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President Ulysses S Grant 1869 Vintage 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo

Original vintage old photos reproduced into contemporary prints. All photographs are chemically processed in photo labs and in great condition. President Ulysses S Grant 1869 Vintage 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo President Ulysses S Grant 1869 Vintage 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo

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George Washington (American Presidents Series) - Hardcover

A premier leadership scholar and an eighteenth-century expert define the special contributions and qualifications of our first president Revolutionary hero, founding president, and first citizen of the young republic, George Washington was the most illustrious public man of his time, a man whose image today is the result of the careful grooming of his public persona to include the themes of character, self-sacrifice, and destiny. As Washington sought to interpret the Constitution's assignment of powers to the executive branch and to establish precedent for future leaders, he relied on his key advisers and looked to form consensus as the guiding principle of government. His is a legacy of a successful experiment in collective leadership, great initiatives in establishing a strong executive branch, and the formulation of innovative and lasting economic and foreign policies. James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn also trace the arc of Washington's increasing dissatisfaction with public life and the seeds of dissent and political parties that, ironically, grew from his insistence on consensus. In this compelling and balanced biography, Burns and Dunn give us a rich portrait of the man behind the carefully crafted mythology. Product DetailsISBN-13: 9780805069365 Publisher: Holt Henry & Company Inc. Publication Date: 01-07-2004 Pages: 208 Product Dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d) Age Range: 14 - 18 Years Series: American Presidents SeriesAbout the Author James MacGregor Burns was the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Williams College and a senior scholar at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. He was the author of numerous books, including Transforming Leadership, Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom. Susan Dunn is Professor of Humanities at Williams College. She is the author of many books, including Sister Revolutions and The Three Roosevelts (with James MacGregor Burns). Dunn lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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George Washington American President Portrait Bust by Houdon 11H

This portrait bust of George Washington is a timeless replica of the first American US President. Originally created by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon in 1785, Houdon's bust of President Washington was part of a commission by the Virginia legislature to commemorate this great American. Houdon's original work, and a full length sculpture in the Virginia state capitol, are believed by many art historians to be the most authentic rendering of Washington. George Washington Portrait Bust measures 11 in H x 7 in W x 5 in D. Weighs 4.2 lbs. Made from cast resin with a bronze finish and black base. PN 314B

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John Quincy Adams: The American Presidents (American Presidents) - John Quincy Adams: The American Presidents (American Presidents)

A portrait of the early nineteenth-century president documents his career with the House of Representatives, unsuccessful efforts to create a consolidated national government, role as an influential diplomat, contributions to foreign policy, and antislavery campaigns. 40,000 first printing.

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Gerald R. Ford (American Presidents Series) - Hardcover

The "accidental" president whose innate decency and steady hand restored the presidency after its greatest crisisWhen Gerald R. Ford entered the White House in August 1974, he inherited a presidency tarnished by the Watergate scandal, the economy was in a recession, the Vietnam War was drawing to a close, and he had taken office without having been elected. Most observers gave him little chance of success, especially after he pardoned Richard Nixon just a month into his presidency, an action that outraged many Americans, but which Ford thought was necessary to move the nation forward. Many people today think of Ford as a man who stumbled a lot—clumsy on his feet and in politics—but acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley shows him to be a man of independent thought and conscience, who never allowed party loyalty to prevail over his sense of right and wrong. As a young congressman, he stood up to the isolationists in the Republican leadership, promoting a vigorous role for America in the world. Later, as House minority leader and as president, he challenged the right wing of his party, refusing to bend to their vision of confrontation with the Communist world. And after the fall of Saigon, Ford also overruled his advisers by allowing Vietnamese refugees to enter the United States, arguing that to do so was the humane thing to do. Brinkley draws on exclusive interviews with Ford and on previously unpublished documents (including a remarkable correspondence between Ford and Nixon stretching over four decades), fashioning a masterful reassessment of Gerald R. Ford's presidency and his underappreciated legacy to the nation. Product DetailsISBN-13: 9780805069099 Publisher: Holt Henry & Company Inc. Publication Date: 02-06-2007 Pages: 224 Product Dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d) Age Range: 14 - 18 Years Series: American Presidents SeriesAbout the Author Douglas Brinkley is the director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center and professor of history at Tulane University. He is the author of biographies of Henry Ford, Jimmy Carter, Dean Acheson, James Forrestal, John Kerry, and Rosa Parks, and his most recent books include The Reagan Diaries, The Great Deluge, and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc. He is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and American Heritage and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and children.

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Who Is Barack Obama? - Paperback

As the world now knows, Barack Obama has made history as our first African-American president. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this biography is perfect for primary graders looking for a longer, fuller life story than is found in the author's bestselling beginning reader Barack Obama: United States President. Product DetailsISBN-13: 9780448453309 Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group Publication Date: 12-24-2009 Pages: 112 Product Dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d) Age Range: 8 - 12 Years Series: Penguin Who Was...SeriesAbout the Author Roberta Edwards lives in New York, New York. Ken Call lives in Northbrook, Illinois.

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Benjamin Harrison (American Presidents Series) - Hardcover

The scion of a political dynasty ushers in the era of big governmentPolitics was in Benjamin Harrison's blood. His great-grandfather signed the Declaration and his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was the ninth president of the United States. Harrison, a leading Indiana lawyer, became a Republican Party champion, even taking a leave from the Civil War to campaign for Lincoln. After a scandal-free term in the Senate-no small feat in the Gilded Age-the Republicans chose Harrison as their presidential candidate in 1888. Despite losing the popular vote, he trounced the incumbent, Grover Cleveland, in the electoral college. In contrast to standard histories, which dismiss Harrison's presidency as corrupt and inactive, Charles W. Calhoun sweeps away the stereotypes of the age to reveal the accomplishments of our twenty-third president. With Congress under Republican control, he exemplified the activist president, working feverishly to put the Party's planks into law and approving the first billion-dollar peacetime budget. But the Democrats won Congress in 1890, stalling his legislative agenda, and with the First Lady ill, his race for reelection proceeded quietly. (She died just before the election.) In the end, Harrison could not beat Cleveland in their unprecedented rematch.With dazzling attention to this president's life and the social tapestry of his times, Calhoun compellingly reconsiders Harrison's legacy. Product DetailsISBN-13: 9780805069525 Publisher: Holt Henry & Company Inc. Publication Date: 06-06-2005 Pages: 224 Product Dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d) Age Range: 14 - 18 Years Series: American Presidents SeriesAbout the Author Charles W. Calhoun is a professor of history at East Carolina University. A former National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, Calhoun is the author or editor of four books, including The Gilded Age, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He lives in Greenville, North Carolina.

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The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation - Hardcover

A vivid account of leadership focusing on the first four Virginia presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe—from the bestselling historian and author of James Madison.From a small expanse of land on the North American continent came four of the nation's first five presidents—a geographic dynasty whose members led a revolution, created a nation, and ultimately changed the world. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe were born, grew to manhood, and made their homes within a sixty-mile circle east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Friends and rivals, they led in securing independence, hammering out the United States Constitution, and building a working republic. Acting together, they doubled the territory of the United States. From their disputes came American political parties and the weaponizing of newspapers, the media of the day. In this elegantly conceived and insightful new book from bestselling author Lynne Cheney, the four Virginians are not marble icons but vital figures deeply intent on building a nation where citizens could be free.Focusing on the intersecting roles these men played as warriors, intellectuals, and statesmen, Cheney takes us back to an exhilarating time when the Enlightenment opened new vistas for humankind. But even as the Virginians advanced liberty, equality, and human possibility, they held people in slavery and were slaveholders when they died. Lives built on slavery were incompatible with a free and just society; their actions contradicted the very ideals they espoused. They managed nonetheless to pass down those ideals, and they became powerful weapons for ending slavery. They inspired Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and today undergird the freest nation on earth. Taking full measure of strengths and failures in the personal as well as the political lives of the men at the center of this book, Cheney offers a concise and original exploration of how the United States came to be. Read Full OverviewProduct DetailsISBN-13: 9781101980040 Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group Publication Date: 09-22-2020 Pages: 448 Product Dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)About the Author Lynne Cheney is the author and coauthor of twelve books, including six bestsellers about American history for children. The wife of former vice president Dick Cheney, she lives in Wilson, Wyoming.Read an Excerpt One The Warriors From Triumph to Catastrophe On July 2, 1775, a rainy Sunday, George Washington, the newly appointed commander in chief of the American army, arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The next day the weather lifted, and skies were sunny as he inspected troops to the sound of trilling fifes and beating drums. He wore a blue coat faced in a buff-colored wool that matched his vest and breeches. Decorated with shining gold buttons and gilt epaulets, the uniform was part of "the pride and pomp of war" that Washington knew inspired men at arms. It added to the calm, assured demeanor that was key to his leadership, and the men he inspected on that July day were cheered. "It seemed as if the spirit of conquest breathed through the whole army," one of his generals wrote. Washington was an expert at conveying confidence to others, even when he had grave doubts, as he did when he inspected the American troops that Congress had appointed him to command. His army was a motley collection of farmers, mechanics, students, and shopkeepers. They had no uniforms, no standard weapons, and were woefully lacking in military discipline and organization. At Cambridge, Washington began to attend to the multitude of details that would form them into a real army, issuing orders that dealt with everything from keeping track of the number of troops to forbidding gambling. On February 16, 1776, he convened his war council in a Georgian mansion on Brattle Street that served as his headquarters. He was ready to undertake the task for which he had come to Massachusetts: driving the British out of Boston. For more than a year they had occupied the city, and for many months American forces had been keeping them under siege. Congress had instructed Washington to seek approval from generals in his war council before major action, and he proposed an assault on Boston, which the council immediately rejected as too dangerous. Washington, thoroughly disgruntled, agreed to a plan to fortify Dorchester Heights, an elevation overlooking Boston and its harbor, with guns that a tall, brawny twenty-five-year-old named Henry Knox had recently hauled from Fort Ticonderoga. A sustained bombardment from the heights, everyone agreed, had a good chance of bringing the redcoats out. Because troops ascending Dorchester Heights would be vulnerable to enemy fire, Washington used diversions. He placed heavy ordnance at Lamb's Dam, Cobble Hill, and Lechmere Point, all distant from the heights, and ordered bombardments on the nights of March second and third. On the night of March 4, while the boom and flash of cannon captured British attention, three hundred oxcarts weighed down with preassembled barricades moved up the hills, wheels muffled by straw. Teamsters whispered. Three thousand soldiers followed, concealed from British eyes by a fog over Boston Harbor. By the time the troops reached the top, they had broken through the haze into moonlight so clear that they made quick work of constructing fortifications. By dawn, they had built several imposing structures and emplaced ordnance that Henry Knox had dragged from northern New York on the Dorchester hills. The next morning, General William Howe, in command of the British army, saw full-blown fortifications threatening his men and ships. "The rebels have done more in one night than my whole army would have done in months," he was heard to say, and by 8:00 p.m. he and his war council had decided to evacuate the city. On March 17, British ships lifted sail and dropped down the harbor. On March 27 they stood out to sea. Washington confessed to a friend that he could "scarce forbear lamenting" the British withdrawal. His men had been ready for a battle. But the bloodless victory more than pleased his fellow Americans. The Massachusetts Assembly rushed to laud him and Congress resolved to strike a gold medal in his honor. John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, took rhetorical flight, telling Washington, "The Annals of America will record your title to a conspicuous place in the temple of fame." Washington was the hero, the man of the hour, and he looked the part. More than six feet tall, he was muscular yet moved with grace, particularly on horseback. Thomas Jefferson called him "the best horseman of his age." He was also a superb dancer and "very gallant," according to Judge Francis T. Brooke, who noted that Washington always paid particular attention to "the most beautiful and attractive ladies at the balls." Washington's combination of powerful physique and gentlemanly manner was most impressive. When Abigail Adams met him, she scolded her husband, John, for not preparing her adequately. "I thought the one half was not told me." In addition, Washington was wealthy. As the son of a second marriage, he'd had few prospects as a youngster, but after his father died when Washington was eleven and his beloved half brother Lawrence and Lawrence's daughter and widow died when he was in his twenties, he inherited the Mount Vernon estate. He also married wealth in the person of Martha Custis, the five-foot-tall, kind, and capable widow whom he wed in 1759. Years later, John Adams, a more cynical soul than his wife, made a list of what he called Washington's "talents." First was "a handsome face," second, "a tall stature," third, "an elegant form," fourth, "graceful attitudes and movements," and fifth, "a large, imposing fortune." Adams's point that much of what propelled Washington ahead in the world was not earned but given is a fair one, but it should be observed that many a tall, fine-looking rich man has rested on his gifts rather than using them to advance the cause of freedom. In Washington's mind, his gifts and achievements did not make up for what he called his "defective education." In the years before he came into his fortune, his family did not have the means for him to acquire classical knowledge, as his older half brothers had. He grew adept at geometry, a skill crucial for his work as a surveyor, and although he did not study Latin, he became familiar, likely through popular translations, with Rome's history and heroes. Washington learned the ways of the gentleman not only by observing men such as his brother Lawrence, but also by studying etiquette. He copied The Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation, maxims that provided guidelines for a young man striving to be part of Virginia's ruling class: Be respectful of others; be in command of facial expressions, hand gestures, and posture; be in control of emotions. The last was a particular challenge for Washington, who from youth onward was given to notable outbursts of temper. The 110th rule of Civility and Decent Behaviour may have impressed Washington most. "Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience," it read. Throughout Washington's life, people commented on his ongoing effort to do what was right, to strip himself of bias and partiality and act with "disinterestedness." Even critics who came to believe that Washington was ruining the Republic had to acknowledge that he tried to act from honest motives, or as Washington himself put it, with a "consciousness of upright intentions." The praise and admiration that came Washington's way after Boston, pleasing though they were, did nothing to solve the deep problems that plagued his army. But whatever progress he made would not last. Army enlistments, which were for one year, expired at the end of 1776. A short-term army was exactly what Cong

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