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British philosopher G. K. Chesterton once quipped that America is the only nation ever founded on a creed. While other nations find their identity in geography, culture, ideology, or ethnic origin, America was founded on certain ideas about freedom, human dignity, and social responsibility.
Early in the nineteenth century, American educators began to realize that if this great experiment in liberty was to be maintained, then an informed patriotism would have to be instilled in the young. The ideals that produced the nation needed to pass from one generation to the next; thus, these educators presented rising new citizens with a small handbook containing the essential elements of the American creed.
The Patriot's Handbook is a twenty-first century version of that tradition. A concise introduction to the ideas, events, and personalities of American freedom, it is a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to understand the nation's identity as it has developed from its founding until now. Included are key documents:
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George Grant, the author and collaborator of nearly 100 books, is the Founder of the Franklin Classical School and serves as the Chancellor at New College Franklin. He is also the Pastor at Parish Presbyterian Church. A proud patriot, Grant lives with his family in middle Tennessee.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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