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By: Kevin Hillstrom Library binding. 229 pages. 2013. 978-0-7808-1323-6.
Provides a detailed account of the American Civil War and the importance of the Battle of Gettysburg. Examines the forces that contributed to the war; early military battles and the Battle of Gettysburg; and the legacy of the Civil War. Also includes biographies, primary sources, chronology, glossary, bibliography, and index.
Web Price: $49.00
By: Sandra J. Judd Library binding. 655 pages. 2013. 978-0-7808-1263-5.
Provides basic consumer health information about health conditions of concern to men, along with tips for maintaining physical and mental wellness. Includes index, glossary of related terms, and other resources.
Web Price: $85.00
The 1960s was a decade of alienation and rebellion for millions of American young people, and many sought to set themselves apart from mainstream culture. For years, this American counterculture evolved without any real sense of its own size or strength, but in August 1969 an event took place that showed just how much the nation’s young rebels were changing American society. The event was Woodstock, a three-day rock music festival that was held on the upstate New York property of dairy farmer Max Yasgur. To the disbelief of the concert organizers and the nation, the festival attracted as many as half a million people. And while the event itself was famously marred by rainstorms, bad drug trips, and musical performances that were pushed back into the middle of the night, it became even better known for the spirit of love and fellowship that prevailed on Yasgur’s farm, which many saw as a powerful symbol of peace and brotherhood in a troubled world.
Throughout the 1960s, Joan Baez had lent her beautiful voice to the civil rights and anti-war movement, and she was the undisputed headliner of Woodstock’s opening night. A biography of Joan Baez is provided in this selection from Defining Moments: Woodstock.
Additional information about the events leading up to and following Woodstock, along with biographies of other key figures and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: Woodstock.
Posted: August 11, 2014
On the night of June 17, 1972, police arrested five men for breaking into and burglarizing the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, located in the Watergate Hotel complex in Washington, D.C. What no one knew at the time is that the trail of this seemingly insignificant crime would be traced back to the most powerful person in the country—Richard M. Nixon, the president of the United States. For two years, President Nixon and his aides engaged in desperate political combat and legal maneuvering in order to save themselves from the consequences of the Watergate scandal. But after months of dramatic revelations about criminal activity in the Nixon White House, and facing near-certain impeachment by Congress, the president accepted his fate and became the first, and to this day only, person to resign the presidency. The scandal-weary nation greeted the news of Nixon’s resignation with, anger, sorrow, and some relief, though his resignation and the events that precipitated it would forever change the American public’s relationship with its government.
On August 8, 1974, President Nixon announced his intention to resign the presidency, to be effective at noon the following day, in a national televised address from the Oval Office. His remarks are provided in this selections from Defining Moments: Watergate.
Additional information about the Watergate scandal and the events leading up to the resignation of President Nixon, plus biographies of the key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: Watergate.
Posted: August 4, 2014