An American Awakening tells the remarkable story of citizens entering landscapes of violence and death to rescue human life and being transformed morally in the process. In Part One, The School of Death, readers accompany Cowart as she flees lower Manhattan on 9/11 and is nearly buried alive. She returns to serve in the Ground Zero recovery from "The Little Chapel That Stood." There we meet iconic Union laborers - sanitation workers, police, firefighters, crane operators - who teach Cowart the liberating power of serving human life unconditionally as they perform their sacred tasks in "the Pile." In Part Two, The Other America, we travel with Cowart into New Orleans' most challenged neighborhoods to join a diverse cast of citizens as they work to rebuild a more equitable city. In this part of Cowart's journey we meet the inner city youth, community organizers, 'Big Mammas," and positive rappers who teach Cowart and battalions of white volunteers about disparity in America. As the book unfolds we are shown what the exponential activation of empathy, service, political engagement and leadership can achieve in America today as sacred activists link energies and form powerful social networks in solidarity with the City That Care Forgot.