John S. Redpath ’29 American History Book Fund

Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the John S. Redpath ’29 American History Book Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2016-2017 Academic year.

Established in 1994 by an anonymous gift in memory of John S. Redpath, class of 1929, and increased thereafter. Income to be used by the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library to purchase books, computer software and other materials related to American history.

In addition, the following electronic resources are being supported.

Annals of American History (Britannica): Online access to original source documents from U.S. history.

Map-as-History : 220 animated maps for a better understanding of history.


  • 973.8 H67AM
    American empire at the turn of the twentieth century : a brief history with documents
    Summary:This volume introduces students to primary documents on American empire from a pivotal era of U.S. expansion beyond the North American continent in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Along with covering a wide range of places–including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines—the documents touch on a wide range of themes, among them race, citizenship, civilization, democracy, cross-cultural encounter, imperialism, anti-imperialism, and self-determination. Kristin Hoganson’s introduction provides the context essential to understanding this period and the ways in which the echoes of 1898 still reverberate today, including in the reach of U.S. power and the composition of the American people. Through a collection of sources representing the voices of those living under imperial rule as well as those imposing and opposing it, students can consider the American imperial endeavors.,Contains primary source documents.


  • DVD 973.922 K38DR
    The Kennedy films of Robert Drew & associates.
    Summary:In 1960, a filmmaking group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy, Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis, and, following the president’s assassination, the poetic short Faces of November. Collected here are all four of these titles, early exemplars of the movement known as Direct Cinema.


  • 371.82 F32C
    Carlisle Indian Industrial School : indigenous histories, memories, and reclamations
    Summary:“This collection interweaves the voices of students’ descendants, poets, and activists with cutting edge research by Native and non-Native scholars to reveal the complex history and enduring legacies of the school that spearheaded the federal campaign for Indian assimilation.”–Provided by publisher.,Contains primary source material.


  • REF 305.4 W66L
    Women in American history : a social, political, and cultural encyclopedia and document collection
    Summary:This four-volume set documents the complexity and richness of women’s contributions to American history and culture, empowering all students by demonstrating a more populist approach to the past. ; Provides significantly more detail than typical reference works on women’s history and culture, enabling readers to better appreciate the contributions of women of all socio-cultural statuses ; Covers the astounding range of American women’s experience, including women of various economic and racial statuses, religious affiliations, political and ideological identifications, and sexualities ; Includes a significant selection of primary documents, thereby combining the educational power of secondary and primary literature to create a richer learning experience for users,Contains primary sources.


  • 371.1 AB7H
    Abrams, Jennifer
    Hard conversations unpacked : the whos, the whens, and the what-ifs
    Summary:In Having Hard Conversations, Jennifer Abrams showed educators how to confront colleagues about work-related issues through a planned, interactive, and personal approach. In this sequel, readers move deeper into preparing for those conversations while building expectations for meaningful outcomes. Emphasizing what needs to happen before, during, and after hard conversations, this resource explores What humane, growth-producing, and “other-centered” conversations sound like How to recognize and account for culture, gender, and generational filters How to spot and work with organizational dynamics that could influence discussions How to conduct hard conversations with supervisors




  • 974.7 AN2C
    Anbinder, Tyler
    City of dreams : the 400-year epic history of immigrant New York
    Summary:With more than three million foreign-born residents today, New York has been America’s defining port of entry for nearly four centuries, a magnet for transplants from all over the globe. These migrants have brought their hundreds of languages and distinct cultures to the city, and from there to the entire country. More immigrants have come to New York than all other entry points combined. City of Dreams is peopled with memorable characters both beloved and unfamiliar, whose lives unfold in rich detail: the young man from the Caribbean who passed through New York on his way to becoming a Founding Father; the ten-year-old Angelo Siciliano, from Calabria, who transformed into Charles Atlas, bodybuilder; Dominican-born Oscar de la Renta, whose couture designs have dressed first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Tyler Anbinder’s story is one of innovators and artists, revolutionaries and rioters, staggering deprivation and soaring triumphs, all playing out against the powerful backdrop of New York City, at once ever-changing and profoundly, permanently itself. City of Dreams provides a vivid sense of what New York looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and felt like over the centuries of its development and maturation into the city we know today.


  • 342.73 B275W
    Barron, David J
    Waging war : the clash between presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS
    Summary:“A timely account of a raging debate: The history of the ongoing struggle between the presidents and Congress over who has the power to declare and wage war. The Constitution states that it is Congress that declares war, but it is the presidents who have more often taken us to war and decided how to wage it. In Waging War, United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals David Barron opens with an account of George Washington and the Continental Congress over Washington’s plan to burn New York City before the British invasion. Congress ordered him not to, and he obeyed. Barron takes us through all the wars that followed: 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American war, World Wars One and Two, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and now, most spectacularly, the War on Terror. Congress has criticized George W. Bush for being too aggressive and Barack Obama for not being aggressive enough, but it avoids a vote on the matter. By recounting how our presidents have declared and waged wars, Barron shows that these executives have had to get their way without openly defying Congress. Waging War shows us our country’s revered and colorful presidents at their most trying times–Washington, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Johnson, both Bushes, and Obama. Their wars have made heroes of some and victims of others, but most have proved adept at getting their way over reluctant or hostile Congresses. The next president will face this challenge immediately–and the Constitution and its fragile system of checks and balances will once again be at the forefront of the national debate”–


  • TW 973.04 B93T
    Byers, Ann
    The Trail of Tears : a primary source history of the forced relocation of the Cherokee Nation
    Summary:Uses primary source documents, narrative, and illustrations to recount the history of the U.S. government’s removal of the Cherokee from their ancestral homes in Georgia to Oklahoma in 1838.


  • 320.973 C98C
    Curry, Robert
    Common sense nation : unlocking the forgotten power of the American idea
    Summary:“”We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” We have heard and read this sentence all our lives. It is perfectly familiar. But if we pause long enough to ask ourselves why Jefferson wrote it in exactly this way, questions quickly arise. Jefferson chose to use rather special and very precise terms. He did not simply claim that we have these rights; he claimed they are unalienable. Why “unalienable”? Unalienable, of course, means not alienable. Why was the distinction between alienable and unalienable rights so important to the Founders that it made its way into the Declaration? For that matter, where did it come from? You might almost get the impression that the Founders’ examination of our rights had focused on alienable versus unalienable rights-and you would be correct. In addition, the Declaration does not simply claim that these are truths; it claims they are self-evident truths. Why “self-evident”? The Declaration’s special claim about its truths, it turns out, is the result of those same deliberations as a result of which, in the words of George Washington, “the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined than at any former period.” If a friendly visitor from another country sat you down and asked you with sincere interest why the Declaration highlights these very special terms, could you answer them clearly and accurately and with confidence? Would you like to be able to? “–




  • 973.74 G68D
    Gould, William Benjamin
    Diary of a contraband : the Civil War passage of a Black sailor
    Summary:Contains primary source material.,”In September 1862, William Benjamin Gould escaped from slavery by rowing to the U.S.S. Cambridge, a Union gunboat patrolling off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina. He served in the United States Navy for the remainder of the Civil War and left a diary of his experiences – one of only three known diaries of African American sailors from the period. It is distinguished not only by its details and eloquent tone, but also by its author’s reflections on the conduct of the war, on his own military engagements, on race, on race relations in the Navy, and on what African Americans might expect after the War and during Reconstruction.”,”William B. Gould IV has provided introductory chapters establishing the context of the diary narrative, an annotated version of the diary, a brief account of Gould’s life in Massachusetts after the war, and his thoughts about the legacy of his great-grandfather and his own journey of discovery in learning about this remarkable man.”–Jacket.


  • 959.7 G84
    Greene, Wallace Martin
    The Greene Papers : General Wallace M. Greene Jr. and the Escalation of the Vietnam War January 1964 – March 1965
    Summary:General Wallace M. Greene Jr. was the 23d Commandant of the Marine Corps, serving from 1964 to 1967, a period in which American involvement in Vietnam increased dramatically. The Greene Papers: General Wallace M. Greene Jr. and the Escalation of the Vietnam War, January 1964-March 1965 contains more than 100 documents from the papers of General Greene and is the first edited volume of personal papers to be published by the Marine Corps History Division as a monograph. Produced by a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Greene’s notes provide readers with a firsthand account from one of the main participants in the decision-making process that led to the commitment of a large-scale American expeditionary force in Southeast Asia. Because of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s reticence to regularly consult the Joint Chiefs on military matters, however, the notes also give readers a second point of view: that of a frustrated advisor kept on the outside and forced to look in, observe, and reflect on major military decisions often made without his input or support. Also apparent are the tensions between Greene and President Johnson’s aggressive and domineering Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara.– Book jacket.,Contains primary source documents.




  • 759.13 C79K
    Kamensky, Jane
    A revolution in color : the world of John Singleton Copley
    Summary:In this life of painter John Singleton Copley, award-winning Harvard historian Jane Kamensky masterfully untangles the web of principles and interests that shaped the age of America’s revolution. Copley’s prodigious talent earned him the patronage of Boston’s patriot leaders, including Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. But the artist did not share their politics, and painting portraits failed to satisfy his lofty artistic goals. An ambitious British subject who lamented America’s provincialism, Copley looked longingly across the Atlantic. When resistance escalated into all-out war, Copley was in London. The magisterial canvases he created there made him one of the towering figures of the British art scene: a painter of America’s revolution as Britain’s American War. Kamensky’s gripping history brings Copley’s world alive and explores the fraught relationships between liberty and slavery, family duty and personal ambition, legacy and posterity-tensions that characterized the era of the American Revolution and that beset us still.




  • 973.04 M81SL
    Morgan, Kenneth
    Slavery and servitude in colonial North America : a short history
    Summary:Kenneth Morgan shows how the institutions of indentured servitude and black slavery interacted in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He covers all aspects of the two labor systems, including their impact on the economy, on racial attitudes, social structures and on regional variations within the colonies. Throughout, overriding themes emerge: the labor market in North America for indentured servants, the significance of racial distinctions, supply and demand factors in transatlantic migration and labor, and resistance to bondage.


  • 305.8 M93ST
    Myers, Daisy D
    Sticks’n Sones


  • 940.3 N34P
    Neiberg, Michael S
    The path to war : how the First World War created modern America
    Summary:When war broke out in Europe in August of 1914, Americans viewed it as the height of madness. Yet a mere three years later, the country was clamoring to join. Micheal S. Neiberg outlines America’s lengthy debate and soul-searching about national identity, and the reactions to the dilemmas and crises that moved the country from ambivalence to belligerence. Neiberg also shows how the effects of the pivot from peace to war still resonate, and how the war transformed the United States into a financial powerhouse and global player. —


  • 975.5092 T85OA
    Oates, Stephen B
    The fires of jubilee : Nat Turner’s fierce rebellion
    Summary:Portrays America’s most famous slave rebel and the insurrection he led in southeastern Virginia’s Southampton County in August, 1831.


  • BRACE 324.973 P26B
    Palmer, Barbara
    Breaking the political glass ceiling : women and congressional elections
    Summary:At the dawn of the new millennium, only twenty-five percent of elected state legislators were female, only five states had female governors, and a mere fourteen percent of the members of Congress were women. Extrapolating from data on women candidates in Congressional races from 1956 to 2002, Palmer and Simon explore how incumbency, social attitudes, and electoral strategy affect women’s decisions to run for office. They dispel myths distorting our understanding of women candidates and challenge the reigning theories accounting for the low number of female Congress members. Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling is the most comprehensive analysis of women in Congressional elections available.


  • 977.3 P29C
    Pauketat, Timothy R
    Cahokia : ancient America’s great city on the Mississippi
    Summary:An anthropologist examines a Native American city that flourished along the Mississippi River near present-day St. Louis almost a thousand years ago, describing evidence of a once-powerful society that had been abandoned by 1400.


  • 320.5 R63C
    Rodgers, Daniel T
    Contested truths : keywords in American politics since independence
    Summary:Summary: Contention, argument, and power have always been the tradition in American political talk. The author argues that any country that began in a revolution was bound to have this history. But the language of argument uses particular words with particular, sometimes shifting meanings, and to know what they are and what they meant over time is a critical contribution to political history. It is true that politicians may act as though they are part of no particular ideological tradition, but history shows that, more often that not, they use an understood meaning to enhance their actions. The language of argument uses particular words with particular, sometimes shifting meanings, though time. It is true that politicians may act as though they are part of no particular ideological tradition, but history shows that they mainly use an understood meaning to enhance their actions [Publisher description].




  • 929.2 SA6L
    Sankovitch, Nina
    The Lowells of Massachusetts : an American family
    Summary:“The Lowells of Massachusetts were a remarkable family. They were settlers in the New World in the 1600s, revolutionaries creating a new nation in the 1700s, merchants and manufacturers building prosperity in the 1800s, and scientists and artists flourishing in the 1900s. For the first time, Nina Sankovitch tells the story of this fascinating and powerful dynasty in The Lowells of Massachusetts. Though not without scoundrels and certainly no strangers to controversy, the family boasted some of the most astonishing individuals in America’s history: Percival Lowle, the patriarch who arrived in America in the seventeenth to plant the roots of the family tree; Reverend John Lowell, the preacher; Judge John Lowell, a member of the Continental Congress; Francis Cabot Lowell, manufacturer and, some say, founder of the Industrial Revolution in the US; James Russell Lowell, American Romantic poet; Lawrence Lowell, one of Harvard’s longest-serving and most controversial presidents; and Amy Lowell, the twentieth century poet who lived openly in a Boston Marriage with the actress Ada Dwyer Russell. The Lowells realized the promise of America as the land of opportunity by uniting Puritan values of hard work, community service, and individual responsibility with a deep-seated optimism that became a well-known family trait. Long before the Kennedys put their stamp on Massachusetts, the Lowells claimed the bedrock.”–Provided by publisher.


  • 305.42 SK5W
    Sklar, Kathryn Kish
    Women’s rights emerges within the anti-slavery movement, 1830-1870 : a brief history with documents
    Summary:Combining documents with an interpretive essay, this book is the first to offer a much-needed guide to the emergence of the women’s rights movement within the antislavery activism of the 1830s.,Contains primary source documents.


  • 975.3 SN9H
    Snyder, Brad
    The House of Truth : a Washington political salon and the foundations of American liberalism
    Summary:“Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose campaign. They self-mockingly called the 19th Street row house in which they congregated the ‘House of Truth, ‘ playing off the lively dinner discussions with frequent guest (and neighbor) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. about life’s verities. Lippmann and Frankfurter were house-mates, and their frequent guests included not merely Holmes but Louis Brandeis, Herbert Hoover, Louis Croly–founder of the New Republic–and the sculptor (and sometime Klansman) Gutzon Borglum, later the creator of the Mount Rushmore monument. Weaving together the stories and trajectories of these varied, fascinating, combative, and sometimes contradictory figures, Brad Snyder shows how their thinking about government and policy shifted from a firm belief in progressivism–the belief that the government should protect its workers and regulate monopolies–into what we call liberalism–the belief that government can improve citizens’ lives without abridging their civil liberties and, eventually, civil rights. Holmes replaced Roosevelt in their affections and aspirations. His famous dissents from 1919 onward showed how the Due Process clause could protect not just business but equality under the law, revealing how a generally conservative and reactionary Supreme Court might embrace, even initiate, political and social reform. Across the years, from 1912 until the start of the New Deal in 1933, the remarkable group of individuals associated with the House of Truth debated the future of America”–Provided by publisher.


  • 365.97 T46B
    Thompson, Heather Ann
    Blood in the water : the Attica prison uprising of 1971 and its legacy
    Summary:September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, the prisoners negotiated with officials for improved conditions during the four long days and nights that followed. On September 13, the state abruptly sent hundreds of heavily armed troopers and correction officers to retake the prison by force. Their gunfire killed thirty-nine men–hostages as well as prisoners–and severely wounded more than one hundred others. In the ensuing hours, weeks, and months, troopers and officers brutally retaliated against the prisoners. Ultimately, New York State authorities prosecuted only the prisoners, never once bringing charges against the officials involved in the retaking and its aftermath and neglecting to provide support to the survivors and the families of the men who had been killed. Drawing from more than a decade of extensive research, historian Heather Ann Thompson sheds new light on every aspect of the uprising and its legacy, giving voice to all those who took part in this 45-year fight for justice: prisoners, former hostages, families of the victims, lawyers and judges, and state officials and members of law enforcement. This book is the first full account of one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century.–Adapted from dust jacket.,Includes primary source materials.


  • 970.004 T83EV
    Treuer, Anton
    Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask
    Summary:What have you always wanted to know about Indians? Do you think you should already know the answers — or suspect that your questions may be offensive? In matter-of-fact responses to over 120 questions, both thoughtful and outrageous, modern and historical, Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist Anton Treuer gives a frank, funny, and sometimes personal tour of what’s up with Indians, anyway.


  • 977 T83OJ
    Treuer, Anton
    Ojibwe in Minnesota


  • 973.932 OB18P 2012 V. 1
    United States
    Public papers of the Presidents of the United States, Barack Obama.
    Summary:Contains primary source documents.


  • 973.8092 G76WH
    White, Ronald C
    American Ulysses : a life of Ulysses S. Grant
    Summary:A “biography of one of America’s greatest generals– and most misunderstood presidents”–


  • REF 303.48 W45NI
    Willis, Jim
    1960s counterculture : documents decoded
    Summary:An era that changed America forever is analyzed through the words of those who led, participated in, and opposed the protest movements that made the 1960s a signature epoch in U.S. culture.,Contains primary source documents.


  • 641.59 Z43SQ
    Ziegelman, Jane
    A square meal : a culinary history of the Great Depression
    Summary:“From the author of the acclaimed 97 Orchard and her husband, a culinary historian, an in-depth exploration of the greatest food crisis the nation has ever faced–the Great Depression–and how it transformed America’s culinary culture. The decade-long Great Depression, a period of shifts in the country’s political and social landscape, forever changed the way America eats. Before 1929, America’s relationship with food was defined by abundance. But the collapse of the economy, in both urban and rural America, left a quarter of all Americans out of work and undernourished–shattering long-held assumptions about the limitlessness of the national larder. In 1933, as women struggled to feed their families, President Roosevelt reversed long-standing biases toward government-sponsored ‘food charity.’ For the first time in American history, the federal government assumed, for a while, responsibility for feeding its citizens. The effects were widespread. Championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, ‘home economists’ who had long fought to bring science into the kitchen rose to national stature. Tapping into America’s long-standing ambivalence toward culinary enjoyment, they imposed their vision of a sturdy, utilitarian cuisine on the American dinner table. Through the Bureau of Home Economics, these women led a sweeping campaign to instill dietary recommendations, the forerunners of today’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. At the same time, rising food conglomerates introduced packaged and processed foods that gave rise to a new American cuisine based on speed and convenience. This movement toward a homogenized national cuisine sparked a revival of American regional cooking. In the ensuing decades, the tension between local traditions and culinary science has defined our national cuisine–a battle that continues today. A Square Meal examines the impact of economic contraction and environmental disaster on how Americans ate then–and the lessons and insights those experiences may hold for us today. A Square Meal features 25 black-and-white photographs”–,Before 1929, America’s relationship with food was defined by abundance. But the collapse of the economy left a quarter of all Americans out of work and undernourished. In 1933, for the first time in American history, the federal government assumed some of the responsibility for feeding its citizens. ‘Home economists’ brought science into the kitchen and imposed their vision of a sturdy, utilitarian cuisine on the American dinner table. Ziegelman and Coe provide an in-depth exploration of the greatest food crisis the nation has ever faced and how it transformed America’s culinary culture.


  • 909.82 Z43B
    Ziegler, Philip
    Between the wars, 1919-1939
    Summary:“At the end of 1918 one prescient American historian began to write a history of the Great War. “What will you call it?” he was asked. “The First World War” was his bleak response. In Between the Wars Philip Ziegler examines the major international turning points – cultural and social as well as political and military – that led the world from one war to another. His perspective is panoramic, touching on all parts of the world where history was being made, giving equal weight to Gandhi’s March to the Sea and the Japanese invasion of China as to Hitler’s rise to power. It is the tragic story of a world determined that the horrors of the First World War would never be repeated yet committed to a path which in hindsight was inevitably destined to end in a second, even more devastating conflict”–,”A panoramic view, touching on all parts of the world where history was being made, that led from one world war to another”–

John S Redpath '29 American History Book Fund


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