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From the middle of the 19th to the mid-20th century, educators and parents often gave their students and children handbooks containing basic documents that shaped American history; their hope was to inculcate in the next generation a sense of what the United States was all about. Grant (Carry a Big Stick, Cumberland, 1996) has examined a number of these books and used them as a model to develop his own. His work covers American history from Colonial times to the present. He includes basic documents such as the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Monroe Doctrine, the Gettyburg Address, and the Pledge of Allegiance. He also selects literary pieces that he feels are representative of the American spirit (e.g., "The Courtship of Miles Standish"). He explores landmark legal decisions such as the Dred Scott decision and Roe v. Wade. Each selection is prefaced and put in context. While some may argue with Grant's choices in certain areas, he's put together a solid, affordable collection of Americana that is essential for every library.?Grant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House; 2 edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581824033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581824032
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Bailey on September 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderfully complete anthology of the writings and spoken words that have shaped America - its ideas, its culture and its politics - from the earliest colonial settlements in Virginia and New England through to the present day.
In the aftermath of the September 2001 catastrophe in New York and the related tragedies in Washington and Pennsylvania, this book will be of outstanding value to Americans as they refresh their sense of identity and renew their familiarity with the core values that they share with their friends around the globe.
In speaking of America's friends, we British will not be alone in finding strength and inspiration in this remarkable body of thought and expression. However it is you Americans who have most to gain by re-discovering the spoken and written words of the foundational geniuses of your national spirit.
Take the opportunity now to read or re-read the Declaration of Independence - the moment of your birth as a nation. Remind yourselves what your Constitution actually says, and rejoice in your astonishing Bill of Rights (we have neither in the UK).
Draw strength from the righteousness and resolve of the heroic characters in your history. It may be fashionable to discount the epic poems about (say) Miles Standish and Paul Revere as divorced from the reality of their lives, but that is to miss the point. Revere's importance is not so much in what he historically did, as in the light that his legend sheds on the American character. It was in fact in these embellished accounts that the great poets most truly captured the spirit of the American people and passed the snapshots on for posterity.
There is so much more here - too much to list.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JasonR on February 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Eloquent. I have no other word to describe the works in this book. This book may seem to be a compilation of important documents and speeches, but it's also a insight into the men who made history.
This books presents American history parsed into chronological order and told through the speeches and documents themselves. There is no narrator and no need for one, the explicit ideals expressed in each masterfully written document from their eloquent clarity.
One only has to sit and read the Declaration of Independence outside of the classroom to fully appreciate the hard choices or ancestors had been forced to make. The courage required to write and sign the Declaration of Independence only shows itself when the document is read entirely without inteferemce.
The book also includes hymns and ballads from our history, covering songs for the Union and Confederacy during our Civil War. I have yet to hear of a history class in which the students are able to actually know what the common men were singing to maintain their spirits.
A page is written on each of the founding fathers, fortuneately it goes into a respectable level of detail on the lesser known founders. The book brings the founders into the light and displays them as what they truly were, normal men with grand plans, strong convictions and the courage to see it through.
One place where the book could have improved however is by listing all of the amendments to the Constition, rather than only the first ten. All told it is a book that will inspire the reader when he is faced with impossible odds.
The closing cover of the book reads "Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By brubar on May 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Altogether, a very good collection. Not just single-sided -- I noticed both Roe v. Wade and a recent pro-life speech, for example.
To correct the earlier post... this book DOES include all Constitutional amendments. What may have confused jraven is the fact that the amendments are grouped in chronological "chunks"... one for the 18th century, one for the 19th century, etc.
Along with the unfortunate (and surprising) lack of an appendix, the chronological ordering of the documents makes it a little more difficult to trace a common theme (e.g. individual rights). But grouping documents together with others of their period makes it easier to grasp the historical context of a given speech.
And somehow, the fact that it's in paperback makes it a little less intimidating to read.
I plan to get a copy for each of my kids, next.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Humphries on February 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Most people, (me included - until I read this book),are most likely unaware of many of the documents contained in this book. Writers from Christopher Columbus through Alan Keyes are featured. They discuss what they were thinking when they helped form our nation. Many of our greatest documents are contained. If for nothing else this is a great resource book to have in the house. I am a radio talk show host at Newsradio 780 KOH in Reno ([...] have used this book often for my show. It is FANTASTIC!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Burkholder on April 15, 2007
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This book has gathered together in one convenient place an impressive collection of letters, documents, speeches and essays which clearly illustrate the content of the Founders' souls. This book should be read by every American who considers him or herself a responsible adult. Notice the book is not called 'Republicans Will Eat Your Baby!', nor is it called 'Liberals Posessed By Demons, Communists'. It is aimed at AMERICANS, and that is how we'd better start seeing ourselves if we're ever going to wise up. This Red State/Blue State divisiveness will solve nothing; let's all agree to lay down our weapons and reasonably discuss ways to overcome the problems that are affecting all Americans! Let's all take a breather while refreshing our memories on what this country is really all about! I urge you as my fellow citizen to take the time to consider what this nation really means to YOU.
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