Twenty-one full and lengthy selections from John Smith, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, Francis Parkman, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Parson Weems, Washington Irving, Alexis de Tocqueville, Red Jacket, George Catlin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry David Thoreu, and Margaret Leech.
The late Robert D. Marcus was Professor of History at SUNY, Brockport, from 1983-2000. David Burner, a professor of history at SUNY at Stony Brook, received his doctorate at Columbia, where he studied under Richard Hofstadter. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a Ford Fellow at Harvard. His early books are The Politics of Provincialism and Herbert Hoover: A Public Life. He is also the author of Making Peace with the Sixties (1996) and John F. Kennedy and a New Generation (2nd edition, 2003). He is currently writing a history of West Point.