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by Mary B. Mackley
It’s often said that Americans know very little about their own history. How many have actually read the full text of the Constitution, as students or adults? In this handy guide, Mackley aims to remedy that situation and present fundamental knowledge traditionally taught in civics classes. ... In a compendium of this sort that addresses early American history, parameters of inclusion often become an issue; the author recognizes that in-depth accounts of Native American or African-American contributions and experiences will necessarily be found elsewhere. To her credit, Mackley insists that a more interactive approach to learning about history should be enhanced by travel and firsthand contact. ... A valuable resource for a wide array of interested parties, from students to recent immigrants of all ages.
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