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Jefferson's Dream

  • The Ballad of the Declaration of Independence

    John Perrault

    Explore the fundamental ideals of the American Republic in story and song. Jefferson's Dream includes portraits, commentary, musical scores, ballad lyrics, and a CD of Perrault's original ballads about eight great Americans who lived and advanced the Declaration of Independence: Thomas Jefferson, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Henry David Thoreau, Ida B. Wells, and Eleanor Roosevelt. In the best arts-education tradition, the book dramatizes how each of these figures carried forward the values of the Declaration of Independence—and how their struggles for liberty and equality continue to impact our lives. This is a book for classrooms, musicians and everyone interested in understanding the ideals of our country and how to make them live.

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