By Alan Axelrod Ph.D.

Who are the pivotal figures in American history—the women and men who've assisted in shaping who we're as a humans and the way we glance at ourselves as american citizens? during this significant other to his well known 1001 occasions That Made America, Alan Axelrod indicates we will be able to solution this query merely when we glance with an open brain into all of the components of our collective prior.

1001 those that Made America does simply that, highlighting the recognized in addition to the notorious, the virtuous in addition to the infamous, from the nation's earliest days to the current. Serving up historical past in full of life, available bits, the e-book offers a who is who of yank politics, arts, technology, company, faith, and dad tradition, besides concise reasons of every figure's ancient value. Featured personalities diversity from Jesse James to Al Capone, Harriet Beecher Stowe to Betty Friedan, George Washington to George W. Bush, Harriet Tubman to Martin Luther King, Jr., Stephen Foster to Elvis, John L. Sullivan to Muhammad Ali, Edwin sales space to Marlon Brando, Washington Irving to Thomas Pynchon, Jacob Aster to invoice Gates.

Axelrod's writing is filled with details and perception, giving readers a deeper realizing of what it skill to be an American. The attractive layout and easy-to-read structure invite searching and make this publication an excellent gift for background buffs and all considerate americans.

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Alcott, Amos Bronson (1799–1888) Innovative educator, vegetarian, abolitionist, and advocate of women’s rights, Alcott developed with Ralph Waldo Emerson the Transcendentalist school of philosophy, which sought to penetrate to higher spiritual truths by the close study of the natural world. This philosophy profoundly influenced American literature and art throughout most of the 19th century. Alcott, Louisa May (1832–1888) Second daughter of the Transcendentalist philosopher Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott realized that her highly spiritual but totally impractical father was bringing the family to financial ruin; she therefore embarked on a career as an author of books for young people, producing a string of hits, including Little Women (1868–1869), about the coming of age of four daughters during the era of the Civil War.

To him, this proved the potential profitability of sensationalism and in 1834, having moved to New York, he earned notoriety—and cash—presenting one Joice Heth, an elderly black woman, as the 161-year-old nurse to George Washington. This exhibition evolved into such attractions as the Barnum Museum, spectacular concerts, and, of course, a three-ring circus in partnership with James A. Bailey. ” Barton, Clara (1821–1912) Born in North Oxford, Massachusetts, Barton discovered her life’s work when, beginning at age 11, she nursed her brother through a two-year convalescence from injuries sustained in a bad fall.

President Nixon elevated him to acting attorney general in 1973 after Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus both resigned rather than obey Nixon’s order to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox after Cox demanded the president’s tapes of Oval Office conversations. Bork obeyed the order and fired Cox in the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre,” which hastened the president’s downfall. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork to the Supreme Court.

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