Alice L. George
Alice L. George
Historian and Author

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THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY

One of the most stunning events of the 20th Century, John F. Kennedy's assassination remains a source of fascination for Americans of many generations. Those who were over the age of 5 when Kennedy was slain likely will always remember the dark days surrounding his death and his funeral. This book provides a concise look at how the murder touched the lives of people across the United States and how it continues to serve as an apparently unsolvable mystery.

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AWAITING ARMAGEDDON

Americans of the early 1960s lived with the possibility of a gigantic nuclear war that could turn much of the world into dust. Widespread deaths in the United States and the Soviet Union were an anticipated outcome. The Cuban Missile Crisis brought the threat of nuclear war into every American home. This book examines American expectations of nuclear war as well as their reactions to the crisis.

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THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS

Histories of the Cuban Missile Crisis are typically long, complicated works that rely heavily on White House tapes and recently opened Soviet archives. This book provides a simpler, more concise history of the crisis and its outcome.

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OLD CITY PHILADELPHIA

In a very real sense, the United States began in Old City Philadelphia, where the Continental Congress met to approve the Declaration of Independence and where the U.S. constition first came to life. This history of Old City follows the neighborhood's transformation from a quiet collection of colonial homes to a national center to a site of urban renewal and finally, to an urban neighborhood buzzing with new life. 

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SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

Social History of the United States is a cornerstone reference that tells the story of 20th-century America, examining the interplay of policies, events, and everyday life in each decade of the 1900s with unmatched authority, clarity, and insight.

Spanning ten volumes and featuring the work of some of the foremost social historians working today, Social History of the United States bridges the gap between 20th-century history as it played out on the grand stage and history as it affected--and was affected by--citizens at the grassroots level. Covering each decade in a separate volume, this exhaustive work draws on the most compelling scholarship to identify important themes and institutions, explore daily life and working conditions across the economic spectrum, and examine all aspects of the American experience from a citizen's-eye view. Casting the spotlight on those whom history often leaves in the dark, Social History of the United States is an essential addition to any library collection.

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The city of Philadelphia is a road map to history. From Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution received approval to Liberty Place, the first building to grow taller than the tip of William Penn's hat on top of City Hall, the city's history-making sites are invitations to learn about Philadelphia history and its role in history. This book reviews the history of important Philadelphia landmarks, and the prose is augmented by 21st Century photographs of the sights to see in Philadelphia.