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The Resource These truths : a history of the United States, Jill Lepore

These truths : a history of the United States, Jill Lepore

Label
These truths : a history of the United States
Title
These truths
Title remainder
a history of the United States
Statement of responsibility
Jill Lepore
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian ... Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history. Written in elegiac prose, Lepore's groundbreaking investigation places truth itself--a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence--at the center of the nation's history. The American experiment rests on three ideas--'these truths,' Jefferson called them--political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise? [This book] tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation's truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore traces the intertwined histories of American politics, law, journalism, and technology, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet polls, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing press to Facebook News. Along the way, Lepore's sovereign chronicle is filled with arresting sketches of both well-known and lesser-known Americans, from a parade of presidents and a rogues' gallery of political mischief makers to the intrepid leaders of protest movements, including Frederick Douglass, the famed abolitionist orator; William Jennings Bryan, the three-time presidential candidate and ultimately tragic populist; Pauli Murray, the visionary civil rights strategist; and Phyllis Schlafly, the uncredited architect of modern conservatism. Americans are descended from slaves and slave owners, from conquerors and the conquered, from immigrants and from people who have fought to end immigration. 'A nation born in contradiction will fight forever over the meaning of its history,' Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. 'The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden,' [this book] observes. 'It can't be shirked. 'There's nothing for it but to get to know it'"--
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1966-
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Lepore, Jill
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Civil rights
  • United States
  • United States
Label
These truths : a history of the United States, Jill Lepore
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The question stated -- Part one: The idea (1492-1799). The nature of the past ; The rulers and the ruled ; Of wars and revolutions ; The constitution of a nation -- Part two: The people (1800-1865). A democracy of numbers ; The soul and the machine ; Of ships and shipwrecks ; The face of battle -- Part three: The state (1866-1945). Of citizens, persons, and people ; Efficiency and the masses ; A constitution of the air ; The brutality of modernity -- Part four: The machine (1946-2016). A world of knowledge ; Rights and wrongs ; Battle lines ; America, disrupted -- Epilogue: The question addressed
Control code
on1021807194
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 932 pages
Isbn
9780393635249
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1021807194
Label
These truths : a history of the United States, Jill Lepore
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The question stated -- Part one: The idea (1492-1799). The nature of the past ; The rulers and the ruled ; Of wars and revolutions ; The constitution of a nation -- Part two: The people (1800-1865). A democracy of numbers ; The soul and the machine ; Of ships and shipwrecks ; The face of battle -- Part three: The state (1866-1945). Of citizens, persons, and people ; Efficiency and the masses ; A constitution of the air ; The brutality of modernity -- Part four: The machine (1946-2016). A world of knowledge ; Rights and wrongs ; Battle lines ; America, disrupted -- Epilogue: The question addressed
Control code
on1021807194
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 932 pages
Isbn
9780393635249
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1021807194

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