Who are the pivotal figures in American history? Alan Axelrod suggests we can answer this question only after we look with an open mind into all the areas of our collective past. '1001 People Who Made America' does just that, highlighting the famous as well as the infamous, from the nation's earliest days to the present. The book presents a who's who of American politics, arts, science, business, religion, and pop culture, along with concise explanations of each figure's historical significance. Featured personalities range from Jesse James to Al Capone, Harriet Beecher Stowe to Betty Friedan, George Washington to George W. Bush, Harriet Tubman to Martin Luther King, Jr., Stephen Foster to Elvis, John L. Sullivan to Muhammad Ali, Edwin Booth to Marlon Brando, Washington Irving to Thomas Pynchon, Jacob Aster to Bill Gates.