National Geographic : 1962 Mar
who sowed the seeds of America's cherished freedom. This unique book takes its readers to the places where history happened. Every page brings the past to life with historic scenes we can see for ourselves on our next vacation. The Jamestown settler, the Minuteman, the Alamo defender, the Oregon pioneer, the sodbuster's wife on the lonely plain, the im migrant family glimpsing the Statue of Liber ty-all these are our forefathers, yours and mine. Their story and the landmarks they left are the book's enthralling theme. Exciting to read, it tells the story of Amer ica from close up - the Revolution, for ex ample, not merely as dry facts and dates but as if seen by a Colonial who fought in it. Pathfinders Who Built a Nation "We follow explorers and colonists as they secure footholds on a virgin continent," ex plains the introduction by Conrad L. Wirth, Director of the National Park Service, which cares for many of these shrines. "Always we picture the land through their eyes. We pioneer where they pioneered, fight beside them where they fought, triumph where they triumphed. Finally we stand with our own contemporaries and face the limit less challenge of the Space Age." For America's Historylands the National Geographic Book Service staff, under its able chief, Merle Severy, has distilled the essence of diaries, explorers' journals, and biogra phies. Editors did not overlook the small, inti mate touches: that George Washington's false teeth sometimes locked in the middle of a speech; or that Ben Franklin, who counseled "early to bed and early to rise," habitually stayed up late. Ten noted American writers and historians interpret this pageant of the past- Spaniards at St. Augustine; Englishmen at Plymouth; Dutch and Swedes along the Hudson and Delaware; lonely settlers in North Carolina, described in 1666 as an ideal marriage ground for "any Maid... if they be but Civil, and under 50 years of Age." Writer-historian Donald Barr Chidsey re creates the world of the New England mili tiamen who fought at Lexington and Bunker Hill. Dramatic paintings and picture maps reconstruct the struggle for independence Valley Forge, Saratoga, Yorktown. The Civil War blazes across 57 pages of the book, from the first storm clouds over Junior gunslinger rides a toy stagecoach. Frontier museum in Custer State Park, South Dakota, brings the Wild West to life again. BATESLITTLEHALES © N.G.S .