Days of destiny: crossroads in American history : America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history

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DK Pub., 2001 - History - 496 pages
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America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history There are moments in American history when something old ends and something new begins. These are the days of destiny. We asked some of the most respected (and best-selling) historians of our time to choose specific days on which American history turned. Their responses make up the month's worth of essays included in this volume. Some chose wars and battles, politics and presidents; others found answers in less well-known areas of historical study: the Great Awakening of the 1740s, the Indian Wars of the 1870s, the plight of working women at the turn of the twentieth century, the countercultural efflorescence of the late 1960s. In Days of Destiny: Crossroads in American History, the Society of American Historians brings you thirty-one engaging narratives, each illuminating with crisp prose and unparalleled scholarship an event that profoundly shaped the nation and world in which we live in. From King Philip's 1675 parley with white colonial officials to the 1973 research conference at which the biotechnology revolution was announced, these vignettes will transport you to places and introduce you to people who have made a continuing difference in the history of America.

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The idea of this book is that there are certain moments in history, when a discovery was made, or a decision reached, that changed the course of future events. The moment may have been unrecognized at ... Read full review

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A series of 31 essays each highlighting a particular "uncelebrated" day in US history that had a great impact, often unnoticed at the time, on the course of the country or society's views. Some days ... Read full review

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BY JACK N RAKOVE
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James M. McPherson, PhD, an American history expert and one of the most distinguished historians of our time, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era." His other bestselling books include "For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War, What They Fought For, 1861-1865; Gettysburg: The Paintings of Mort Kunstler, Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution;" and "Fields of Fury." An active preservationist, he has served on the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission since 1991. Dr. McPherson was named the Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities for 2000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A professor at Princeton University, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Alan Brinkley is professor of history at Columbia University and author of numerous books, including The End of Reform.

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