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Volume 4 of this series of eye-witness accounts of American history sees theyoung republic facing bankruptcy, conflicting land claims and threatenedmutinies. Youll read about the challenges and disputes, and the development andexpansion of theMoreVolume 4 of this series of eye-witness accounts of American history sees theyoung republic facing bankruptcy, conflicting land claims and threatenedmutinies. Youll read about the challenges and disputes, and the development andexpansion of the Union. In their own words, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin andcolleagues report on the momentous Treaty of Paris, which established (for thetime being) the western and northern boundaries of the USA. A wealth offascinating contemporary material includes James Madison and Alexander Hamiltonon the constitution.There are eye-witness accounts of the north-west fur trade, and of Washingtonsinauguration as the new nations first President. Youll read Senator Pinckneystale of the bitter Presidential election of 1800, and Napoleons own brothersaccount of the Emperors determination to sell Louisiana. With theseauthoritative sources at your fingertips, you can establish own interpretationof these fascinating events.Introduction To The SeriesAfter youve heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident, you begin toworry about history. This observation, attributed to the comedian HennyYoungman, summarizes the dilemma you face when you want to find out what reallyhappened in the past. When you read a history book, the facts are actually theauthors own interpretation, often colored by a conscious or unconscious wish tohave you share a particular point of view. Youre one step (or many steps)removed from the original source material.Thats why the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States compiled this 12-volume collection of writings of people who actually witnessed the key events inAmerican history - the actual actors in the events or contemporary observers ofthem. Past historians have spent decades locating, studying and consulting vastamounts of material such as this. This meticulously chosen selection brings youthe essence of history as originally recorded by those who participated in it.Youll be reading mostly eye-witness accounts, by people contemporary with theevents they describe, including many significant historical figures themselves.So you can make your own assessments, draw your own conclusions and gain anunderstanding of past events undistorted by the prejudices, assumptions andselectivity of professional historians. In some instances where there arentreliable or easily accessible eye-witness accounts, the compilers have chosenextracts from objective, authoritative historians of past generations such asFrancis Parkman whose judgements have stood the test of time.The extracts chosen arent dry as dust: they provide an exciting, highlyreadable narrative from the living past. Theyre part of the primary sourcematerial on which all historical research is based - and these e-books bringthis original, classic reporting to you directly. Through these accounts, yourknowledge of American history will be immeasurably greater, your understandingof the key events in the building of the nation immensely increased.Founded in 1899, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is anonprofit organization dedicated to foster camaderie among United Statesveterans of overseas conflicts, from the Spanish-American War to Iraq andAfghanistan, and to ensure that they receive due respect and entitlements forthe sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of the nation.