In The Making of America, historian Robert Johnston takes us on a wonderful journey from the time just before Europeans arrived in this land to the most recent events of the 21st century. Along the way, we meet people from all walks of life who have helped shape our nation, and we take part in some of the great debates of the eras. We discover that we are just as much a part of America's ongoing story as the people of the past.
When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully -- the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.