By Alan Axelrod Ph.D.
Who're the pivotal figures in American background, the lads and ladies who've assisted in shaping us as a humans and feature encouraged how we understand ourselves as americans? during this better half to his renowned 1001 occasions That Made America, Alan Axelrod seems to be into all components of our collective earlier and highlights the recognized in addition to the notorious, the virtuous in addition to the infamous, from the nation’s earliest days to the current.
Serving up background in energetic, obtainable bites, the ebook offers a Who’s Who in American politics, arts, technological know-how, company, faith, and dad tradition, in addition to concise causes of every figure’s historic value. Featured personalities diversity 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, and John Jacob Astor to invoice Gates.
Packed with info and perception, 1001 those who Made America offers readers a deeper realizing of what it skill to be an American. The beautiful layout and easy-to-read layout invite searching and sharing.
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Brandeis, Louis (1856–1941) As a young man, Brandeis earned a reputation as “the people’s attorney,” often fighting the interests of big finance and big business, especially trusts and monopolies. The reform-minded Woodrow Wilson appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1916—he was the first Jew to sit on the high court—and he embarked on a 23-year career in which he steered a brilliant middle course between government authority and individual liberty. Brando, Marlon (1924–2004) Born in Omaha, Brando moved to New York City in 1943 to study acting at the famed Dramatic Workshop of Stella Adler.
Both of the Beards were lifelong activists for liberal social causes, and Mary Beard was a pioneering scholar of women’s history. Beecher, Catharine (1800–1878) Eldest daughter of revivalist preacher Lyman Beecher, Catharine Beecher worked to advance the cause of public education in America and to define and establish the role of women in American society. Although she was a fierce advocate of equal rights for women, her most influential book, A Treatise on Domestic Economy (1841), was an effort to define and standardize homemaking practices and to exalt domestic values, founded on the proposition that a woman’s place is in the home—the arena from which she could most profoundly influence American society.
Believing that American independence would result in the usurpation of all Indian land, Brant fought on the side of the British during the American Revolution, visiting terror upon the New York frontier. After the war, however, he become an advocate for peace between whites and Indians and settled on a land grant in Canada. Braun, Wernher von (1912–1977) In youth, Wernher von Braun became fascinated with rocketry and in the 1930s studied the subject under a grant from the German military. By the mid 1930s, Braun was directing rocket research for the German government and during World War II developed the V-2 long-range ballistic missile, which was used against London and other targets.