Records of Our National Life

USD $59.95

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ISBN: 978-1-904832-71-3

320 Pages

286 x 267 mm (10 ½ x 11 ½ in)

812 colour illustrations

In association with the Foundation for the National Archives

April 2010


Featuring over 750 illustrations, followed by succinct captions, Records of Our National Life, provides readers with a glimpse into the extensive holdings waiting to be discovered at the National Archives.

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Published in honour of the National Archives’ 75th anniversary, this highly illustrated volume takes the reader on a journey through American history—from the struggle for independence to the 2009 Tally of Electoral Votes—offering a close-up examination of some of the billions of documents, photographs, maps, and films in the holdings of the National Archives. All facets of the American story emerge here, from the noble to the ignoble, the monumental to the mundane. The overriding themes of the nation’s history are covered—territorial exploration and expansion, immigration and migration, political life, the rights of women and minorities, and the growth of industry and technology.

The hundreds of records collected here are proof that the life of our nation is the life of its citizens. Whether they feature the famous or the unknown, records reveal the human face of history—the shock of a militiaman when the British fire at Lexington; the anguish of a wife whose husband is held by Barbary pirates; the relief of immigrants passing through Ellis Island; the pride and defiance of parents whose teenagers integrate a Little Rock high school; the poignancy as Lady Bird Johnson describes events in Dallas.

Developed in collaboration between the archivists and staff of the National Archives and the Foundation for the National Archives, featuring contributed essays by Michael Beschloss, Presidential Historian and Author; Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News; Ken Burns, Documentary Filmmaker; John Carlin, Eighth Archivist of the United States; David McCullough, Author; Cokie Roberts, Author and Political Analyst for ABC News and NPR; Allen Weinstein, Ninth Archivist of the United States; Tom Wheeler, Managing Director, Core Capital Partners; and Don W. Wilson, Seventh Archivist of the United States.

Table of contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Foreword by Adrienne Thomas, Acting Archivist of the United States
  3. Introduction by Anne-Catherine Fallen
  4. Commemorative Essays by Michael Beschloss; Ken Burns; Tom Brokaw; John Carlin; David McCullough; Cokie Roberts; Allen Weinstein;  Tom Wheeler; Don Wilson.
  5. Records of Our National Life
  6. Records of our National Life: Information and citations
  7. National Archives Facilities