Never before has America's past been made so intriguingly accessible, both to the eyes and to the mind. Eyes of the Nation features seven chapters of lucid historical commentary by the distinguished historian Alan Brinkley. A bountiful narrative-in-pictures is drawn from the millions of maps, prints, photographs, posters, manuscripts, motion picture stills and other treasures in the nonbook collections of the Library of Congress. The book proceeds from the first encounter of Europeans and Indians, through colonial days and the founding of the nation, industrialization and westward expansion, the transformations of the 19th and 20th centuries, to the present day. The brilliant selections of Vincent Virga and the Library's curators document every stage of the nation's development. Each chapter is introduced by an essay by the National Book Award-winning historian Alan Brinkley.