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50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S. (edició 2016)

de Brent D. Glass (Autor)

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Profiles fifty sites across the United States that trace the cultural history of the country, discussing the people and events that led to each site's importance, from the National Mall in D.C. to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Títol:50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S.
Autors:Brent D. Glass (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2016), 319 pages
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50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S. de Brent D. Glass

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In this book, Glass examines 50 sites of historical importance to the United States and its development. These range from places where Revolutionary War battles were fought, to places that kick-started struggles for racial and gender equality, to places where inventions that changed the country (and the world) took off.

While it's listed as a travel book and definitely does have information for tourists, this book is more like a super-fascinating history lesson. Or, more accurately, 50 short history lessons. Although there are 50 essays, some of these end up covering multiple spots. For instance, one chapter covers EPCOT, Celebration, and Maitland ... all places close to each other in Florida.

Even with the places listed in this book that I've already been to (such as the Liberty Bell), I ended up learning new information. Glass manages to pack a real wallop of facts within each essay, even though most are only a few pages long. Of greater still interest for me were places I'm less familiar with or was unaware of before reading this book (such as the Cahokia Mounds).

In terms of format, the places addressed here are put forward in chronological order of their significance to American history. Hence you'll find historic Salem (and its infamous witch trials) earlier on in the book and Silicon Valley towards the very end. Each essay ends with website links for more information; extensive backmatter includes a bibliography and index.

This was a very enlightening read that I'd highly recommend to those who enjoy travel (armchair or physical) and/or history. My one small quibble is the black-and-white photos that start each chapter aren't always the best. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Mar 23, 2020 |
A fun read. A lot of research went into this book and resulted in a very interesting overview of American history through "visiting" 50 of our most notable places. I really do not know how he kept the list to 50 or decided which to include & leave off the list. Well done. ( )
  labdaddy4 | Apr 28, 2016 |

50 Great American Places by Brent D. Glass is a very highly recommended guide to 50 places that have cultural and historical significance in the USA.

Brent Glass is the director emeritus of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, so this is an expert guiding you to the sites included.
He writes "I envision 50 Great American Places as a contribution to historical literacy. Historical literacy is more than simply knowing the names of leaders or when famous battles were fought. It involves understanding the context of historical events and how events are connected. Above all, history is a resource for understanding our own lives and times. Sustaining a democratic society in America is not possible without citizens who know and love its history. We cannot participate fully in democracy without historical knowledge."

This is a great guide and would be a perfect addition for any excursion planned across the USA. The essays for the 50 places are organized chronologically. All of them are a few pages long but full of pertinent information about and the historical or cultural significance of each place and, sometimes nearby places. Included at the end of the information are websites listed for each site and nearby places of interest. Glass also points out that "The National Park Service (NPS) websites are uniformly reliable and good resources for information about national parks, battlefields, historic sites, memorials, and monuments. The NPS sites also include good maps and updated information about programs and events. Websites generally provide current information about hours of operations, fees, and construction that might limit access to certain sites or collections."

The list of places by state includes the town or city in which the site is located or, in some cases, the nearest town to that site. The site mentioned on this list is the major subject of each essay.
ALABAMA Huntsville/Saturn V Rocket
ARIZONA Tucson/Mission San Xavier del Bac
ARKANSAS Little Rock/Little Rock Central High School
CALIFORNIA Burbank/Warner Bros. Studio La Jolla/Salk Institute Palo Alto/Silicon Valley San Francisco/El Presidio at the Golden Gate
COLORADO Cortez/Mesa Verde
CONNECTICUT Hartford/Nook Farm
DELAWARE New Castle/New Castle Court House Museum
FLORIDA Orlando/EPCOT Celebration Maitland/Research Studio
GEORGIA Atlanta/Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
HAWAII Honolulu/Pearl Harbor
IDAHO Jerome/Minidoka
ILLINOIS Collinsville/Cahokia Mounds Chicago/World’s Columbian Exposition
INDIANA New Harmony
KANSAS Lawrence/Allen Field House Manhattan/Kansas State University
LOUISIANA New Orleans/Jazz National Historical Park
MARYLAND Baltimore/B&O Railroad Museum
MASSACHUSETTS Boston/Freedom Trail Salem/Witch Trials Memorial
MICHIGAN Dearborn/Ford River Rouge Complex
MINNESOTA Edina/Southdale Center Bloomington/Mall of America
MISSOURI St. Louis/Gateway Arch
MONTANA Crow Agency/Little Bighorn Battlefield
NEBRASKA Red Cloud/Willa Cather Foundation
NEVADA Boulder City/Hoover Dam
NEW JERSEY West Orange/Edison’s Laboratory
NEW MEXICO Santa Fe/Palace of the Governors
NEW YORK New York/Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty New York/Grand Central Terminal Seneca Falls/Women’s Rights National Historical Park
NORTH CAROLINA Asheville/Biltmore House Kill Devil Hills/Wright Brothers National Memorial
OHIO Hudson/Village Green
OKLAHOMA Claremore/Will Rogers Highway
PENNSYLVANIA Gettysburg/Gettysburg National Military Park Philadelphia/Liberty Bell Pittsburgh/Forks of the Ohio
RHODE ISLAND Pawtucket/Slater Mill
SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston/Fort Sumter National Monument
SOUTH DAKOTA Pine Ridge/Wounded Knee Memorial
TENNESSEE Nashville/Ryman Auditorium
TEXAS San Antonio/The Alamo
UTAH Salt Lake City/Temple Square
VIRGINIA Charlottesville/Monticello Yorktown/Virginia Peninsula
WASHINGTON Richland/Hanford B Reactor
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Mall WISCONSIN Spring Green/Taliesin
WYOMING Yellowstone National Park

Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Simon & Schuster for review purposes. ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Mar 21, 2016 |
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