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Civics in Action Books

Civic Engagement through Literature

EDSITEment! National Endowmnet for the Humanities  NEH Governement

 "The May-pole of Merry Mount" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Appeared in Hawthorne's first collection of stories, Twice Told Tales. This morality tale set in Puritan New England takes us deeply into the American soul, with its dark motives, conflicting aspirations, and moral struggles.

Benjamin Franklin's Virtues "The Project of Moral Perfection" - written in his 79th year, it is a knowing look back to when, at age 22, he undertook "the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection."

"Speech to the Third Army" by George S. Patton, Jr. given on June 5, 1944; the eve of the Allied invasion of Europe is taken from The Unknown Patton, by Charles M. Province. How does Patton seek to encourage courage while appealing to the honor of his men? And how does he succeed?

"The Namesake" by Willa Cather is set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. In portraying the story of a great sculptor's own American 'homecoming" it illuminates the dep sources of artistic creation. The subject elads to a reflection on the relation of the flag to our American identity. 

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