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We Americans: Celebrating a Nation, Its People, and Its Past

 
 
Author
Thomas B. Allen & Charles O. Hyman, eds. Spencer R. Crew, intro.
Publisher National Geographic  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 12.25 x 9.35 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780792270058
Pages/Publication Date 400/1999
Daedalus Item Code 54560
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The fight for independence and the devastation of the Civil War, gold rushes and oil gushes, the baby boom and the birth of the computer age—this book explores the everyday lives of the people and events that shaped our nation, with a particular focus on America's unprecedented mix of immigrants. More than 400 captioned photos, objects, and illustrations accompany essays by such writers as Edmund S. Morgan, William H. Goetzmann, Geoffrey C. Ward, David Herbert Donald, William Least Heat-Moon, Howard Rheingold, and Isabel Wilkerson.

"The book, built to browse, presents numerous iconic images, such as Missouri painter George Caleb Bingham's The County Election (1851). All of the images express the malleable concept of Americanism. Rockwellian photographs of family begin the volume. The ensuing imagery unfolds eclectically, depicting George Washington's false teeth, early Coca-Cola ads, or Vietnam-era POW/MIA bracelets.... Indeed, when viewers turn to the text, they find discussions of the Revolution, the Civil War, the Depression, and World War II as well as cultural revolutions wrought by the film industry, the civil rights movement, television, and interstate highways. A colorful basketful of items for the recreational historian."—Booklist

 
 
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