American Galaxy


Why the book; and what is it all about?  

A detailed preview, origin, synopsis, chapter by chapter outline and description of the concept and contents of Ugonna Wachuku's new book:   

American Galaxy  

Remembering the Union's Faith Foundation  

Celebrating the People and the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave   

A Loving Higher Purpose for the People   

Copyright © Ugonna Wachuku  

Origin of the Book 

With refreshing new voice, let me humbly say that in 1960, on a US tour as first Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, my dad's elder brother, Senator Jaja Anucha Wachuku (1918-1996):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaja_Wachuku was honored by Americans, with the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Blue Seal, and in Georgia, he was honored too, with the Key to the City of Atlanta. My uncle was also very good friends with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian Anderson and so many other Americans; including the Ford and Rockefeller families, etc. I have my uncle's photos with President Eisenhower, President Kennedy, President Johnson and Reverend King, Jr.; including another photo in which my uncle was paying a condolence visit to Robert Francis Kennedy after the assassination of his brother, President John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963. Deeply saddening, 4 years and 7 months later, on 5 June 1968, Robert too was slain. Indeed, my uncle's photos with Speaker Sam Rayburn, Marian Anderson, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller and others can be found at the University of Pennsylvania Library Marian Anderson Special Collections, The Center for American History's Speaker Sam Rayburn Pages at the University of Texas Archival Resources Online [TARO], United States Department of State Newsletters, amongst many others. Jaja Wachuku's life was so eventful and a blessing to so many people. 

Notably, my uncle was, also, first Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations and subsequently first Nigerian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Relations - what Americans call Secretary of State Inspiringly, kindness and humane reception of people of the United States of America continued for one's uncle Jaja - during his 25 to 28 July 1961 visit to USA with Prime Minister: Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa - at the invitation of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy: https://youtu.be/__uzYcX1Efs 

A little after the clock struck noon, on a hot Nbawsi, Eastern Nigeria Wednesday 10 March, 1971, I was delivered into this world by my persevering, brave mom. And right from my early childhood days, my great and inspiring uncle, Jaja Anucha Wachuku took much interest in me. During my High School and University years, I spent a lot of time with him. My uncle passed on-to me worthy words of wisdom and uplifting stories about the people of the United States of America and their kindness, care and love for him and our historic Wachuku family. He kindly allowed me to use his awesome library – a library that according to African Media Houses, to this day, is the biggest one-man owned library in West Africa. Right from then, based on the American lessons and tutorials my uncle imparted in me, my fascination and respect for the people of the United States of America began. Naturally then, I resolved within my deepest soul and being to cherish, encourage and uphold every American and their breathtakingly beautiful vast land, as well as, importantly, those ideals and truth of liberty, freedom, peace, worth, human dignity, purposeful living plus trust in God Almighty and All-Sufficient – that gave birth to their Union and Nation.

Today, at the dawn of the 21st century, after many years of writing and working on it, having started creating the book in January 1990 before I entered University, I have finally given soulful birth to 52 chapters of American Galaxy - my epic and monumental celebration of the people and the land of the free and home of the brave – the United States of America - where the Star-Spangled Banner still soars like the eagle that is my namesake!  

Synopsis:

In the dramatic opening and prologue of American Galaxy, each State of the United States of America tells the story of their origins and creation in a very educative manner. They talk about their motto and flower and the meaning their people give to these symbols. Each State also mentions the part it plays in the unfolding story of the book. The American eagle also richly explains how it feels and what it means to be the national bird of the United States of America.

Using the voice of Alabama, Wyoming, Wisconsin and West Virginia, the book’s introduction explores the meaning of the Declaration of Independence; and through the actions of various American Presidents and notable citizens explains where the country is today – in terms of upholding the ideals of America’s founding fathers and nurturing mothers. Wachuku analyses the state of the American nation presently using those inspiring ideals that were used to establish the country. Consequently, the author, in the interest of the United States and all humankind, calls on all Americans to uphold and sustain those touching realities that gave birth to their beautiful country.

In the third part of the book every other American State tells an uplifting story connected to the country and its people plus natural endowments. Each story flows into the other in poetic harmony. In the epilogue, the American eagle remembers Julia Ward Howe and her outstanding "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord" soulful poem and stirring song and what it means for the United States of America. With love and heart-felt humaneness, Eagle enjoins the Union and people of the land of the free and home of the brave to be calmly prepared to talk the talk, walk the talk and do the talk of being courageous, focused and caring enough to soulfully recognize when the humane need arises for the people and their leaders to compassionately help that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho.

In American Galaxy, Ugonna Wachuku weaves humane, inspiring, loving, empowering, passionate, reflective and hopeful creative labyrinths with nature’s moving patterns clad in imaginative, spiritual, political, historical, contemporary, poetic, cultural, soulful, educational and spellbinding dimensions to write an original and stirring theatrical spectacle of a story in celebration of the people and the land of the free and the home of the brave – the United States of America!

With American Galaxy, Wachuku has established a whole new world of creative paradigm and inspiration, out of the ordinary insight and thoughtful encouragement. In the book, each American State is a character, and plays out their parts from the dramatic opening, through the introduction to Dawn on Colorado, all the way to the epilogue. The American eagle as eagle one and Ugonna, as eagle two are also characters in the story. Indeed, American Galaxy is a fascinating story that holds life enriching bounties and lessons for everyone – young and old. Wachuku captures his book’s essence this way:

I believe in my known creative awakening in relation to the betterment and merciful survival of all human beings and our earthly home. I believe that Richard Henry Lee's, George Washington’s, John Adams', Thomas Jefferson’s, Abraham Lincoln’s, Clara Barton's, John F. Kennedy's, Martin Luther King Jr.’s,
Ronald Wilson Reagan's, Barack Obama's and Donald Trump's dream plus that of their cherished compatriots must be kept alive and real for all Americans and the rest of humanity.

Surely, I would not have lived in vain, if I can only help in making Americans keep their heart-beat and focus on those soulfully rewarding and solid, humane ideals of freedom, purposeful living, compassion, care and peace (the hope of all humankind) that gave birth to their Union and Nation centuries ago.

Contents Outline:

1
Dramatic Opening:  

With moving, eloquent words, Eagle One, America's National Bird premieres the book and the characters. He also emotionally explains how he feels about being America's Bird, etc. In this chapter too, the history and creation of the US Star Spangled Banner National Anthem is told; including the performance of the anthem by the book's Chorus. Afterwards, Eagle Two and every American State emerge to tell their story – each State talks about its origin, motto, flower and the part it's playing in the unfolding American Galaxy yarn...  

2
Dedication:
Eagle One is there again to explain whom the book is a homage and tribute to…

3
Chorus:
An enchanting and soul searching plea by the oppressed, terrorized and brutalized of the world - for the land of liberty and home of the brave to set them free...There is also a response from the United States to this plea - with a quotation from God's words in Isaiah chapter 58 verses 6 to 11 - as inspiration...

4
Introduction:
Here is an extensive explanation of the book in its essence plus my inspiration for it. Why American Galaxy? This chapter is also filled with encouraging and uplifting thoughts, words and soulful gift to every American. It calls for the upholding of the American dream and promise. Echoes of spirit ennobling words from Theodore Roosevelt, Clinton, Franklin Roosevelt, Bush, Kennedy, Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, Taylor, Wilson, King, Jr., Margaret Mead, etc. are seen and heard in this introductory chapter. There is a message of hope that pervades this chapter, representative of the enthusiastic spirit in which American Galaxy is created and written. This chapter is presented by Alabama, Wyoming, Wisconsin and West Virginia plus Eagle two...

5
Dawn on Colorado:
Told by Washington, this poetic and creatively moving chapter explains the life sustaining essence and importance of the Colorado River to the land and Union...

6
Morning Dew:
Here, Virginia upholds the ideal, refreshing American morning dew and the nature of its inspiration...

7
Appalachian Summit:
The amazing majesty of the land's mountain is extolled and highlighted by Vermont especially...  

8
Rio Grande:
Another Celebration of America's beautiful nature and meaning by Utah...

9
Lake Michigan:
Mind-blowing visions and the story of the lake and it's life-blood to the land and people of America is told by Texas...

10
Horizon: A message of hope and a call to keep the American promise is told here by Tennessee

11
New York, New York! :  
The meaning of liberty, survival and the reality of it is told here by South Dakota. Reference is also made to Franklin D. Roosevelt...

12
Lofty Los Angeles:
South Carolina, in poetic terms and spirit, uplifts the nature of this American city and the people...

13
Chicago:  
A historical and hopeful perspective in every worthy, creative and enterprising sense is told by Rhode Island...

14
Fresh Fountain:
Pennsylvania emerges here to tell of a fresh fountain for the rejuvenation of the land of the free and home of the brave...

15
Philadelphia Parnassus:
Oregon takes us to a Parnassus that enriches and soulfully maintains the land's freedom and hope...

16
Lonely Mother:
Oklahoma takes a look at the psychology of pain and loss, and urges the land to brace up and comfort her own...

17
Detroit of Bloom:
With calmness and sense of rhetorical humaneness, Ohio views the Union's drive to create and achieve through Detroit's heart...

18
San Francisco:
North Dakota steps in to light a hopeful way to the city's importance for the land...

19
Dallas:
North Carolina talks of the Union's renewal, healing and a new start in Dallas...

20
Houston's Pulse:
New York leads us into a pulse in the city's heart to uphold the land's freedom...

21
Boston's Breath:
Here, New Mexico tells us of a merry moon in the land and a breath of strength to help the Union keep its peace...

22
Precious Pittsburg:
New Jersey tells of how to live and sustain the Union in real ways within the precious heart of this land's city...

23
Baltimore Blossoms:
Here, New Hampshire tells of a deeply rooted hope and bountiful harvest in the soul of
Baltimore's blossom...

24
Munificent Minneapolis:
Nevada uplifts the land's compassion and giving heart through the soul of Minneapolis in the Union...

25
Atlanta Stars:
In this chapter, Nebraska takes us to the stars and hopes in the heart of the land's Atlanta; and tells of love that will keep the Union's progress...

26
Living Lover:
Montana tells of yearning and ideal love for the land through the eyes of a lady and a gentleman in the Union...

27
Waterfalls:
Missouri pays homage to the land's waters and the life they bring to the Union and people; using the imagery of a blooming fertile mother of the land of the free and home of the brave...

28
Noble Lady:
Mississippi tells of a noble lady in the land and the inspiration and freedom of the soul her beauty brings to the Union...

29
The Soul:
Minnesota goes philosophical and reminds the Union of a hopeful search for happiness and the reality of the people's mortality; plus the need to make good the promise of America while the human breath thrives...

30
Creative Flower:
Michigan uses old and modern English to tell of the creativity and blessing the land of the
Free and home of the brave bestows on the people...

31
Hollywood of Pierides:
Massachusetts tells of evergreen trees in the land; and leads Americans and humankind the way of calmly living with a sense of purpose and peace for the good of the land even in the heart of this creative beat of the Union...

32
Jewel of the gods:
Maryland takes the stage in American Galaxy, and brings Zeus, Athena and Hermes down to the land for a message of cherishment, love, hope, peace and glory in the Union's heavenly freedom...

33
Peaceful Emotions:
And in this chapter, Maine takes its turn and tells of the land's creative heart and peaceful emotions for the Union's progress under the Saving Lamb's watchful eyes...

34
Royal Rhythm:
Louisiana uses this chapter for Catherine Obianuju Acholonu, the author's creative mother; and goes on to talk of joy and gladness in the land of the free and home of the brave; urging the Union to uphold the people's freedom and that of humankind with this humane royal rhythm from Igbo forests and lighted landscapes...

35
Share the Dream:
Kentucky tells of riddles and hope through the Union's heart, and uses the imagery of forest and village paths, as well as the imagery of going to the farm to unfold the land of the free's hope for a fulfilling harvest plus sharing of the dream that gave birth to the Union itself. Even the author's soul mate and wife: Alejandra is enjoined by Kentucky to be part of this sharing and heavenly healing for the people of the Star-Spangled Banner and the rest of humankind...  

36
Moonlight Treasure:
In this chapter, Kansas takes the Union on a visionary journey; and tells of the land's first footprints on the moon - with a call for the Union to uphold its freedom and promise with inspiration from moonlight treasure...

37
Beloved Mother:
Eagle Two, Ugonna, the book's creator, steps in and tells of lessons in courage, patience and peaceful hope made real in his mom's and dad's mustard seed faith and answered prayers on the land of the free and the home of the brave...

38
Green Pastures:
Iowa uses the imagery of a sailing boat to give the Union peaceful and real visions of heavenly glory and caring freedom on the land's green pastures and meadow sea shores...

39
The Muse:
Indiana gives us a dramatic fragment and tells of the land's muse, lady and poet - the story of their real dream to share the land's freedom and happiness and also help with the strength and persevering courage needed to complete the story and voyage of American Galaxy as a whole...

40
Lake Superior:
Illinois takes us into another wonder of the Union, and tells of the lake's free spirit that will be a living guide for the land's dignity and hope...

41
Denver Dreams:
Idaho brings Denver into the heart of everyone in the land of the free and home of the brave, and tells of endless dreams of the people's right to freedom and well-being in the Union...  

42
New Orleans:
In this chapter, Hawaii, with an uplifting spirit, tells of hope being born in New Orleans' cultural eye and soul - for the Union's progress and peaceful freedom – with encouragement for the people and the land to survive the hurricane's devastation...  

43
Cincinnati Cherishment:
Georgia takes us on a journey of cherishment and appreciation in the heart of the Union's Cincinnati. It's a journey that leads to the Union's mountain tops for a vision of the land's freedom and glory brought down to Cincinnati...

44
American Galaxy (II):
Florida gladly takes the Union on a second part, yet different, view of the whole book in this inviting and charming chapter; capturing the land's essence with poetic freedom and caring hope within the people's heart...  

45
Tears and Sea Waves:
Delaware tells of the Union's caring heart through the tears and sea waves of life...

46  
The Eagle's Passion:
Connecticut upholds the land's eagle in all of its passionate reality and echoing call for the people of the Union to love one another with the humility of learning how eagles teach eaglets the mystery of calmly soaring through life in the land of the free and home of the brave...  

47
Alaskan Sun:
Colorado bravely tells of freedom, hope and progress being born anew in the Union with inspiration from the land's midnight sun and snow of the last frontier...

48
Life! :
California goes psychological and philosophical; using the imagery of lush green mountain slopes where the river's journey to life begins with liberty in the land of the free and home of the brave...  

49
Homage to Mississippi:
Arkansas takes the American Galaxy stage and with poetic tenderness tells of the land's visionary and hopeful journey to freedom, purposeful living and unwavering stand in nature's blue boat of love that sails down the river to see the Star-Spangled Banner still soaring like eagles of the land...

50
Farewell with Love:
Because, there's nothing good in saying goodbye, Arizona emerges from deep down the Union's heart to lovingly say farewell to the readers and audience of American Galaxy; and indeed, to every American soul. In a powerfully moving Shakespearean type of sonnet, but in a unique style, Arizona renders the third paragraph of this last chapter of American Galaxy; and tells of a daring dawn of love that will ever light pathways of hope, inspiration and peace within the land of the compassionate free and home of the caring brave where the Star-Spangled Banner still soars on moon, earthly and green glory like eagles of heaven's upliftment...

51
The Author:
In a simple but striking performance, Alaska briefly talks about the author, writer and creator of American Galaxy: Ugonna Wachuku...  

52
Epilogue:
And then, with the land's worthy dignity and inspiring freedom, Eagle One emerges once again to finally draw the curtain on the story of American Galaxy...There is a remembrance of Julia Ward Howe and her outstanding "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord" soulful poem and stirring song...With love and heart-felt humaneness, Eagle One enjoins the Union and people of the land of the free and home of the brave to be calmly prepared to talk the talk, walk the talk and do the talk of being brave, focused and caring enough to soulfully recognize when the humane need arises for the people and their leaders to compassionately help that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho...     

[c] Ugonna Wachuku 

Excerpts from the Introduction and Epilogue of American Galaxy:

I believe in my known creative awakening in relation to the betterment and merciful survival of all human beings and our earthly home. I believe that Richard Henry Lee’s, George Washington's, John Adams’, Thomas Jefferson's, Abraham Lincoln’s, Clara Barton’s, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, John F. Kennedy’s, Barack Obama’s and Donald Trump's dream plus that of their cherished compatriots must be kept  alive and real for all Americans and the rest of  humanity. I believe in the liberty and dignity of humankind – the elevation of the human soul into realms of valuable civility, purposeful servant leadership living and fulfilling progress enveloped within heaven's  graceful eternity for you and for little me. 

 

Accordingly, it is my humility to admit too that every other nation on earth has "flawed" and "fallible" people. So, perhaps, by seeing the good in ourselves, while confronting evil amongst us, we can well be on our hearty way to making this world a healthy and livable home for all humankind within God's will and unwavering love. My book, American Galaxy, while claiming not to know it all or have it all, is creatively all about seeing the very inspiring good in all of humankind, deeply, objectively and passionately using the liberty-clad, compassionate and brave people of the United States and their land as a favored and worthy microcosm.

 

Now, concerning the urgent need to compassionately help that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho, it is to America’s abiding credit that one of our empathetic own, in the person of Barack Obama, has long risen to the duty of making this promise a worthy, living reality for humankind by first starting on America soil. Reaffirming his unwavering resolve to actually do this promise, Obama, spoke of “Reclaiming the American Dream” in Bettendorf, Iowa on Wednesday 7 November, 2007. He declared: “America is the sum of our dreams. And what binds us together, what makes us one American family, is that we stand up and fight for each other's dreams, that we reaffirm that fundamental belief - I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper - through our politics, our policies, and in our daily lives. It's time to do that once more. It's time to reclaim the American dream.”  

 

Unequivocally, then, with a kindly attitude, this on going American story of courage and purpose in prosperity and adversity, of humaneness, civility and bountiful freedom is what I have set out to view, explore, celebrate, cherish, encourage and uphold in this book: American Galaxy. Inspiringly, it is this same American story of courage and unwavering sense of dignified vision plus humane purpose that President Abraham Lincoln enthrallingly upheld and deeply proclaimed with these evergreen words: "In legal contemplation, the Union is perpetually confirmed by the history of the Union itself. The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed, in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was further matured, and the faith of the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should be perpetual, by the Articles of the Confederation in 1778. And finally, in 1787, one of the declared objects for ordaining and establishing the Constitution was `to form a more perfect Union... I therefore consider that in view of the Constitution and the laws, the Union is unbroken, and to the extent of my ability, I shall take care, as the Constitution itself expressly enjoins upon me, that the laws of the Union be faithfully executed in all the states. Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part, and I shall perform it so far as practicable unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means or in some authoritative manner direct the contrary. I trust this will not be regarded as a menace, but only as the declared purpose of the Union that it will constitutionally defend and maintain itself..."

 

These eloquent and contemplative words were spoken by President Lincoln during his first inaugural address on 4 March, 1861. His reference to the "American people" as his "rightful masters" is an enriching lesson in humility, and is, amazingly, a lasting, yet simple definition of the true meaning of being a servant leader - the leader who serves – a stewardship creed that is so basic to my own life and being. And with a long-standing sense of commitment, C. William Pollard, in the Peter F. Drucker Foundation (now Leader to Leader Institute) published book: The Leader of the Future, described it this way: "Servant leaders seek to recognize the dignity and worth of all people because they have been created in God's image. Servant leaders listen and learn from those they lead. They work at making themselves available. Their door is always open. They are out and about talking and listening to people at all levels...They must be willing to walk a mile in the other person's shoes. As they listen, they learn. They become frantic learners and avoid the trap that so many so-called successful leaders experience - the arrogance of ignorance..."

 

President Lincoln strikingly comes alive in this description of a true servant leader by Pollard. It is therefore to America's cool credit that the Magnus Magnusson edited Chambers Biographical Dictionary creatively eulogized Lincoln by saying that he "was fair and direct in speech and action, steadfast in principle, sympathetic and charitable, a man of strict morality, abstemious and familiar with the Bible...His fame is established as the savior of his country and liberator of a race..."