As the Democratic and Republican primaries reach their conclusions, and the nominating conventions and the 2016 presidential elections are in sight, early elementary school age children may want to know more about consequential leaders in U.S. history. “Lincoln and Kennedy, A Pair to Compare” (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, June 2016) offers valuable insight on the similar challenges and accomplishments on two American presidents who served exactly 100 years apart.
Lincoln ended slavery and preserved the union, while Kennedy championed the civil rights movement and preserved the peace during the Cold War. They both moved the country forward with vast infrastructure and technological programs (i.e., connecting the East and West coasts by authorizing the transcontinental railroad; launching the space program to explore the moon.)
Young readers will be introduced to the political and historical context of each era, and be inspired by the legacies of their leadership. Lincoln and Kennedy’s stirring quotes reverberate to this day: “A house divided against itself cannot stand;” and “…ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
–by guest political blogger, Seth Petok