Historic Sites and Landmarks That Shaped America
From Acoma Pueblo to Ground Zero
by Mitchell Newton-Matza, Editor
September 2016, 810pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-749-1
$208, £155, 174€, A298
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Not merely tourist sites, historical landmarks helped develop and shape our nation.

Exploring the significance of places that built our cultural past, this guide is a lens into historical sites spanning the entire history of the United States, from Acoma Pueblo to Ground Zero.

Historic Sites and Landmarks That Shaped America: From Acoma Pueblo to Ground Zero encompasses more than 200 sites from the earliest settlements to the present, covering a wide variety of locations. It includes concise yet detailed entries on each landmark that explain its importance to the nation. With entries arranged alphabetically according to the name of the site and the state in which it resides, this work covers both obscure and famous landmarks to demonstrate how a nation can grow and change with the creation or discovery of important places.

The volume explores the ways different cultures viewed, revered, or even vilified these sites. It also examines why people remember such places more than others. Accessible to both novice and expert readers, this well-researched guide will appeal to anyone from high school students to general adult readers.


  • Covers locations across the entire United States
  • Includes photographs, illustrations, and sidebars
  • Serves as both an educational and research tool
Mitchell Newton-Matza, PhD, is an independent scholar. His published works with ABC-CLIO include Jazz Age: People and Perspectives, for which he was editor and chief contributor, and Disasters and Tragic Events: An Encyclopedia of Catastrophes in American History. He has also contributed many articles for other ABC-CLIO encyclopedias.


"This work would be useful for students and interesting to the general reader curious about U.S. history, culture, and travel."—Booklist, January 5, 2017

"Beneficial for those looking for an overview of the topic or travelers curious about places they have visited or plan to see. Suitable for public and academic libraries needing background material on historical sites for their reference print sections."—Library Journal, August 1, 2017
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