The Patriot’s History Reader – A Book Review

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By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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For those who love American history, you are in for a real treat with The Patriot’s History Reader. This is the book that follows A Patriot’s History of the United States. Both are books that every patriot should own, cherish and study. These books have an honored place in my private library – not an easy task.

Small wonder that Glenn Beck raves about these books. The Patriot’s History Reader brings together and artfully explains the most influential documents from American History. Once I picked up the book, I could not put it down. It caused me a few sleepless nights, but the payoff was amazing. Talk about a great way to learn history! What an incredible way to educate yourself on American history, while reading some of the most important documents to ever be written – both of Schweikart’s books are priceless in my estimation. You can’t firmly know where you are, if you don’t know what brought you here. These books show how America has evolved politically and historically.

I’m going to break a rule I adhere to – I never list a table of contents. But I am going to do so here. To fully appreciate the scope and depth of this book, you need to know what it contains.

Part I
The Formation of the Nation

  • The Mayflower Compact, 1620
  • The Fundamental Order, 1639
  • The Rights of the Colonists, Samuel Adams, 1772
  • Common Sense, Thomas Paine, 1776
  • The Declaration of Independence, 1776
  • The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, 1781
  • On Creating a Peacetime Military Establishment, George Washington, 1783
  • On Electing a Roman Catholic Bishop, John Carroll, 1785
  • The Northwest Ordinance, 1787
  • The Constitution of the United States, 1787
  • Observations on the New Constitution, Mercy Otis Warren, 1788

Part II
Growing Pains in the New Nation

  • George Washington’s First Inaugural Address, 1789
  • Marbury v. Madison, 1803
  • James Madison’s Address for a Declaration of War, 1812
  • Missouri Enabling Act, 1820
  • The Monroe Doctrine, 1823
  • Address on States’ Rights and Nullification, John C. Calhoun, 1832
  • Veto of the Bank of the United States, Andrew Jackson, 1832

Part III
Slavery, Civil Rights and the Civil War

  • Seneca Falls, Declaration of Sentiments, 1848
  • Scott v. Sandford, 1847
  • On Dredd Scott, Frederick Douglass, 1857
  • The Georgia Debate on Secession, 1860
  • Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, 1861
  • The Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln, 1863

Part IV
The Progressive Era, Radicals, Jim Crow and World War I

  • Present Aspects of the Indian Problem, Carl Schurz, 1881
  • What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, William Graham Sumner, 1883
  • Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise Speech, 1895
  • Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896
  • William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” Speech, 1896
  • On Academic Freedom: William Harper, 1902, and the American Association of University Professors, 1915
  • Eugene V. Debs’ Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, 1908
  • Woodrow Wilson’s Address for Declaration of War, 1917
  • William E. Borah’s Speech on the League of Nations, 1919
  • On the Principles of Progressive Education, Association for the Advancement of Progressive Education, 1919

Part V
The Roaring Twenties, New Deal and World War II

  • On Policies in the Regulation of Business, Herbert Hoover, 1924
  • On Principles of Taxation, Andrew W. Mellon, 1924
  • On Social Security, Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1935
  • Schechter Poultry v. United States, 1935
  • On Problems in New Deal Policies, Robert A. Taft, 1939
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Date Which Will Live in Infamy” Speech, 1941
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union Address, 1944
  • The Yalta Agreement, 1945

Part VI
Human Rights and Domestic Issues

  • Everson v. Board of Education, 1947
  • Brown v. Board of Education, 1954
  • John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, 1961
  • The Civil Rights Act, 1964
  • Executive Order on Equal Employment Opportunity, 1965
  • Roe v. Wade, 1973
  • Richard Nixon’s Second Watergate Speech, 1973

Part VII
Rise of the New World Order

  • Jimmy Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” Speech, 1979
  • Ronald Reagan’s “Our Noble Vision” Speech, 1984
  • Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, 1993
  • George W. Bush’s National Cathedral Speech, 2001
  • Kelo v. New London, 2003
  • Barack Obama’s “A New Beginning” Speech, 2009

When I was growing up, I thought of history as boring. I memorized just enough dates and facts to get an ‘A’ and moved on to computers and business. I find myself now in a position I never would have imagined – I simply love history. Especially American history. And the reason I fight against and research the Progressive movement, is because since I have started studying history, I see where all this leads. To understand your enemy, you have to study them. So now I look for the best in history books and this is right at the top of the list. Don’t tell me that the documents listed above hold no interest for you… Probably like me, you hunger to know what really happened. If so, please consider adding this book to your collection.

Not only do I recommend this to every patriot out there, this book, along with it’s predecessor A Patriot’s History of the United States, are the perfect gift for any student, child or young adult. It presents history in a way that is captivating while teaching facts and content. Heck, I’d give them to your children’s teachers. I’d also give it to members of your school board. Donate them to your library. Give them to your church. These are all ways you can help reeducate America and spread the word on her rich and wondrous history.

Get your copy today and an extra copy to give… The book’s release date is 06/28/2011. You can also find out more about these books here. I can’t recommend the book highly enough – it was a true pleasure to read.

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