The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Author: Annette Gordon-Reed

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393070033

Category: History

Page: 816

View: 9099

Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize: "[A] commanding and important book." —Jill Lepore, The New Yorker This epic work—named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, Time, the Los Angeles Times, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a notable book by the New York Times—tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family’s dispersal after Jefferson’s death in 1826.

We were eight years in power

Eine amerikanische Tragödie

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446259805

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

View: 4057

Mit Barack Obama sollte die amerikanische Gesellschaft ihren jahrhundertealten Rassismus überwinden. Am Ende seiner Amtszeit zerschlugen sich die Reste dieser Hoffnung mit der Machtübernahme Donald Trumps, den Ta-Nehisi Coates als "Amerikas ersten weißen Präsidenten" bezeichnet: ein Mann, dessen politische Existenz in der Abgrenzung zu Obama besteht. Coates zeichnet ein bestechend kluges und leidenschaftliches Porträt der Obama-Ära und ihres Vermächtnisses – ein essenzielles Werk zum Verständnis der Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft der USA, von einem Autor, dessen eigene Geschichte jener acht Jahre von einem Arbeitsamt in Harlem bis ins Oval Office führte, wo er den Präsidenten interviewte.

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

An American Controversy

Author: Annette Gordon-Reed

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813933560

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 9815

When Annette Gordon-Reed's groundbreaking study was first published, rumors of Thomas Jefferson's sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings had circulated for two centuries. Among all aspects of Jefferson's renowned life, it was perhaps the most hotly contested topic. The publication of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings intensified this debate by identifying glaring inconsistencies in many noted scholars' evaluations of the existing evidence. In this study, Gordon-Reed assembles a fascinating and convincing argument: not that the alleged thirty-eight-year liaison necessarily took place but rather that the evidence for its taking place has been denied a fair hearing. Friends of Jefferson sought to debunk the Hemings story as early as 1800, and most subsequent historians and biographers followed suit, finding the affair unthinkable based upon their view of Jefferson's life, character, and beliefs. Gordon-Reed responds to these critics by pointing out numerous errors and prejudices in their writings, ranging from inaccurate citations, to impossible time lines, to virtual exclusions of evidence—especially evidence concerning the Hemings family. She demonstrates how these scholars may have been misguided by their own biases and may even have tailored evidence to serve and preserve their opinions of Jefferson. This updated edition of the book also includes an afterword in which the author comments on the DNA study that provided further evidence of a Jefferson and Hemings liaison.00 Possessing both a layperson's unfettered curiosity and a lawyer's logical mind, Annette Gordon-Reed writes with a style and compassion that are irresistible. Each chapter revolves around a key figure in the Hemings drama, and the resulting portraits are engrossing and very personal. Gordon-Reed also brings a keen intuitive sense of the psychological complexities of human relationships—relationships that, in the real world, often develop regardless of status or race. The most compelling element of all, however, is her extensive and careful research, which often allows the evidence to speak for itself. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy is the definitive look at a centuries-old question that should fascinate general readers and historians alike.

Sie schufen Amerika

die Gründergeneration von John Adams bis George Washington

Author: Joseph J. Ellis

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406528293

Category:

Page: 372

View: 8364

Verfahren eingestellt

Roman

Author: Claudio Magris

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446256040

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 1033

Für sein “Kriegsmuseum zum Zwecke des Friedens” sammelt ein Mann in Triest Kriegsgeräte aller Art. Sie erzählen die Geschichten derer, die damit getötet haben oder getötet wurden. Als Jahre später das Museum bei einem Brand zerstört wird, versucht Luisa, Tochter einer Jüdin und eines afroamerikanischen Leutnants, es zu rekonstruieren. Dabei wird nicht nur die Geschichte ihrer Vorfahren zwischen Diaspora und Sklaverei wieder lebendig, sondern auch die von San Sabba, dem einzigen Konzentrationslager Italiens. Doch die Kraft des Vergessens erscheint ungeheuer: die Verbrechen wurden vertuscht, die Verfahren eingestellt. Gestützt auf eine wahre Geschichte hat Claudio Magris ein gewaltiges Epos geschrieben.

Wild Tales

Ein Rock'n'Roll-Leben

Author: Graham Nash

Publisher: Edel:Books

ISBN: 3841902820

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 8782

Graham Nash, Sänger und Songwriter der Hollies, Mitglied der Supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, begab sich in den 60er-Jahren auf die Reise von Nordengland über das Swinging London bis zum Sonnenstaat Kalifornien. Auf seinem Weg schuf er viele der Kulthits, die eine ganze Generation prägten, darunter 'Bus Stop', 'Carrie Anne', 'Marrakesh Express', 'Teach Your Children'. In seiner Autobiografie berichtet Nash von seiner Kindheit und Jugend im tristen Nachrkriegs-Manchester, wo er in Armut aufwuchs, von der Gründung der Hollies zusmamen mit seinem Schulfreund Allen Clarke und dem ungeahnten Erfolg, den sie hatten; von der Freundschaft zu den Mitgliedern der wichtigsten Brit-Bands der 60er einschließlich der Beatles, Stones und Kinks; von seiner Umzug nach Amerika und seiner Beziehung zu Joni Mitchel (für die er den Song „Our House“ schrieb); von seinem Status als Superstar mit David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Liebe, Sex, Eifersucht, Drogen, Musik – mit „Wild Tales“ ist Nash eine der großen Rock ́n ́Roll-Legenden gelungen, geschrieben von einem Isider, der nicht sogar zweimal in die Rock and Roll Hall of Fame aufgenommen wurde.

Die Liebe in diesen Zeiten

Roman

Author: Chris Cleave

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423431601

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 5602

»Jemanden zu lieben, hieß zu erkennen, wie allein man vorher gewesen war.« London bei Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkriegs. Wie so viele andere meldet sich die junge Mary North zur Truppenunterstu ̈tzung, denn sie sieht darin die Chance, ihr Leben selbstbewusst in die Hand zu nehmen. Während die ersten Bomben fallen, engagiert sie sich als Hilfslehrerin und lernt Tom kennen. Als sie wenig später jedoch Toms Freund Alistair begegnet, fu ̈hlt sie sich augenblicklich zu ihm hingezogen – aber Alistair muss zuru ̈ck an die Front. Während die Welt in Schutt und Asche versinkt, geben allein ihre Briefe den beiden Liebenden Halt.

Die unbarmherzige Revolution

Eine Geschichte des Kapitalismus

Author: Joyce Appleby

Publisher: Murmann Verlag DE

ISBN: 3867741603

Category: Political Science

Page: 600

View: 9248

In ihrer großen Geschichte des Kapitalismus erzählt Joyce Appleby die Geschichte unseres Wirtschaftssystems: von den großen Entdeckungen der Portugiesen, vom Sklavenhandel über die industrielle Revolution bis zur Globalisierung der Gegenwart, und beschreibt schließlich unsere ökonomische und auch kulturelle Identität, die so sehr vom Kapitalismus geprägt ist. Messerscharf seziert sie die guten und die schlechten Seiten des Kapitalismus und beschreibt, was der Kapitalismus mit den Menschen macht. Eine mitreißende Lektüre für alle, die von der "unbarmherzigen Revolution" profitieren oder an ihr verzweifeln.

Die Sache mit dem Glück

Author: Matthew Quick

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644310513

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 5484

New-York-Times-Bestsellerautor Matthew Quick hat nach «Silver Linings» eine witzige und zärtliche Geschichte über Glück, Familie, Freundschaft, Trauer, Akzeptanz und Richard Gere geschrieben. Bartholomew hat immer bei seiner Mutter gelebt. Als sie stirbt, muss er plötzlich allein zurechtkommen. Aber das sagt sich so leicht. Bartholomew ist 39. Beim Aufräumen ihres Schlafzimmers findet er einen Brief von Richard Gere wieder. Darin ruft der Hollywoodstar zum Boykott der Olympischen Spiele in Peking auf, wegen Tibet. Der Brief muss Mom viel bedeutet haben, sonst hätte sie ihn nicht in ihrer Unterwäscheschublade aufbewahrt. Nun versteht Bartholomew auch, warum sie ihn in ihren letzten Tagen, als sie schon sehr durcheinander war, immer nur «Richard» genannt hat. Er beschließt, dem Schauspieler Briefe zu schreiben. Über Moms Theorie vom Glück, über Außerirdische, Buddhismus und die Liebe zu Katzen. Und über die junge Bibliothekarin, die er schon seit Jahren einmal ansprechen möchte. Bis jetzt hat Richard Gere noch nicht geantwortet, aber Bartholomew ist sicher, er wird ihm bei seinem Neuanfang helfen. Ein höchst unterhaltsamer und inspirierender Roman, der einen über die Gründe des Universums nachgrübeln und über die Kraft der Güte und der Liebe staunen lässt. Graeme Simsion, der Autor des Bestsellers «Das Rosie-Projekt», urteilte: «Die Sache mit dem Glück ist genau das, was ich von Matthew Quick erwartet habe: originell, fesselnd, erhebend.» 2015 wird der Roman in den USA von Jonathan Dayton und Valerie Faris verfilmt, den doppelten Oscar-Gewinnern des Erfolgsfilms «Little Miss Sunshine».

Andrew Johnson

The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869

Author: Annette Gordon-Reed

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429924610

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 3512

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian recounts the tale of the unwanted president who ran afoul of Congress over Reconstruction and was nearly removed from office Andrew Johnson never expected to be president. But just six weeks after becoming Abraham Lincoln's vice president, the events at Ford's Theatre thrust him into the nation's highest office. Johnson faced a nearly impossible task—to succeed America's greatest chief executive, to bind the nation's wounds after the Civil War, and to work with a Congress controlled by the so-called Radical Republicans. Annette Gordon-Reed, one of America's leading historians of slavery, shows how ill-suited Johnson was for this daunting task. His vision of reconciliation abandoned the millions of former slaves (for whom he felt undisguised contempt) and antagonized congressional leaders, who tried to limit his powers and eventually impeached him. The climax of Johnson's presidency was his trial in the Senate and his acquittal by a single vote, which Gordon-Reed recounts with drama and palpable tension. Despite his victory, Johnson's term in office was a crucial missed opportunity; he failed the country at a pivotal moment, leaving America with problems that we are still trying to solve.

Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia

An Encyclopedia

Author: Daina Ramey Berry Ph.D.,Deleso A. Alford

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313349096

Category: Social Science

Page: 381

View: 3638

This singular reference provides an authoritative account of the daily lives of enslaved women in the United States, from colonial times to emancipation following the Civil War. Through essays, photos, and primary source documents, the female experience is explored, and women are depicted as central, rather than marginal, figures in history. • Dozens of photos of former enslaved women • Detailed historical timeline • Numerous rare primary documents, including runaway slave advertisements and even a plantation recipe for turtle soup • Profiles of noted female slaves and their works

The United States of the United Races

A Utopian History of Racial Mixing

Author: Greg Carter

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081477251X

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 6196

Barack Obama’s historic presidency has re-inserted mixed race into the national conversation. While the troubled and pejorative history of racial amalgamation throughout U.S. history is a familiar story, The United States of the United Races reconsiders an understudied optimist tradition, one which has praised mixture as a means to create a new people, bring equality to all, and fulfill an American destiny. In this genealogy, Greg Carter re-envisions racial mixture as a vehicle for pride and a way for citizens to examine mixed America as a better America. Tracing the centuries-long conversation that began with Hector St. John de Crevecoeur’s Letters of an American Farmer in the 1780s through to the Mulitracial Movement of the 1990s and the debates surrounding racial categories on the U.S. Census in the twenty-first century, Greg Carter explores a broad range of documents and moments, unearthing a new narrative that locates hope in racial mixture. Carter traces the reception of the concept as it has evolved over the years, from and decade to decade and century to century, wherein even minor changes in individual attitudes have paved the way for major changes in public response. The United States of the United Races sweeps away an ugly element of U.S. history, replacing it with a new understanding of race in America.

Die Musik der verlorenen Kinder

Roman

Author: Mary Morris

Publisher: Aufbau Digital

ISBN: 3841211429

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 7506

Die Musik war ihre einzige Liebe – bis sie einander fanden. Amerika, um 1920: Fasziniert von der neuen Musik, die ganz Chicago erobert, widersetzt sich Benny Lehrman dem Willen seines Vaters und kämpft darum, Pianist werden zu dürfen. Im Nachtclub der Familie der jungen Pearl findet er Zuflucht, Freundschaft – und erlebt seine erste Liebe. Doch schon bald steht er vor der Wahl zwischen der Musik und denen, die ihm nahestehen. Das dramatische Schicksal zweier Familien in den Roaring Twenties – so mitreißend wie eine Nacht voller Musik. „Eine schillernde Geschichte voller Poesie und Feuer.“ New York Times.

In Defense of Thomas Jefferson

The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal

Author: William G. Hyland, Jr.

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429969260

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 9619

The belief that Thomas Jefferson had an affair and fathered a child (or children) with slave Sally Hemings---and that such an allegation was proven by DNA testing—has become so pervasive in American popular culture that it is not only widely accepted but taught to students as historical fact. But as William G. Hyland Jr. demonstrates, this "fact" is nothing more than the accumulation of salacious rumors and irresponsible scholarship over the years, much of it inspired by political grudges, academic opportunism, and the trend of historical revisionism that seeks to drag the reputation of the Founding Fathers through the mud. In this startling and revelatory argument, Hyland shows not only that the evidence against Jefferson is lacking, but that in fact he is entirely innocent of the charge of having sexual relations with Hemings. Historians have the wrong Jefferson. Hyland, an experienced trial lawyer, presents the most reliable historical evidence while dissecting the unreliable, and in doing so he cuts through centuries of unsubstantiated charges. The author reminds us that the DNA tests identified Eston Hemings, Sally's youngest child, as being merely the descendant of a "Jefferson male." Randolph Jefferson, the president's wayward, younger brother with a reputation for socializing among the Monticello slaves, emerges as the most likely of several possible candidates. Meanwhile, the author traces the evolution of this rumor about Thomas Jefferson back to the allegation made by one James Callendar, a "drunken ruffian" who carried a grudge after unsuccessfully lobbying the president for a postmaster appointment---and who then openly bragged of ruining Jefferson's reputation. Hyland also delves into Hemings family oral histories that go against the popular rumor, as well as the ways in which the Jefferson rumors were advanced by less-than-historical dramas and by flawed scholarly research often shaped by political agendas. Reflecting both a layperson's curiosity and a lawyer's precision, Hyland definitively puts to rest the allegation of the thirty-eight-year liaison between Jefferson and Hemings. In doing so, he reclaims the nation's third president from the arena of Hollywood-style myth and melodrama and gives his readers a unique opportunity to serve as jurors on this enduringly fascinating episode in American history.

The Republic of Nature

An Environmental History of the United States

Author: Mark Fiege

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295804149

Category: History

Page: 520

View: 8524

In the dramatic narratives that comprise The Republic of Nature, Mark Fiege reframes the canonical account of American history based on the simple but radical premise that nothing in the nation's past can be considered apart from the natural circumstances in which it occurred. Revisiting historical icons so familiar that schoolchildren learn to take them for granted, he makes surprising connections that enable readers to see old stories in a new light. Among the historical moments revisited here, a revolutionary nation arises from its environment and struggles to reconcile the diversity of its people with the claim that nature is the source of liberty. Abraham Lincoln, an unlettered citizen from the countryside, steers the Union through a moment of extreme peril, guided by his clear-eyed vision of nature's capacity for improvement. In Topeka, Kansas, transformations of land and life prompt a lawsuit that culminates in the momentous civil rights case of Brown v. Board of Education. By focusing on materials and processes intrinsic to all things and by highlighting the nature of the United States, Fiege recovers the forgotten and overlooked ground on which so much history has unfolded. In these pages, the nation's birth and development, pain and sorrow, ideals and enduring promise come to life as never before, making a once-familiar past seem new. The Republic of Nature points to a startlingly different version of history that calls on readers to reconnect with fundamental forces that shaped the American experience. For more information, visit the author's website: http://republicofnature.com/

At the Precipice

Americans North and South During the Secession Crisis

Author: Shearer Davis Bowman

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807833924

Category: History

Page: 379

View: 7287

Bowman explores the different ways in which Americans, North and South, black and white, understood their interests, rights, and honor during the secession period. He examines the lives and thoughts of key figures and provides an especially vivid glimpse into what less famous men and women in both sections thought about themselves and the worlds in which they lived, and how their thoughts informed their actions during this time. Both sides glorified the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, yet they interpreted those sacred documents in markedly different ways and held very different notions of what constituted "American" values.