My Country, 'Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 14, 2014 - Political Science - 304 pages
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As the first Muslim elected to Congress, Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison explores what it's like to be an American in the twenty-first century.

As a Black, Latino, and former Catholic who converted to Islam, Keith Ellison, is the first Muslim elected to Congress—from a district with fewer than 1 percent Muslims and 11 percent Blacks. With his unique perspective on uniting a disparate community and speaking to a common goal, Ellison takes a provocative look at America and what needs to change to accommodate different races and beliefs.
Filled with anecdotes, statistics, and social commentary, Ellison touches on everything from the Tea Party to Obama, from race to the immigration debate and more. He also draws some very clear distinctions between parties and shows why the deep polarization is unhealthy for America. Deeply patriotic, with My Country ’Tis of Thee, Ellison strives to help define what it means to be an American today.
 

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While almost every American knows the words to “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” most do not know there was an abolitionist version written in 1843. It speaks of the history of slavery and white privilege ... Read full review

MY COUNTRY, 'TIS OF THEE: My Faith, My Family, Our Future

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

My Country
1
From the Black Bottom to Cane River
17
No Mercy for the Weak
31
Identity Crisis
41
The Color Line in the TwentyFirst Century
53
My Damascus Moment
71
Any Jackass Can Kick Down a Barn
91
September 12
115
A Plan and a Purpose
183
What Happened to the Party of Lincoln?
191
Whats the Matter with Congress?
203
A New America
219
My Faith
223
Hajj
237
An Ounce of Prevention
249
Democracy Is the Solution
261

Minnesota Nice
125
The Politics of Generosity and Inclusion
137
All Colors All Cultures All Faiths 31 41 53 71 91
153
Hills and Valleys
171
153
181
Profiles in Leadership
271
Sweet Land of Liberty
285
Acknowledgments
295
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Keith Ellison is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He is the first Black Muslim elected to the US Congress and the first African-American elected to the House from Minnesota. He is also the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and one of the organizers behind the 1995 Million Man March.

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