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Americans Who Tell the Truth

Painter Robert Shetterly has published a book of portraits of 50 Americans who have stood for what he calls “the promise of America,” presenting them in a series of paintings with their names and an apt quotation scratched into the paint. His Dorothea Langeselections, equally divided between men and women, range from the iconic -- Martin Luther King, Jr., Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emma Goldman, Dwight David Eisenhower -- to the worthy and interesting -- child peace activist Samantha Smith, political columnist Molly Ivins, author Frances Moore Lappe (Diet for a Small Planet), education writer Jonathan Kozol. From an eloquent introduction to the biographical comments on each entry, this gallery of writers, politicians, rabble-rousers, troublemakers, scientists, celebrities and activists will inspire not only the youthful readers for whom it is intended, but anyone in this leaderless nation. The publisher has made a curriculum available for classroom teachers. <>

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