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OUR COUNTRY'S FOUNDERS by William J. Bennett


A Book of Advice for Young People

edited by William J. Bennett

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-689-82106-9
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The core beliefs of the US’s founding fathers are presented in this anthology from Bennett (The Book of Virtues for Young People, 1995, etc.), adapted from his Sacred Honor (1997). Sifting through original letters, speeches, and private papers of the founders, Bennett assembles original sources around seven topics: “Patriotism and Courage,” “Love and Courtship,” “Civility and Friendship,” “Education of the Head and Heart,” “Industry and Frugality,” and “Justice and Piety.” There are some gems; readers will delight in the love letters between Abigail and John Adams wherein Abigail asked John to list her faults so that she might improve herself. While some of the notions presented are old-fashioned, students will find useful—not only for research purposes—the lessons of how to be a good friend, a good citizen, and a successful businessperson. (appendix, chronology, index) (Anthology. 12-15)