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50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.s.

50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.s.

Scritto da Brent D. Glass

Narrato da Norman Dietz


50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.s.

Scritto da Brent D. Glass

Narrato da Norman Dietz

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Aug 16, 2016
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From Massachusetts to Florida to Washington to California, 50 Great American Places takes you on a journey through our nation's history. Sharing the inside stories of sites as old as Mesa Verde (Colorado) and Cahokia (Illinois) and as recent as Silicon Valley (California) and the Mall of America (Minnesota), each essay provides the historical context for places that represent fundamental American themes: the compelling story of democracy and self-government; the dramatic impact of military conflict; the powerful role of innovation and enterprise; the inspiring achievements of diverse cultural traditions; and the defining influence of the land and its resources.



Sites you would expect-in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC-are here, as well as plenty of surprises, such as the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, or Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, or the Village Green in Hudson, Ohio; less obvious places that, together with the more well-known destinations, collectively tell the story of America. For families who want to take a trip that is both educational and entertaining, for history enthusiasts, or anyone curious about our country's greatest places, this book is the perfect guide.
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Brent D. Glass is Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. A national leader in the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of history, Glass is a public historian who pioneered influential oral history and material culture studies, an author, television presence, and international speaker on public memory and museum management. He lives in Washington, DC.

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  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)

    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.