By Stephen E. Ambrose
In "To America," Stephen E. Ambrose, one of many country's such a lot influential historians, displays on his lengthy profession as an American historian and explains what an historian's task is all approximately. He celebrates America's spirit, which has carried us thus far. He confronts its mess ups and struggles. As continuously in his a lot acclaimed paintings, Ambrose brings alive the lads and ladies, recognized and never, who've peopled our historical past and made the USA a version for the world.Taking a number of swings at today's political correctness, in addition to his personal early biases, Ambrose grapples with the country's historical sins of racism, its forget and unwell remedy of local americans, and its tragic error (such because the conflict in Vietnam, which he ardently antagonistic on campus, the place he used to be a professor). He displays on the various country's early founders who have been revolutionary thinkers whereas dwelling a contradiction as slaveholders, nice males akin to Washington and Jefferson. He contemplates the genius of Andrew Jackson's defeat of a greatly improved British strength with a ragtag military within the struggle of 1812. He describes the grueling trip that Lewis and Clark made to open up the rustic, and the development of the railroad that joined it and produced nice riches for a couple of barons.
Ambrose explains the misunderstood presidency of Ulysses S. provide, files the country's assumption of worldwide strength lower than the management of Theodore Roosevelt, and extols its heroic victory of worldwide struggle II. He writes approximately women's rights and civil rights and immigration, founding museums, and state- construction. He contrasts the presidencies of Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson. all through, Ambrose celebratesthe unflappable American spirit.
Most vital, Ambrose writes approximately writing historical past. "The final 5 letters of the be aware 'history' let us know that it really is an account of the earlier that's approximately humans and what they did, that is what makes it the main attention-grabbing of subjects."
"To America" is an speedy vintage for all these drawn to heritage, patriotism, and the affection of writing.
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In its own way, the house was as horsey as Jane’s, but at a higher, wealthier level: wonderful paintings of horses, including a few by George Stubbs himself, bronzes of horses from every era, shelf after shelf of gleaming polo trophies, some of them works of art in themselves. There was a pianist at the big white Steinway grand playing tunes from Cole Porter, Noel Coward, and Rogers and Hart, while the butler circulated through the room reﬁlling people’s glasses. It was all like stepping back into the 1920s.
That’s what I said to him. ” She paused. ” “Up to a point. ” I knew better than to put the blame on Black Jack. You can’t criticize the horse somebody has lent you—it just isn’t done. Jane chuckled. “Nobody’s done that in years,” she said. ” “Aye, that he did,” Thady said contentedly. “I told him that’s what happens when you get a real daredevil in the hunt ﬁeld. ” He sipped his tea, into which Jane had poured a generous shot of Irish whiskey. ” The same thought had occurred to me, which perhaps explains why I never repeated the experience.
I gave a sigh of relief as we turned off the main road into a narrower, 38 Horse People but quieter, dirt one, then, after what seemed like a long time, onto the gravel of a driveway that took us around the side of a magniﬁcent old brick mansion to a vast expanse of lawn, on which I saw two or three dozen more horses and riders, mixed in with a lot of well-dressed people on foot—for foxhunting is as much a social occasion as a sport, in which seeing who is there and being seen are perhaps more important to most people than killing a fox.
To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen E. Ambrose