Our Country's Founders

Our Country's Founders

A Book of Advice for Young People

For Ages: 12 and up
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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  • Simon Pulse | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689844690 | 
  • June 2001 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
List Price $19.99

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Chapter 1
PATRIOTISM AND COURAGE
Patriotism means love of country. How do we demonstrate our love of country? At the most basic level, we do so by voting with our feet -- by remaining here in this country rather than living elsewhere. But there are more active ways to be a patriot. We stand for the national anthem. We obey the laws. We vote, and hold elective offices. We celebrate our national birthday, the Fourth of July, and throughout the year, we observe other national holidays, such as Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving. And in times of war, Americans risk their lives to fight for their country... see more

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William J. Bennett
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William J. Bennett

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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