This book presents the stories of 13 modern-day patriots, including how they came to love America and how they taught their own kids to cherish being citizens of the greatest nation on Earth. Some of these patriots are fairly well-known, such as former Attorney General Edwin Meese, actress Janine Turner, and Hillsdale College president Dr. Larry Arnn. Others are not well known but are active spokesmen for what makes America exceptional. Each chapter has a theme -- truth, history, character, debate, faith, duty, or sovereignty -- and ends with key points and practical action items for parents.
The author makes suggestions for visiting interesting historical sites and reading historical fiction. All these activities provide a solid foundation for instilling what the author calls the five pillars of patriotism: learn our history, have faith, be good citizens, do your duty, and pass it on.
The book also highlights some heroes to motivate younger kids. Young children will be interested to learn, for example, that John Quincy was an interpreter to Russia when he was only 14 years old. The name of this useful book is How to Raise an American Patriot by Marijo Tinlin.
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Correction: Thanks to a reader who pointed out that it was John Quincy Adams who, at the tender age of 14, traveled to Russia as the private secretary and French interpreter for U.S. envoy Francis Dana, who was appointed by the Continental Congress to represent the infant United States in Russia. Years later, in 1809, Adams himself was appointed U.S. ambassador to Russia by President James Madison.