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The Forty Years That Created America

Author: Edward M. Lamont
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442236604
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In this book, author Ted Lamont asks us to reconsider our country’s formative years, and explore the stories, lives, achievements, and failures of America’s earliest founding fathers: those who paved the way for the Colonial Era, and the American Revolution.

Splendiferous Speech

Author: Rosemarie Ostler
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 0912777079
Size: 15.33 MB
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What does it mean to talk like an American? According to John Russell Bartlett's 1848 Dictionary of Americanisms, it means indulging in outlandish slang—splendiferous, scrumptious, higgledy-piggledy—and free-and-easy word creation—demoralize, lengthy, gerrymander. American English is more than just vocabulary, though. It's a picturesque way of talking that includes expressions like go the whole hog, and the wild boasts of frontiersman Davy Crockett, who claimed to be "half horse, half alligator, and a touch of the airthquake." Splendiferous Speech explores the main sources of the American vernacular—the expanding western frontier, the bumptious world of politics, and the sensation-filled pages of popular 19th-century newspapers. It's a process that started with the earliest English colonists (first word adoption—the Algonquian raccoon) and follows Americans as they learn to declare linguistic independence and embrace their own brand of speech. For anyone who wonders how we got from the English of King James to the slang of the Internet, it's an exhilarating ride.

The Brief American Pageant A History Of The Republic Volume I To 1877

Author: David M. Kennedy
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 128519330X
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THE BRIEF AMERICAN PAGEANT presents a concise and vivid chronological narrative, focusing on the central themes and great public debates that have dominated American history. Colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and the text’s trademark wit are all evident throughout. The strong historical narrative is highlighted by focus questions, chapter outlines and summaries, marginal glossaries, and special features such as “Makers of America”, “Examining the Evidence”, and “Thinking Globally”. Also available in the following split options: Volume I: To 1877 (Chapters 1-22), ISBN: 9781285193304; Volume II: Since 1865 (Chapters 22-41), ISBN: 9781285193311. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.