From the Mayflower Compact to Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech at the UN Conference on Women, words have described and framed the history of our country. The words of politicians, activists, dreamers, and writers tell the exciting story of the new, developing, and finally established nation. Readers will hear from Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, Abigail Adams, George Washington, Francis Scott Key, James Monroe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Chief Joseph, Red Cloud, Francis Bellamy, Jane Addams, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez, Neil Armstrong, Shirley Chisholm, Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and more. This is a unique collection for young people. Amply illustrated with engravings, photographs, political cartoons, maps, and portraits, each document becomes a testament to its time and resonates through succeeding eras. Children will discover that many of the issues in the news today have been discussed in this country for generations: individual rights, care of the environment, immigration, and more.