Rutherford B., Who Was He?
Poems About Our PresidentsBook - 2013
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Our presidents. Who the heck were they? What was their deal? Were they villains or heroes? Memorable or forgettable? Did they serve out their term or die in a variety of grisly fashions? Stretching her poetic chops to the max, Marilyn Singer summarizes each and every fella. Sometimes they have long poems, and sometimes nothing more than a few sentences. Accompanied by artist John Hendrix’s eclectic art, the two weave these disparate men together, tying up their faults and finer distinctions. Backmatter includes a description of the job of the president, Presidential Biographies, and a list of Sources that Singer used to make this book.
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Taylor: I swore to preserve the Union.
I roared: Do Not secede!
Fillmore: I felt the states should have their rights.
Pierce: I didn’t want this land to bleed.
And so I let the states decide –
Buchanan: Were they slave or were they free?
Taylor: I’d have hanged those rebels
from the nearest tree.
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