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5 New Books for American History Lovers

I love history. I love it enough that I spent my college years reading it, writing about it, and listening to other history lovers talk about it. History comes in all stripes: Interested in the history of hip hop or rock? Great! As for me, my great loves are oral history and the history of photography. Some of my favorite afternoons were spent listening to my great-aunt's stories about her childhood and our loved ones. But, I can talk your ear off about photograpy's role in social causes.

Although I am now working on a master's degree in a completely unrelated field, when I have a break from my studies, I find myself drawn to what I consider my first great love. Fortunately, Richland Library has a great selection of newly published histories.


Alexis Says: Words From the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents
Amazon Says: The founding fathers (a term created by Warren G. Harding for his "front porch campaign" of 1920) felt that coining words and creating new uses for old ones was part of their more...
Amazon Says: The founding fathers (a term created by Warren G. Harding for his "front porch campaign" of 1920) felt that coining words and creating new uses for old ones was part of their role in creating a new American culture and language, distinct from the proscriptive King's English. Noah Webster called the creation of such Americanisms "acts of defiance," along with such radical ideas as universal literacy and public libraries. Ever since, American presidents have enriched our vocabulary with words, phrases, and concepts that weve put to general use. Acclaimed lexicographer Paul Dickson has compiled the first collection of new words and lexical curiosities originating on Pennsylvania Avenue. Organized chronologically, each entry contains the definition, etymology, and a brief essay placing the word or phrase in its cultural context. From Washington (tin can) and Jefferson (who alone gets credit for some one hundred coinages, including belittle and the expression holding the bag), to Lincoln (relocate) and Teddy Roosevelt (bully pulpit), to Ike (mulligan) and Obama (Snowmageddon), they collectively provide an illuminating tour of more than two centuries of our history. Bloviate ... lunatic fringe ... iffy ... military industrial complex ... Anglophobia ... kitchen cabinet ... public relations ... ottoman ... pedicure ... point well taken ... personal shopper ... normalcy less...
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