Americans Who Tell the Truth

Americans Who Tell the Truth

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by Robert Shetterly
     
 

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Stunning portraits and stirring words of brave citizens from all walks of life.

As we in the United States have the right to speak the truth, we also have the need to be told the truth. Americans have used this freedom to motivate and empower others to challenge the status quo. Artist Robert Shetterly's fifty portraits offer a powerful perspective on what it

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Stunning portraits and stirring words of brave citizens from all walks of life.

As we in the United States have the right to speak the truth, we also have the need to be told the truth. Americans have used this freedom to motivate and empower others to challenge the status quo. Artist Robert Shetterly's fifty portraits offer a powerful perspective on what it means to be American and to be part of a democratic society.

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In tribute to this country’s proud tradition of protest, fine artist Shetterly has chosen 50 Americans who have stood up for what he calls “the promise of America,” presenting them in a series of accurately painted head-and-shoulder portraits with their names and a pithy quote scratched in. His selections, equally divided between men and women, range from such usual suspects as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the less-familiar likes of child peace activist Samantha Smith, political columnist Molly Ivins, authors Frances Moore Lappe (Diet for a Small Planet) and Jonathan Kozol, plus controversial figures such as Emma Goldman and Dwight Eisenhower, the telling quotes are reprinted in the margins to make them more legible. Opening with an eloquent general statement of purpose, and closing with biographical comments on each entry, this gallery of writers, politicians, rabble-rousers, troublemakers, scientists, celebrities and activists will have a stirring cumulative effect, even on children unacquainted with many of their causes or accomplishments.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Publishers Weekly
"We the people are responsible for our government and the action it takes, the future it envisions, the history it writes," says Robert Shetterly in the opening to his gallery of 50 impressive portraits of equally impressive individuals in Americans Who Tell the Truth. He begins with a haunting painting of Walt Whitman, and ends with Frances Moore Lappe, activist and author of Diet for a Small Planet. Each painting offers insight into the subject's character: Studs Terkel seems captured midsentence, while Rosa Parks emits a quiet strength. Brief biographies with a thumbnail image of the portraits rounds out this elegant volume, as appropriate for adults as it is for children. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Shetterly introduces 50 esteemed Americans through their portraits and quotes. Some-Helen Keller, Muhammad Ali, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc.-will be familiar to most readers, but historian Howard Zinn and peace activists Samantha Smith and Kathy Kelly will likely be new to them. Some quotes make more sense than others. Henry David Thoreau said, "The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free." How true. Molly Ivins says, "The best way to get the sons of bitches is to make people laugh at them." Uh, maybe sometimes. A few, taken out of context, hold little meaning. Dorothea Lange opined, "This is what we did. How did it happen? How could we?" At least one quote will have readers grabbing for the dictionary. Emma Goldman stated, "The greatest bulwark of capitalism is militarism." Fortunately, brief biographies are appended, helping to clarify many of the quotes. There is neither rhyme nor reason to the order of the individuals, as it is neither chronological nor alphabetical. Shetterly's fine illustrations, mostly somber, are fully realized. They go hand in hand with the quotes to acknowledge what the person was (or is) all about. This lovely portrayal will probably find its best use in enhancing civics classes. Because of its picture-book appearance, students might not gravitate to it on their own.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In tribute to this country's proud tradition of protest, fine artist Shetterly has chosen 50 Americans who have stood up for what he calls "the promise of America," presenting them in a series of accurately painted head-and-shoulder portraits with their names and a pithy quote scratched in. His selections, equally divided between men and women, range from such usual suspects as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the less-familiar likes of child peace activist Samantha Smith, political columnist Molly Ivins, authors Frances Moore Lappe (Diet for a Small Planet) and Jonathan Kozol, plus controversial figures such as Emma Goldman and Dwight Eisenhower. The telling quotes are reprinted in the margins to make them more legible. Opening with an eloquent general statement of purpose, and closing with biographical comments on each entry, this gallery of writers, politicians, rabble-rousers, troublemakers, scientists, celebrities and activists will have a stirring cumulative effect, even on children unacquainted with many of their causes or accomplishments. (Nonfiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142411087
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
758,027
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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In tribute to this country’s proud tradition of protest, fine artist Shetterly has chosen 50 Americans who have stood up for what he calls “the promise of America,” presenting them in a series of accurately painted head-and-shoulder portraits with their names and a pithy quote scratched in. His selections, equally divided between men and women, range from such usual suspects as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the less-familiar likes of child peace activist Samantha Smith, political columnist Molly Ivins, authors Frances Moore Lappe (Diet for a Small Planet) and Jonathan Kozol, plus controversial figures such as Emma Goldman and Dwight Eisenhower, the telling quotes are reprinted in the margins to make them more legible. Opening with an eloquent general statement of purpose, and closing with biographical comments on each entry, this gallery of writers, politicians, rabble-rousers, troublemakers, scientists, celebrities and activists will have a stirring cumulative effect, even on children unacquainted with many of their causes or accomplishments.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Meet the Author

Robert Shetterly's portraits were inspired by the events surrounding 9/11.A fine artist whose work has been widely exhibited, he has illustrated more than twenty-five books. Mr. Shetterly lives in Maine.

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