A Review of We the People: The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers’ Vision of America by Juan Williams

I won this ARC through The Reading Room in exchange for a fair review.

Our founding fathers are the men we are most familiar with historically. Men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. These are the men that have shaped our nation through events securing our status as a union separate from the British crown and our rights as citizens to pursue personal freedoms.

In the last 100 years our society has changed in many ways. This new society would shock our founding fathers, but these men would also come to realize that the constitution is something that is a basis for our freedoms but also needs to adapt to our ever evolving social construct. Juan Williams has suggested, in this book, a new group of men and women, to be a modern day founding fathers. The group of people he has nominated are the men and women who have brought about great change for the civil liberties of citizens of these United States and have given a voice to those groups who had no voice.

This book talks clearly and, for the most part, concisely about the historical events of the last 100 years. Beginning with immigration reform and ending with gun control, Williams touches on all the social issues that are hot button topics even today and gives a brief history on the individuals who propelled them forward.

What I love about this work, is Williams is able to give facts without being overly political and throwing his own views in. It is nice to be able to read about these accounts and make my own decision on how I feel and what my opinion is on the different issues. Juan Williams is highly educated and is very familiar with his subject material. He includes an extensive bibliography that I found to be a great source for further reading.

The only criticism I would give this book is that the chapter on gun control was a bit long and became dry rather quickly. All the other chapters kept me entertained and even had me interested in learning more.


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