The essays, all talks presented to live audiences, cover a broad range of topics. They examine important influences—foreign and domestic--that helped create our Government, modify our culture and our understanding of what it means to be American. With historical truth as our guide we raise interesting questions about some possible distortions of our Heritage. We discuss in detail such important things as Tolerance, Slavery, Morality, Art, and the Enlightenment-- even our place in the Cosmos. Readers will be uplifted in seeing how America became great, and how the Founders’ idea of “Out of Many One” was realized.