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The girls of Atomic City: the untold story of the women who helped win World War II
Par Denise Kiernan. 2013
At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents. But to most of the…world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians—many of them young women from small towns across the South—were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war—when Oak Ridge’s fateful secret was revealed. Bestseller. 2013.
The great fire
Par Jim Murphy. 1995
An account of the conflagration that levelled much of Chicago in 1871. Chronicles events from the fire's outbreak and rapid…spread to its extinguishment by rain, as reported by survivors and in documents of the period. Examines the origins, circumstances, and official failures that contributed to the disaster. Grades 5-8. A 1996 Newbery Honor Book. c1995.
Discusses the 1507 Waldseemüller map - the first to designate America - which is in the collections of and displayed…by the Library of Congress. Traces the overlapping voyages, some geographical and some intellectual, that brought about the map’s revolutionary depiction of the world. 2009.
The forgotten heroes: the story of the Buffalo Soldiers
Par Clinton Cox. 1993
Relates the history of the 9th and 10th Cavalry--the "Buffalo Soldiers"--from 1867 to 1898. The units, composed of emancipated slaves,…were used to subjugate and remove Native Americans onto reservations and for other hazardous duties in the American west. Junior and Senior High. c1993.
The forgotten man: a new history of the Great Depression
Par Amity Shlaes. 2007
Economics reporter analyzes the Great Depression era in the United States and posits that federal intervention in the economy lengthened…its duration. Considers economic plans from members of Franklin Roosevelt's brain trust and alternate solutions of outsiders such as African American Father Divine and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. 2007.
The far west and the great plains in transition, 1859-1900
Par Rodman W Paul. 1988
The author looks at the development of the mining industry in the West which he believes was the primary factor…in encouraging settlement. Cities and improvements in transportation and agriculture are viewed as responses to the needs of the miners. 1988.
Ranging from the late-eighteenth century to the present, a narrative history reveals how the boundaries and borders that formed both…states and the nation as a whole created a sense of identity that is central to defining American character. 2007.
The Harvey girls: women who opened the West
Par Lesley Poling-Kempes. 1989
From the 1880s to the 1950s, the Harvey Girls went west to work in Fred Harvey's restaurants along the Santa…Fe railway. At a time when there were "no ladies west of Dodge City and no women west of Albuquerque," they came as waitresses, but many stayed and settled, founding the struggling cattle and mining towns that dotted the region. Interviews, historical research, and photographs help re-create the Harvey Girl experience. The accounts are personal, but laced with the history the women lived: the dust bowl, the depression, and anecdotes about some of the many famous people who ate at the restaurants--Teddy Roosevelt, Shirley Temple, Bob Hope, to name a few. Winner of the 1991 New Mexico PressWomen's ZIA award. 1989.
The great stain: witnessing American slavery
Par Noel Rae. 2018
Rae exposes the commerce and culture of slavery, not only from an economic or moral standpoint but also through multitudinous…perspectives within it: a young girl is beaten after being accused of stealing a piece of candy, a slave ship's surgeon recounts brutal treatment and squalid conditions, an Englishman visiting Haiti observes as violent uprisings break out. So many viewpoints ensure that no historical blind spot will leave the picture of an era incomplete. 2018.
The Grey Fox: the true story of Bill Miner, last of the old-time bandits
Par John Boessenecker, Mark Dugan. 1992
Between the years 1860 and 1911, Bill Miner's criminal career included stagecoach and train robberies. A gentleman robber who never…killed, Miner believed that railroad companies robbed the public and he therefore had a right to rob them back. 1992.
The dollar princesses: sagas of upward nobility, 1870-1914
Par Ruth Brandon. 1980
A witty social history of the parade of American heiresses who, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, captured…aristocratic European husbands by their fortunes and their charms. Includes such foster princesses as Consuelo Vanderbilt, Nancy Shaw, Anna Gould, Winnaretta Singer, and many others. 1980.
The Chinese in America: a narrative history
Par Iris Chang. 2005
Chang explores 150 years in the history of Chinese Americans. She traces three waves of immigration - the first during…the 1849-era California gold rush - and explains each group’s differing motivations, reception in America, and accomplishments. Also includes experiences of individuals and their personal struggles for success. 2005.
The day John died
Par Christopher P Andersen. 2000
Calling this the final book in his Kennedy family trilogy, the author of "Jackie after Jack" discusses the life and…untimely death of John Kennedy Jr. in 1999. Thirty-eight-year-old John, his wife, Carolyn, and her sister died in a plane John was piloting. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2000.
The burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812
Par Jane Hampton Cook. 2016
Told from multiple points of view--including James and Dolley Madison and a British admiral--this is the true story of the…burning of the White House in 1814. It's unimaginable today, even for a generation that saw the Twin Towers fall and the Pentagon attacked. It's unimaginable because in 1814, enemies didn't fly overhead; they marched through the streets, and for twenty-six hours in August, the British enemy marched through Washington, DC, and set fire to government buildings, including the US Capitol and the White House. Relying on firsthand accounts, historian Jane Hampton Cook weaves together several different narratives to create a vivid, multidimensional account of the burning of Washington, including the escalation that led to it and the immediate aftermath. From James and Dolley Madison to the British admiral who ordered the White House set aflame, historical figures are brought to life through their experience of this unprecedented attack. 2016.
The cause of all nations: an international history of the American Civil War
Par Don H Doyle. 2014
The Civil War is most often understood as an internal conflict, one fought by American soldiers over issues uniquely American…in origin and consequence. But in "The Cause of All Nations", historian Don H. Doyle reframes our understanding of the Civil War, describing it as a conflict that was shaped by international forces - and which had major international repercussions. 2014.
Par Peter Jennings, Todd Brewster. 1998
Researched and compiled by the staff of ABC News, this chronicle of the twentieth century charts changes in popular attitudes…in the United States and describes key events in other countries as they affected the American worldview. Personal interviews and a series of story-filled essays provide a "coherent picture of a remarkable time." Bestseller. 1998.
The boys' war: Confederate and Union soldiers talk about the Civil War
Par Jim Murphy. 1999
Although precise records do not exist, between ten and twenty percent of the soldiers who fought in the Civil War…were boys sixteen and younger. Many kept diaries and journals and sent letters home. Some wrote memoirs and company histories. Through these primary sources the author presents a vivid portrait of their experiences. Junior and Senior High. 1999.
Former Los Angeles prosecutor asserts that U.S. Supreme Court justices Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, O'Connor, and Kennedy "did not act impartially…in the case of Bush v. Gore" when they stopped the recount of contested Florida votes during the 2000 presidential election. Developed from an article that originally appeared in the Nation. Bestseller. 2001.
The black banners: the inside story of 9/11 and the war against Al-Qaeda
Par Daniel Freedman, Ali H Soufan. 2011
On September 12, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months…earlier--when it was requested--the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against al-Qaeda--without laying so much as a hand on them. Most of these stories have never been reported before and never by anyone with such intimate firsthand knowledge. 2011.
The Americans, the national experience (Americans. #2.)
Par Daniel J Boorstin. 1965
In this sequel to The Americans: "The Colonial Experience", historian Boorstin covers American history from the Revolution to the Civil…War. He discusses Americans' search for a better way of life, discovering themselves and their capabilities, and coming together to establish a better community. 1965.