"No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Portable Patriot

Description: The American soul was forged in the smithy of the spoken word and printed page. Our reliance on the word goes back to the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. It continues through the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. It emerges in the political struggles of the Revolution and the ratification arguments of our national charter. Americans needn't turn to biased media to find our national identity. It's already written richly into our history. The Portable Patriot makes the choicest and most valuable selections accessible again.

Review:  The Portable Patriot offers a look at American history through some of the most influential documents of the time period.   It's an insightful collection that takes readers through the founding of this country in chronological order and from the words of the founding members.   The documents are kept true to form without a lot of added narrative to detract from the original written words.   The only complaint that I have is that I wish there had been a bit more attention paid to the actual founding documents.   Still, this is a rich and insightful historical collection and wonderful historical resource.