1001 People Who Made America by Alan Axelrod Ph.D.

By Alan Axelrod Ph.D.

Who are the pivotal figures in American history—the women and men who've contributed to shaping who we're as a humans and the way we glance at ourselves as americans? during this spouse to his renowned 1001 occasions That Made America, Alan Axelrod indicates we will solution this query in basic terms once we glance with an open brain into all of the parts of our collective earlier.

1001 those who Made America does simply that, highlighting the well-known 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 bits, the ebook offers a who is who of yankee politics, arts, technological know-how, enterprise, faith, and pa tradition, in addition to concise factors of every figure's historic importance. 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, Jacob Aster to invoice Gates.

Axelrod's writing is filled with details and perception, giving readers a deeper realizing of what it potential to be an American. The attractive layout and easy-to-read layout invite shopping and make this booklet a superb present for heritage buffs and all considerate american citizens.

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Change “men” to “men and women,” and we’ve almost got it right. But that still leaves the troublesome word great. There are a handful of American men and women just about everyone would agree deserve to be called great—but probably not a thousand, let alone a thousand and one. Among the people who made America, some were great, some were good, others just lucky, and some downright bad, mistaken, unfortunate, and even evil. But they all merit inclusion in this book because what they did, what they made, what they thought—and what they caused others to do, make, or think—shaped our nation and who we are today.

He was the dominant force in shaping the Cold War policy dubbed in 1947 the “Truman Doctrine,” which pledged economic and military assistance to any nation fighting the expansion of Communism. With Secretary of State George C. Marshall, Acheson formulated and promoted the Marshall Plan, for the post World War II relief and rebuilding of Europe. Adams, Abigail (1774–1818) Married to John Adams on October 25, 1764, Abigail advised her husband, supported the Revolution of which he was a prime architect, and took on the solo management of the family farm and John’s business affairs, not only preserving but increasing the family fortune.

Astor, John Jacob (1763–1848) Born in Waldorf, Germany, Astor opened a fur shop in New York City in 1786, having “learned” the fur trade at sea, on the ship that brought him to America. A boldly energetic entrepreneur, he sent fur traders to the far corners of the North American continent, creating the American Fur Company—the nation’s first business monopoly—in the process amassing a great fortune (which financed the building of much of early 19th-century New York City) and motivating the exploration and initial settlement of the Far West.

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