The eight concise biographies that make up this book round out the background of the United States' beginnings, give a feeling of the impress of the men's achievements and underline the inheritance of liberty that stemmed from them. Each biography has a lead-in of earlier events, and a chronology at its conclusion. Beginning with Columbus and the fruits of his discoveries, then come Captain John Smith and his executive genius, Henry Hudson and the opening up of New York, Roger Williams and his expansion of intellectual freedom, William Penn and the emergence of statehood from proprietary rule, the Sieur de La Salle and his remarkable feats from Canada to Louisiana, George Washington and the welding of a nation, and John Paul Jones who carried the American flag to its proper position among other nations. This results in a composite that offers a panorama in terms of men, important enterprises, and individual exploits which are basic in national history. Reference, study groups and supplementary reading usage for this.