What So Proudly We Hail
The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song
"A stupendous compilation of the best things said by and to Americans . . . [I] open it every night at random and always find something valuable." —Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
"Indispensable . . . Should become The Book of Virtues for patriots." —Mona Charen, nationally syndicated columnist
Concerned about rising cynicism and apathy, more and more Americans lament the decline in patriotic feeling and civic engagement. Fortunately, this wonderfully rich anthology is here to help all Americans realize more deeply—and appreciate more fully—who they are as citizens of the United States.At once inspiring and thought provoking, What So Proudly We Hail explores American identity, character, and civic life using the soul-shaping power of story, speech, and song. Editors Amy Kass, Leon Kass, and Diana Schaub—acclaimed scholars who among them have more than a century of teaching experience—have assembled dozens of selections by our country's greatest writers and leaders, from Mark Twain to John Updike, from George Washington to Theodore Roosevelt, from Willa Cather to Flannery O'Connor, from Benjamin Franklin to Martin Luther King Jr., from Francis Scott Key to Irving Berlin.Featuring the editors' insightful and instructive commentary, What So Proudly We Hail illuminates our national identity, the American creed, the American character, and the virtues and aspirations of active citizenship. This marvelous book will spark much-needed discussion and reflection in living rooms, classrooms, and reading groups everywhere.
Published: July, 2013
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"Magnificent . . . A civic education in one volume." —George F. Will "A stupendous compilation of the best things said by and to Americans . . . Its diverse contributors include Philip Roth, Ben Franklin, Willa Cather and W.E.B. Du Bois. My friend Joel, an America-loving New York intellectual, gave me the book as a gift. He opens it every night at random and always finds something valuable. Now so do I." —Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal"Indispensable . . . Should become The Book of Virtues for patriots." —Mona Charen, nationally syndicated columnist
\u201cWhat’s great about What So Proudly We Hail is that you can open it to any page and immediately begin exploring timeless questions of American creed and culture.\u201d —Weekly Standard
\u201cHow moving and thought-provoking . . . A welcome achievement.\u201d —First Things
\u201cA book of the quality of What So Proudly We Hail can doubtless reinforce and deepen citizenship and patriotism.\u201d —Commentary
\u201cAn inspiring book . . . I would commend this kind of humanities compendium.\u201d —Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities