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Legacy: Treasures of Black History
Legacy: Treasures of Black History
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

From its introduction by the distinguished John Hope Franklin to the bibliography and extensive index, Legacy represents a major new contribution to African-American history. The Black experience and its impact on our nation come alive in 12 chapters that sweep from ancient Africa and the slave trade to the Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction; the Harlem Renaissance and the Jim Crow Era; and the modern Civil Rights and Black Power/Black Arts movements.


$35.00
$24.99
An American Idea
An American Idea
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Category: Books/Animals and Nature/Nature and Environment

The national park system ranks among America’s most magnificent achievements and the story of its creation reveals how the country’s landscape shaped our history and character and continues to do so almost 175 years after painter George Catlin first proposed "a nation's Park."


$14.95
Moving North: African Americans and the Great Migration 1915-1930
Moving North: African Americans and the Great Migration 1915-1930
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Category: Books/Kids Books and Atlases/History

After the Civil War, the South went through a period of rebuilding, termed Reconstruction, but because many white people in the South were not ready to accept African Americans as equals, unfair laws were passed which restricted the rights of blacks. These Black Codes and Jim Crow laws left African Americans in a segregated world.

Life was better in the north in many ways for African Americans. The 1920s brought jobs and money—until The Great Depression hit. The Depression made times more difficult and left many homeless and jobless. The Harlem Renaissance ended, and many blacks left the cities seeking jobs wherever they could find them. Despite the hard times that followed, the Great Migration had brought many blessings for African Americans.


$12.95
$9.99
National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West
National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

The Wild West is perhaps the most enduring of American myths, but the reality is even more compelling. It's a magical place of extraordinary people, exciting events, and stunning scenery—big sky, wide-open spaces, epic grandeur, and pristine wilderness. National Geographic brings together award-winning photographers to capture this outsized land of majestic dimensions and emotive power. Unparalleled images—some iconic, some rarely or never-before seen—speak to the powerful forces of nature and culture at work in the West and showcase the region as never before.


$30.00
National Geographic Almanac of American History - Softcover
National Geographic Almanac of American History - Softcover
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History
Featuring stunning images, revealing maps, historic facts, and concise analysis, the National Geographic Almanac of American History is carefully balanced to provide readers with a deeper comprehension of United States history.

The Almanac is unparalleled in its reader–friendly format: the book's four major sections are enhanced by a thorough table of contents, a detailed index, and bibliography, plus a feature on how to use the book.

$24.00
$10.99
Collision with History
Collision with History
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History
On patrol in the Pacific in 1943, a U.S. Navy vessel is cut in half by an enemy destroyer. Its young skipper saves most of his crew, despite his own injuries… and goes on to become President of the United States. In this riveting new book, Titanic discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard takes you on his quest for John F. Kennedy's lost boat, PT-109. Archival photographs and personal stories bear witness to wartime danger and heroism.
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$14.99
Eyewitness to the Civil War
Eyewitness to the Civil War
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/War and Conflict

From John Brown's raid to Reconstruction, Eyewitness to the Civil War presents a clear, comprehensive discussion that addresses every military, political, and social aspect of this crucial period. In-depth descriptions of campaigns and battles in all theaters of war are accompanied by a thorough evaluation of the nonmilitary elements of the struggle between North and South. In their own words, commanders and common soldiers in both armies tell of life on the battlefield and behind the lines, while letters from wives, mothers, and sisters provide a portrait of the home front.


$40.00
National Geographic Complete National Parks of the U.S.
National Geographic Complete National Parks of the U.S.
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Category: Books/Travel and Adventure/Travel Best Sellers

Year after year, hundreds of millions of visitors spend more than a billion hours enjoying the magnificent, astonishingly diverse realm overseen by America's National Park Service. And the National Geographic Society has been involved with this forward-looking, environmentally-minded department from the very beginning.


$40.00
The Making of America, Revised Edition
The Making of America, Revised Edition
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Category: Books/Kids Books and Atlases/History

Trace 500 years of American history in this fascinating family reference—now updated to include the most significant developments of our time. You’ll pore over landmark events, intriguing facts, and compelling biographies. Period art and photography bring past events to life. Maps detail the course of wars, migration, and expansion. Illustrated time lines present history at a glance.


$29.95
1862: Fredericksburg
1862: Fredericksburg
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Through National Geographic’s heart-stopping you-are-there reenactment photography and in-depth research and reporting, readers will be transported back to this key episode in our nation’s history. Considered Lee’s “most one-sided victory of the war,” Fredericksburg was a significant turning point in the Civil War. 1862 takes a new look at the battle and provides readers with a unique perspective on what the war meant to non combatants and particularly to blacks on the cusp of freedom. This extraordinary coverage is made possible by newly discovered primary sources, including a never-before-known slave diary. From death, injury, and despair to victory and the trials of post-war life, the 1862 battle of Fredericksburg changed a town and a nation forever.


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$11.99
Marching To The Mountaintop
Marching To The Mountaintop
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In early 1968 the grisly on-the-job deaths of two African-American sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, prompted an extended strike by that city's segregated force of trash collectors. Workers sought union protection, higher wages, improved safety, and the integration of their work force. Their work stoppage became a part of the larger civil rights movement and drew an impressive array of national movement leaders to Memphis, including, on more than one occasion, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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The Untold Civil War
The Untold Civil War
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

Was Gettysburg a tactical success, or was the outcome determined by a far more mundane factor: access to fresh water? How did the need to spread information about the dead and wounded give rise to the U.S. Postal Service? Did President Lincoln really age so dramatically during the course of the war, or was a rare disease to blame for the shocking difference in images of him from before and during the war? From overlooked elements, such as the role of weather, health, and high emotions, to the world-changing effect of the rise of female workers, to the many "firsts" including the introduction of standard time, pre-sized clothing, canned goods, toilets, and Santa Claus, The Untold Civil War reveals new facets of a seemingly well-known slice of American history, just in time to commemorate its 150th anniversary.


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Shiloh, 1862 - Hardcover
Shiloh, 1862 - Hardcover
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

In the spring of 1862, many Americans still believed that the Civil War would be over by Christmas. The previous summer in Virginia, Bull Run, with nearly 5,000 casualties, had been shocking, but suddenly came word from a far away place in the wildernesses of southwest Tennessee of an appalling battle costing 23,000 casualties, most of them during a single day. It was more than had resulted from the entire American Revolution. As author Winston Groom reveals in this dramatic, heart-rending account, the Battle of Shiloh would single-handedly change the psyche of the military, politicians, and American people—North and South—about what they had unleashed by creating a Civil War.


$30.00
Warriors In Uniform
Warriors In Uniform
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/War and Conflict

Native Americans have served in the U.S. military during each of this country's wars, and their stories encompass heroism, tragedy, humor, stoicism, loyalty and conflict. This illustrated history tells the exploits of the last Confederate general—a Cherokee—to lay down his arms, the code talkers who used tribal languages to thwart the enemy in World War II, the first Native American woman to give her life as a soldier, and those serving in Iraq today.


$30.00
George Washington's Rules to Live By
George Washington's Rules to Live By
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Category: Books/Kids Books and Atlases/History

This innovative gift book allows kids to peek into the mind of George Washington and the more than 100 lessons by which he lived his life. Modern translations and hilarious caricature illustrations provide a lighthearted and fun way to learn about history and good manners at the same time. Featuring the Rules of Civility that George Washington learned when he was a child, this book focuses on 50 of George's maxims, ranging from table manners to polite conversation to being a good citizen. Because the Rules of Civility are centuries old, this book also includes "translations" of the rules into contemporary and witty, kid-friendly explanations that any young reader can relate to. Paired with laugh-out-loud illustrations, this book is a sure-fire guide to excellent etiquette.


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Public and Private: Twenty Years of Photographing the Presidency
Public and Private: Twenty Years of Photographing the Presidency
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Extraordinary images from Time magazine's award-winning White House photographer, Diana Walker, offer unprecedented access to both the public and private sides of six Presidencies, from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush. Missing no detail, Walker's expert lens has captured world leaders, Congressional insiders, the White House press corps, and family moments away from the spotlight, including the Bushes at Kennebunkport and Bill and Hillary Clinton on safari in Botswana. Humorous and heartbreaking, joyful and serious, these revealing images provide a new and unexpected understanding of leaders we thought we knew so well. With a foreword by renowned presidential historian Michael Beschloss, memories and perspectives contributed by the photographs' subjects, and Walker's own anecdotes, Public & Private is a unique and fascinating contribution to the record of America's highest office.
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$6.99
1001 Events That Made America - Softcover
1001 Events That Made America - Softcover
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For some, patriotism means flags and parades, for others it means ''My country right or wrong.'' But true patriotism is more complex than that and, as Alan Axelrod observes in this revealing review of our history, is built on a bedrock of understanding—who we are as individuals and as a nation, how our ideals and our democracy have evolved, and what it really means to be an American. It's a challenge that calls for an open mind and a clear perspective on the people, events, and issues that shape our society—exactly what 1001 Events That Made America provides.


$9.95
Dear Mr. President - Hardcover
Dear Mr. President - Hardcover
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From Civil War era letters to emails from space, Dear Mr. President showcases a unique and touching collection of heartwarming, and often heartbreaking, correspondence from famous and infamous people to the most important man in the United States. Culled from the extensive holdings of the National Archives, this carefully selected collection of letters spans from the earliest days of the Republic to the present. Dear Mr. President reproduces 75 letters from everyday citizens and some quite famous people: John Glenn, Elvis Presley, Walt Disney, Ho Chi Minh, Nikita Kruschev, Upton Sinclair, John Steinbeck, Robert Kennedy, and many more. Savor this charming walk through American history through the eyes of ordinary and extraordinary people writing to their President.


$20.00
Stolen Into Slavery - Softcover
Stolen Into Slavery - Softcover
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The true story behind the acclaimed movie 12 Years a Slave, this book is based on the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was captured in the United States and sold into slavery in Louisiana.


$9.99
Receding Tide
Receding Tide
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It's a poignant irony in American history that on Independence Day, 1863, not one but two pivotal battles ended in Union victory, marked the high tide of Confederate military fortune, and ultimately doomed the South's effort at secession. But on July 4, 1863, after six months of siege, Ulysses Grant's Union army finally took Vicksburg and the Confederate west.


$28.00
Master George's People
Master George's People
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As the first president of the United States of America and the Commander in Chief who led a rebel army to victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington was a legendary leader of men. He had high expectations of his soldiers, employees, and associates. At his Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon, his expectations of his workers were no different: “I expect such labor as they ought to render,” he wrote.


$18.95
$12.99
Stolen Into Slavery - Hardcover
Stolen Into Slavery - Hardcover
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Solomon Northup awoke in the middle of the night with his body trembling. Slowly, he realized that he was handcuffed in a dark room and his feet were chained to the floor. He managed to slip his hand into his pocket to look for his free papers that proved he was one of 400,000 free blacks in a nation where 2.5 million other African Americans were slaves. They were gone. This remarkable story follows Northup through his 12 years of bondage as a man kidnapped into slavery, enduring the hardships of slave life in Louisiana. But the tale also has a remarkable ending. Northup is rescued from his master's cotton plantation in the deep South by friends in New York. This is a compelling tale that looks into a little known slice of history, sure to rivet young readers and adults alike.


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Indian Nations of North America
Indian Nations of North America
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

Walk with the indigenous people who settled North America —and with their descendants, whose more than 500 tribes range from the Arctic Circle across the Great Plains and to the Eastern Seaboard. Lakota, Cherokee, Navajo, Haida: these groups and many others are profiled in engaging entries and portrayed in magnificent images and maps that authentically evoke each tribe's history and character. Organized into eight geographical regions, this encyclopedic reference gives fascinating details about key tribes within each area: their beliefs, sustenance, shelter, alliances, interaction with nature, historic events, and more. Learn about the spiritual and cultural traditions of Native Americans across the continent. Investigate how and when each tribe came into contact with Europeans, and how their lives changed. This is the definitive, insightful reference on Native Americans, captivating and informative for all who appreciate history, diverse cultures, stunning images, and the artistry of maps.


$40.00
Shiloh, 1862 - Softcover
Shiloh, 1862 - Softcover
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In the spring of 1862, many Americans still believed that the Civil War would be over by Christmas. Nearly 5,000 deaths the previous summer in Virginia at Bull Run had been shocking, but suddenly came word from a far away place in the wildernesses of southwest Tennessee of an appalling battle costing 23,000 casualties, most of them during a single day. It was more than had resulted from the entire American Revolution. As author Winston Groom reveals in this dramatic, heart-rending account, the Battle of Shiloh would singlehandedly change the psyche of the military, politicians, and American people—North and South—about what they had unleashed by creating a Civil War.


$17.95
Atlas of the Civil War
Atlas of the Civil War
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

In this one-of-a-kind atlas, scores of archival maps and dozens of new maps trace the battles, political turmoil, and great themes of America's most violent and pivotal clash of arms.


$40.00
Our Country's Presidents, 4th Edition
Our Country's Presidents, 4th Edition
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Forty-four men have taken up the responsibilities of the presidency as the nation has grown from its colonial infancy into a modern superpower. They've faithfully executed the duties of the president—waged war, signed treaties, addressed Congress, and established government offices. But their impact goes far beyond the bounds of their job description. Each president has left his mark on the history of the United States and on the lives of the American people.


$19.95
Abraham Lincoln's Extraordinary Era
Abraham Lincoln's Extraordinary Era
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This handsomely illustrated volume commemorates Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday and gives rare insight into the President who shook the world. This is the official book of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM), its pages offering stories, anecdotes, and never-before-seen images and artifacts from the museum's vault.


$35.00
Cronkite's War - Hardcover
Cronkite's War - Hardcover
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/War and Conflict

A giant in American journalism in the vanguard of "The Greatest Generation" reveals his World War II experiences in this National Geographic book. Walter Cronkite, an obscure 23-year-old United Press wire service reporter, married Betsy Maxwell on March 30, 1940, following a four-year courtship. She proved to be the love of his life, and their marriage lasted happily until her death in 2005. But before Walter and Betsy Cronkite celebrated their second anniversary, he became a credentialed war correspondent, preparing to leave her behind to go overseas. The couple spent months apart in the summer and fall of 1942, as Cronkite sailed on convoys to England and North Africa across the submarine-infested waters of the North Atlantic. After a brief December leave in New York City spent with his young wife, Cronkite left again on assignment for England. This time, the two would not be reunited until the end of the war in Europe. Cronkite would console himself during their absence by writing her long, detailed letters—sometimes five in a week—describing his experiences as a war correspondent, his observations of life in wartime Europe, and his longing for her.


$28.00
George vs. George - Hardcover
George vs. George - Hardcover
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Author-illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer takes a unique and lively approach to the story of the American Revolution by weaving the tale around two quite similar leaders—George Washington and King George III—with two very different viewpoints. In contrast to many American history books, George vs. George allows kids to view the events from both sides—with a pinch of humor. Impeccably researched narrative and detailed full-color paintings show glimpses of life in both England and Colonial America and present a broad view of the events leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.


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What's the Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase
What's the Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase
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This entertaining saga brings a legendary land deal to life. Over 60 reproductions of art from the period, a cast of characters, maps, a timeline, endnotes, a bibliography, and index give young readers all the resources they need to understand the period in which the Purchase took place.
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