- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: WindRush Publishers; First edition (May 23, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985909706
- ISBN-13: 978-0985909703
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Fellow Americans: Scouting, Diversity, and the U.S. Presidency Hardcover – May 23, 2014
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About the Author
Dallas native David C. Scott has been involved with Scouting for over 35 years. As a 1981 recipient of the Eagle Scout award, including 5 Eagle palms, Mr. Scott grew-up in the Circle 10 Council and prospered under quality adult tutelage as a Cub Scout as well as a Boy Scout. A Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow, a Wood Badge recipient, and a 2012 Silver Beaver recipient, he graduated Vanderbilt University in 1988 with a B.A. in Psychology and continued onward to SMU, where he earned a master's degree in Applied Economics in 1993. He is the founder of Dallas-based WindRush Publishers, which seek to produce timeless, engaging, and enriching books of varying subjects and themes with outstanding authors to create distinctive titles for all ages and interests.
In addition to scribing his quarterly column for the International Scouting Collector's Association Journal on various topics on Scouting s history, Dave is the author of four best selling and highly endorsed award winning books. He is a member of the Boy Scouts of America's National Speakers Bank as well as numerous lineal and national patriotic societies including the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Military Society of the War of 1812, the Jamestowne Society, and the Presidential Families of America, being a first cousin (5 generations removed) to President James K. Polk and a second cousin (8 generations removed) to President George Washington.
He has been married to his wife, Aimee, for over 21 years, and they have four children.
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The Premise of the Book is That every President since the Early 1900's was intimately involved with the Boy Scouts of America and the Scouting Movement as a Whole since.
Though the image of the presidency is all too often skewed by charged political divisiveness fomented by a continuous steam of partisan rhetoric, Scott's work is a refreshingly clear and positive message of potential, and unity.
Scott parallels each chief executive's contribution to building the Scouting movement with evolving social policies aimed at racial and religious equality, appeals to selfless service, and fostering world peace through mutual understanding. The resulting narrative reveals how each president laid aside their partisan interests and challenged Scouts to exemplify good citizenship in serving others selflessly.
If pressed most of us could name the first president who had been a Scout (Kennedy) and which was an Eagle Scout (Ford), that every president since Teddy Roosevelt has been an honorary president of the B.S.A., and recall that there's a ceremonial annual report to the nation from B.S.A. youth representatives.
Scott's scholarship reveals a much, much richer history.
My Fellow Americans profiles each president's relationship with Scouting chronologically. A rich collection of speeches and correspondence describe how each chief executive valued and encouraged the ideals of Scouting in detail. Scott's work reveals the common thread woven through 19 presidencies; encouragement to rise above the minor things that divide us to our highest and best ambitions as Scouts and as citizens.
I have thoroughly enjoyed perusing this impressive, little known history generously illustrated with an unparalleled collection of historic photographs.