Magazine article Humanities

Books on Freedom

Magazine article Humanities

Books on Freedom

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Fifteen books make up the We the People mem Bookshelf on Freedom, the second round of the NEH grant program that makes books available to community and school libraries. The bookshelf was announced on June 8 at Freedom Park in Rosslyn, Virginia, where NEH Chairman Bruce Cole and Lynne Cheney, author of America: A Patriotic Primer, spoke about the characteristics of freedom to a group of twenty-five local fifth graders.

"The We the People Bookshelf program is an exciting way to introduce young readers to classic books and important themes in American history and culture," said Cole. "One thousand libraries have successfully participated in the first Bookshelf on the theme of courage. In the coming months, we hope that parents, educators, librarians, and young people will also find enrichment and pleasure in the We the People Bookshelf on Freedom."

Libraries across the country can apply online at www.neh.gov to be awarded copies of the books, which will be distributed with the assistance of the American Library Association. The Bookshelf is part of the Endowment's initiative to strengthen the study and understanding of American history and culture, called We the People. …

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