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American Future: A History
     

American Future: A History

by Simon Schama
 

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ISBN-10: 0060539240

ISBN-13: 2900060539244

Pub. Date: 06/15/2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


Acclaimed historian and award-winning author Simon Schama offers an essential historical perspective on the crucial 2008 presidential election and its importance for reclaiming America's original ideal.


It's not business as usual. Cultural hostilities more irreconcilable than any since the Civil War have divided America in two. In November 2008,

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Acclaimed historian and award-winning author Simon Schama offers an essential historical perspective on the crucial 2008 presidential election and its importance for reclaiming America's original ideal.


It's not business as usual. Cultural hostilities more irreconcilable than any since the Civil War have divided America in two. In November 2008, the American people elected a new president, feeling more anxious about the future of the nation than at any time since Watergate. Our omnipotent military, the cornucopia of material comforts available, the security of our borders, and the global economy can no longer be taken for granted.

In The American Future, historian Simon Schama 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 crucial debates—on wars, religion, race and immigration, and the relationship between natural resources and prosperity—Schama looks back to see more clearly into the future. Full of lost insights, The American Future showcases Schama's acclaimed gift for storytelling, ensuring these voices will be heard again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900060539244
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
400

Table of Contents

Prologue Iowa Waltz 1

I American War

1 Veterans Day: II November 2007 25

2 The fight for the citadel: soldiering and the Founding Fathers 33

3 The Drop Zone Cafe, San Antonio, Texas, 3 March 2008 55

4 The trials of the Roman 59

5 Taking sides 70

6 Father and son 78

7 The quartermaster general, 1861-64 85

8 John Rodgers Meigs, the Shenandoah Valley, summer and fall 1864 100

9 Montgomery Meigs and Louisa Rodgers Meigs, October 1864-December 1865 103

10 Washington, D.C., February 2008 108

11 Hamilton resurrexit 111

12 American war: Rohrbach-lès-Bitche, the Maginot Line near Metz, 10 December 1944 123

II American Fervor

13 Atlantic City, August 1964 130

14 Saved 138

15 Raven, Virginia, 2008 148

16 Providence 152

17 "Whereas Almighty God hath created the mind free…" 161

18 National Sin 176

19 Jarena Lee 186

20 The sovereignty of the voice 195

21 Easter Sunday, 2008, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta 206

22 Great white hopes? 210

23 Ruleville, Mississippi, 31 August 1962 213

III What is An American?

24 Twilight, Downing Street, June 2008 219

25 Citizen Heartbreak: France, August 1794 223

26 The German threat 238

27 The Chicken Club, south Texas, July 2008 244

28 The immigrant problem in Texas 246

29 The German threat-again 263

30 The importance of Fred Bee 268

31 Grace under pressure 283

32 Jefferson's Koran 295

IV American Plenty

33 Running on empty? 303

34 Strawberry fields, 1775 312

35 White Path, 1801-23 316

36 1893 330

37 The church of irrigation 336

38 Ghost house 344

39 Roll up that lawn 351

40 Windmills 357

Epilogue: The Impotent Angel? 363

Bibliography 371

Acknowledgments 379

Picture Acknowledgments 383

Index 385

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