MOMENTS THAT MADE AMERICA

Part One

From the Ice Age to the Alamo

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PROLOGUE

 

CHAPTER ONE: IN THE BEGINNING

Birth of a Continent

An Ancient Gift for a Young Nation

An End and a Beginning: The Last Days of the Dinosaurs

Ages of Ice

First Americans

A Matter of Timing: The Iroquois Confederacy

Contributions of the First Americans

 

CHAPTER TWO: MAKING AMERICA

Changing the World at Tours; The Battle that Saved Democracy

Speaking English

A Mongol Drunk Saves America

The European Invasion

Tobacco and Early America

Slaves Arrive in America

Voyage of the Mayflower

The Honey Bee Immigration

Johnny Appleseed

 

CHAPTER THREE: VOICES OF REVOLUTION

The French and Indian War

Miracle on the Monongahela

Pathway to Victory

A Costly Conquest

Days of Reckoning: Revolution Draws Near

 

CHAPTER FOUR: OVER THE EDGE

The Boston Tea Party

Patrick Henry’s Challenge

Showdown at Lexington

The Second Continental Congress

Lessons at Bunker Hill

Common Sense

The Declaration of Independence

 

CHAPTER FIVE: THE WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE

Washington Saves His Army

The Battle of Trenton

On to Princeton

 

CHAPTER SIX: THE TIDE BEGINS TO TURN

Franklin Conquers the French

Setback at Ticonderoga

Saratoga

CHAPTER SEVEN: FROM VALLEY FORGE TO BETRAYAL

Washington’s Life Spared at Brandywine Creek

Baron Von Steuben

Valley Forge

America Gains an Ally

The War Moves South

Benedict Arnold

 

CHAPTER EIGHT: THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

Massacre at Waxhaws

Battle of Kings Mountain

Battle of Cowpens

Nathanael Green Outsmarts Cornwallis

Surrender at Yorktown

 

CHAPTER NINE: MAKING A NATION

Washington Walks Away

Searching for Unity

The Constitution of the United States of America

The Bill of Rights

Daniel Boone

 

CHAPTER TEN: GROWING PAINS

America’s First President: George Washington

Beginning of the Two-Party System

British Impressment of American Citizens

 

CHAPTER ELEVEN: THE NATION GROWS

Napoleon Rises to Power

President Adams Creates the Marine Corp

The Alien and Sedition Acts

Election of 1800

The Louisiana Purchase

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

The Twelfth Amendment

Invention of the Cotton Gin

The Erie Canal

 

CHAPTER TWELVE: MARCHING OFF TO WAR

 America Bans the Importation of Slaves

Tecumseh and the Indian Confederacy

The War of 1812

Failure in the North

 

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: FROM DEFEAT TO VICTORY

Burning Washington

Attack on Fort McHenry

Showdown on Lake Champlain

Battle of New Orleans

 

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: AMERICA HEADS WEST

 Manifest Destiny

Making Texas

Antonio López de Santa Anna

Sam Houston

Battle of the Alamo

Massacre at Goliad

Revenge at San Jacinto

 

CHAPTER FIFTEEN: TAKING AMERICA

The Trail of Tears

The Great Western Land Grab - War with Mexico

                                                                                       

CHAPTER SIXTEEN: AMERICA MAKES A NATION

Tying the Nation Together with a Band of Steel

The Monroe Doctrine

Striking It Rich

 

EPILOGUE

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