[Free eBook] The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld [US Political History & Current Affairs]

The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era by Sam Rosenfeld, an assistant professor of political science at Colgate University, is his history of US political party development, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September, and is described as an intellectual and institutional history of party polarization in the post-WWII United States, exploring the deliberate trending away over the decades from bipartisanship towards increasingly polarized ideology in both the Democratic and Republican camps and the various actors and agendas behind the shifts, focusing on overlapping periods from the 1945 to 2000, with an epilogue summarizing developments through 2016.

Offered worldwide through the end of September, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy by Edward H. Miller [US Political History & Analysis]

Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy by Edward H. Miller, an assistant teaching professor at Northeastern University Global, is a 20th century political history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for October.

The accessibly-written book examines the history and lingering impact behind the US Republican Party’s “Southern strategy” begun during the 1960s as the party began to appeal to ultraconservative, religious, and special interest groups displeased by the sweeping changes of the decade in order to increase its political support, with especial attention paid to the seeds and rise of the movement in Dallas, Texas, in the wake of the assassination of Democrat President John F. Kennedy.

Offered worldwide through October, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Ark of Empire: The American Frontier: 1784-1803 by Dale Van Every [US West History]

Ark of Empire: The American Frontier: 1784-1803 by the late Dale Van Every, an early Hollywood screenwriter and film producer, is the 3rd volume in the The Frontier People of America quartet of vintage histories of the western US in the 18th and 19th centuries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1977 by Arno Press.

This volume looks at the post-Revolutionary War period and the expansion from the Appalachians to the Mississippi River, covering conflicts with competing British and Spanish interests, as well as the local Native Americans, with chapters devoted to various influential characters from all sides such as Mohawk leader Joseph Brant half-Scottish métis Creek leader Alexander McGillivray and others who shaped the West, as well as the ordinary settlers of Kentucky and Tennessee.

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[Free eBook] The Final Challenge: The American Frontier 1804-1845 by Dale Van Every [Vintage US Wild West History]

The Final Challenge: The American Frontier 1804-1845 by the late Dale Van Every, an early Hollywood screenwriter and film producer, is the 4th volume in the The American Frontier quartet of histories of the western US in the 18th and 19th centuries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1964 by Quill.

This volume covers the first half of the 19th century and the expansion westward, spotlighting expeditions of explorers such as Lewis & Clark, various colourful personalities, conflicts with pre-existing Spanish settlers and Native Americans, etc., up through the establishment of various states with special chapters devoted to Texas, California, and Oregon.

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[Free eBook] A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by Dale Van Every [US Western & Native History]

A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by the late Dale Van Every, an early Hollywood screenwriter and film producer, is a vintage US history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 1962 by William Morrow.

The book explores the lesser-known western frontier of the US Revolutionary War in the “backcountry” regions where the British also recruited Native American allies into their brutal conflict with the rebellious colonials, focusing especially upon the exploits of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant and American officer George Rogers Clark

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[Free eBook] The Reluctant Belligerent: American Entry into World War II by Robert A. Divine [Political History]

The Reluctant Belligerent: American Entry into World War II by Robert A. Divine, a professor emeritus at the University of Texas, is a vintage World War II history book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1965 by McGraw-Hill and was later updated with a second edition in 1979, which is now reprinted here.

The book focuses more on the diplomatic aspects of international relations between the US and others during the lead up to World War II in the 1930s, drawing upon then-current research findings (circa the 1970s) to examine the possibility that the US’ ostensibly neutral foreign policy at the time may have added to the eventual severity of the war, as well as the various factors contributing to the policy.

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[Free eBook] Lincoln’s Constitution by Daniel Farber [US Law & Political Issues History]

Lincoln’s Constitution by author and historian Daniel Farber, the Sho Sato Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, among other honours, is his history of constitutional law issues related to the US Civil War, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher the University of Chicago Press.

This is an accessibly-written history cum analysis of how the titular president dealt with constitutional issues arising from the US Civil War, placing them into their historical context with the assorted events and political pressures surrounding Lincoln’s decisions, and extrapolating the lessons to be learned in their applicability to current interpretations of the law today (as of circa 2003, when this was originally published).

Offered worldwide throughout the month of March, available directly from the publisher.

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