The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

Richard Kurin


The Smithsonian establishment is America's greatest, most crucial, and such a lot cherished repository for the gadgets that outline our universal historical past. Now below Secretary for paintings, heritage, and tradition Richard Kurin, aided through a group of best Smithsonian curators and students, has assembled a literary exhibition of a hundred and one items from around the Smithsonian's museums that jointly supply a wonderful new point of view at the background of the United States.

Ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the electronic age, and from the yank Revolution to Vietnam, each one access pairs the attention-grabbing historical past surrounding every one item with the tale of its production or discovery and where it has come to occupy in our nationwide reminiscence. Kurin sheds amazing new mild on gadgets we predict we all know good, from Lincoln's hat to Dorothy's ruby slippers and Julia kid's kitchen, together with the customarily staggering stories of the way every one made its method into the collections of the Smithsonian. different items may be eye-opening new discoveries for plenty of, yet no much less evocative of the main poignant and significant moments of the yankee adventure. a few items, comparable to Harriet Tubman's hymnal, Sitting Bull's ledger, Cesar Chavez's union jacket, and the Enola homosexual bomber, inform tough tales from the nation's heritage, and encourage controversies whilst exhibited on the Smithsonian. Others, from George Washington's sword to the gap travel Discovery, rejoice the richness and power of the yank spirit. In Kurin's fingers, every one item involves shiny lifestyles, offering a tactile connection to American history.

Beautifully designed and illustrated with colour photos all through, The Smithsonian's historical past of the United States in one hundred and one gadgets is a wealthy and interesting trip via America's collective reminiscence, and a gorgeous item in its personal right.

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