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A gold mine for the historian as well as the Civil War buff, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Civil War offers a concise, comprehensive overview of the major personalities and pivotal events of the war that redefined the American nation.
In 1872, just seven years after his emancipation, a thirty-four-year-old former slave named John Washington penned the story of his life, calling it Memorys of the Past. JOHN WASHINGTONS CIVIL WAR presents this remarkable slave narrative in its entirety.
In 1914, the participants thought it would be a short war. But when the war was over, so was the world from which it had sprung. It is hard to see now what World War I achieved other than to destroy a whole generation of men, establish mechanization as a measure of strength in war, destroy the economies of Europe—and set the stage for World War II. (15 minutes)
This Very Short Introduction provides a concise and insightful history of the Great War--from the state of Europe in 1914, to the role of the US, the collapse of Russia, and the eventual surrender of the Central Powers.
This book gives a clear chronological account of the campaigns on the Western and Eastern Fronts and then moves on to investigate areas that many studies ignore - the war poets, the diplomacy of war aims and peace moves, logistics, and'the experience of the war'.
This book analyzes the reasons for the outbreak of the Second World War. The author considers: • the long-term factors that led to war• the effect of British appeasement policies• the significance of American isolation• the ambitions of Italy, Japan and Russia.
Record argues that the Japanese were driven by an insatiable appetite for national glory and economic security via the conquest of East Asia. The scope of their ambitions and their fear of economic destruction overwhelmed their knowledge that the likelihood of winning was slim and propelled them into a war they were always going to lose.
The politics, diplomacy and military strategy of the Second World War form the core of the book. Coverage of the social issues is integrated into the larger narrative and the military and political aspects are linked to the social through the overarching theme of the transforming effects of the war.
The combination of the Viet Cong rebels' grisly guerilla warfare and the dense tropical terrain of Vietnam made U.S. operations there particularly difficult. Trained for large scale, more traditional fighting, soldiers often found themselves at the mercy of waterlogged deltas where leeches, rain, and intense heat crippled movement. (1 hr 4 minutes)
While focusing on American involvement between 1965 and 1975, Lawrence offers an unprecedentedly complete picture of all sides of the war, notably by examining the motives that drove the Vietnamese communists and their foreign allies. Moreover, the book carefully considers both the long- and short-term origins of the war.
Andrew L. Johns assesses the influence of the Republican Party on the escalation, prosecution, and resolution of the Vietnam War. This groundbreaking work also sheds new light on the relationship between Congress and the imperial presidency as they struggled for control over U.S. foreign policy.
On May 4, 1970, National Guard troops opened fire on unarmed antiwar protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students and wounding nine others, including the author of this book. In the years that followed, the antiwar movement continued to strengthen on campus, bolstered by an influx of returning Vietnam veterans.
Anyone who thinks the civil rights movement began and ended with Martin Luther King Jr. will discover a new, eye-opening view of history in this program. It reveals a long-running struggle for racial equality starting with Civil War– and Reconstruction-era events, moving through the blight of Jim Crow and the formation of the NAACP and other groups. The work of Malcolm X, the rise of the Black Power movement, and the future of America’s ongoing equality battles are also examined. (1 hr 24 minutes)
This NBC News program presents original coverage during critical junctures in America’s battle for racial equality. Hosted by NBC anchor Lester Holt, the video examines the Greensboro sit-ins; the Freedom Rider phenomenon; the efforts by, in support of, and against black students entering southern schools and universities; the March on Washington; and other events and initiatives. (1 hr 40 minutes)
Throughout the South, black women were crucial to the Civil Rights Movement, serving as grassroots and organizational leaders. Although African American women mobilized all across Dixie, their particular strategies took different forms in different states, just as the opposition they faced from white segregationists took different shapes.
The book examines how the coalition among the national African American civil rights organizations disintegrated between 1967 and 1973 as a result of the factionalism that splintered the groups from within as well as the federal government's sabotage of the Civil Rights Movement.
His name was Martin Luther King Jr., but where did this young minister come from? Jackson chronicles King's emergence and effectiveness as a civil rights leader by examining his relationship with the people of Montgomery, Alabama. Using the sharp lens of Montgomery's struggle for racial equality to investigate King's burgeoning leadership, Jackson explores King's ability to connect with the educated and the unlettered, professionals and the working class.
Yet Florida traditionally has been considered peripheral in the study of ancient cultures in North America, despite what it can reveal about social and climate change. The essays in this book resoundingly argue that Florida is in fact a crucial hub of archaeological inquiry.
Calling itself a "metaphysical mecca," the small town of Cassadaga, between Orlando and Daytona Beach in central Florida, was established more than a century ago on the principle of continuous life, the idea that spirits of the dead commune with the living. The quaint Victorian town remains the oldest continuously active Spiritualist center in the South.
Making Waves examines the lives and works of women activists who made a significant impact on Florida in the last century. This collection enriches our understanding of the history of modern Florida and the role women played in it.
In this history of the stock car racing circuit known as NASCAR, Daniel Pierce offers a revealing new look at the sport from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks through the early 1970s when the sport spread beyond its southern roots and gained national recognition.
Florida has suffered more storms than any other state. This book offers insight into Florida's hurricane history. Using meteorological research, news reports and first-person accounts, it traces notable hurricanes over 450 years and gives information on dynamics, formation, forecasting and naming.