State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide
Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara Smith Shearer
Greenwood Press, 2002 - History - 495 pages
This must-have third revised and newly expanded edition of the only single reference source for information about state symbols features over 300 information updates plus three new chapters, updated license plate illustrations, and a newly formatted design for ease of use. Libraries that hold earlier editions of this work need this edition to keep their information on the states and territories current. With the addition of new chapters on state and territory universities, state and territory governors throughout U.S. history, state professional sports teams, and a complete revision of the chapter on state and territory fairs and festivals, the work now totals 17 chapters of essential information that is a treasure trove for students.
This completed redesigned reference work features chapters on state and territory names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitals, flowers, trees, birds, songs, legal holidays and observances, license plates, postage stamps, miscellaneous designations, fairs and festivals, universities, governors, professional sports teams, and a bibliography of state and territory histories. The work features full-color illustrations of every state and territory seal, flag, flower, tree, bird, commemorative postage stamp, and license plate (updated for this edition).
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State names, seals, flags, and symbols: a historical guideUser Review - Book Verdict
This update of an excellent source originally published in 1987 boasts 14 chapters, four of which are new, and extends coverage to the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Chapters on mottoes, flowers, trees, birds, songs, holidays, and license plates are just a sampling of what is covered, and the format is such that the concisely written material can be found as expeditiously as possible. Even though the book is touted predominantly as a reference tool, the information provided makes fascinating and enlightening reading for anyone wishing to peruse independent sections at leisure. However, those who read all the information provided on one state will gain much insight into its history. The scope of the coverage, the obvious extent of research, and the book's long shelf life justify the price. A useful addition to any library, this book will appeal to a broad range of users.-Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ontario
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