US History Book recommendations?

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by MrApathy, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. MrApathy

    MrApathy Active Member

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    anybody have some US History book recommendations?

    love to find something as nice as this OU Law page
    http://www.law.ou.edu/ushistory/

    light covering of before the colonies but close attention to before the Revolution.
    like to find something covering various happenings in 1700's
    The Declaration of Arms (July 6, 1775)
    The Declaration of Independence
    Constitution Federal and state
    BOR

    making search through Barnes and Noble .com
    ack limey ******** keep throwing liberal junk books into the searches
     
  2. SELFDEFENSE

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    America's Promise: A Concise History of the United States
    by William J. Rorabaugh, Donald T. Critchlow, Paula C. Baker - 2004 - 321 pages.

    There is a recent one written by a British historian which is highly non-politically correct, but I can't remember the name.
     

  3. MrApathy

    MrApathy Active Member

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    is that volume 1 or 2?
    thanks.

    stopped at BN today picked up
    Our Documents 100 milestone from national archives
    foreword by Michael Beschloss
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    having better chance to sit down and go through the book I picked up not thrilled with it. the original documents arent readable in the pictures. has alot of incomplete information which is annoying. like buying sample software at full price. decided I will keep it and buy other books.

    saw common sense and peoples rights by Thomas Paine
    may pick that up. saw George Washings rules of civility and decent behavior. America past and present 7th ed.

    one thing that sucks alot of books seem to totally ignore
    The Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms
    July 6th 1775 which imo is a very important document. often overlooked for the Declaration of Independence.
     
  4. theFiasco

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    Mr. A,

    http://www.gutenberg.org is an OK source if you want to browse through popular, older books for content. I'm not big on on-line reading, but the Gutenberg Project has been helpful.

    -tF
     
  5. squirrelpotpie

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    Hi Mr Apathy,

    Glad you are considering original sources in your quest for historical information. History books attempt to interpret the past, and there is nothing really wrong with that as long as you realize that it is interpretation.

    There is a vast wealth of historical documents in the public domain. The writings of the founding fathers are particularly interesting and probably impossible to read completely in any one lifetime. In additon to the Gutenberg Project mentioned above you might try accessing the Avalon Project at Yale to aid in your quest.

    http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm

    ...the setting forth the cause and necessity of their taking up arms
    can be found here: http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/arms.htm

    Please share any cool discoveries you make along the way.
     
  6. MrApathy

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    I have downloaded and mirrored various internet sources.
    disturbing thing is printed media.

    google's book project has some good pdf's to download for history books.

    most the good books seem to be out of print.

    its a good thing everything on computer is not printed wouldnt be any trees left.
     
  7. SELFDEFENSE

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    "is that volume 1 or 2?"

    Volume I is thru 1877.
    Beschloss is a lefty.