Our Country's Founders

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Encouraged by the thousands of young Americans who enjoyed The Book of Virtues for Young People, William J. Bennett returns with an inspiring collection drawn from the best-selling adult book Our Sacred Honor.
This adapted version highlights the speeches, letters, poems, and articles of the brave men and women who founded our great nation, including George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. Their advice on values such as patriotism, love, civility, ...

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Overview

Encouraged by the thousands of young Americans who enjoyed The Book of Virtues for Young People, William J. Bennett returns with an inspiring collection drawn from the best-selling adult book Our Sacred Honor.
This adapted version highlights the speeches, letters, poems, and articles of the brave men and women who founded our great nation, including George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. Their advice on values such as patriotism, love, civility, education, industry, justice, and piety still rings true for young people today.
Our Country's Founders also includes important documents such as the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, a time line, and biographical notes on our revolutionary forefathers. This essential volume provides all the background needed to appreciate these timeless lessons and advice from America's founders.

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[A] valuable resource....This book offers a way to get students talking and thinking.

School Library Journal
This volume will provide material for reports and primary sources on the principles and ideas that are our national heritage.

KLIATT
In spite of the stilted language and the antiquated spellings, the advice proffered by the founders of our country is just as appropriate today as when it was written over two centuries ago (with one exception—John Adams' catalogue of Abigail Smith's faults and imperfections). The text is divided into seven chapters, each on a different topic: patriotism; love and courtship; friendship; education; industry and frugality; justice; and piety. Each offers a collection of essays, letters, poems, and other writings along with the editor's commentary. Some contain familiar quotes (e.g., Thomas Paine's "These are the times that try men's souls."). Others are simply lists: Benjamin Franklin lists behaviors that are guaranteed to annoy others, while George Washington's list includes the rules of common courtesy. Personal letters between people who have become "larger than life" give insight into the personalities and character of the writers and reveal them to be warm human beings. For example, Washington's adopted grandson was given the same kind of advice that failing college students receive today. History and biography lovers will find this to be interesting reading as well as a useful reference source. Brief biographies of the contributors, a time line of the American Revolution, a number of well-known documents, and a comprehensive index supplement the main text. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 1998, Simon & Schuster, Aladdin, 314p. illus. bibliog. index. 23cm. 98-6592., $10.00. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Professor John E. Boyd; Jenkintown, PA , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689844690
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 991,069
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.

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