America in Quotations: A Kaleidoscopic View of American History

America in Quotations: A Kaleidoscopic View of American History

by Howard J. Langer (Editor)


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This is history from the inside out. What did Americans say about the great events in their own lifetimes? This book is a grassroots look at the country, as real people tell the story of America in their own voices. Quotations from more than 350 individuals are taken from speeches, interviews, editorials, letters, jokes, songs, and eyewitness accounts represent American thought from the ground up. This compendium includes the words of everyone from politicians and generals, to Native Americans, ethnic minorities, women, labor representatives, and slaves. The book is divided into 18 traditional historical periods from the pre-Columbus explorers to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

We hear the voices of Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy and FDR, but also of Joe McCarthy, Huey Long, and Susan B. Anthony. We hear American law in action through watersheds like Brown v. the Board of Education, the Scopes case, the prosecution of Sacco and Vanzetti, and the Salem witch trials. Then there are the grace notes, the forgotten but significant stories—a black woman beaten and humiliated for encouraging others to vote; the G.I. who overthrew a German bunker at Normandy; the last letter of a Union soldier soon to die in battle. Their words are woven into American history, remembered and illuminated in this kaleidoscopic collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313308833
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

HOWARD J. LANGER is currently a freelance writer. He has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, textbook editor, marketing director, and director of publications. His other books include American Indian Quotations (Greenwood, 1996), The History of the Holocaust: A Chronology of Quotations (1997), and World War II: An Encyclopedia of Quotations (Greenwood, 1999).

Table of Contents


Before Columbus


Colonial Period

The American Revolution

The New Nation

Westward Expansion

House Divided

Civil War



America as a World Power

Boom and Bust

Depression and the New Deal

World War II

Cold War

Civil Rights Movement

The New World Order--And Disorder

Biographical Sketches




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