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McFeely, William S.

Works: 32 works in 176 publications in 2 languages and 11,293 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives  Biographies  Autobiographies  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Records and correspondence  Juvenile works  Personal narratives‡vAmerican 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: E672, B
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Most widely held works about William S McFeely
Most widely held works by William S McFeely
Frederick Douglass by William S McFeely( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the life of Frederick Douglass as he achieves stature as a leader in the struggle to transcend the limitations of bondage and race
Grant : a biography by William S McFeely( Book )

26 editions published between 1974 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the Ohioan who became the leader of the Union Army and later the president
Yankee stepfather: General O.O. Howard and the freedmen by William S McFeely( Book )

18 editions published between 1968 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrait : the life of Thomas Eakins by William S McFeely( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thomas Eakins, a native of Philadelphia, painted two worlds: one sure of its values - the surgeons, inventors, musicians, and athletes of his time - and another that reflected his own struggles with depression and sexual identity. In this account of those struggles, William S. McFeely sheds new light on Eakins's genius and on the evocative melancholy of his portraits, particularly of women, which include many of his remarkable wife, Susan Macdowell Eakins. Those deeply perceptive paintings may be the greatest expressions of his art." "One of America's leading historians, McFeely has long been an interpreter of nineteenth-century American writing. An aspect of this narrative is how he brings the painter into the company of Thoreau, Melville, and Whitman, with whom Eakins formed a deep friendship."--BOOK JACKET
Sapelo's people : a long walk into freedom by William S McFeely( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and Japanese and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book recreates the history of the descendants of slaves who live on a barrier island in Georgia by recounting the memories of the island's sixty-seven inhabitants
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass : authoritative text, contexts, criticism by Frederick Douglass( Book )

25 editions published between 1977 and 2017 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Upon its publication in 1845, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself became an immediate best-seller. In addition to its far-reaching impact on the antislavery movement in the United States and abroad, Douglass's fugitive slave narrative earned it a place among the classics of nineteenth-century American autobiography. This Norton Critical Edition reprints the 1845 first edition of Douglass's compelling autobiography. Explanatory annotations accompany the text. A rich selection of "Contexts" provides readers with contemporary perspective. Included are the little-known preface that Douglass wrote in 1846 expressly for the second Irish edition of his Narrative; a public exchange of letters between A. C. C. Thompson, a former slaveholder, and Douglass; three autobiographical portraits of Douglass's parents; Douglass's account of his escape from slavery, which he chose not to include in the 1845 Narrative; samples of Douglass's use of his slave experience in two of his most influential antislavery speeches; and reminiscences of Douglass as both orator and friend by James Monroe Gregory and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. "Criticism" collects six essential assessments of the Narrative's historical and literary significance by William S. McFeely, Peter Ripley, Robert B. Stepto, William L. Andrews, Houston A. Baker, Jr., and Deborah E. McDowell. A chronology and selected bibliography are also included." -- Publisher's description
Proximity to death by William S McFeely( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On a misty September morning in rural Georgia, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian found himself cast in a role that he had never imagined: an expert witness in the sentencing hearing of a convicted kidnapper, rapist and murderer. He had no idea that his brief testimony that day would take him deeply into the criminal justice system, to many other courthouses where unequal struggles take place between those who would condemn prisoners to death and those fighting to overturn the Biblical injunction of an eye for an eye. Before the end of William McFeely's journey out of history into the reality of the death penalty, he would encounter lawyers battling to end lives and to save them, jurors caught in between, and convicts on the verge of becoming dead men walking." "At the heart of this vivid account is a remarkable group of lawyers in Atlanta led by a charismatic Kentuckian named Stephen Bright. Dedication does not begin to describe the personal sacrifice demanded by their efforts to erect legal barriers between their clients and the state's instruments of death." "Before his journey ends, McFeely will have done more than witnessed trials and experienced the desolation of a high-security prison. He will have met Carzell Moore, Kenny Smith, William Brooks, Tony Amadeo - convicts who have lived on death row. Proximity to Death compels the reader to look at capital punishment in an uncompromisingly intimate way - through the actions and decisions of those with no time left for arid debate."--Jacket
Ulysses S. Grant : an album : warrior, husband, traveler, emancipator, writer by William S McFeely( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author presents seven illustrated essays on aspects of the life of the 18th president of the U.S., including his boyhood, military battles, failure to secure civil rights for the freed slaves who cheered him, world travels with his wife, and work on his notable memoirs
The black man in the land of equality by Thomas J Ladenburg( Book )

6 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of the black man in America through the Reconstruction of the 1870's and the desegregation of the 1950's to the riots of the 1960's
Memoirs of General William T. Sherman by William T Sherman( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Tecumseh Sherman has been called the first modern general. According to military historian B.H. Liddell Hart, he understood before his contemporaries that wars and battles would be won "more by the movement of troops than by fighting." Also modern is his unsentimental view of combat, epitomized in his famous remark that "War is Hell." And he was an able enough historian to realize that the Civil War - - and indeed all future wars - - would be unlike anything the world had ever seen: a bitter national struggle between the free people that would involve a campaign of terror against combatant and non-combatant alike. His 'Memoirs, ' which rank with Grant's as the greatest of the Civil War, concern for the most part the strategy and fighting at Bull Run, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and of course the march through Georgia which earned Sherman his reputation for ruthlessness. It is a story packed with incident as well as swift sketches of his opponents, subordinates, and superiors, and it is endlessly instructive about the lessons of the war. Most of all, it is a compelling narrative about a national tragedy. This edition of Sherman's masterpiece reprints in its entirety the 1875 two-volume work, here supplemented witha new introduction by William S. McFeely, author of the acclaimed biography of Grant and of the introduction to the Da Capo edition of Grant's 'Personal Memoirs.""--Back cover
Memoirs and selected letters : personal memoirs of U.S. Grant, selected letters 1839-1865 by Ulysses S Grant( Book )

11 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains a chronology of Grant's life and military career, his memoirs, and 174 personal letters
Frederick Douglass by William S McFeely( Recording )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2018 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this biography, McFeely brings to life not only the charismatic man that Frederick Douglass was, but the age as well--detailing the struggle for emancipation in the political arena as the nation moved toward Civil War, and relating the way a reconciled nation turned its back on the newly-freed slaves in the aftermath of the war, forcing the battle for equality to rage on in the political arena for years to come
Grant : a biography by William S McFeely( Recording )

5 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this biography, William McFeely brings us a story of a tangled life. Having once said "a military life had no charms to me," U.S. Grant entered West Point "to get through the course, secure a detail for a few years as assistant professor of mathematics at the Academy, and afterwards obtain a permanent position as professor at some respectable college." But the course his life took was quite different. Little did he ever dream that he would serve with distinction in the Mexican War, lead the Union to victory in the Civil War, struggle through eight years as President of the United States, and wage bitter personal battles against alcoholism, insolvency, and cancer
The strange career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward( )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

C. Vann Woodward, who died in 1999 at the age of 91, was America's most eminent Southern historian, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Mary Chestnut's Civil War and a Bancroft Prize for The Origins of the New South. Now, to honor his long and truly distinguished career, Oxford is pleased to publish this special commemorative edition of Woodward's most influential work, The Strange Career of Jim Crow. The Strange Career of Jim Crow is one of the great works of Southern history. Indeed, the book actually helped shape that history. Published in 1955, a year after the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education ordered schools desegregated, Strange Career was cited so often to counter arguments for segregation that Martin Luther King, Jr. called it "the historical Bible of the civil rights movement." The book offers a clear and illuminating analysis of the history of Jim Crow laws, presenting evidence that segregation in the South dated only to the 1890s. Woodward convincingly shows that, even under slavery, the two races had not been divided as they were under the Jim Crow laws of the 1890s. In fact, during Reconstruction, there was considerable economic and political mixing of the races. The segregating of the races was a relative newcomer to the region. Hailed as one of the top 100 nonfiction works of the twentieth century, The Strange Career of Jim Crow has sold almost a million copies and remains, in the words of David Herbert Donald, "a landmark in the history of American race relations."
The Freedmen's Bureau : a study in betrayal by William S McFeely( )

5 editions published between 1966 and 1981 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the close of the Civil War, the Freedmen's Bureau was created and charged by Congress with responsibility for all matters concerning the ex-slaves. General O.O. Howard, with remarkable unanimity, was thought to be the "very one" for the job of carrying out that assignment. The purpose of this study is to inquire into the quality of the national commitment to the freedmen by an examination of this man and his aims and deeds as Commissioner of the Bureau. The Bureau was engaged in the effort to unify the work of the churches and other private groups in providing relief for the freedmen. More important was the matter of awarding farm lands to the ex-slaves. Congress had stated that lands abandoned to the Union armies were to be used for the Negroes and the Freedmen's Bureau played a crucial role in the competition between the freedmen and pardoned white Southerners who sought the restoration of these lands. Faced with the Black Codes and other repressive acts, the freedmen at the end of 1865 lacked protection. The Bureau, apprehensive of that might result from this repression, looked to Congress to extend the life of the agency and enlarge its powers. Not all the Freedmen's troubles were caused by the war or by their lives as slaves. Crop failures made starvation a real threat and a conflict existed over whether freemen could best earn a living under contracts regulated by the Freedmen's Bureau or as workers dealing with their employers directly. In the 1866 legislation continuing the Bureau, Howard's agency was charged with responsibilities in enforcing the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 but successful efforts to frustrate justice for the freedmen continued. Two riots in Southern cities provided a test of the effectiveness of the Bureau in meeting basic needs of the freedmen
Personal memoirs of U.S. Grant : in two volumes by Ulysses S Grant( Book )

3 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Destitute and wracked by throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant finished writing his Personal Memoirs shortly before his death in 1885. Today their clear prose stands as a model of autobiography. Civil War soldiers are often celebrated for the high literary quality of the letters they sent home from the front lines; Grant's own book is probably the best piece of writing produced by a participant in the War Between the States. Apart from Lincoln, no man deserves more credit for securing the Northern victory than Grant, and this chronicle of campaigns and battles tells how he did it. (The book also made a bundle of money for his family, which had been reeling from the failure of Grant's brokerage firm.) This is not an overview of the entire Civil War; as the North was beating the South on the third day of Gettysburg, for example, Grant was in Mississippi capturing Vicksburg. But it is a great piece of writing, one that can be appreciated even by readers with little interest in military history
The national experience; a history of the United States by John Morton Blum( Book )

2 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the United States with an emphasis on public policy. Includes maps, photos, charts, and suggestions for further reading
The Negro in the Civil War by Benjamin Quarles( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Quarles writes powerfully about the role of three-and-a-half million blacks in the South, who were impressed into non-combatant service - building forts and entrenchments, working in factories and mines. In the North, black Americans fought with distinction on the front lines, shedding blood for an ideal - emancipation ..."--Back cover
Memoirs and selected letters by Ulysses S Grant( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grant, a biogr by William S McFeely( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Grant : a biography
Grant : a biographyYankee stepfather: General O.O. Howard and the freedmenPortrait : the life of Thomas EakinsSapelo's people : a long walk into freedomNarrative of the life of Frederick Douglass : authoritative text, contexts, criticismProximity to deathUlysses S. Grant : an album : warrior, husband, traveler, emancipator, writerMemoirs of General William T. Sherman
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MacFeely, William S. 1930-

Mc Feely William S.

Mc Feely, William S. 1930-

McFeely, William Shield 1930-

William S. McFeely American historian

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William S. McFeely historiador estadounidense

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マクフィーリー, ウイリアム・S

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