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My country 'tis of thee, Keith Ellison

Label
My country 'tis of thee
Title
My country 'tis of thee
Statement of responsibility
Keith Ellison
Title variation
My country tis of thee
Title variation remainder
my faith, my family, our future
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Subject
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Language
eng
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Review
  • In January 2007, Ellison stood with his right hand over his heart and his left hand on Thomas Jefferson’s Quran as he was sworn in as the first Muslim elected to Congress. Part memoir and part political reflection, Ellison’s lackluster and meandering recollections about his childhood and youth in Detroit, his college days and law school days, his eventual move to Minnesota, and his election to Congress reveal very little about the man or the ways that his faith informs his public service. Ellison admits that after 9/11, his candidacy went from being about inclusion and peace to being a defense of the freedom of religion. In a refrain he hammers throughout the book, he reminds us that “we are in a battle for our national soul,” yet he offers only the vague advice that “… to meet your goals and justify your existence—you must have a purpose. Purpose organizes your life.” Uninspiring, Ellison’s anodyne memoir will have little appeal to anyone outside his circle of influence. (Jan. 14) --Staff (Reviewed January 20, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 03, p)
  • Elected U.S. Representative to Minnesota's 5th congressional district in 2007, Ellison is the first Black Muslim in the U.S. Congress and the first African American elected to the House from Minnesota. Not a memoir, though it contains personal anecdotes, his work decries the current political polarization and argues for an America that truly embraces all peoples and beliefs. Ellison has been in the news since his election; with a 75,000-copy first printing. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed April 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 16, p59)
  • (The following is a combined review for MY COUNTRY, &#39 and TIS OF THEE)An engaging memoir on what it means to be a black Muslim in American government. Raised in the 1970s in Detroit and Minneapolis in a household where hard work and discipline were the rules, not the exception, Ellison's childhood was saturated with tales of the struggles his extended family had endured to achieve racial equality under the Jim Crow laws. He juggled being an upper-middle-class black Catholic youth on track to succeed despite the street gangs, unemployment and drug deals commonplace in Detroit. From these beginnings, Ellison created his own vision of a post–civil rights society, "a new inclusive perspective" of society for which he was willing to stand up and fight. His desire for a more balanced, kind and fair world corresponded with the views he found in the Quran, and Ellison quickly converted to Islam. As an activist, he recognized that the best way to create the changes he envisioned was to become an active member of government. "I understood that we could make a difference in our homes, and in our communities--but we also could make a difference in our country by participating in government instead of just criticizing it," he writes. This led to his ongoing career in national politics, eventually giving rise to his election to Congress, the first black Muslim to hold such an office. With insights into the famous leaders who have influenced him, Ellison passionately details the concepts that still divide America and offers suggestions on how the country can move beyond the color of a person's skin or religious belief to create a nation of the people, for the people. The empowering words of an insightful American who has risen to a place in government where his actions can really make a difference.(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2013)
Biography type
autobiography
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10246683
Cataloging source
DLC
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1963-
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Ellison, Keith
Dewey number
  • 328.73/092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E901.1.E45
LC item number
A3 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Ellison, Keith
  • United States
  • African American legislators
  • Legislators
  • Muslims
  • Multiculturalism
  • Social change
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
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my faith, my family, our future
Label
My country 'tis of thee, Keith Ellison
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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text
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Contents
Introduction: September 12th -- From The Black Bottom to Cane River -- No Mercy For The Weak -- Value of a Man -- Not So Black and White -- My Damascus Moment -- It Started With The First Step -- Are You Ever Really Ready? -- All Ages, All Colors, All Faiths -- A Plan and a Purpose -- What Happened to The Party of Lincoln -- Why Is Congress So Dysfunctional? -- Hot Dish -- Not So Radical -- Hajj -- An Ounce of Prevention -- For the People By The People? -- Profiles in Leadership -- Epilogue: My America : The Future is Bright
Control code
996709
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781451666878
Lccn
2012051565
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781451666878
  • (OCoLC)759913293
Label
My country 'tis of thee, Keith Ellison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: September 12th -- From The Black Bottom to Cane River -- No Mercy For The Weak -- Value of a Man -- Not So Black and White -- My Damascus Moment -- It Started With The First Step -- Are You Ever Really Ready? -- All Ages, All Colors, All Faiths -- A Plan and a Purpose -- What Happened to The Party of Lincoln -- Why Is Congress So Dysfunctional? -- Hot Dish -- Not So Radical -- Hajj -- An Ounce of Prevention -- For the People By The People? -- Profiles in Leadership -- Epilogue: My America : The Future is Bright
Control code
996709
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781451666878
Lccn
2012051565
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781451666878
  • (OCoLC)759913293

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