50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S.
A one-of-a-kind guide to fifty of the most important cultural and historic sites in the United States guaranteed to fascinate, educate, and entertain—selected and described by the former assistan of the Smithsonian ’ s National Museum of American History.
From Massachusetts to Florida to Washington to California, 50 Great American Places takes you on a voyag through our nation ’ s istory. Sharing the inside tories 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 tale 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 and and its resources. Expert historian Brent D. Glass explores these themes by connecting places, people, and events and reveals a national narrative that is often surprising, sometimes tragic, and always engaging—complete with photographs, websites for more information, and explanations for other places nearby worth visiting.
Sites you would expect to read about—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 Jacksonvill, or the Village Green in Hudson, Ohio; less obvious places that, together with the more well-known destinations, collectively tell the tory of merica. For families who want to take a journe that is both educational and entertaining, for history enthusiasts, or anyone curious about our country ’ s greatest places, this novel is the perfect guide.
Published March 15th 2016 by Simon Schuster (first published June 2nd 2015