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About the Author
Mary B. Mackley
recalls her awareness of civics engagement while participating in patriotic parades as a Girl Scout, and
working on a project about the Bill of Rights in grade school.  She took AP History classes through St. John's University in NY.  Later, she presented guided tours and interpretive programs at the Carl Sandburg Home NHS,  during and after completing her B.S. Biology.  She then obtained her B.S.Nursing and has worked as a nurse for 30 years.  She has especially enjoyed the opportunities presented to teach and educate her patients. Yet, her continued passion and interest in American History, Natural and Historic Places continued throughout her Nursing career.  She collected old history books. Eventually, she wanted to write this book to provide a teaching tool and a review of Civics and American History for children and adults; make a contribution to Civics Education.  She wanted to present a concise and nonpartisan book - a wealth of information in one place. The book is an excellent resource if you're learning for the first time or just need to review the facts.   Mary B. hopes that perhaps in learning and reviewing our history, you may also be inspired to visit, see, take trips and experience parts of history that are preserved in all our Historic Places and  Parks.