From Massachusetts to Florida to Washington to California, 50 Great American Places takes you on a journey through our nation's history. Sharing the inside stories 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 story 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 land and its resources.
Sites you would expect-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 Atlanta, or the Village Green in Hudson, Ohio; less obvious places that, together with the more well-known destinations, collectively tell the story of America. For families who want to take a trip that is both educational and entertaining, for history enthusiasts, or anyone curious about our country's greatest places, this book is the perfect guide.
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"Norman Dietz narrates each of these essays on America with an ear for the significance of the locale being described. The author begins his tour of great American places with the National Mall. At the end, he visits the Mall of America and the first enclosed mall. In between, he considers such landmarks as the Gateway Arch, the Alamo, and Yellowstone National Park. The author gives listeners a sense of the history behind each national treasure, for example, explaining how urban planning created the grand view from the National Mall and how the Liberty Bell was saved. If listeners want to see the sites, there's a list of web links to each destination and nearby attractions. If not, Dietz take listeners on an aural journey through American culture and history. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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