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Unabridged audiobook in MP3 format.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Nov 3, 2007
ISBN 9561001985 ISBN13 9789561001985
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More About H. E. Marshall
A widely read author of history books for children a century ago, Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall is now enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Her most famous work, Our Island Story, A History of England for Boys and Girls, was first published in 1905, followed quickly by Scotland's Story in 1906 and Our Empire Story in 1908. She also authored A History of France, A History of Germany, This Country of Ours, and English Literature for Boys and Girls. In addition, she penned The Story of Napoleon and The Story of Cromwell for the "Children's Heroes" series and contributed several volumes to the highly acclaimed "Told to the Children" series.
H. E. Marshall was born in 1867 and died in 1941.
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Reviews - What do customers think about This Country of Ours?
Research after reading poor review Jul 8, 2008
After reading the "poor research" review, I decided to do my own search. The book is available entirely free of charge on-line, so I would recommend this to you. I chose the topic "Mormons" because I am a Mormon.
I really wanted to read this book with my kids, but my brief perusal on the Mormon topic leads me to believe that many of the chapters will be comprised more on popular myth than documented fact. This book is drivel, and our children deserve more real books as well as carefully documented source materials.
HERE'S WHY I THINK SO
Quote from book: "Mormonism was a new religion founded by Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was a shiftless, idle, jovial fellow, one of a large family as shiftless and idle as himself. He was very ignorant, but he had a wonderful imagination, and he could never tell the simplest happening of his everyday life without making a great story out of it."
This is an entertaining style for children, but what about the authors tone of voice, and point of view? Does this even sound like research? If so, where are the supporting examples and evidences. I see no notation for references in the bibliography, and no bibliography was available on-line. I would be very interested to see one, if there is one. This is supposed to be a history book, but I found the tone and content to be entirely biased and lacking any semblance of research. Today we call undocumented defamation of character SLANDER.
Let's read some more of what she has to say about Mormons:
"They now became a community by themselves, they moved about from place to place, and at length settled in Illinois where they built a city called Nauvoo." MISSING IMPORTANT DETAILS I am sorry to say that the cause of moving from place to place was that their homes were burned, women and children forced to walk out in the middle of the night barefoot in the winter with no place to go. On one occassion an entire town was besieged by a mob of men in painted faces. Women and children shot down in broad daylight. Most of the men assembled in one central location to defend the town (Haun's Mill) were killed, and when one small boy was found to be still alive among that group a mobman said "nits breed lice" and shot him in the head. His older brother survived to record that in his journal, of which my sister has a copy and we have both read with her own eyes from the original. Violence on that day was not restricted to Mormons, but also to non-Mormons who were living peacefully with them. One particularly distressing account is the old man quietly opening his door to be hacked to pieces by farm tools. His crime? Mormons didn't bother him.
I digress. Back to the book. The author claims that the cause of this contention against the Mormons was theft:
"Soon the people of Illinois began to dislike the Latter-day Saints, as they called themselves. For they stole horses and cattle and all sorts of things belonging to other settlers. And once anything was stolen by the Mormons, it was impossible to get it back. For if a stranger went to their city, and showed by his questions that he had come to look for something he had lost, he soon found himself followed by a Mormon who silently whittled a stick with a long sharp knife. Soon the man would be joined by another, also whittling a stick with a long knife. Then another and another would silently join the procession, until the stranger could stand it no longer and hastily departed homeward."
This is a SERIOUS ACCUSATION, and deserves fair treatment of specific instances, quantity and type as well as source- witnesses, and their credibility.
I have read many personal accounts of Nauvoo, my own ancestors were Pennsylvania Quakers who joined the Mormons in Nauvoo. They were not thieves, it went against all they believed, as well as their very nature. In fact, when I think of my own dear great great grandmother being forced to leave her nicely built home during February- crossing the river to set up a tent and there later deliver her baby-- while jovial mobsters revelled in all the mortal wealth that was now left to them, I believe there were thieves in Nauvoo, but not the Mormons.
Unfortunately, the fact that Mormons were opposed to slavery, and many non-Mormons hoped to become a slave state was as great, if not greater reason for the rioting than general opposition to the Mormon's unfathomable (to many) ways of seeing the world. Why was this debate not even mentioned?
If you do choose to use this text, think of your own religious beliefs that you hold dear. Think of your own family stories of courage and virtue. Then pause before you read that chapter and consider if you would want them to be portrayed in such a manner. Think of my children, who honor their heritage- how will this affect the manner in which your children perceive them and treat them. PREJUDICE and slander of any group is PAINFUL and WRONG. If you think Mormons are a worthwhile topic to study, please choose a boader range of materials and viewpoints. There are truly some inspiring people in that history- just as there have been and are in many other religions.
Wonderfully interesting! Jul 3, 2008
This book is wonderfully well written, and captivating for children (8-11 yr olds) and adults. There is exactly the perspective one would expect from an author writing in 1917, and I would suggest using additional works to suplement this for elementary history education. For example, when describing how Florida became a state the author writes as though the indigenous Native Americans occupying the land agreed to relocate. The reality is, as with much of our country's history, the Indians were forcibly, and often brutally, removed and displaced from their homeland. The idea that the US Government acted inappropriately is not even hinted at! That being said, we have used this text in homeschooling, and are enthralled with the the storytelling style. It is important to use a variety of sources for a well rounded education--and to take advantage of a more mature and realistic perspective that only hindsight can provide.
Nice compliment to Hisory at Our House curriculum Jun 5, 2008
My two daughters (aged 9 & 7) have studied American history this year using the History at Our House curriculum (www.historyatourhouse.com). We've enjoyed reading H.E. Marshall's This Country Of Ours alongside HaOH. My girls enjoyed hearing some of the stories Mr. Powell told again and hearing a few different ones. Often the girls would expound on ideas with which they were familiar and re-tell them in their own words. It was great way to check their understanding and allow them to process the material an additional time.
This Country of Ours Aug 23, 2006
A great book easy for children ages 8 yrs old to adults to read. It presents the facts about history and the lives of the men and women that is often lost in history books in this present day. There are Christian morals and Biblical truths discussed in the lives of our forefathers. I highly recommend this interesting book.
Well written history book Jun 23, 2006
It seems to me that since the other reviewer is so coy about this subject he or she knew so much about, we have to take an anonymous stranger's word for it that an unknown subject had some unknown errors that rendered the entire book unreadable. If we were allowed to know for ourselves what the topic was, then perhaps we could judge for ourselves.
IMO, Mrs. Marshall tells a riveting story of America's history that cannot help but engage the attention and hearts of young readers. Because she wrote a hundred years ago she sometimes uses terms I would not (savages)- I just change the word.
She did her homework well but the best historical research available to her at the time is not always the best historical research available to us at this time- so I explain that. It's a great way to help children learn that perspectives in history change and that point of view influence the retelling.
I have yet to see a history book which does not have a viewpoint or historical information with which I differ. I can fix those things. H.E. Marshall's engaging, delightful, interesting writing style needs no alteration, and I can't fix tepid writing as easily as I can an errant fact.
Her book is available online as an etext, and I suggest those interested look it up and read a few pages and make up their own minds.