American History ebooks Library
Links to history sites I
used in my research (a web page will open with the links listed).
History bored me until William Strauss and Neil Howe came along.
History meant nothing to me, until these two men created the phenomenal books Generations and The Fourth Turning (to learn more about Strauss and Howe, please visit them at their main web site www.lifecourse.com. Also, you can visit my generations page to see more of their work.) Once I began delving into their work I became fascinated with American History. This page is dedicated to ebooks in American History.
ebooks are a researchers dream. They are searchable and can be annotated with ease. Take Adobe Acrobat for instance. (my personal favorite). I can load an ebook in adobe and while I'm reading I can highlight passages just like a regular book. The big difference being, when I'm done with the ebook, I can tell Adobe to create a report based on my highlights. Boom. In a few seconds I have all my notes in a consolidated report. I've literally saved hours and hours of productivity time.
ebooks also provide a searching tool that is so vital in a researchers world; the ability to search text quickly. When I'm writing a paper or a book, I make statements that I usually want to back up with hard evidence. Sure, there's times I can remember which author I need to support my statement or which book the evidence is in. However, I can't remember exactly where it is in the book. The result is having to search manually through the book to look for the passage or the quote. Not my favorite task. I consider it a waste of time because I know that there's a better way.
I want to spend my time writing and reading. Not searching for a quote. With ebooks, it's instantaneous. Plug in a few words that represent the evidence I'm looking for and click search. Boom. There it is. Furthermore, I can cut and paste it into my paper without having to type it. One of the many things a researcher worries about is misquoting someone. With the cut n paste feature, it's not possible to misquote anyone. And, again. it saves so much time.
Lastly, ebooks are so cheap at the moment, it's ridiculous. I just bought 3000 for $29.95. Many are free. What I want to convey to you is that this will not last. This is a cycle and the cycle will correct itself. Many new inventions are given away or sold very cheaply to get people to try them or, like most ebooks that are in the public domain there's no one that needs to collect royalties. Many people have tried this model on the internet since its inception, especially software makers. That model is: Give it away for free. In the case of software, that is changing. Many software writers have conformed to the standard of giving away a 'lite' version or stripped down version of their software. Then, they hope you'll buy the full version at later date. No one knew that this would be the model back in the beginning of the Net. This model took years to manifest. The same model is manifesting in articles and papers on the net. Writers are giving you a piece of the article, then if you want to subscribe to the web site or pay a nominal fee for the rest of the article, you do. It's an upgrade.
The same will happen to ebooks, except in a different way.
Since the ebook itself is not proprietary, there are several things that will probably take place. 1) It won't be about the books, it'll be about the table of contents and the indexing. For example: Project Gutenberg is a massive project. It's been in place since 1970. You can read about it at their web site. It's quite fascinating. But, what this project has enabled people to do is compile massive amounts of ebooks, burn them onto CD-ROM's and sell them. Earlier I said I bought 3000 books for 29.95. That was from this project. Someone collected them, burned them, and began selling them. Then it explodes exponentially. A business opportunity is born that anyone can do from their desk top.
What hasn't been done to these CD-ROM's full of ebooks, is comprehensive organization. Something that can be used by researchers, teachers, business and everyday users. When you buy the CD-ROM it is organized with the Gutenberg index. Basically, you unzip the books and place them on your hard drive or just access them from the CD-ROM as needed. How do you access them though? How are you supposed to know what is what? Your given a searchable database. Put in the author or the book and search. The result is found and the title of the book has a corresponding number. Search again to find the number, because that's how all the books are stored: by numbers, not authors or titles. This is useless.
The true value will come from these databases when they are better organized. But that takes time. Lots and lots and lots of time. I'm currently organizing the 3000 books I bought. I'm doing 10 a day. I'll be done in three months. So, now you see what I mean about the time. The value is in having a concise, searchable and readable TOC and Index.
I have found some people who are selling ebooks on CD-ROM's, on the Internet. They are usually categorized by subject. like, American History. They may have 400 or 100 or 800, titles. The ones worth buying are the ones that are already in a searchable easy to read format and there aren't many of them. Moreover, the interesting part is that the TOC and the Indexes are copyrighted! There's the value!
The TOC on this page is copyrighted and here are the credits:
The Table of Contents for this site includes the work of "B&R Samizdat Express" Please visit their online store. I can vouch for there products! They have a TOC! Very valuable. (Copyright © 2003 Richard Seltzer)
Like I said, this cheap pricing will not last. I encourage you to get them
why the goings good. They will not be around 10-15 years from now at these
prices. I really wonder if it will even take that long.
This web page is dedicated to ebooks about American History.
Feel free to download them for free. All books are in Text format and can be read with any ebook reader or word processing software program.
This TOC is the work of Richard Seltzer (Copyright © 2003 Richard Seltzer) "B&R Samizdat Express" (Excellent work Richard!)
Please visit Richard's online store at http://store.yahoo.com/samizdat. I can vouch for his products!
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A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia by Thomas Hariot
European Background of American History 1300-1600 by Edward Potts Cheyney
The Whole History of Grandfather's Chair or True Stories form New England History 1620-1808 by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Mayflower and Her Log, July 15, 1620 - May 6, 1621, Chiefly from Original Sources, by Azel Ames
The Conquest of the Old Southwest: The Romantic Story of the Early Pioneers into Virginia, The Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky 1740-1790, by Archibald Henderson
The Jesuits in North America in the 17th Century by Francis Parkman
The Sotweed Factor by Ebenezer Cook (poem which was the source
of the novel by John Barth, set mainly in colonial Maryland)
Diary and Letters of Madame d'Arblay (2 of 3 volumes)
Sketch of the Life of General Francis Marion by William Dobein James
Original Writings of Samuel Adams
American Pioneers and Patriots: David Crockett: His Life and Adventures by John Abbott
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
The Life and Adventures of Major Roger Sherman Potter by Pheleg van Trusedale
The Life of George Washington, Volume 1, by Washington Irving
John Marshall And The Constitution, A Chronicle Of The Supreme Court by Edward S. Corwin
Minnesota and Dacotah: in letters descriptive of a tour through the northwest in the autumn of 1856 by C.C. Andrews
On Nullification and the Force Bill, speech by John C. Calhoun, February 15, 1833 (short)
On the Expunging Resolution, speech by Thomas Hart Benton, January 12, 1837 (short)
On the Expunging Resolutions, speech by Henry Clay, January 16, 1837 (short)
On the Seminole War, speech by Henry Clay, January 19, 1819 (short)
Lincoln; An Account of His Personal Life, Especially of Its Springs of Action as Revealed and Deepened by the Ordeal of War by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
Lincoln's Yarns and Stories: A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes that made Abraham Lincoln Famous as America's Greatest Story Teller, With Introduction and Anecdotes By Colonel Alexander K. McClure
Our American Cousin, a drama, in 3 acts, by Tom Taylor. Abraham Lincoln was watching this play when he was assassinated, (Act III, halfway through Scene 2.)
Writings of Abraham Lincoln
Andersonville: a Story of Rebel Military Prisons by John McElroy
Captains of the Civil War: a Chronicle of the Blue and the Gray by William Wood
Memoirs of General William T. Sherman
The Great Conspiracy, a History of the Civil War by John Logan
Military Reminiscences of the Civil War by Jacob Cox
The Life, Crime, and Capture of John Wilkes Booth by George Alfred Townsend
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
Personal Memoirs of Philip Henry Sheridan
Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee by his son Captain Robert E. Lee
After Civil War
America Through the Spectacles of an Oriental Diplomat by Wu Tingfang
Four Months in a Sneak-Box: a Boat Voyage Down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers 1874-75 by Nathaniel Bishop
History of the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson by Edmund G. Ross
How Members of Congress are Bribed. An Open Letter. A Protest and a Petition. From a Citizen of California to the United States Congress by Joseph H. Moore. (short)
Memoir of the Proposed Territory of Arizona by Sylvester Mowry
The Sequel to Appomatox: a Chronicle of the Reunion of the States by Walter Lynwood Fleming
Thiry-one Years on the Plains and in the Mountains by William F. Drannan
Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak or Black Hawk by Black Hawk (re: Black Hawk War of 1832)
Introduction to the Mortuary Customs of North Americna Indians
Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest by Katharine Berry Judson
Treatise on the Six-Nation Indians by James Bovell MacKenzie
The Future of the Colored Race in America by William Aikman (written during the Civil War) (short)
Historical Documents (all short, except Inaugural Addresses, State of the Union Speeches, and Roosevelt's Fireside Chat, which are book-length)
Articles of Confederation
After the Civil War
World War II
Combat Chronology of US Army Air Forces
Documents Relevant to France's Response to Germany's Invasion of Poland 1939
Documents Relevant to Great Britain's Response to Germany's Invasion of Poland 1939
Documents Relevant to the Alliance of German, Japan, and Italy
Documents Relevant to the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor 1941
After World War II
Viet Nam War
The City that Was: a Requiem of Old San Francisco by Will Irwin (short)
The March of Portola and hte Discovery of the Bay of San Francisco by Zoeth Eldredge
Palaces and Courts of the Exposition [in San Francisco] by Juliet James
San Francisco During the Eventful Days of April, 1906 by James Stetson (short)
A Sketch of the Causes, Operations, and Results of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee of 1856 (short) by Sephen Webb
Some Cities and San Francisco and Resurgam by Hubert Howe Bancroft (short)
The Vigilance Committee [of San Francisco] of '56 by James O'Meara
Civil Government for Common Schools (New York State) by Henry Northam
An Essay on the American Contribution to the Democratic Idea by Winston Churchill (American cousin of Sir Winston Churchill)
Fires and Firemen by anonymous, from the Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art 1855
Hero Tales from American History by Henry Cabot Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt
The Old Merchant Marine, a Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors by Ralph Paine
A Parody Outline of History, Wherein may be found a curiously irreverent treatment of American Historical Events, Imagining them as they would be narrated by American's most characteristic contemporary authors, by Donald Stewart
The True Citizen: How to Become One by W.F. Markewick and W.A. Smith
History of the United States from 1492-1910, Volume 1, by Julian Hawthorne
The collection and its indexes are under copyright. Please contact Richard Seltzer first if you are interested in making copies for commercial purposes. firstname.lastname@example.org
(Copyright © 2003 Richard Seltzer)