From Library Journal
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
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