By Alan Axelrod Ph.D.
Who're the pivotal figures in American background, the lads and ladies who've assisted in shaping us as a humans and feature prompted how we understand ourselves as americans? during this better half to his renowned 1001 occasions That Made America, Alan Axelrod appears into all parts of our collective previous and highlights 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 bites, the publication provides a Who’s Who in American politics, arts, technology, company, faith, and dad tradition, besides concise motives of every figure’s historic value. Featured personalities variety 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, and John Jacob Astor to invoice Gates.
Packed with info and perception, 1001 those that Made America provides readers a deeper realizing of what it potential to be an American. The beautiful layout and easy-to-read layout invite looking and sharing.
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