Its 237 site essays cover historic towns and districts, monuments to events and people, and the birthplaces and homes of noteworthy individuals in politics, the military, science, education, and the arts.
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Many of the greatest events in American history-both tragedies and triumphs-are intimately tied in the public consciousness to the places where they occurred: Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Tombstone, Little Bighorn, Pearl Harbor, Manzanar, Little Rock Central High School, Camp David. Other sites serve as reminders of the tremendous growth and progress of the United States from colonial times to the end of the twentieth century: Jamestown, Plymouth, Williamsburg, Wall Street, the Brooklyn Bridge, Harlem, Hollywood, Los Alamos. America's Historic Sites celebrates these places and many more that helped shape the nation. Together, these sites weave a rich tapestry representing the American experience and provide an interesting departure for studying both history and geography.
America's Historic Sites is arranged by state, including a chapter on the District of Columbia. Each of the fifty-one chapters begins with a history that provides a broad outline of the state from its establishment to modern times and features a state map showing the locations of all the sites covered in the essays that follow. Also included is a section on Other Historic Sites, which lists in brief other points of historical interest in the state.
The 237 site entries include:
Date: the founding date of cities, the date a site was established, the date
of an event
Relevant Issues: the subject matter associated with the site
Significance: why the site is historically important
Location: a sense of where the site can be found within the city or state
Site office: address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and Web site
Essay: with informative subheads to guide the researcher
For Further Information: annotated bibliographic sources for further study
Subject categories include African American History, American Indian History, Art and Architecture, Asian American History, Aviation History, Business and Industry, Civil War, Colonial America, Cultural History, Disasters and Tragedies, Education, European Settlement, Latino History, Legal History, Literary History, Military History, Naval History, Political History, Religion, Revolutionary War, Science and Technology, Social Reform, Sports, Vietnam War, Western Expansion, Women's History, World War I, World War II.