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Stephen Ambrose
January 10, 1936 - October 13, 2002
Nationality: American
Category: Historian
Subcategory: American Historian

American is the first democratic nation-state.


Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death.


You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.


Washington's character was rock solid. He came to stand for the new nation and its republican virtues, which was why he became our first President by unanimous choice.


The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.


To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African American as inferior in every way.


I was taught by professors who had done their schooling in the 1930s. Most of them were scornful of, even hated, big business.


The Canadians have managed to live peacefully with their Indians. It is disgrace that the United States has not done the same.


The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake.


Even before Watergate and his resignation, Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions.


I thought Nixon was the worst President we had ever had, save only perhaps Andrew Johnson.


I've always tried to be fair to my subjects. That's easy when they are as likable and admirable as Lewis and Clark, or Eisenhower.


We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today.


Almost everything Truman did in foreign affairs I approve of.


My first book was the book that changed my life.


The more sophisticated we get, the more advanced our buildings and vehicles become, the more vulnerable we are.


In America, Jefferson noted with approval, women knew their place.


In 1945, there were more people killed, more buildings destroyed, more high explosives set off, more fires burning than before or since.


Neither Johnson nor his party nor the government as a whole were willing to raise, train, equip, and then send Vietnam sufficient manpower to do the job.


Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends.


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