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  • Meet George Washingtonby Joan Heilbroner

    Random House Children's Books 2011; US$ 4.99

    This valiant story of how young George Washington was drawn into his country's struggle for independence gives readers a vivid perspective on a crucial era in American history--and on the life of a revolutionary hero. more...

  • Meet Thomas Jeffersonby Marvin Barrett; Pat Fogarty

    Random House Children's Books 2011; US$ 4.99

    When Thomas Jefferson was young, Virginia was still a colony of England. Jefferson thought that many English laws and taxes were unfair, so he studied hard to become a lawyer and help make better laws. Soon he and others came to believe that the colonies should become a new country, and Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence.... more...

  • Millard Fillmoreby Paul Finkelman; Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger; Sean Wilentz

    Henry Holt and Co. 2011; US$ 25.99

    The oddly named president whose shortsightedness and stubbornness fractured the nation and sowed the seeds of civil war In the summer of 1850, America was at a terrible crossroads. Congress was in an uproar over slavery, and it was not clear if a compromise could be found. In the midst of the debate, President Zachary Taylor suddenly took ill and... more...

  • Civil War Senatorby Robert J. Cook

    LSU Press 2011; US$ 24.95

    One of the most talented and influential American politicians of the nineteenth century, William Pitt Fessenden (1806-1869) helped devise Union grand strategy during the Civil War. A native of Maine and son of a fiery New England abolitionist, he served in the United States Senate as a member of the Whig Party during the Kansas-Nebraska crisis and... more...

  • American Emperorby David O. Stewart

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 17.99

    In this vivid and brilliant biography, David Stewart describes Aaron Burr, the third vice president, as a daring and perhaps deluded figure who shook the nation?s foundations in its earliest, most vulnerable decades. In 1805, the United States was not twenty years old, an unformed infant. The government consisted of a few hundred people. The immense... more...

  • Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865by Christopher P. Lehman

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 45.00

    Ordinance in 1787 banned African American slavery in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, making the new territory officially "free," slavery in fact persisted in the region through the end of the Civil War. Slaves accompanied presidential appointees serving as soldiers or federal officials in the Upper Mississippi, worked in federally supported... more...

  • John Adamsby John Patrick Diggins; Jr. Arthur M. Schlesinger

    Henry Holt and Co. 2003; US$ 22.99

    A revealing look at the true beginning of American politics Until recently rescued by David McCullough, John Adams has always been overshadowed by Washington and Jefferson. Volatile, impulsive, irritable, and self-pitying, Adams seemed temperamentally unsuited for the presidency. Yet in many ways he was the perfect successor to Washington in terms... more...

  • Jefferson's Warby Joseph Wheelan

    PublicAffairs 2004; US$ 16.95

    A fascinating and readable story of how America fought and won its first war on terror two centuries ago." Evan Thomas, author of JOHN PAUL JONES and assistant managing editor, NEWSWEEK more...

  • Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Menby Eric Foner

    Oxford University Press, USA 1995; US$ 17.99

    Since its publication twenty-five years ago, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men has been recognized as a classic, an indispensable contribution to our understanding of the causes of the American Civil War. A key work in establishing political ideology as a major concern of modern American historians, it remains the only full-scale evaluation of the ideas... more...

  • The Astonishing Generalby Wesley B. Turner

    Dundurn 2011; US$ 16.99

    One of the most enduring legacies of the War of 1812 was the creation of heroes and heroines. The earliest of those heroic individuals was Isaac Brock. Its striking how a British general whose military role in that two-and-a-half-year war lasted less than five months became the best known hero, and one revered far and wide. more...