Americans everywhere felt the terrible effects of the Great Depression, but in the cities, millions of people living in close quarters were thrown out of work and into even deeper poverty than they had known before the economy's collapse. These photographs, which appear in this issue of History Now courtesy of the Lower East Side Tenement...
Thomas G. Andrews discusses his book "Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War" and the interconnection between railroads, coal, and steel in southern Colorado, in particular, through the lense of the Ludlow Massacre. His book is divided into three parts. The first, is on why the transition to fossil fuels like coal mattered in the American west. The second part examines what the rapid increase in the use of coal meant for the coal mining regions. The last section deals with the experience of the actual miners.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, James Duncan Professor of History and director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, examines cloth-making in the colonial era in New England as a household industry, how and why cloth from the eighteenth century was preserved during the colonial revival, and why eighteenth-century women marked the cloth they made with their names and other details of their lives.
Richard Brookhiser, senior editor at National Review, discusses his book, Alexander Hamilton, American. Brookhiser recounts Alexander Hamilton's great successes and tragic failures as Revolutionary, bovernment-shaper, financial genius, and American visionary. He explores Hamilton's impoverished upringing in the Caribbean and describes how Hamilton went on to give birth to American capitalism by developing the country's financial system.
NYU Professor of the Humanities Thomas Bender argues that the idea of American exceptionalism has hobbled the study of American history. Bender traces the study of history from the "men of letters" historians of the nineteenth century up to the present, and explains why a more worldly history curriculum would help students to better understand events throughout American history.