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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's Guide to Understanding the Mess Our Country is in and How We Get Out

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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  31 reviews
History, politics, government they're not just for grown-ups anymore. Today's teens are about to be handed a collapsing nation and it'll be their job to fix it. Enter David Bowman. With wit, humor, and sound judgment, he skillfully illustrates America's biggest problems and presents an interactive guide to understanding them that's so much fun adults will want to read it t ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Cedar Fort, Inc.
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Ruth Hill
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am an educator by profession, and social studies/history is probably what I am most passionate about. I have taught long enough to realize that the generation coming up does not know U.S. history. All too often, when it is taught, the students hate it because it is taught in such a boring manner. I have been absolutely appalled at the misinformation and lack of knowledge out there about our country's origin. It is said that the majority of Americans would not even be able to pass the test for ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Imagine seeing the modern day US government through the eyes of the founding father's. In this book David Bowman imagines what George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison would think about our current situation.

The book does a brilliant job of discussing the role that Government "should" be taking in the life of the American citizen. He illustrates how the Government was organized and how it works best. He then shows how far off track we have gotten as a nation and how inefficient th
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Michelle
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very well done. It explains things clearly and in a way appealing to young people. I loved the quotes from founding fathers and also the logic used in teaching about religious freedom. The stove analogy is brilliant. I like how even though it’s a bit bleak looking at the current problems with our government the book ends on a high note with specific ideas of what we can do to retake our freedom and strengthen the country. Really fun to read and makes me want to go to all the primary sources cite ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
What Would The Founding Fathers Think?
By David Bowman

In a fun twist of history, technology and graphics David Bowman looks at the founding of America and wonders what our Founding Fathers would think of today’s America.

When our Founding Fathers signed the Constitution they began a new form of government, one based on giving freedom and power to the people. America was to be a rising sun in a dark world. But would the founding fathers be pleased with the direction that America has gone? Have we s
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Kay Curtiss
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Travel with George Washington, James Madison & Benjamin Franklin as they hop into one of Ben's inventions - Franklin's Fantastic Future Forecaster. The expression on their faces as they look into our time is illustrated on the cover of the book. Then Benjamin shows them a contraption in his time machine - They will be able to Share Knowledge w/Young People Everywhere - Benjamin says he calls that (SKYPE) for short. As the young people have questions, they Can Have A Turn and their words will ...more
Donna
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a fun book to read. The author uses wit and humor to tackle todays monumental problems. America is a crumbling nation. Do we sit by and hand it to are children or do we try to fix it? What would the founders of this nation think? Would they be proud of what we have become or would they cry because they worked so hard and we've destroyed all they accomplished?

This book features marvelous illustrations. It is a very quick read and should be given to every young child. After all, they are our
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Claire
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sc-history-books
This book was very interesting because in the beginning all of the founding father got into a time machine and traveled to the 21st century. They described what our founding father wanted for our country and what we have made of that. They said what we can improve in the United States and things that are very well and don't need to be changed. The author was very creative when writing this book and he also probably felt very strongly about how our country has developed.
Angela
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I was younger this sort of thing was boring and over my head, but this made it very fun and easy to understand. It's approached conservatively, mostly reminding us to be moral people and not try to take over everything, because a lot of problems stem from overstepping our bounds.
Bri Clark
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a distinctly unique but old school values book that my children not only understood but needed to hear and really enjoyed.
HERE COMES DAT BOI
EXCELLENT BOOK! One of the best for learning how our country was set up and how our government works - without realizing you're even learning! Great for kids from about age 5 on up to adults. Anyone could read this and it will make sense. You'll finish it with a greater sense of appreciation for the amazing idea the founding fathers had, and for the miracle America really is.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
My children and I just finished studying about Ancient Rome last month, so I thought it was quite a coincidence that I received a message from David Bowman asking if I'd like to review his book since it was on my tbr list. What does Ancient Rome have to do with this? Well, if you don't know or remember anything about Ancient Rome (it had been a long time for me and I didn't remember much before we studied it again) it influenced our country's formation quite a bit. You see, those in Ancient Rome ...more
Sandie Graham
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I love this book! Especially the pyramid; God & religion, values & virtues etc 👍🏻
Mymcbooks
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it

My Review: What would the founding fathers think? This is just the right question anyone would ask due to the country’s current crisis. According to history, the founding fathers signed the constitution forming a nation unlike anything the world had ever known. The founding fathers Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and James Madison inspired by God, created the United States of America and the signed constitution it to protect certain God given rights and offer freedom.


The author listed three
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Loreina
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book starts out by giving three facts every young American needs to realize:

1) The United States of America was and is the greatest nation on Earth

2) Today, the United States of America is in serious trouble

3) You will inherit the USA- and it’s problems- in just a few short years

This start may seem scary to some of you, but I think it’s very straight forward and will gear the children up for what they are about to read. Hopefully, that leads them to absorbing the words they read! I know my k
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Monica H at the Readathon
I am not a fan of politics in children's books. Children are very impressionable and believe everything they see, hear, and read. They don't have the power to know both sides and choose what they believe the best argument to be. It doesn't matter which side of the aisle you are on, politics do not belong in children's books. History, on the other hand, is another story. I think it's very important that children learn our history and know what has happened in the past to bring us to where we are ...more
Stephen
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fun and well presented look at American values and politics intended for younger readers.

It was very conservative leaning, but overall tried very hard to remain based in facts and balanced information. What that means is that the book is biased toward a Christian value viewpoint but makes efforts to avoid pushing it down your throat. By understanding this from the beginning, I can see this as a great teaching tool for Christian families to introduce politics to their children.

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Shauna
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
David Bowman is AMAZING!

He writes ideas in such a fun way that you ENJOY learning!
And his pictures are so ENTERTAINING!
This book is REALLY REALLY GOOD!

While this book has been written specifically for the youth...
I believe EVERY person living in the United States should read it.

This book teaches why we need to:
1. Grow closer to God instead of taking him out of our home, money and schools.
2. Have values like being responsible, instead of having attitudes like "do whatever you want".
3. Learn how
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Carol
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
David Bowman makes history and government fun for young readers. His illustrations capture their attention while the format he has chosen for delivering the information is easy-to-follow and fun. By using time travel a computer chat room he is providing important concepts in a way that is pertinent and relevant for kids of today. Adults also will benefit from reading this slim volume. I know I learned a lot about the foundation our country's government is built upon. I hope that Bowman gives his ...more
Jason Barnes
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
I read this book a while ago. It was written with teenagers in mind, but I feel that it is a book everyone should read.

It is written in a simple, yet entertaining way. That's what engaged me. And the best part is that it made sense. Everything he wrote was clear and I felt the same way about our country that he does.

Overall, I feel like this is a great way to review some history, learn about our responsibilities as citizens of this wonderful nation, and learn how we can be better in those respon
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Luke
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
What would the Founding Fathers Think is an okay book about how to fix our country but the author is a little too consevatist for me. Although there are some true facs so many things are altered by personal opinions that it's hard to know what's true. The biggest thing in there that was wrong was the "Lack of god an religion leads to lack of virtues and values." I'm guessing the author has never met anyone who isn't a super christian because I have friends who are not religious and they are very ...more
Caroline
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very simple, easy to understand book. I think it's a bit young for my level, but it'd be great for preteen and those in their early teens. For any young American who wants to have a better understanding of what's going on in our country. It takes what it is often thought of as an adult topic and explains it for us. It's a really good book.
Bryony
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give more stars than five. This book is entertaining, well-written, and direct. It does a fantastic job of explaining the differences between how our country started and how our country is now. It's accompanied by some great illustrations. Encourage all the young people in your life to read it. :) It is quite motivating.
Eric
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Besides it's conservative under tones this book was very engaging and informative. The use of time traveling founding fathers was a excellent way of bringing the true believes of our government back into perspective.
Samuel
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We borrowed this book from a neighbor. I enjoyed it more than the kids. It does a great job of explaining in very simple language some of the systemic problems our country faces. Granted it's very simplified, but for a kids book is surprisingly insightful. Worth a read, even for adults.
Holli
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school
This is a great, fun read for today's youth. It helps them understand the principles our country was founded on...and how America has strayed from them...and what they can do about it. It has fun drawings and is told in an easy-to-understand way. Definitely recommend!
Tammy
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great read that explains what the founding fathers had in mind when they put together this great nation. "Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other" - John Adams
Catherine
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fun book to help youth (and adults) understand principles that our country was founded upon. I gave a copy to each student in my Key of Liberty class as an end of year gift and reminder of the most important principles that we had studied together over the year.
Sophia Johnson
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totally get this book

This is a wonderful book. It teaches kids in a fun way about America's failing health in the government and shows them what they can do about it. This is a wonderful book, I highly recommend it to readers of all ages!!
Jen Barker
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school, nonfiction
An easy-to-understand, brief overview of the way the US government was set up and functions best to protect freedom. A great intro to a study of the constitution!
David
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The author is David Bowman, who specializes in adapting historical and religous texts for children and teenagers. He does a pretty good job of it, actually. Published in Springville, Utah by Plain Sight Publishing, [2012], with small distribution. It is pretty short for such an expansive subject, but I don't think it was meant to provide a lot of detail that a plethora of other books cover.
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