By Richard Hofstadter, Beatrice K. Hofstadter
Original yr of publication: 1969; 1982
The 3rd quantity in nice concerns In American background, From Reconstruction to the current Day is now up-to-date and revised to incorporate one other decade of yankee heritage. Beatrice okay. Hofstadter, spouse of the overdue Richard Hofstadter and herself an historian who labored with him heavily at the unique variation, has additional a brand new part masking 1970 to 1981 and rearranged different sections within the mild of what has considering the fact that proved to be of lasting value. This number of major files in American background now is going from Lincoln's Proclamation at the Wade-Davis invoice on July eight, 1864, to Reagan's tackle on fingers keep an eye on Negotiations on November 18, 1981.
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