanding narrative history, the first volume to appear in the Oxford History of the United States, offers an intimate view of the Revolutionary War, and the establishment of the American republic. Beginning with the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and continuing to the election of George Washington as the first president, Robert Middlekauff charts the growing conflict between England and America and portrays the drama and anguish of the colonies' struggle for independence.

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Empire of Liberty - Gordon S. Wood
Call Number: E 164 .W63 2009
ISBN: 9780195039146
Publication Date: 2009-10-28
Award-winning author Gordon Wood examines the often-overlooked period of US History when the new nation struggled to overcome formidable obstacles while preserving the fragile democracy it had fought to establish. During its first quarter century of independence, the United States remained vulnerable to the aims of foreign powers, and beset by new internal conflicts (slavery, expansion, partisanship).

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American Lion - Jon Meacham
Call Number: E 382 .M43 2008
ISBN: 9781400063253
Publication Date: 2008-11-11
Newsweek editor and bestselling author Meacham offers a lively take on the seventh president's White House years. We get the Indian fighter and hero of New Orleans facing down South Carolina radicals' efforts to nullify federal laws they found unacceptable, speaking the words of democracy even if his banking and other policies strengthened local oligarchies, and doing nothing to protect southern Indians from their land-hungry white neighbors. -Publishers Weekly

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What Hath God Wrought - Daniel Walker Howe
Call Number: E 338 .H69 2007
ISBN: 9780195078947
Publication Date: 2007-10-29
This masterful and sweeping synthesis of the early republic sets the standard for treatments of this period. Howe argues that the twin revolutions of technology and communication were the fundamental elements shaping historical developments in this era, but he pays careful attention to the many facets of the period's history, including politics, economics, and the socio-cultural changes that so profoundly altered US society. -Choice Reviews

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The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo - Richard Griswold del Castillo
Call Number: E 408 .G75 1990
ISBN: 9780806124780
Publication Date: 1992-09-15
Signed at the end of the Mexican-US War in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo gave much of northern Mexico to the United States. The author addresses the treaty's lasting consequences, especially its effect on the people dwelling in the transferred areas.

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Invading Mexico - Joseph Wheelan
Call Number: E 404 .W44 2007
ISBN: 9780786717194
Publication Date: 2007-03-07
The ostensible cause of the Mexican War (1846-1848) was a dispute over the precise border between Texas and Mexico, but the actual cause was the desire of many Americans to acquire vast territories in the Southwest, fulfilling our "Manifest Destiny" to extend the United States all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The author prepares an easily digestible account of the war itself as well as a useful analysis of its causes and effects. - Booklist

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Battle Cry of Freedom - James M. McPherson
Call Number: E 470 .M26 1989
ISBN: 0345359429
Publication Date: 1989-01-21
"The best one-volume treatment of [the Civil War era] I have ever come across. It may actually be the best ever published.... I was swept away, feeling as if I had never heard the saga before.... Omitting nothing important, whether military, political, or economic, he yet manages to make everything he touches drive the narrative forward. This is historical writing of the highest order."--Hugh Brogan, The New York Times Book Review

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The Fiery Trial - Eric Foner
Call Number: E 457.2 .F66 2010
ISBN: 9780393066180
Publication Date: 2010-10-04
Foner traces the complexities of Lincoln's evolving ideas about slavery and African-Americans. In his account Lincoln is a canny operator, cautiously navigating the racist attitudes of Northern whites, prodded--and sometimes willing to be prodded--by abolitionists and racial egalitarians pressing faster reforms. Lincoln is no paragon in Foner's searching portrait, but something more essential--a politician with an open mind and a restless conscience. - Amazon.com

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What They Fought for, 1861-1865 - James M. McPherson
Call Number: E 459 .M24 1994
ISBN: 0807119040
Publication Date: 1994-03-01
McPherson ( Battle Cry of Freedom ), a Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War scholar, here calls on letters and diaries, many unpublished, to present a strong case that both Union and Confederate soldiers made war motivated primarily by considerations of principle. Slavery was a crucial factor, he observes: Southerners regarded it as part of their way of life. Northerners, on the other hand, combined morality and pragmatism in their acceptance of abolition as essential in preserving the Union. -Library Journal

 

History DVDs

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Thomas Jefferson: A Film by Ken Burns
Call Number: DVD E332.79 .T45 1996
ISBN: 1415702586
The complicated life of Thomas Jefferson is the subject of this excellent documentary by noted filmmaker Ken Burns. The visuals include beautifully photographed shots of Jefferson's famed estate, Monticello. The story of how he became a public figure and rose to prominence during the American Revolution is told intelligently. -Amazon.com

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Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery
Call Number: DVD E 441 .A37 2000
A vivid and compelling story of over 400 years of tragedy. Ten million Africans died on the journey to America alone; they and the countless numbers whose lives were wasted in servitude find a voice in Angela Bassett's outstanding narration. At once scholarly and moving, Africans in America should be required viewing for anyone interested in the American condition. --Rob Lightner

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The War of 1812
Call Number: DVD E 354 .W37 2011
For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations. The War of 1812 would come to be celebrated in some places and essentially forgotten in others, but its impact is still felt today. The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Valley regions remained integral parts of the United States, Native Americans once again faced betrayal and removal, and Canada laid the foundations of a national identity.

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Frederick Douglass
Call Number: DVD E 449 .F74 2005
The self-taught orator, writer, and abolitionist who was born a slave in the South and made a brave escape to the North, was in the words of one historian: "A major figure in the coming of the Civil War, and the way the Civil War was fought. I think you can say he was the conscience of the nation." Excerpts from the writings and speeches of Douglass present a man driven by a dream, and who worked to make that dream a reality. --Sean Axmaker

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The Underground Railroad
Call Number: DVD E 450 .R35 G3
The long path from slavery to freedom was both symbolic and horribly real - nowhere more so than along the Underground Railroad. THE HISTORY CHANNEL full-length (2 hrs. 30 min.) documentary on DVD(s) and a lesson plan on a CD-ROM includes primary source documents and other resources.

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The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns
Call Number: DVD E 468 .C58 2002
The Civil War resurrects an event that many knew only from stale history books. Using the words of old letters, eloquently read by a variety of celebrities, the stories of historians like Shelby Foote and rare photos, Burns allows us not only to relearn and finally understand our history, but also to feel and experience it. --Dave McCoy

 
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