counter create hit The Patriot's Handbook: A Citizenship Primer for a New Generation of Americans - Download Free eBook
Hot Best Seller

The Patriot's Handbook: A Citizenship Primer for a New Generation of Americans

Availability: Ready to download

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 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: The Mayflower Compact The Declaration of Independence The Federalist Papers Speeches, poems, song lyrics, and profiles of the presidents and many of the leaders who have shaped the nation's history


Compare

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 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: The Mayflower Compact The Declaration of Independence The Federalist Papers Speeches, poems, song lyrics, and profiles of the presidents and many of the leaders who have shaped the nation's history

30 review for The Patriot's Handbook: A Citizenship Primer for a New Generation of Americans

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This book was sooooooo BORING!.....sorry Mr. Grant. I read it when I couldn't sleep..after that I fell asleep within seconds.....lol This book was sooooooo BORING!.....sorry Mr. Grant. I read it when I couldn't sleep..after that I fell asleep within seconds.....lol

  2. 5 out of 5

    Luke Graff

    An excellent compilation of prominent American works. If you would like hard copies of America's most important documents along with beautiful poetry, songs, and essays, this is a great book for that. I imagine it would also make a nice gift! An excellent compilation of prominent American works. If you would like hard copies of America's most important documents along with beautiful poetry, songs, and essays, this is a great book for that. I imagine it would also make a nice gift!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dano

    Great synopsis of the greatest principles of our democracy. The summary of the Presidents at the end is a good reminder of the highlights of the times

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matt Carpenter

    It's hard to be excessively great or terrible when compiling essays on American history. Primary source essays and speeches are useful for many purposes, research being just one. But they can go further than that. If compiled properly, primary sources can paint a picture of history. There are many books that appear as a grab-bag of essays and speeches with no apparent rhyme or reason. This book, edited by George Grant, is no such grab-bag. It combines poems, essays, speeches, and quotes from Ame It's hard to be excessively great or terrible when compiling essays on American history. Primary source essays and speeches are useful for many purposes, research being just one. But they can go further than that. If compiled properly, primary sources can paint a picture of history. There are many books that appear as a grab-bag of essays and speeches with no apparent rhyme or reason. This book, edited by George Grant, is no such grab-bag. It combines poems, essays, speeches, and quotes from Americans throughout our history. These writings give a primer on the meaning of American culture. It's not as much about agreeing or disagreeing with the essays but about helping us to understand what makes the United States what she is. It begins with Columbus and the Mayflower Compact and ends with President George W. Bush's speech on September 11. Along the way we find poems like "Paul Revere's Ride, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and "Stonewall Jackson's Way," by John Williamson Palmer. We can read "Letters from a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr. and the Pearl Harbor Address given by President Franklin Roosevelt. Some would find this volume too hearty and war-glorifying but even so, you can't understand America without knowing the reasons she gave for acting as she did. I would have liked to read more sources from the "lost cause" file, like the America First document or something from the Copperheads (Northern Democrats who opposed the War Between the States), but that's what research is for. For those who would want to understand American history from the inside, this is a good place to start.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I picked this up mostly as antidote to the current state of political discourse, as hopefully a small reminder that America had some good history and vision going for it too. There's a decided political bent to some of the curatorial decisions, which is a thing; and I would have liked for some more breadth in offerings of the later eras. But as a whole, the book did it's job, and I certainly wont lament having some of the more notable writings (Article of Confederation, Gettysburg Address, Lette I picked this up mostly as antidote to the current state of political discourse, as hopefully a small reminder that America had some good history and vision going for it too. There's a decided political bent to some of the curatorial decisions, which is a thing; and I would have liked for some more breadth in offerings of the later eras. But as a whole, the book did it's job, and I certainly wont lament having some of the more notable writings (Article of Confederation, Gettysburg Address, Letter from a Birmingham Jail) on hand.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Achord

    This book is 99% primary source material that captures the essence of what it means to be American and more - what it means to be free people in society. From Columbuss Apology to Bush's September 11th address, speeches to poetry, and songs to constitutions, this collection of writings mirrors what used to be given to every person come of age. We no longer carry on this tradition because we no longer acknowledge or revere the past. Every American should carefully peruse the annals inside this bo This book is 99% primary source material that captures the essence of what it means to be American and more - what it means to be free people in society. From Columbuss Apology to Bush's September 11th address, speeches to poetry, and songs to constitutions, this collection of writings mirrors what used to be given to every person come of age. We no longer carry on this tradition because we no longer acknowledge or revere the past. Every American should carefully peruse the annals inside this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    Inspiring and thought provoking. This book contains "snippets" of history, examples of the ideals and reasonings that have made this country what it is today. Admittedly, there are many things that are missing, which could have been included for historical purposes, but the documents contained in this book go a long way towards showing the overall direction and intent that our country's founders and leaders have had. Inspiring and thought provoking. This book contains "snippets" of history, examples of the ideals and reasonings that have made this country what it is today. Admittedly, there are many things that are missing, which could have been included for historical purposes, but the documents contained in this book go a long way towards showing the overall direction and intent that our country's founders and leaders have had.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    This compilation of letters, poetry, speeches, and articles is fascinating in its blend of sources. Whether a founding father, a present president, or a civil rights leader, truth remains the same. It is written in different words, but as humans, we understand the same as our counterparts in the 1700's. Truth doesn't change. And truth can only be truth if it is in harmony with God's laws. This compilation of letters, poetry, speeches, and articles is fascinating in its blend of sources. Whether a founding father, a present president, or a civil rights leader, truth remains the same. It is written in different words, but as humans, we understand the same as our counterparts in the 1700's. Truth doesn't change. And truth can only be truth if it is in harmony with God's laws.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Hamilton

    An excellent sampling of great speeches, documents and short bios from every era of American history. I particularly like Calvin Coolidge's "Have Faith in Massachusetts" address and Alan Keys' speech at the end. A handy and refreshing little book to have around, especially as a temporary relief from all the moronic tripe coming out of the mouths of some of our leaders today. An excellent sampling of great speeches, documents and short bios from every era of American history. I particularly like Calvin Coolidge's "Have Faith in Massachusetts" address and Alan Keys' speech at the end. A handy and refreshing little book to have around, especially as a temporary relief from all the moronic tripe coming out of the mouths of some of our leaders today.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Francisco Becerra

    An indispensable guide to north american patriotism through the ages, full of the wisdom that guides the western concept of freedom. Most of these speeches are truly remarkable, and in a sense, inmortal. It's amazing how even today, they are remainders of what we have to strive for. An indispensable guide to north american patriotism through the ages, full of the wisdom that guides the western concept of freedom. Most of these speeches are truly remarkable, and in a sense, inmortal. It's amazing how even today, they are remainders of what we have to strive for.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

    I read it Fall 2006- Spring 2007. Excellent! Very excellent! It's interesting, and full of interesting information about the United States that a typical person wouldn't necissarily know without thoroughly research. I read it Fall 2006- Spring 2007. Excellent! Very excellent! It's interesting, and full of interesting information about the United States that a typical person wouldn't necissarily know without thoroughly research.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Naftoli

    Inspiring ... I highly recommend it. Read it & keep it in your car or desk so you can reread sections from time to time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tim Senter

    Good reference. Well sourced.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Phillip

    Should be read by all Americans.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jon Mills

    Wonderful resource of American culture and history. Many of the documents in this book are valuable to have compiled in one book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jason Johnson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Tabs

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deek

  20. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

  21. 4 out of 5

    W

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janice

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mellanie C

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/13109735 I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/13109735

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eli

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matt Coogan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leah Cossette

  29. 4 out of 5

    Blair and Ben

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.