It has been said that the study of history does not make you smart for the next time, but wise forever. As you start your journey through this book, keep in mind that a single history account cannot summarize the nation's past. The recording and resurrection of history relies on many sources, both primary — as with original documents — and secondary — as with a book such as the one in your hands. Perhaps The Everything
Just look at what Americans have accomplished in the short span of 225 years. With scientific and technological breakthroughs, cures for ailments and diseases, intellectual insights and artistic expressions, faith, fads, and fancy outfits, political involvement, obsessions, and foibles — the list never seems quite complete. Finally, always remember that the United States was founded upon the right of dissent and the responsibility of the citizen to hold those in power accountable for their actions.
Chances are, your place in history is still evolving in a personal and collective sense. What better way to make a mark on American culture and move forward in a new millennium than by reading and learning about the highlights of what brought the country to this point in time!
If you're still wondering whether American history can come alive for you, this book should convince you that it can. In these pages, you'll read interesting facts and explanations, revisit material you may have forgotten, and be challenged to explore many historical settings as they exist today. A unique component of this book are the sidebars, which reiterate a concept with a new twist and provide a snapshot of information that enhances the main text.
Maybe this book will inspire you to further exploration of the nation's history. You might even plan your next vacation around some of the destinations and sights referred to in this book. For families with children, this book may help turn those children on to the richness of American history.