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Sounding Forth the Trumpet: 1837-1860 [Paperback]

By Peter Marshall (Author) & Daivd Manuel (Author)
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Pages   560
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.03" Width: 6.01" Height: 1.48"
Weight:   1.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 1999
Publisher   Revell
ISBN  0800757033  
EAN  9780800757038  

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Sounding Forth the Trumpet brings to life one of the most crucial epochs in our nation's history - the events leading up to and precipitating the Civil War. The authors chronicle the Gold rush, the Mexican War, the skirmishes of Bleeding Kansas, and the emergence of Abraham Lincoln. The tragic issue of slavery provides the narrative focus throughout the book, opening with John Quincy Adam's struggle to preserve the right of petition in Congress and closing with the election of 1860. This popular U.S. history series also contains The Light and the Glory and From Sea to Shining Sea, with total series sales of a million copies.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Peter Marshall is a psychologist who has written three books: "Now I Know Why Tigers Eat Their Young: How to Survive Your Teenagers with Humour," "Cinderella Revisited: How to Survive Your Stepfamily without a Fairy Godmother" and "Sex, Nursery Rhymes and Other Evils: A Look at The Bizarre, Amusing, Sometimes Shocking Advice of Victorian Childcare Experts," He is a member of the National Speakers Bureau and speaks across Canada and the United States.

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Great accompaniament to the book!  Mar 1, 2006
We are homeschoolers, reading through Marshall's American history series (abridged for children). I bought this activity book to keep the younger children busy while reading aloud. To my suprise, my eldest (eleven) even loves getting to color while we read.

The activities are pretty simple, geared to 6-8 year olds abilities. My three year old likes coloring in but, of course, isn't ready for the mazes, dot-to-dots, crosswords and such. The pictures are realistic, not cartoony.

I quiz the children orally afer each chapter and find their retention is excellent, so the coloring appears to help them concentrate rather than being a distraction.

We use good quality pencils (Prismacolor) so the pages come out looking great, with vivid colors!

There is permission to photocopy these for home and classroom use so I purchased one activity book and copy the pages my children want to complete. I can't beat that price! I punch holes in the pages and keep them in our history folder.

Causing the weak to stumble  Dec 9, 2002
Peter Marshall is on a mission -- to reinterpret American history from a "Christian" perspective. Since the end is known to him ("God planned it all out") then his job is simply one of finding facts that support his thesis and ignoring those that don't. Marshall is better able to do this due to his lack of training as a historian. Books such as Marshall (along with Manuel's) provide fodder for intellectually honest people to look at all Christians as suckers for any moving story, regardless of its inauthenticity.
Sorry, but I can't give. . .  Aug 14, 2002
. . .the benefit of the doubt here.

The Concerned Parent has cautiously given the "benefit of the doubt" to Marshall and Manuel's previous two American history volumes. I cannot do so here.

The decades leading up to The War Between The States were filled with crisis and controversy on a wide number of levels. Slavery was not a direct cause of the war. The Abolitionists were not all the "good guys". Many exhibited religious and ethnic bigotry on an incredible scale -- a bigotry just as morally wrong as the slavery they were condemning. Nativism and anti-Catholicism ran rampant -- to the extent that an entire political party was incorporated (The American aka "No-Nothing" Party).

Many, MANY issues and principles were involved in the decades leading up to the war -- and that rather basic fact just doesn't come through in this book. The issues of State's Rights are not adequately discussed. The issues of the power of the Federal Government is not adequately discussed. The legal principles behind the concept of secession are not adequately discussed.

All these issues are important when considering the time period in question -- regardless of one's political, social, or religious position. In this respect, Marshall and Manuel have failed miserably.

No stars for a major disappointment.

A well-written and interesting approach. . .  Nov 9, 2001
. . .to American history. However, he is just plain wrong!

Don't get me wrong, I have a tremendous respect for Peter Marshall as a person. However, as with my reviews of his previous two books in this series, I find many flaws.

Item: (And this is technically not a flaw) The authors, in order to move the flow of the book along, do so by means of dialogue. This DOES have the advantage of making history come alive -- but the reader has to be alert that not all of the dialogue is historical, but rather based on what is known of the characters. This is especially important for homeschooling parents (and I am one) so their children will understand the difference.

Item: The authors tend to view American history filtered through their Calvinist theology. Unfortunately, if one is not using a Calvinist lens, their conclusions are far less convincing. It is quite true that many, many religious Americans in the 18th and 19th century WERE Calvinists; and it is equally true that many aspects of American civilization were highly influenced by Calvinist thought -- but there were other major influences as well, and these tend to be minimized. With Calvinists no longer having nearly the prominent influence in American society as they did 150 years ago, the average reader will have difficulty making the paradigm shift necessary to fully understand the author's perspective.

Item: One element which was NOT covered in this volume concerns the hideous persecution of Catholics in the United States -- by Calvinists, especially in the North. The ideas of religious freedom which were part of the founding documents in our land were seriously compromised during the time period under consideration. It is one thing to exercise one's right to criticize another belief system -- but many, MANY Calvinist clergy of that era crossed the line into outright hate-speech and deceit. (The Beechers, for example). In fact, the American Party (otherwise known as the "No-Nothing" Party) was a hotbed of anti-Catholic, anti-immigration American nativism.

Item: This is the most serious. The authors devote virtually all of the discussion of the causes of the Civil War to the single issue of slavery. That is just not historically accurate. (And I'm a conservative northerner!) While slavery was AN issue, and certainly a "hot button" issue, it was BY NO MEANS the ONLY issue -- or even the FIRST issue. The most significant issue concerned state's rights and the balance of power between the several states and the federal government. Another issue was one of economics, and the radically different economic views held by the North as opposed to the South. To play up the issue of slavery as THE issue just doesn't fly.

Item: The issue of Lincoln's attitude toward slavery is problematic. Yes, Lincoln was opposed to slavery. Yes, he was opposed to the expansion of slavery. However, his NUMBER ONE CONCERN, as is evidenced in his own writings, was the preservation of an intact Union, REGARDLESS of how the slavery issue turned out. This can easily be verified merely by reading the various citations on the first floor of the Lincoln Memorial.

So there it is: This is one conservative, northerner, Christian clergyman, homeschooling father who does NOT recommend this book as a primary text -- and frankly, I'm undecided on its value even as a secondary text.

Another masterpiece!  Sep 3, 2001
So far I've read all three books in the series, and I eagerly await the fourth! Marshall and Manuel describe the period leading up to the Civil War in a way that you will not see done in government schools today.

Again, this is a must-read for anyone who is either home-schooling their children, or for those who have children in government schools. So much of history is distorted today. It is refreshing to read an historical account written from a Godly perspective.


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