Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the Barbara Landis Chase Endowed Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2016-2017 Academic year.
Established in 2000 anonymously for the purchase of books, periodicals, and/or electronic resources in the field of American History, for the purpose of assisting the research and studies of Phillips Academy students, at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library.
In addition, the following electronic database was also funded.
The World and Online
Three days in January : Dwight Eisenhower’s final mission
Summary:January 1961: President Eisenhower has three days to secure the nation’s future before his young successor, John F. Kennedy, takes power–a final mission by the legendary leader who planned D-Day and guided America through the darkening Cold War. Bret Baier, the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel, illuminates the underappreciated presidency of Dwight Eisenhower by taking readers into Ike’s last days in power. Baier casts the period between Eisenhower’s now-prophetic farewell address of January 17, 1961, and Kennedy’s inauguration on the afternoon of January 20 as the closing act of one of modern America’s greatest leaders–during which Eisenhower urgently sought to prepare both the country and the next president for the challenges ahead. Those three days in January 1961, Baier shows, were the culmination of a lifetime of service that took Ike from rural Kansas to West Point, to the battlefields of World War II, and finally to the Oval Office. When he left the White House, Eisenhower had done more than perhaps any other modern American to set the nation, in his words, “on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.” On January 17, Eisenhower spoke to the nation in one of the most remarkable farewell speeches in U.S. history. Ike looked to the future, warning Americans against the dangers of elevating partisanship above national interest, excessive government budgets (particularly deficit spending), the expansion of the military-industrial complex, and the creeping political power of special interests. Seeking to ready a new generation for power, Eisenhower intensely advised the 43-year-old Kennedy before the inauguration. Baier also reveals how Eisenhower’s two terms changed America forever for the better–perhaps even saved the world from destruction–and demonstrates how today Ike offers us the model of principled leadership that polls say is so missing in politics. The Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during World War II, Eisenhower only reluctantly stepped into politics. As President, Ike successfully guided the country out of a dangerous war in Korea, peacefully through the apocalyptic threat of nuclear war with the Soviets, and into one of the greatest economic booms in world history. Five decades later, Baier’s book makes clear that Eisenhower, an often forgotten giant of U.S. history, still offers vital lessons for our own time and stands as a lasting example of political leadership at its most effective and honorable.–Adapted from dust jacket.
The march to the sea and beyond : Sherman’s troops in the Savannah and Carolinas campaigns
Summary:Contains primary source material.
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Summary:“The Papers of Thomas Jefferson is a projected 60-volume series containing not only the 18,000 letters written by Jefferson but also, in full or in summary, the more than 25,000 letters written to him. Including documents of historical significance as well as private notes not closely examined until their publication in the Papers, this series is an unmatched source of scholarship on the nation’s third president.”–Publisher description.
War against war : the American fight for peace, 1914-1918
Summary:“The untold story of the movement that came close to keeping the United States out of the First World War. This book is about the Americans who tried to stop their nation from fighting in one of history’s most destructive wars and then were hounded by the government when they refused to back down. In the riveting War Against War, Michael Kazin brings us into the ranks of the largest, most diverse, and most sophisticated peace coalition up to that point in US history. They came from a variety of backgrounds: wealthy and middle and working class, urban and rural, white and black, Christian and Jewish and atheist. They mounted street demonstrations and popular exhibitions, attracted prominent leaders from the labor and suffrage movements, ran peace candidates for local and federal office, and founded new organizations that endured beyond the cause. For almost three years, they helped prevent Congress from authorizing a massive increase in the size of the US army–a step advocated by ex-president Theodore Roosevelt. Soon after the end of the Great War, most Americans believed it had not been worth fighting. And when its bitter legacy led to the next world war, the warnings of these peace activists turned into a tragic prophecy–and the beginning of a surveillance state that still endures today. War Against War is a dramatic account of a major turning point in the history of the United States and the world”–
Native American boarding schools
Summary:Discusses the history of Native American boarding schools, including attempts to assimilate them to white culture, strip them of their cultural identities, and mistreatment.,Contains primary source material.