History of America in 101 Objects Hardcover


Author Richard Kurin
Publisher The Penguin Press
Manufacturer The Penguin Press
Date 2013
Country United States
Cover Hardcover
Dimensions 9.25 x 7.24in
Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian's Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture has written, together with support from top Smithsonian curators and scholars, this 784-page tome, which conveys history through 101 objects. Each entry which, ranges from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to our current digital existence, and from the American Revolution to Vietnam, couples the captivating history attached to each object with the story of its construction or discovery and the place it has come to inhabit in our national memory. Each object tells a different story; Harriet Tubman's hymnal, Sitting Bull's ledger, Cesar Chavez's union jacket, and the Enola Gay bomber, tell unfortunate stories from America’s history, and incite controversies when exhibited at the Smithsonian.

Objects can also commemorate the strength and spirit of the nation, from George Washington's sword to the space shuttle Discovery. Through Kurin's writing, each object comes to life, and allows a tangible connection to American history.

Watch a great interview with Kurin from CBS This Morning HERE.