The River Where America Began takes readers on a journey along the James River from the earliest days of civilization nearly 15,000 years ago through the troubled English settlement at Jamestown and finishes with Lincoln's tour of the defeated capital of Richmond in 1865. Deans traces the historical course of a river whose contributions to American life are both immeasurable and unique. This innovative history invites us all to look into these restless waters in a way that connects us to our past and reminds us of who we are as Americans.
Bob Deans, a long-time Washington, D.C. journalist, is Federal Communications Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council Inc. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia and now lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his family.
Introduction Chapter 1: Headwaters Chapter 2: Yeokanta Chapter 3: Lords of Navigation Chapter 4: Virginia Chapter 5: Democracy in America Chapter 6: Wade in the Water Chapter 7: Liberty or Death Chapter 8: River of Dreams Chapter 9: A New Birth of Freedom Epilogue: Undimmed by Human Tears Bibliography