Patriotism in America

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In the United States, patriotism has served to unite a large nation peopled with immigrants from every corner of the world. This book examines the elements of patriotism that make an indivisible nation possible, the incidents in U.S. history in which fragmentation seemed inevitable, and current threats to the indivisibilty of the nation. It also explores the symbols, myths, monuments, and holidays through which Americans express national pride.

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Overview

In the United States, patriotism has served to unite a large nation peopled with immigrants from every corner of the world. This book examines the elements of patriotism that make an indivisible nation possible, the incidents in U.S. history in which fragmentation seemed inevitable, and current threats to the indivisibilty of the nation. It also explores the symbols, myths, monuments, and holidays through which Americans express national pride.

Examines some of the elements of the unifying phenomenon of patriotism in the United States

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VOYA - Susan Allen
Initially, this appears corny-flag waving, America knows best, the whole bit, but there is a purpose. This history of patriotism in the United States traces American political philosophy, the upbeat with the not so upbeat. There is discussion of what patriotism is-a valid question today-as well as discussion of patriotic holidays and symbols. The tone, for the most part, is positive, but case studies of non-positive chapters in America's history also are included, such as the Alamo and Martin Luther King's assassination. The final chapter hits the question of patriotism head on, clearly showing the dichotomy of believing in a national creed of freedom and opportunity for all while our failures stare us in the face. Concrete ideas are set forth to help close the gap of this dichotomy. Interestingly enough, the corniness of national pride not withstanding, of a group of U. S. citizens asked the question whether they were proud to be American, seventy-eight percent answered they were "extremely proud," and only two percent were "not proud at all." Lots of opportunity for classroom discussion contained here. Index. Illus. Photos. Source Notes. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
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Gr 7 UpAs in Heroism in America (Watts, 1996), Leinwand examines how the unique development of our nation has contributed to a democratic way of defining leadership and nationalism. The author tries to emphasize that while other countries have been formed on the basis of a common race, ethnic heritage, or religion, the United States has been founded on the broad ideals of liberty, justice, and freedom. However, history shows that in practice, many groups in our society have suffered from discrimination and intolerance. Hence, most of the symbols, myths, monuments, and holidays discussed and pictured in the book are based on very traditional themes and stereotypical images such as the Pilgrims at Thanksgiving and a classroom of Caucasian students pledging allegiance to the flag in the 1950s. The most challenging aspect is the use of case studies to introduce controversial issues such as flag burning, the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, and the Vietnam Memorial, which have not been uniformly accepted and yet are a part of our identity. In the end, the author is concerned that "multiculturalism" threatens to pull Americans apart and hopes that a nation mainly descended from diverse immigrants can continue to find the commonalities that have served to unify us. Written in a style that is somewhat dry, this book has a limited audience.Janet Woodward, Franklin High School, Seattle, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531113103
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: Democracy in Action Series
  • Edition description: 37100 Scholastic Library
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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