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Americans Who Tell the Truth

Robert Shetterly's remarkable collection of portraits reminds us of the dignity, courage and importance of America's truth tellers.

New England artist Robert Shetterly began painting portraits of Americans he admired at a time when he was deeply saddened and angry at what was becoming of the U.S.

“My respect and love for these people and their courage helped to transform that anger into hope and pride and allowed me to draw strength from this community of truth tellers.”

Read more from artist Robert Shetterly.
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Click on the thumbnails or names below to see some of Robert Shetterly's portraits of American Truth Tellers and read their inspiring truths.

 

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See the full series of Robert Shetterly's portraits at www.americanswhotellthetruth.org.

Tools for Teaching: see the acompanying curriculum materials with suggestions on how to use the portraits and biographies of these American truth-tellers in your classroom.

 


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Americans Who Tell the Truth ::

Robert Shetterly's series highlights Americans past and present whose dignity, courage, and honesty have shaped this country.

This beautiful coffee-table book is an eloquent collection of portraits and stirring words of these brave citizens from all walks of life.
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Card Sets ::

A special YES! selection of Greeting Cards from the series in sets of 8 (with envelopes).

Sets feature high quality prints of the portraits, complete with quotes and biographies.

Posters also available from the artist.
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