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Witness to America : an illustrated documentary history of the United States from the Revolution to today

Author: Stephen E Ambrose; Douglas Brinkley
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD audio : Audio book, etc.   Sound Recording : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Includes over 150 eyewitness accounts of events in American history including works from prominent historical figures and ordinary people.

Contains primary source material.

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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
History
Pictorial works
Sources
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Book, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen E Ambrose; Douglas Brinkley
ISBN: 0062716115 9780062716118
OCLC Number: 41400736
Notes: "A Lou Reda book."
Rev., updated ed. of: The heritage of America / edited by Henry Steele Commager and Allan Nevins. Rev. and enl. ed. 1949.
Description: xv, 605 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm + 1 audio disc (73 min., 56 sec. : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.)
Contents: The coming of the Revoution. Mohawks spill tea in Boston Harbor ; John Adams journeys to the Continental Congress ; "Give me liberty or give me death!" ; Colonel Washington scouts the idea of independence ; Adams nominates Washington commander in chief ; A shot is fired that is heard around the world ; Jefferson writes the Declaration of Independence --
The winning of independence. Ethan Allen captures Fort Ticonderoga ; The American army suffers at Valley Forge ; The world turned upside down at Yorktown ; America, the hope of the world --
Confederation, Constitution, and launching the new government. The thirteen states establish a confederation ; "A rising, not a setting sun" ; Washington is inaugurated president ; Jefferson and Hamilton strike a bargain ; Washington bids farewell to his countrymen ; How Jefferson lived in the White House --
The War of 1812. Tecumseh pledges support to the British ; The British burn Washington city ; Andrew Jackson routs the Redcoats at New Orleans ; "Peace!" --
The hardy frontiersman. "Old America is moving westward" ; "Leave England for America" ; Timothy Flint appraises the frontiersmen ; William Howells remembers neighborliness in Ohio --
Sailing, whaling, and steamboats. The first lowering ; How to cut and boil a whale ; Launching the first steamboat on western waters ; Mark Twain learns to be a pilot --
Social life in the early republic. Harriet Martineau finds a working girls' paradise ; Edward Everett Hale recalls a New England boyhood ; Rebecca Felton describes country life in Georgia ; Joseph Jefferson tries playacting in Springfield, Illinois ; Samuel Morse invents the telegraph ; Dr. Morton discovers anesthesia --
The reformers. "A fertility of projects for the salvation of the world" ; The lunatic fringe of reform ; Dorothea Dix pleads the cause of the insane ; A woman's declaration of independence ; Henry Thoreau builds a cabin at Walden Pond --
The South, slavery, and abolition. A Connecticut Yankee invents the cotton gin ; Luxury among the planters of Louisiana ; The Reverend Mr. Walsh inspects a slave ship ; Social classes among the slaves ; Field hands on the Combahee ; Thomas Dabney runs a model plantation ; Garrison is mobbed by the Boston conservatives ; John Brown makes a speech at Harper's Ferry --
Westward the course of empire. Trading furs on the Northwest coast ; The rendezvous of the mountain men ; John C. Fremont conquers the Sierras in midwinter ; Starvation and death at Donner Lake ; The Pony Express --
The rush for western riches. Sarah Royce braves the desert and the mountains ; Vigilante days and ways in Montana --
Texas and the Mexican War. Davy Crockett defends the Alamo ; Sam Houston whips the Mexicans at San Jacinto ; General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City --
Politics. Andrew Jackson is inaugurated president ; "John Quincy Adams is no more" ; William Herndon remembers Abraham Lincoln ; Abraham Lincoln is nominated in the wigwam --
O captain, my captain. Nathaniel Hawthorne sees President Lincoln ; Lincoln reads the Emancipation Proclamation ; Lincoln frees the slaves ; Lincoln consoles Mrs. Bixby ; President Lincoln is assassinated --
Behind the lines. Writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" ; The Confederates burn their cotton ; Anna Dickinson sees draft riots in New York City ; Suffering in Andersonville Prison ; The disintegration of the Confederate Army --
The Blue and the Gray. Mrs. Chesnut watches the attack on Fort Sumter ; Abner Doubleday defends Fort Sumter ; "Bull Run" Russell reports the rout of the Federals ; The Monitor and the Merrimac ; Eating mules at Port Hudson ; Blue and Gray fraternize at Port Hudson ; General Lee invades Pennsylvania ; High tide at Gettysburg ; General Sherman marches from Atlanta to the sea ; Eliza Andrews comes home to the "burnt country" ; General Lee surrenders at Appomattox --
The coming of the Revoution. Mohawks spill tea in Boston Harbor ; John Adams journeys to the Continental Congress ; "Give me liberty or give me death!" ; Colonel Washington scouts the idea of independence ; Adams nominates Washington commander in chief ; A shot is fired that is heard around the world ; Jefferson writes the Declaration of Independence --
The winning of independence. Ethan Allen captures Fort Ticonderoga ; The American army suffers at Valley Forge ; The world turned upside down at Yorktown ; America, the hope of the world --
Confederation, Constitution, and launching the new government. The thirteen states establish a confederation ; "A rising, not a setting sun" ; Washington is inaugurated president ; Jefferson and Hamilton strike a bargain ; Washington bids farewell to his countrymen ; How Jefferson lived in the White House --
The War of 1812. Tecumseh pledges support to the British ; The British burn Washington city ; Andrew Jackson routs the Redcoats at New Orleans ; "Peace!" --
The hardy frontiersman. "Old America is moving westward" ; "Leave England for America" ; Timothy Flint appraises the frontiersmen ; William Howells remembers neighborliness in Ohio --
Sailing, whaling, and steamboats. The first lowering ; How to cut and boil a whale ; Launching the first steamboat on western waters ; Mark Twain learns to be a pilot --
Social life in the early republic. Harriet Martineau finds a working girls' paradise ; Edward Everett Hale recalls a New England boyhood ; Rebecca Felton describes country life in Georgia ; Joseph Jefferson tries playacting in Springfield, Illinois ; Samuel Morse invents the telegraph ; Dr. Morton discovers anesthesia --
The reformers. "A fertility of projects for the salvation of the world" ; The lunatic fringe of reform ; Dorothea Dix pleads the cause of the insane ; A woman's declaration of independence ; Henry Thoreau builds a cabin at Walden Pond --
The South, slavery, and abolition. A Connecticut Yankee invents the cotton gin ; Luxury among the planters of Louisiana ; The Reverend Mr. Walsh inspects a slave ship ; Social classes among the slaves ; Field hands on the Combahee ; Thomas Dabney runs a model plantation ; Garrison is mobbed by the Boston conservatives ; John Brown makes a speech at Harper's Ferry --
Westward the course of empire. Trading furs on the Northwest coast ; The rendezvous of the mountain men ; John C. Fremont conquers the Sierras in midwinter ; Starvation and death at Donner Lake ; The Pony Express --
The rush for western riches. Sarah Royce braves the desert and the mountains ; Vigilante days and ways in Montana --
Texas and the Mexican War. Davy Crockett defends the Alamo ; Sam Houston whips the Mexicans at San Jacinto ; General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City --
Politics. Andrew Jackson is inaugurated president ; "John Quincy Adams is no more" ; William Herndon remembers Abraham Lincoln ; Abraham Lincoln is nominated in the wigwam --
O captain, my captain. Nathaniel Hawthorne sees President Lincoln ; Lincoln reads the Emancipation Proclamation ; Lincoln frees the slaves ; Lincoln consoles Mrs. Bixby ; President Lincoln is assassinated --
Behind the lines. Writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" ; The Confederates burn their cotton ; Anna Dickinson sees draft riots in New York City ; Suffering in Andersonville Prison ; The disintegration of the Confederate Army --
The Blue and the Gray. Mrs. Chesnut watches the attack on Fort Sumter ; Abner Doubleday defends Fort Sumter ; "Bull Run" Russell reports the rout of the Federals ; The Monitor and the Merrimac ; Eating mules at Port Hudson ; Blue and Gray fraternize at Port Hudson ; General Lee invades Pennsylvania ; High tide at Gettysburg ; General Sherman marches from Atlanta to the sea ; Eliza Andrews comes home to the "burnt country" ; General Lee surrenders at Appomattox --
Audio CD: 1. Introduction --
2. Mowhawks spill tea in Boston Harbor --
3. Jefferson writes the Declaration of Independence --
4. The American army suffers at Valley Forge --
5. Tecumseh pledges support to the British --
6. "Old America is moving westward" --
7. Settlers recall growing up in the early Republic --
8. Mark Twain on the Pony Express --
9. Three accounts of pioneer life --
10. The Reverend Walsh inspects a slave ship --
11. Abraham Lincoln : O captain, my captain --
12. Writing "The battle hymn of the Republic" --
13. The Civil War ends with a surrender --
14. Robert Louis Stevenson travels across the Plains --
15. Henry Ford constructs a gasoline buggy --
16. Jacob Riis discovers how the other half lives --
17. Theodore Roosevelt takes charge of the Navy --
18. The World Wars --
19. The Marines cross a river under fire on Guadalcanal --
20. An American plane ushers in the Atomic Age --
21. The GIs and modern America --
22. Edward R. Murrow on the meaning of television --
23. John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address --
24. Rosa Parks gets arrested in Montgomery --
25. The Democratic convention, August 1968 --
26. Neil Armstrong reminisces about his moon walk --
27. The harrowing evacuation of Saigon --
28. Bill Gates on the birth of the personal computer --
29. Michael Kinsley on the impeachment of Bill Clinton --
30. Toward the new millennium --
31. Conclusion.
Other Titles: Heritage of America.
Responsibility: Stephen Ambrose & Douglas Brinkley, [editors].
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Includes over 150 eyewitness accounts of events in American history including works from prominent historical figures and ordinary people.

Contains primary source material.

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