A collection of separate articles, at the popular level, which in toto aim to tell the story of America today in terms of significant events and people in history. Here are described the era of whaling, the adventures of the chase, the famous ships, the whaling ports of Nantucket, New Bedford, the Cape, the processing and use of whale products. Similarly, the author goes on to tell the story of trappers and fur traders; Alexander Hamilton and his influence in shaping the country; the saga of the clippers; the T.V.A.; the underground railroad of pre-Civil War days; the California gold rush; the transcontinental treks; the story of William Gregg and his share in bringing the textile industry to this country; the story of Pittsburgh and its birth as a steel center. A collection of essays, thinly held together by a central thread, in the main readable, but too often slipping into pedestrian vein.