America Vol. 1 : The Last Best Hope: From the Age of Discovery to a World at War

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-05-23
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

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From the bold, brilliant mind of best-selling author William J. Bennett comes this thrilling account of the virtues and vices of our great country and the many brave men and women who have made it the powerful nation it is today. A sweeping tale of human initiative, struggle, and victory, Bennett uniquely captures what is unique about America.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1: Westward the Course (1492-1607) 1(29)
I. Columbus: "The Christ Bearer"
II. The Scramble for Empire
III. The Rise of England
Chapter 2: A City Upon a Hill (1607-1765) 30(32)
I. Coming to America
II. The Great Migration
III. Expanding English Rule
IV. Britain and France: Conflict for a Continent
V. Religious and Intellectual Awakenings
VI. Britain and France: The Final Conflict
Chapter 3: The Greatest Revolution (1765-1783) 62(45)
I. Stamping Out Unfair Taxes
II. A Total Separation
III. "The Shot Heard 'Round the World"
IV. A Continental War
V. The French Alliance
VI. "The World Turned Upside Down"
VII. A Dangerous Peace
Chapter 4: Reflection and Choice: Framing the Constitution (1783-1789) 107(26)
I. A Critical Period
II. "The Great Little Madison"
III. The Struggle for Ratification
Chapter 5: The New Republic (1789-1801) 133(44)
I. "The Sacred Fire of Liberty"
II. Madison's Bill of Rights
III. "A Host in Himself": Hamilton's New System
IV. Hurricane Genet
V. A Long and Difficult Farewell
VI. War, Peace, and Honest John Adams
VII. The Revolution of 1800
Chapter 6: The Jeffersonians (1801-1829) 177(43)
I. "An Empire for Liberty"
II. Lewis & Clark: "The Corps of Discovery"
III. Plots, Trials, and Treason
IV. "A Splendid Misery": Jefferson's Last Years
V. "Mr. Madison's War"
VI. The Battle of New Orleans
VII. "An Era of Good Feeling"
VIII. The Missouri Compromise
IX. The Monroe Doctrine
X. "A Corrupt Bargain": The Election of 1824
XI. "Is It the Fourth?": Adams and Jefferson Die
Chapter 7: Jackson and Democracy (1829-1849) 220(49)
I. From Caucus to Raucous: The Election of 1828
II. The Peggy Eaton Affair
III. John C. Calhoun: The Cast-Iron Man
IV. "Our Federal Union: It Must Be Preserved!"
V. The Tragedy of Indian Removal
VI. Jackson's War on the Bank
VII. "Old Man Eloquent"
VIII. "Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!"
IX. Great Harry of the West
X. Reannexing Texas and Reoccupying Oregon
XI. "The Halls of Montezuma"
Chapter 8: The Rising Storm (1849-1861) 269(42)
I. California and The Compromise of 1850
II. Railroads and Reform
III. "Bleeding Kansas"
IV. Dred Scott
V. Lincoln Meets Douglas
VI. John Brown and Harpers Ferry
VII. The Election of 1860
Chapter 9: Freedom's Fiery Trial (1860-1863) 311(45)
I. Secession Winter (1860-61)
II. Fort Sumter: The Circle of Fire
III. "A People's Contest": The Civil War Begins
IV "One War at a Time": The Trent Affair
V. 1862: "Year of Jubilee"
VI. Emancipation: "Forever Free"
Chapter 10: A New Birth of Freedom (1863-1865) 356(36)
I. Gettysburg: The Confederacy's High-Water Mark
II. The Agony of Abraham Lincoln
III. "Long Abraham a Little Longer"
IV. The Union Victorious
Chapter 11: To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds (1865-1877) 392(42)
I. Pass in Review
II. Thunder on the Borders: South and North
III. Reconstruction and Renewal
IV Impeachment
V. "Let Us Have Peace"
VI. A Tragic Divorce in Freedom's Ranks
VII. The Spirit of 1876
VIII. A Dangerous Dispute
Chapter 12: An Age More Golden than Gilded? (1877-1897) 434(41)
I. A Gilded Age?
II. Reform, Roosevelts, and Reaction
III. Grover Cleveland: "Tell the Truth!"
IV. The Golden Door
V. Winning the West
VI. A Social Gospel
VII. "A Cross of Gold"
VIII. "From the New World"
Chapter 13: The American DynamoŚ Shadowed by War (1897-1914) 475(52)
I. "A Splendid Little War"
II. Rough Rider Politics
III. TR in the White House
IV. TR and the Square Deal
V. Wielding the Big Stick
VI. The Taft Interlude
VII. Unsinkable, Unthinkable
VIII. A Bull Moose on the Loose: The Election of 1912
IX. Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom
X. "The Lights Are Going Out..."
Notes 527(36)
Index 563

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