Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

ISBN-10: 1594205299

ISBN-13: 9781594205293

Edition: N/A

Authors: Richard Kurin

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The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States.Ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the digital age, and from the American Revolution to Vietnam, each entry pairs the fascinating history surrounding each object with the story of its creation or discovery and the place it has come to occupy in our national memory. Kurin sheds remarkable new light on objects we think we know well, from Lincoln's hat to Dorothy's ruby slippers and Julia Child's kitchen, including the often astonishing tales of how each made its way into the collections of the Smithsonian. Other objects will be eye-opening new discoveries for many, but no less evocative of the most poignant and important moments of the American experience. Some objects, such as Harriet Tubman's hymnal, Sitting Bull's ledger, Cesar Chavez's union jacket, and the Enola Gay bomber, tell difficult stories from the nation's history, and inspire controversies when exhibited at the Smithsonian. Others, from George Washington's sword to the space shuttle Discovery, celebrate the richness and vitality of the American spirit. In Kurin's hands, each object comes to vivid life, providing a tactile connection to American history.Beautifully designed and illustrated with color photographs throughout, The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects is a rich and fascinating journey through America's collective memory, and a beautiful object in its own right.
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List price: $50.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 782
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 4.686
Language: English

A Note on the Objects
Before Columbus (525 Million Years Ago to 1492)
Burgess Shale Fossils
Bald Eagle
Clovis Stone Points
Mississippian Birdman Copper Plate
New World (1492 to Mid-Eighteenth Century)
Christopher Columbus's Portrait
Spanish Mission Hide Painting of Saint Anthony
Pocahontas's Portrait
Plymouth Rock Fragment
Slave Shackles
Americ� Nova Tabula (Map)
Let Freedom Ring (1760s to 1820s)
Declaration of Independence
George Washington's Uniform and Sword
Benjamin Franklins Walking Stick
Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington
Star-Spangled Banner
Thomas Jefferson's Bible
Young Nation (Late Eighteenth Century to 1850s)
Conestoga Wagon
Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin
John Deere's Steel Plow
Isaac Singer's Sewing Machine
Nauvoo Temple Sun Stone
Sea to Shining Sea (1800 To 1850s)
Lewis and Clark's Pocket Compass
John Bull Steam Locomotive
Samuel Colts Revolver
Morse-Vail Telegraph
Mexican Army Coat
Gold Discovery Flake from Sutter's Mill
Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon
A House Divided (1850 to 1865)
Frederick Douglass's Ambrotype Portrait
Harriet Tubman's Hymnal and Shawl
Emancipation Proclamation Pamphlet
Christian Fleetwood's Medal of Honor
Appomattox Court House Furnishings
Abraham Lincoln's Hat
Manifest Destiny (1845 to Early Twentieth Century)
Albert Bierstadt's Among the Sierra Nevada, California
King Kamehameha III's Feather Cape
American Buffalo
Sitting Bull's Drawing Book
Bugle from the U.S.S. Maine
Industrial Revolution (1865 to Early Twentieth Century)
Alexander Graham Bell's Telephone
Thomas Edison's Lightbulb
Frederic Bartholdi's Liberty
Andrew Carnegie's Mansion
Ford Model T
Wright Brothers' Kitty Hawk Flyer
Bakelizer Plastic Maker
Modern Nation (1870s to 1929)
James Whistler's Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room
Beraice Palmer's Kodak Brownie Camera
Helen Keller's Watch
Suffragists' "Great Demand" Banner
Ku Klux Klan Robe and Hood
World War I Gas Mask
Louis Armstrong's Trumpet
Scopes "Monkey Trial" Photograph
Spirit of St. Louis
Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball
Great Depression (1929 to 1940)
Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Fireside Chat" Microphone
John L. Lewis's Union Badge
Marian Andersons Mink Coat
Dorothy's Ruby Slippers
Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land"
Greatest Generation (1941 to 1945)
U.S.S. Oklahoma Postal Hand Stamps
Spirit of Tuskgee
"We Can Do It!" Poster of Rosie the Riveter
Japanese American World War II Internment Art
Audie Murphy's Eisenhower Jacket
Enola Gay
Cold War (1946 to 1991)
Fallout Shelter
Mercury Friendship 7
Huey Helicopter
Pandas from China
Berlin Wall Fragment
New Frontiers (1930s to 1980s)
Jonas Salk's Polio Vaccine
Jacqueline Kennedy's Inaugural Ball Gown
Julia Child's Kitchen
The Pill and Its Dispenser
Neil Armstrong's Space Suit
"Mr. Cycle" PCR Machine
Space Shuttle Discovery
Civil Rights (1947 to Now)
Greensboro Lunch Counter
Muhammad Ali's Boxing Gear
Bob Dylan Poster by Milton Glaser
Cesar Chavez's Union Jacket
Gay Civil Rights Picket Signs
AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel
Pop Culture (Mid-Twentieth Century to Now)
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse
RCA Television Set
Chuck Berry's Gibson Guitar
Katharine Hepburn's Oscars
Hope Diamond
Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe
McDonald's Golden Arches Sign
Kermit the Frog
Star Wars' R2-D2 and C-3PO
Digital Age (1945 to Now)
Apples Macintosh Computer
Nam June Paik's Electronic Superhighway
New Millennium (2000 to the Future)
New York Fire Department Engine Door from September 11
Shepard Fairey's Barack Obama "Hope" Portrait
David Boxley's Tsimshian Totem Pole
Giant Magellan Telescope
What's Not Included?
Old Things, New Studies
Object Specifications and Photographic Credits
Time Line of American History
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