What So Proudly We Hail

The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song

Edited by Leon R. Kass, Amy A. Kass, Diana Schaub

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The Book of Virtues for patriots.” —Mona Charen

A marvelous collection of the greatest American stories, speeches, poems, and songs.

“Open it to any page and immediately begin exploring timeless questions of American creed and culture” (Weekly Standard)

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“Indispensable . . . Should become The Book of Virtues for patriots.” 
MONA CHAREN, nationally syndicated columnist

Concerned about rising cynicism and apathy, more and more Americans lament the decline in patriotic feeling and civic engagement. Fortunately, this wonderfully rich anthology is here to help all Americans realize more deeply—and appreciate more fully—who they are as citizens of the United States.

At once inspiring and thought-provoking, What So Proudly We Hail explores American identity, character, and civic life using the soul-shaping power of story, speech, and song. Editors Amy Kass, Leon Kass, and Diana Schaub—acclaimed scholars who among them have more than a century of teaching experience—have assembled dozens of selections by our country’s greatest writers and leaders, from Mark Twain to John Updike, from George Washington to Theodore Roosevelt, from Willa Cather to Flannery O’Connor, from Benjamin Franklin to Martin Luther King Jr., from Francis Scott Key to Irving Berlin.

Featuring the editors’ insightful and instructive commentary, What So Proudly We Hail illuminates our national identity, the American creed, the American character, and the virtues and aspirations of active citizenship. Every American has a stake in the questions explored in this volume: Who are we? How do we identify ourselves, as individuals and as a people? What do we look up to and revere? To what larger community and ideals are we attached and devoted? For what are we willing to fight and to sacrifice? And finally, how can we produce good citizens?

Developing robust American citizens involves the heart as well as the mind. It is not enough to understand our nation’s lofty principles or know our history; thoughtful and engaged citizens require cultivated moral imaginations and fitting sentiments and attitudes—matters both displayed in and nurtured by our great works of imaginative literature and rhetoric.

This marvelous book will spark much-needed discussion and reflection in living rooms, classrooms, and reading groups everywhere.

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Format Paperback
Pages 816
Publisher ISI Books
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“Indispensable . . . Should become The Book of Virtues for patriots.” —Mona Charen, nationally syndicated columnist

“Magnificent . . . A civic education in one volume.” —George F. Will

“What’s great about What So Proudly We Hail is that you can open it to any page and immediately begin exploring timeless questions of American creed and culture. And there are no better guides to the material than the Professors Kass and Schaub.” —Weekly Standard

“A high-grade, gentle, but firm goad to the kind of patriotism a country intent on greatness needs . . . A book of the quality of What So Proudly We Hail can doubtless reinforce and deepen citizenship and patriotism.” —Joseph Epstein, Commentary

“How moving and thought-provoking . . . A welcome achievement—rich and multilayered in ways that a treatise on patriotism could not be.” —First Things

“Offers readers an American patriotism like Virgil’s Roman version: subtle, supple, critical, and real . . . The editors of What So Proudly We Hail have done us a great service.” —Claremont Review of Books

“What a wonderful collection of American songs, speeches, and stories. It should be valuable for teachers, students, parents, and readers of all kinds.” —Diane Ravitch, editor of The American Reader

What So Proudly We Hail can be more than a memorial to a bygone America. With any luck at all, it may turn out to be useful for becoming again what we still are capable of being.” —American Interest

“Citizenship is a legal and political status character is an ethical condition, the Kasses and Schaub tell us, but our national character is broader and deeper, an emotional construct that helps to unite us, that anchors us both in the past and the future, and provides the sense of deep emotional solace made likely by belonging freely and feelingly to something larger and more worthy than our individual selves.” —Washington Examiner

“This star-spangled anthology invites us to think about, and love, America as mature citizens. It’s an invitation well worth accepting. . . . The nation with the soul of a church owes a great debt of gratitude to the editors for giving readers a well-guided tour of the many layers of that soul.” —George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center

“All hail the editors of What So Proudly We Hail! They’ve put together an anthology worthy of study by free men and brave citizens, from the dawn’s early light to the twilight’s last gleaming.” —William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard

“An inspiring book . . . An anthology of works that help frame an American identity . . . I would commend this kind of humanities compendium.” —Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

“Astonishingly good . . . I was blown away.” —Charlotte Hays, Independent Women’s Forum

“Here are the soul-shaping words that remind us that appeals to patriotism—love of country—can’t be limited to special occasions.” —Suzanne Fields, nationally syndicated columnist

ISBN 1610170806
ISBN13 9781610170802
Eligible for Readers Club Discount Yes

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