A land of big dreamers : voices of courage in America / Neil Waldman.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Collects inspiring and memorable quotes from thirteen Americans who stood up for their beliefs of equality and justice, from Thomas Jefferson to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama.
    • Content Notes:
      1776-Thomas Jefferson -- 1848-Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- 1852-Frederick Douglass -- 1858-Sitting Bull -- 1863-Abraham Lincoln -- 1883-Emma Lazarus -- 1932-Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- 1960-John Fitzgerald Kennedy -- 1962-Rachel Carson -- 1963-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- 1964-Cesar Chavez -- 1990-Rosa Parks -- 2008-Barack Obama.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references.
    • ISBN:
      9780822568100 : SAL
      0822568101 : SAL
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Booklist Reviews 2011 February #2

Inspiration is the central theme in this collective biography of 13 great Americans, from Thomas Jefferson and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to John F. Kennedy, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama. Each double-page profile sets a powerful portrait across from a brief prose description of how each hero made a difference, and visual details add to the sense of the individual's life work. On one spread, César Chávez is shown with farm workers in the field, while on another, Rachel Carson sits at a microscope, a wilderness landscape visible in the background. Emma Lazarus is pictured, of course, with the Statue of Liberty, and Sitting Bull stands angry and sorrowful against the Sioux's Black Hills. A personal quote on each spread further humanizes each hero. Many grade-schoolers will recognize these groundbreakers, but the stirring art and the mix of represented times, cultures, and crucial ongoing issues will spark discussion, and readers can use brief, appended biographies and source notes to continue their research. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall

Thirteen subjects--both the usual suspects (Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks) and some welcome additions (Sitting Bull, Emma Lazarus)--are profiled in this sampler of American politicians and activists who famously worked for equality and justice. A double-page spread is devoted to each figure. Waldman's stately yet humanizing commemorative portraits are more compelling than the rather skimpy texts. Source notes. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.