A distinguished historian presents a series of fictionalized vignettes of daily life as experienced by ordinary individuals in the United States, each in a year from 1901 to 1969, and each followed by a short dialogue in which the author argues with an interlocutor (who may or may not be himself) over why he has chosen to develop a given scenario in that particular year and what its significance might be.

A Thread of Years 1999, Yale University Press, New Haven

ISBN-13: 9780300080759

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A Thread of Years 1998, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300071887