9781595551115

America: the Last Best Hope Vol. 1 : From the Age of Discovery to a World at War, 1492-1914

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    9781595551115

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    1595551115

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-17
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub

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Summary

With command and wit, William J. Bennett reacquaints Americans with their heritage in an engaging narrative that cuts through the cobwebs of time, memory, and prevailing cynicism. Washington, Franklin, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and others reemerge not as marble icons or dust-dry names in a textbook, but as full-blooded, heroic pioneers whose far-reaching vision forged a nation that attracted-that still attracts-millions yearning to breathe free. In this, the first volume of a "reasoned, balanced presentation of the American story," Bennett tells our nation's story, with all its triumphs and tragedies. He summons us to embrace America's cause once again as "the last best hope of earth." Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Westward the Course (1492-1607)p. 1
Columbus: "The Christ Bearer"
The Scramble for Empire
The Rise of England
A City Upon a Hill (1607-1765)p. 30
Coming to America
The Great Migration
Expanding English Rule
Britain and France: Conflict for a Continent
Religious and Intellectual Awakenings
Britain and France: The Final Conflict
The Greatest Revolution (1765-1783)p. 62
Stamping Out Unfair Taxes
A Total Separation
"The Shot Heard 'Round the World"
A Continental War
The French Alliance
"The World Turned Upside Down"
A Dangerous Peace
Reflection and Choice: Framing the Constitution (1783-1789)p. 107
A Critical Period
"The Great Little Madison"
The Struggle for Ratification
The New Republic (1789-1801)p. 133
"The Sacred Fire of Liberty"
Madison's Bill of Rights
"A Host in Himself": Hamilton's New System
Hurricane Genet
A Long and Difficult Farewell
War, Peace, and Honest John Adams
The Revolution of 1800
The Jeffersonians (1801-1829)p. 177
"An Empire for Liberty"
Lewis & Clark: "The Corps of Discovery"
Plots, Trials, and Treason
"A Splendid Misery": Jefferson's Last Years
"Mr. Madison's War"
The Battle of New Orleans
"An Era of Good Feeling"
The Missouri Compromise
The Monroe Doctrine
"A Corrupt Bargain": The Election of 1824
"Is It the Fourth?": Adams and Jefferson Die
Jackson and Democracy (1829-1849)p. 220
From Caucus to Raucous: The Election of 1828
The Peggy Eaton Affair
John C. Calhoun: The Cast-Iron Man
"Our Federal Union: It Must Be Preserved!"
The Tragedy of Indian Removal
Jackson's War on the Bank
"Old Man Eloquent"
"Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!"
Great Harry of the West
Reannexing Texas and Reoccupying Oregon
"The Halls of Montezuma"
The Rising Storm (1849-1861)p. 269
California and The Compromise of 1850
Railroads and Reform
"Bleeding Kansas"
Dred Scott
Lincoln Meets Douglas
John Brown and Harpers Ferry
The Election of 1860
Freedom's Fiery Trial (1860-1863)p. 311
Secession Winter (1860-61)
Fort Sumter: The Circle of Fire
"A People's Contest": The Civil War Begins
"One War at a Time": The Trent Affair
1862: "Year of Jubilee"
Emancipation: "Forever Free"
A New Birth of Freedom (1863-1865)p. 356
Gettysburg: The Confederacy's High-Water Mark
The Agony of Abraham Lincoln
"Long Abraham a Little Longer"
The Union Victorious
To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds (1865-1877)p. 392
Pass in Review
Thunder on the Borders: South and North
Reconstruction and Renewal
Impeachment
"Let Us Have Peace"
A Tragic Divorce in Freedom's Ranks
The Spirit of 1876
A Dangerous Dispute
An Age More Golden than Gilded? (1877-1897)p. 434
A Gilded Age?
Reform, Roosevelts, and Reaction
Grover Cleveland: "Tell the Truth!"
The Golden Door
Winning the West
A Social Gospel
"A Cross of Gold"
"From the New World"
The American Dynamo-Shadowed by War (1897-1914)p. 475
"A Splendid Little War"
Rough Rider Politics
TR in the White House
TR and the Square Deal
Wielding the Big Stick
The Taft Interlude
Unsinkable, Unthinkable
A Bull Moose on the Loose: The Election of 1912
Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom
"The Lights Are Going Out..."
Notesp. 527
Indexp. 563
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