Best Historical Essays Books

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1. Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers

Author: by Robert L. Woodson Sr.
224 pages

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An indispensable corrective to the falsified version of black history presented by The 1619 Project, radical activists, and money-hungry diversity consultants. In the rush to redefine the place of black Americans in contemporary society, many radical activists and academics have mounted a campaign to destroy traditional American history and replace it with a politicized version that few would recognize.

According to the new radical orthodoxy, the United States was founded as a racist nationand everything that has happened throughout our history must be viewed through the lens of the systemic oppression of black people. Rejecting this false narrative, a collection of the most prominent and respected black scholars and thinkers has come together to correct the record and tell the true story of black Americans in all its complexity, diversity of experience, and poignancy.

Collectively, they paint a vivid picture of black people living the grand American experience, however bumpy the road may be along the way. But rather than a people apart, blacks are woven into the united whole that makes this nation unique in history.

2. The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For

Author: by David McCullough
Simon & Schuster
April 18, 2017

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A timely collection of speeches by David McCullough, the most honored historian in the United Stateswinner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many othersthat reminds us of fundamental American principles. Insightful and inspirational, The American Spirit summons a vexed and divided nation to rememberand cherishour unifying ideas and ideals (Richmond Times-Dispatch).

Over the course of his distinguished career, McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following the bitter 2016 election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume that celebrates the important principles and characteristics that are particularly American.

The American Spirit is as inspirational as it is brilliant, as simple as it is sophisticated (Buffalo News). McCullough reminds us of the core American values that define us, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background.

3. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

Author: by Douglas A. Blackmon
496 pages

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This groundbreaking historical expose unearths the lost stories of enslaved persons and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter in The Age of Neoslavery. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented Pulitzer Prize-winning account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.

Following the Emancipation Proclamation, convictsmostly black menwere leased through forced labor camps operated by state and federal governments. Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history.

An astonishing book…. It will challenge and change your understanding of what we were as Americansand of what we are.Chicago Tribune

4. We Were There: Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963

Author: by Allen Childs MD

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There are few days in American history so immortalized in public memory as November 22, 1963, the date of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Adding to the wealth of information about this tragic day is We Were There, a truly unique collection of firsthand accounts from the doctors and staff on scene at the hospital where JFK was immediately taken after he was shot.

With the help of his former fellow staff members at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dr. Allen Childs recreates the horrific day, from the president’s arrival in Dallas to the public announcement of his death. Childs presents a multifaceted and sentimental reflection on the day and its aftermath.

In addition to detailing the sequence of events that transpired around JFK’s death, We Were There offers memories of the First Lady, insights on conspiracy theories revolving around the president’s assassination, and recollections of the death of Lee Harvey Oswald, who succumbed two days later in the same hospital where his own victim was pronounced dead.

5. The Way I Heard It

Author: by Mike Rowe

7 hours and 55 minutes

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Emmy Award-winning gadfly Mike Rowe presents a ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America’s number-one short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, and insights. It’s a delightful collection of mysteries.A mosaic.A memoir.

A charming, surprising must-have. Mike Rowe’s The Way I Heard It collects 35 fascinating stories for the curious mind with a short attention span. Five-minute mysteries about people you know, filled with facts that you didn’t. Movie stars, presidents, Nazis, rank traitors, and bloody do-gooders – they’re all here, waiting to shake your hand, hoping you’ll remember them.

Delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, their stories are part of a larger mosaic – a memoir crammed with recollections, insights, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s remarkable life and career.

6. Dismantling America: and other controversial essays

Author: by Thomas Sowell
Basic Books

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These wide-ranging essays – on many individual political, economic, cultural and legal issues – have as a recurring, underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries. This decline has been more than an erosion.

It has, in many cases, been a deliberate dismantling of American values and institutions by people convinced that their superior wisdom and virtue must over-ride both the traditions of the country and the will of the people. Whether these essays (originally published as syndicated newspaper columns) are individually about financial bailouts, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, national security, or the Duke University rape case, the underlying concern is about what these very different kinds of things say about the general direction of American society.

This larger and longer-lasting question is whether the particular issues discussed reflect a degeneration or dismantling of the America that we once knew and expected to pass on to our children and grandchildren. There are people determined that this country’s values, history, laws, traditions and role in the world are fundamentally wrong and must be changed.

7. The Adventures of the Mountain Men: True Tales of Hunting, Trapping, Fighting, Adventure, and Survival

Author: by Stephen Brennan
Skyhorse (July 25, 2017)
316 pages

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Incredible stories from those who thrived in the Wild West. The mountain men were the hunters and trappers who fiercely strode the Rocky Mountains in the early to mid-1800s. They braved the elements in search of the skins of beavers and other wild animals, to sell or barter for goods.

The lifestyle of the mountain men could be harsh, existing as they did among animals, and spending most of their days and nights living and camping out in the great unexplored wilds of the Rockies. Life outdoors presented many threats, not least among them Native Americans, who were hostile to the mountain men encroaching on the area for their own purposes.

For a certain kind of pioneer, this risk and more were outweighed by the benefits of living free, without the restrictions and boundaries of civilized settlements. Included in this collection are tales from great writers, including:Washington IrvingStanley VestalOsborne RussellFrancis Parkman Jr.And many more!

In The Adventures of the Mountain Men, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Brennan has compiled many of the best stories about the mountain menthe most daring exploits, the death-defying chances taken to hunt big game, the clashes with the arrows of Native Americans, and also the moments when the men were struck by the incomparable beauty of the unsullied, majestic Rocky Mountains.

8. Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz

Author: by Olga Lengyel
Academy Chicago Publishers

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Olga Lengyel tells, frankly and without compromise, one of the most horrifying stories of all time. This true, documented chronicle is the intimate, day-to-day record of a beautiful woman who survived the nightmare of Auschwitz and Birchenau. This book is a necessary reminder of one of the ugliest chapters in the history of human civilization.

It was a shocking experience. It is a shocking book.

9. Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items

Author: by J. W. Ocker
272 pages

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Beware…This book is cursed! These strange but true stories of the world’s most infamous items will appeal to true believers as well as history buffs, horror fans, and anyone who loves a good spine-tingling tale. They’re lurking in museums, graveyards, and private homes.

Their often tragic and always bizarre stories have inspired countless horror movies, reality TV shows, novels, and campfire tales. They’re cursed objects, and all they need to unleash a wave of misfortune is …You. Many of these unfortunate items have intersected with some of the most notable events and people in history, leaving death and destruction in their wake.

But never before have the true stories of these eerie oddities been compiled into a fascinating and chilling volume. Inside, readers will learn about: Annabelle the Doll, a Raggedy Ann doll that featured in the horror franchise The Conjuring The Unlucky Mummy, which is rumored to have sunk the Titanic and kick-started World War I The Dybbuk box, which was sold on eBay and spawned the horror film The Possession The Conjured Chest, which has been blamed for fifteen deaths within a single family The Ring of Silvianus, a Roman artifact believed to have inspired J.R.R.

10. Follow Me to Alaska: A true story of one couple's adventure adjusting from life in a cul-de-sac in El Paso, Texas, to a cabin off-grid in the wilderness of Alaska

Author: by Ann Parker
258 pages

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A retired law enforcement officer turned pilot and a former math teacher chose to leave their home in Texas for a cabin in the wilderness of Alaska. They left life as they knew it behind to start fresh in the land of the Last Frontier.

Their cabin on Cub Lake was only accessible by bush plane in the summer or snow machine during the winter, making life challenging. They knew their learning curve would be steep. What they didn’t realize was living on a homestead in the wilderness of Alaska would make them face obstacles they had never experienced before.

This new chapter forced them to take every skill that they had learned in their lives to the next level. Hunting, fishing, gardening, and flying would all become key to thriving off-the-grid. Arctic temperatures and wild animals in the Alaska bush provided countless adventures.

These tales may make you laugh, make you cry, and might possibly inspire you to follow your own dreams! While enjoying the majestic nature surrounding them, they also learned to work together like never before. The two of them have dealt with everything from crazy chickens to bears, and ultimately even looked death squarely in the eyes.

11. First Language Lessons Level 3: Student Workbook

Author: by Jessie Wise
352 pages

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First Language Lessons is a simple-to-use, scripted guide to grammar and composition that makes successful teaching simplefor both parents and teachers. The Level 3 Student Workbook (Grades 2-4) for First Language Lessons, used alongside the teacher’s Level 3 Instructor Guide, gives teachers everything they need to spend more time teaching their studentsand less time preparing lessons, making copies, or gathering supplies.

It’s all right here: inside this book, you’ll find poems for memorization, empty sentence diagram frames, and blank lines perfectly sized for young students’ copywork, dictation, and narration. First Language Lessons, Level 3 is a complete grammar and writing text that covers a wide range of topicsincluding parts of speech, sentence diagrams, and skills in beginning writing, storytelling, and narration.

This Level 3 Student Workbook is the perfect complement to the lessons. Grade Recommendation: Grades 2-4.

12. The Fool and His Enemy: Toward a Metaphysics of Evil

Author: by J.R. Nyquist
78 pages

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From his schizophrenic prelude to the winepress of the wrath of God, J.R. Nyquist travels imaginatively through the cratered mindscape of late capitalism past ideologies of revolutionary nihilism. Along the way, Nyquist blasts the fraudulence of Francis Fukuyama’s end of history as the final swindle of the West’s hollow men.

In terms of the metaphysics of evil, what began with the self-pitying malice of Satan in Hell, ends in the inverted value system of Nietzsche’s Last Man. In this arresting and passionate essay, Nyquist decries the Heaven-on-Earth promises of socialism and the cowardice of the bourgeoisie.

As remedy, he summons the heroes of Thomas Carlyle, finds Providence in the fall of a sparrow, interprets signs in the sky, and upholds the primacy of the spiritual over an epiphenomenal world of misunderstood objects. If you’ve ever wondered what lies behind the madness of modernity, read this book.

13. Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies

Author: by Dick Gregory
272 pages

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Dick Gregory has been an unsparing and incisive cultural force for more than fifty years: a friend of such luminaries as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers, Gregory is an unrelenting, lifelong activist against social injustice, whether he was marching in Selma during the Civil Rights movement or organizing student demonstrations to protest the Vietnam War, participating in rallies for Native American and feminist rights or fighting apartheid in South Africa.

Known as much for his comedic achievementsas an actor, author, and social criticas for his activism, Gregory is the forebearer of today’s new generation of black comics, including W. Kamu Bell and Trevor Noah. But Gregory has always kept it indisputably real when discussing race in America, fearlessly lacing laughter with controversial truths in a manner that is inimitable his own.

Now, in Defining Moments in Black History, Gregory charts the empowering yet often obscured past of the African American experience. In his unapologetically candid voice, he moves from African ancestry and surviving the middle passage to modern-day protests, A captivating journey through time, this collection of provocative essays explores historical movements such as the Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as cultural touchstones, among them Marian Anderson’s performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and Billie Holiday’s haunting delivery of “Strange Fruit.”Here is an essential, unique, no-holds-barred history lesson, sure to provoke, enlighten, uplift, and entertainfrom one our greatest legends.

14. The Glorious American Essay: One Hundred Essays from Colonial Times to the Present

Author: by Phillip Lopate
928 pages

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“Not only an education but a joy. This is a book for the ages.” -Rivka GalchenA monumental, canon-defining anthology of three centuries of American essays, from Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin to David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith. The essay form is an especially democratic one, and many of the essays Phillip Lopate has gathered here address themselves-sometimes critically-to American values.

Even in those that don’t, one can detect a subtext about being American. The Founding Fathers and early American writers self-consciously struggle to establish a recognizable national culture. The shining stars of the mid-nineteenth-century American Renaissance no longer lack confidence but face new reckonings with the oppression of blacks and women.

The New World tradition of nature writing runs from Audubon, Thoreau, and John Muir to Rachel Carson and Annie Dillard. Marginalized groups in all periods use the essay to assert or to complicate notions of identity. Lopate has cast his net intentionally wide, embracing critical, personal, political, philosophical, humorous, literary, polemical, and autobiographical essays, and making room for sermons, letters, speeches, and columns dealing with a wide variety of subjects.

15. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time

Author: by Karl Polanyi
Beacon Press
360 pages

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In this classic work of economic history and social theory, Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the “great transformation” of the Industrial Revolution. His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self-regulating market, but the potentially dire social consequences of untempered market capitalism.

New introductory material reveals the renewed importance of Polanyi’s seminal analysis in an era of globalization and free trade.

16. Wilmette at 150

Author: by John Jacoby
Amika Press (May 28, 2021)
403 pages

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Wilmette at 150 is a collection of illuminating stories that feature and celebrate the people, places, and events that have shaped the village and created its unique character over the last century and a half. These stories present the grandeur of the lakefront, the turmoil of No Man’s Land, the devastation wrought by a Palm Sunday tornado, the beauty of a tree memorial built for blind Judge Kolman, the final moments of notorious gangster Baby Face Nelson, the inspirational visit by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote racial justice and unity, and much more.

John Jacoby, a long-time Wilmette resident and former Village President (19891997), weaves all these stories into a fabric of village historya history that includes success and failure, joy and tragedy, principle and pragmatism, unity and division. Wilmette at 150 is a tapestry that both honors the past and welcomes the future with insight, energy, and confidence.

Breezy, engaging storytelling, framed by meticulous reporting and attention to historical context, make Wilmette at 150 an important and highly readable addition to the institutional memory of the village. While showcasing all of humanity’s virtues and frailties’ in his richly textured storylines, Jacoby also touches the heart.Alan P.