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A Country without Memory

List of places visited
List of topics discussed
About the writer
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Maryhill and Celilo
Ewing Young & Champoeg
Ghost Mountain

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Death Valley
The Cascades

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        Topics Discussed

A Country without Memory examines a broad swath of American history. The following lists in rough sequence the literary and historical topics discussed in the book.
  • The Hopi Nation and Old Oraibi
  • Presidio, Texas, and La Comancheria
  • The Hundredth Meridian
  • The LBJ Ranch and LBJ's legacy
  • Robert Caro and The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • Miguel Hidalgo, Agustín de Iturbide, and the Mexican War of Independence
  • Cynthia Ann Parker, Quanah Parker, and the Texas–Indian Wars
  • Highway 61 and the Mississippi Delta
  • Frederick Law Olmsted and the interstate highway system
  • James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss
  • William Faulkner and Rowan Oak
  • The Mississippi Flood of 1927
  • Bob Dylan and Highway 61 Revisited
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the National Civil Rights Museum
  • Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia
  • Monticello, Mulberry Row, and Sally Hemings
  • Jamestown, Shirley Plantation, and the Colonial Parkway
  • Franklin Roosevelt, FDR's fireside chats, and Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin and No Ordinary Time
  • Sleepy Hollow, Henry David Thoreau, and Francis Jackson Meriam
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson and Yukichi Fukuzawa
  • Mount Washington Hotel and the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference
  • FDR, John Maynard Keynes, and the Bank of International Settlements (BIS)
  • Adam Smith and Thomas Carlyle
  • Battle of Saratoga and Benedict Arnold
  • Frederic Edwin Church, Olana, and the Hudson River School
  • Battle of Antietam (Battle of Sharpsburg) and the Emancipation Proclamation
  • George McClellan, Robert E. Lee, and Abraham Lincoln
  • John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and the Harpers Ferry Raid
  • John Henry Kagi, Osborne Perry Anderson, Hayward Shepherd, Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, and John Wilkes Booth
  • John Wesley and Savannah, Georgia
  • Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Second Bank of the United States
  • Jekyll Island, the Aldrich Plan, and the Federal Reserve
  • St. Augustine and "the oldest house"
  • The Suwanee River, The Seminole Nation
  • The Rosewood Massacre
  • The National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville Prison, Camp Douglas, and the Elmira POW camp
  • FDR, Warm Springs, and the Little White House
  • Wilhelm Franz Canaris, the Abwehr (German military intelligence), and the German Resistance
  • JFK, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Freedom Riders
  • Ulysses S. Grant, Tecumseh Sherman, Albert Sidney Johnston, and Shiloh
  • Winfield Scott, the Anaconda Plan, Sun Tzu, and Lincoln
  • Lincoln and the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862
  • Samuel Clemens and Hannibal, Missouri
  • Mark Twain and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • Mohandas Gandhi and the Satyagraha resistance to the British Raj
  • Bleeding Kansas, and the burning of Lawrence
  • Battles of Black Jack and Osawatomie
  • Pottawatomie and Marais des Cygnes Massacres
  • Alexis de Toqueville and Democracy in America
  • Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht and the Nuremberg Trials
  • Colorado Coalfield War and the Ludlow Massacre
  • Henry David Thoreau, the Mexican War, and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
  • James Hutton, John McPhee, deep time, and the Book Cliffs
  • Ely Parker at Appomattox