Monday, June 06, 2005

"Americans Who Tell The Truth"

is a new children's book by Robert Shetterly. The back cover explains the purpose. Each portrait is accompanied by a quote from the person represented, and there is a short biography of each person at the end.

A few of the fifty people represented are listed below. when books like this are being published by major publishing houses (Dutton, in this case) for children, there is hope.

From the back cover:
"The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls." Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"After September 11, artist Robert Shetterly was inspired to draw strength from Americans, past and present, who have made our country strong. A single portrait grew into a powerful series. Now these paintings of fifty great Americans offer examples of what it means to have the freedom to speak the truth, while they remind us of our responsibility to make sure we are told the truth."

Some of the people represented:

"Studs" Terkel
John Muir
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Frances Moore Lappe
Jody Williams
Frank Serpico
Molly Ivins
Dorothy Day
"The biggest mistake sometimes is to play things very safe in this life and end up being moral failures."

Judy Wicks
Lewis Lapham
"Because God has chosen America as the construction site of the earthly Paradise, America's cause was always just and nothing was ever America's fault...corrupt foreigners commit crimes against humanity, Americans cleanse the world of its impurities."

Wendell Berry
Walt Whitman
Cesar Chavez

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