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The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

 
 
Author
Richard Kurin.
Publisher Penguin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.45 x 7.5 x 1.7 inches
ISBN 9781594205293
Pages/Publication Date 762/2013
Daedalus Item Code 54297
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The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest and most popular repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Richard Kurin, the SI's Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture here presents an illustrated literary exhibition of 101 objects that together illuminate a history of the United States. From Lincoln's hat to Dorothy's ruby slippers, from Harriet Tubman's hymnal to Julia Child's kitchen, from Sitting Bull's ledger to Cesar Chavez's union jacket, and from the space shuttle Discovery to the bomber Enola Gay, each entry pairs an image of the object with the story of its creation or discovery, and the place it has come to occupy in our national memory.

"Smithsonian Undersecretary Kurin's tales are abundant, so much so that it seems almost a shame to stop at a mere 101 items.... A well-conceived and well-illustrated pleasure to read, combining narrative history and keepsake volume."Kirkus Reviews

"[Even] well-known items have surprising and significant back stories. Unexpected selections ... can make for some emotional reading. Kurin does a terrific job of expanding upon the story of each object, whether it's a pair of slave shackles or a damaged door from one of the New York City fire trucks that responded to 9/11. This humanistic approach to storytelling makes for immersive, addictive reading."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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