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Will Rogers: Discovering the Soul of America by E. T. (Cy) Eberhart

Will Rogers: Discovering the Soul of America

by E. T. (Cy) Eberhart

196 pages
Shows the connection between play and America's democratic ideals.

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About the Book
The values of the American Indians helped inspire the fundamental ideals the Founding Fathers envisioned for their new nation. Unfortunately, these values conflicted with narrow self-interest, and the ideals have never been fully realized. But during the social and political unrest of the Great Depression, philosopher and humorist Will Rogers, drawing on his native Cherokee heritage, showed the unifying effect these values have for modern times. These were people-matter values found within the ethics of play: Respect for oneself and for others, fairness, caring, the common good and trust.

Rogers so lived these values that he and the American people formed a relationship unlike any that had happened before or has happened since. In living by the ethics of play his presence on the American scene united people rather than divided them.

His legacy raises a question and a challenge.

What prevents us from making these values central in ourselves and our nation?

Why can't we be united rather than divided?


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About the Author
E. T. (Cy) Eberhart E. T. (Cy) Eberhart, a retired hospital chaplain, has had a continuing interest in humor and play. 25 years ago he began performing a living-history show, “Will Rogers, Live!” His diverse venues have ranged from high school students in a court-ordered counseling program to audiences at three Presidential Libraries.



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