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The American future : a history

by Schama, Simon.

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Historian Simon Schama offers an essential historical perspective on the 2008 presidential election and its importance for reclaiming America's original ideal and takes a long look at the multiple crises besetting the United States and asks how these problems look in the mirror of time. In four cruc... Full description

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Table of Contents:
  • Prologue : Iowa waltz
  • Part I : American war
  • Veterans Day : 11 November 2007
  • The fight for the citadel : soldiering and the Founding Fathers
  • The Drop Zone Cafe, San Antonio, Texas, 3 March 2008
  • The trials of the Roman
  • Taking sides
  • Father and son
  • The quartermaster general 1861-1864
  • John Rodgers Meigs, the Shenandoah Valley, summer and fall 1864
  • Montgomery Meigs and Louisa Rodgers Meigs, October 1864-December 1865
  • Washington D.C., February 2008
  • Hamilton resurrexit
  • American war : Rohrbach-lès-Bitche, the Maginot Line near Metz, 10 December 1944
  • Part II : American fervor
  • Atlantic City, August 1964
  • Saved
  • Raven, Virginia, 2008
  • Providence
  • "Whereas Almighty God hath created the mind free
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  • National sin
  • Jarena Lee
  • The sovereignty of the voice
  • Easter Sunday, 2008, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta
  • Great white hopes?
  • Ruleville, Mississippi, 31 August 1962
  • Part III : What is an American?
  • Twilight, Downing Street, June 2008
  • Citizen Heartbreak : France, August 1794
  • The German threat
  • The Chicken Club, south Texas, July 2008
  • The immigrant problem in Texas
  • The German threat - again
  • The importance of Fred Bee
  • Grace under pressure
  • Jefferson's Koran
  • Part IV : American plenty
  • Running on empty?
  • Strawberry fields, 1775
  • White Path, 1801-1823
  • 1893
  • The church of irrigation
  • Ghost house
  • Roll up that lawn
  • Windmills
  • Epilogue: The impotent angel?
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