The Great American Handbook

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In the wake of last year's terrorist attacks, millions of Americans gave blood, donated money, and volunteered their time, pulling together to overcome the crisis. Yet so many were left wondering "What more can I do-and how do I do it?"

This book offers specific suggestions and information about the many ways Americans can pitch in--in good...
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Overview

In the wake of last year's terrorist attacks, millions of Americans gave blood, donated money, and volunteered their time, pulling together to overcome the crisis. Yet so many were left wondering "What more can I do-and how do I do it?"

This book offers specific suggestions and information about the many ways Americans can pitch in--in good times and bad. For Americans who want to become more informed and more involved, and to celebrate their heritage, this book shows how to:

—Write to our troops overseas
—Visit national parks and historical sites
—Strengthen the economy
—Start a petition
—Help the FBI fight crime
—Sing all four verses of the national anthem
—Learn about NASA, the CIA, and other organizations
—Find volunteering opportunities
—Protect our food and water supply
—Learn proper flag etiquette
—and much more

Author Biography: Cheri Sicard has visited 49 of the 50 states (she has yet to see Alaska), and is a freelance travel and food writer as well as the co-owner of Enigma Communications, a website content production company. Her articles have appeared in The Boston Herald and other publications, as well as on numerous websites.

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We all want to be good citizens, but what can we do for our country and how do we do it? Cheri Sicard has assembled a useful little book to help those who want to pitch in. Her detailed suggestions show readers how to write to U.S. troops overseas; strengthen the economy; start an effective petition; find volunteering opportunities; learn flag etiquette; and help the FBI fight crime.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425188712
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/2002
  • Edition description: BERKLEY TR
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Get Involved
Buy American 3
Be an Informed Consumer 4
Pay Your Taxes 10
Serve on a Jury 12
Support the American Red Cross 13
Spend Money/Invest Wisely in a Healthy Economy 16
Fill Out Your Census Forms 18
Buy Savings Bonds and Invest in America 20
Consider a Career in the Military 23
Serve in the Reserves 28
Register with Selective Services 31
Support Our Men and Women in Uniform 34
Remembering Our POWs and MIAs 37
Be an Informed Voter 39
Contact Your Elected Officials 42
Register for a Political Party 45
Use the Internet to Get Politically Active 47
Apply for a Presidential Appointment 50
Campaign 52
Reduce America's Oil Dependence 55
Recycle, Reuse, Conserve 58
Safeguard America's Agriculture 60
Safeguard America's Water Supply and Our Environment 62
Think Globally, Act Locally 64
Be Smokey Bear's Friend and Help Prevent Forest Fires 67
Be Prepared for Emergencies and National Disasters 69
Help Eliminate Hunger 73
Join AmeriCorps 74
Join the Peace Corps 78
Help the FBI Fight Crime 81
Use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act 84
Help Airport Security 88
Become a Permanent Resident or Naturalized Citizen 91
Volunteer 94
Be Informed
Learn About the Constitution 99
Learn About the Constitutional Amendments 103
Learn How Laws Are Enacted 107
Learn the Chain of Command of the United States 110
Understand How the United States Government Is Structured 112
Understand How and Why the Electoral College System Elects Our President 116
Understand Campaign Finance 119
Learn About the CIA 123
Learn About NASA 125
Use the Library of Congress 129
Learn About Social Security 131
Know Your Presidents 136
Know the United States, Territories and Possessions 138
Know the National Motto 143
Know the American's Creed 144
Our National Symbol--the American Bald Eagle 146
Learn About the Great Seal of the United States 150
Get News from a Variety of Sources 152
Be an Informed Traveler 154
Three Essential Web Resources for Americans 157
Celebrate
Presidents Day 161
George Washington's Birthday 167
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday 171
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday 174
Memorial Day 177
Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day 180
Honor Veterans on Veterans Day 182
Arbor Day 187
Visit Our Nation's Capital--Tips for Touring D.C. 189
Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island 194
Visit Our National Parks 199
Take In the Treasures of the Smithsonian Institution 204
Sing the National Anthem 207
Top Ten Patriotic Music Selections 210
Display the National Flower 213
Bake an Apple Pie 214
Appendix A Flag Etiquette 221
Appendix B The Declaration of Independence 235
The Constitution 241
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    Fabulous Read!!!!

    I defy you to read one page and then put this book down and walk away. This is about who we are, how it works, and what we need to do. The dialog flows so easily there is no looking back. This author has a heart of red white and blue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    Great Gift!! Great Facts!! Senior Citizens Delight!!

    I'm a Senior Citizen who recieved this book as a gift. it was very easy to read. I learned many things about this country I did not know-to be involved you must be informed. I learned how to research information and get involved. It helped me immensly in discussions about our country and political views. I feel that my conversations are backed with educated fact.(I love having the information edge) Easy to read, lots of good solid information, a great gift to give. I have given several and they all have been receceived, discussed as a great book for informed and mis-informed older folks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    A Book for EVERY American

    Cheri Sicard shows us how we can do this on a daily basis in The Great American Handbook. Her book is one to stick in your back pocket, to keep on your desk or throw in your backpack...but don't let it just sit there. Highlight it! Use it as a reference, and most of all, take on the challange to "Be involved, Be informed and Celebrate". She's broken the book down into these three areas, and when you are finished reading it you will never have to wonder "What can I do for my country today?", because she has given you a handbook that will guide you, give you purpose and help you educate those around you. You'll discover sources online and offline to help you understand our government and to get assistance. You will find out how to volunteer, how to send a letter to our troops, how to understand the electoral college (admit it-not many of us do!), plus you'll find all four verses of our national anthem and many, many more practical resources to assist you in helping the country. As a parent, I especially appreciated the resources for kids, and the fun, but educational ideas Sicard gives for families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    I am thrilled with this book and recommend it highly!

    I read Cheri's new book, 'The Great American Handbook' and I think it is a book we all should have. I was born in the United States and took all the required courses in high school and college -- and yet I learned some things I did NOT know and can use in my career and personal life. This is a great reference book, too, for kids and adults... especially helpful as a homework reference.

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