Title

Book Review: The Moment of Decision: Biographical Essays on American Character and Regional Identity, edited by Randall M. Miller and John R. McKivigan

Document Type

Review

Publication Date

7-1996

Department

History

Abstract

Conceived as a festscrift for Merton Dillon of Ohio State University, this mixed lot of essays has been organized around an intriguing theme. As coeditor Randall Miller observes in the introduction, studying critical moments in public lives can help us better appreciate the culture individuals sprang from and the choices available to them. History doesn't simply happen; people have options and consciously or not, face momentous decisions. Thereby they shape their lives and, in some instances, affect the course of history. [excerpt]