From the Bookshelf: Great American Documents

One of my pleasures in visiting Colonial Williamsburg is stopping by the bookstore.  Not only is this an amazing reference place, but you can purchase all of the fabulous books and cart them home for your personal library.  During our recent trip to the bookstore, Linda found a Christmas present for me: Great American Documents, The Landmark Documents in Our History.  The text covers a variety of historic references from a letter from Christopher Columbus to the missing persons message board after 9-11.  The format is a couple of pages of commentary, then a reprint of the document.  This is what I particularly liked: the full document reprinted, not just the editor’s opinion about what the author wrote or intended.  Furthermore, reading some famous lines in the larger context of the document gave me a better understanding of where those famous lines fit in the time and subsequent history.  I also noticed that all of the documents are dated.

Being of an inspiring-minded blogger, I decided that each month I will select one document to write about on the date of it’s anniversary.  The book contains about 50 documents.  I will limit myself to one per month this year.  You can purchase the book for additional inspiration.  I will stay away from the biggies (Declaration of Independence…) as too much as been written about these.  Rather, I will cover some Presidential inaugural addresses, land acts, National Park designations, sermons, and maybe even a paten or two that have guided our nation to what we enjoy today.  I will include the full text of the document, or a link on the internet when I can find such a source.  One suggestion I have is that you read them out loud.  Language takes on fuller meaning when we hear the words, rather than skim over them briefly.  See you soon, Inspiration Seekers.


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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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4 Responses to From the Bookshelf: Great American Documents

  1. Barney says:

    What a great idea! Looking forward to reading these.

  2. The Vicar says:

    I’m looking forward to looking back at the Missouri Compromise. It’s a good thing there are no really politically polarizing issue in our current age of enlightenment (jk).

  3. Pingback: Great American Documents: The Monroe Doctrine | hermitsdoor

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