Monday, January 05, 2009

Time for Another Great Book's Review

The American Patriot's Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb is an excellent review of our American history. It is written with one story per day for one year. After each story there is a list of years with one outstanding historical fact for that date in that year. Oh and lest you think it is only positive all the time, this book lists the black eyes America has given itself on such things as slavery, women's right to vote and the Dredd Scott case among other items.

Between each month are other important documents or facts. There is the history of our flag and facts about a lot of the standards carried during the Revolutionary War. Between August and September are the Gettysburg Address, The Emancipation Proclamation, The Pledge of Allegiance and the American's Creed. Did you know we had a creed? I didn't.

Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell wasn't a citizen when he developed the telephone? That discovery happened on March 10, 1876, but his citizenship wasn't until 1882. He was very instrumental and interested in ways to help the deaf. That was his passion. He was born in Scotland in 1847.

Did you know that Senator Joseph McCarthy was right? In fact the Soviet Union did recruit Americans to spy for them during the Cold War. In McCarthy's zeal for notoriety and the tactics he used, he undermined the legitimate efforts to counter Communism. The speech he gave waving the list about took place on February 9, 1950.

How about the Teddy Bear, do you know the story? Two Russian Jewish immigrants, Morris and Rose Michtom, in 1903 were making them and selling them in their stores but the story of the name came from Teddy Roosevelt who refused to take "advantage of a terrified, trapped animal" caught by a guide so that the President could shoot it. A Washington Post cartoonist, Clifford Berryman "drew a picture of the President turning away in disgust" from the poor animal which led to the story of "Teddy's bear."

For more information about our history and what makes this country great, check this book out!! I can imagine it would be good for homeschoolers to use for initial ideas on research as well as public high school teachers to use for extra credit. I mean what could be better than picking your birthday out of this almanac and researching one of the many topics of history listed?

1 comment:

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

I've heard of this book and I think it sounds fabulous, thanks for the reminder!