Book: The History Essays by Joseph Cookcategories: Book, American Civil War, Modoc War, Soldier Studies, Presidents, American History
Joseph Cookabout this book: Completed over my two years as a graduate student at American Military University, these essays deal with a variety of topics in American history. As primarily a student of the 19th Century (and as an alum of Gettysburg College), there is a strong Gettysburg and Civil War presence in the book -- from soldier studies to the evolution of the battlefield. I hope this book will inspire further exploration of subjects for students of American history, and that readers will take inspiration from the level of research included in writing it. Students will benefit from its information, while even general readers will hopefully enjoy the writing -- which I attempted (much to professors' ambivalence) to keep as far from the dryness of academic writing as possible. The book's topics include the presidencies of Ulysses S. Grant and James K. Polk, the legacies of the Marquis de Lafayette and Henry Clay (two of my personal idols), and the constitutional question of secession.
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