By William E. Leuchtenburg
For somebody drawn to background, the actual lines of the earlier, particularly old areas, carry a unique fascination. if it is a battlefield or the house of a outstanding American, there isn't any query that we comprehend the prior in a unique and extra speedy means after we come across it "on the ground."
In American Places, greater than dozen of America's so much proficient historians write approximately their very own encounters with old locations, bringing a private perspective to endure on a wide selection of web sites, starting from Monticello to Fenway Park. right here James M. McPherson writes concerning the battlefield of Gettysburg, and the way strolling the floor of Pickett's cost encouraged one in every of his books. Kevin Starr visits the Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood and unearths the various flavors of California heritage there. Joel Williamson takes a bemused journey of Elvis Presley's Graceland, and David Kennedy tells the tale of the "Pig conflict" of San Juan Island, the place a spat among Britain and the US over a speck of land within the Pacific helped be sure the form of the U.S. and Canada. William Freehling compares areas, Charleston's Battery and New Orleans' Jackson sq., exhibiting how every one finds different spirit of the society that created it. And Edward Ayers talks approximately spending time in our on-line world, united states, a digital position that has a lot in universal with the the USA visited through Alexis de Tocqueville a century and a part in the past. different items comprise Robert Dallek at the FDR Memorial, David Hackett Fischer at the Boston universal, and William Leuchtenburg on his local borough of Queens.
American Places celebrates the occupation of Sheldon Meyer, who over his years at Oxford collage Press has released a few of our such a lot individual historians, together with many Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize winners, nearly all of whom have contributed to this quantity.
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And for any day, rain or shine, there was space inside some of the buildings along the parade route available for rent in front of the windows. On icy days, some groups paid as much as five hundred dollars for comfortable window views of the Pennsylvania Avenue parade. 25 AMERICAN PLACES In the late twentieth century America's inaugural celebrations became so elaborate—lasting several days and featuring hundreds of events on and off Pennsylvania Avenue—that a few people began lamenting the egregious departure from the Jeffersonian simplicities of the early nineteenth century.
One of the unpleasantest (and among my favorites) occurred in 1933, when Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt rode to the Capitol together for the latter's swearing-in. Thousands of people lined the Avenue that morning, waving, shouting, cheering, and singing "Happy Days Are Here Again," and FDR smiled, waved, and raised his silk hat in obvious pleasure as the presidential limousine lumbered along. But Hoover, aghast at his successor's determination to go ahead with his New Deal, stared bleakly straight ahead, utterly unresponsive to FDR's efforts to get a conversation going.
Well, there it was, in a scraggly nutshell: diversity and oneness. Hokey or not, the polka performance seems to have charmed the president. So did the parade as a whole, with its University of Arkansas marching band, the Democratic donkey, Irene, from Alabama, schoolchildren singing "It Takes a Village" (based on Mrs. Clinton's best-selling book), and the Chicago Rope Warrior who jumped rope while in a sitting position (he called it a "tush-up"). From polka to tush-up, Clinton thoroughly enjoyed the lively procession in his honor down Pennsylvania Avenue.
American Places: Encounters with History, a Celebration of Sheldon Meyer by William E. Leuchtenburg