Cover image for Witness to America : an illustrated documentary history of the United States from the Revolution to today
Witness to America : an illustrated documentary history of the United States from the Revolution to today
Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-1998. Heritage of America.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 605 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
"A Lou Reda book."

"Originally edited by Henry Steele Commager and Allan Nevins."

Rev., updated ed. of: The heritage of America / edited by Henry Steele Commager and Allan Nevins. Rev. and enl. ed. 1949.
Audio CD: 1. Introduction -- 2. Mowhawks spill tea in Boston Harbor -- 3. Jefferson writes the Declaration of Independence -- 4. The American army suffers at Valley Forge -- 5. Tecumseh pledges support to the British -- 6. "Old America is moving westward" -- 7. Settlers recall growing up in the early Republic -- 8. Mark Twain on the Pony Express -- 9. Three accounts of pioneer life -- 10. The Reverend Walsh inspects a slave ship -- 11. Abraham Lincoln : O captain, my captain -- 12. Writing "The battle hymn of the Republic" -- 13. The Civil War ends with a surrender -- 14. Robert Louis Stevenson travels across the Plains -- 15. Henry Ford constructs a gasoline buggy -- 16. Jacob Riis discovers how the other half lives -- 17. Theodore Roosevelt takes charge of the Navy -- 18. The World Wars -- 19. The Marines cross a river under fire on Guadalcanal -- 20. An American plane ushers in the Atomic Age -- 21. The GIs and modern America -- 22. Edward R. Murrow on the meaning of television -- 23. John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address -- 24. Rosa Parks gets arested in Montgomery -- 25. The Democratic convention, August 1968 -- 26. Neil Armstrong reminisces about his moon walk -- 27. The harrowing evacuation of Saigon -- 28. Bill Gates on the birth of the personal computer -- 29. Michael Kinsley on the impeachment of Bill Clinton -- 30. Toward the new millennium -- 31. Conclusion.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
E173 .W78 1999 TEXT Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
E173 .W78 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

On Order



Excerpts from publications by figures from the military, commerce, sports, and politics chronicle the history of the United States.

Author Notes

Douglas Brinkley was born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 14, 1960. He received a B.A. from Ohio State University in 1982 and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1989. He was a professor at Tulane University, Princeton University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Hofstra University, and the University of New Orleans. In 2007, he became a professor at Rice University and the James Baker Institute for Public Policy. He is a commentator for CBS News and a contributing editor to the magazine Vanity Fair.

His first book, Jean Monnet: The Path to European Unity, was published in 1992. His other works include Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years, The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter's Journey Beyond the White House, Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion, The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, Cronkite, and Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America. He also wrote three books with historian Stephen E. Ambrose: The Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, Witness to History, and The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisiana Purchase to Today. He has won several awards including the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize for Driven Patriot and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ambrose and Brinkley are two of our most esteemed and prolific historians. They have compiled a comprehensive but eclectic collection of primary source materials that is bound to enhance our appreciation and understanding of our national heritage. Each epoch is sprinkled with wonderfully fascinating jewels; from the "Revolutionary War" section, John Adams informs us why he insisted that Thomas Jefferson should draft the Declaration of Independence; from the "Early National" section, Thomas Jefferson describes a critical bargain struck with Alexander Hamilton regarding the assumption of state debts; and Admiral Dewey describes with unsettling understatement the destruction of the Spanish fleet at Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. An invaluable resource for both scholars and lay readers who like American history. --Jay Freeman

Library Journal Review

Ambrose and Brinkley, both of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies of the University of New Orleans, present a collection of nearly 170 primary historical documents paired with roughly 120 black-and-white illustrations. As the editors note, this book is an expanded version of The Heritage of America, issued a half-century ago by Henry Steele Commager and Allan Nevins, two late renowned interpreters of the American past. This revision adds 45 new selections covering the eventful years since World War II to the material presented by Commager and Nevins, whose choices have been weeded to reflect changes in historical interest and interpretation over the years. The problem with this revision lies not so much with the editors' choices, which generally demonstrate judicious, balanced coverage of both great events and common people, but with the availability of any number of other historical readers offering similar selections of primary historical material. Certainly, the Ambrose and Brinkley edition is intended for the trade market, as opposed to a more specialized education readership, but beyond the reputations of the editors, the content does not prove significantly superior to that of other collections.√ĄCharles K. Piehl, Mankato State Univ., MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.