Colonies and Revolution (American Heritage, American Voices Series)

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Find out what life was like in colonial America from the people who lived it!

This first book in the American Heritage American Voices series will give you a rare glimpse into the day-to-day experiences of early Americans. You'll learn from fourteen-year-old George Washington about his Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour (such as "Do not laugh too much or too loud in public."); you'll read the testimony of an accused witch from the Salem witch trials; and you'll hear about ...

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Overview

Find out what life was like in colonial America from the people who lived it!

This first book in the American Heritage American Voices series will give you a rare glimpse into the day-to-day experiences of early Americans. You'll learn from fourteen-year-old George Washington about his Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour (such as "Do not laugh too much or too loud in public."); you'll read the testimony of an accused witch from the Salem witch trials; and you'll hear about the terrible conditions African slaves suffered when they were brought to America, from one of the slaves who survived. You'll also find out about what led up to the Boston Tea Party, what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the daring mission of the first submarine (in 1776!).

From Columbus's letter describing his first voyage to America to the Constitution of the United States, Colonies and Revolution presents a wealth of period documents, including diaries, letters, articles, advertisements, speeches, and more, from both famous figures and ordinary citizens. Find out how all of these American voices working together helped to make this country what it is today.

Presents a picture of life in America prior to and during the American Revolution using excerpts from diaries, advertisements, court proceedings, speeches, and political documents of the day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471443919
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/31/2002
  • Series: American Heritage, American Voices Series , #4
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

AMERICAN HERITAGE is well-known for its magazine on American history, as well as its many highly acclaimed books, including The American Heritage History of the United States and The American Heritage Illustrated History of the Presidents.
DAVID C. KING is a former history teacher and an award-winning author who has written more than thirty books for children and young adults, including Wiley's American Kids in History series.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the American Heritage(r) American Voices Series

Introduction to Colonies and Revolution

PART I: COLONIZING A NEW WORLD

Christopher Columbus Signs a Contract

Columbus Describes His Voyage

The Mystery of Roanoke

Instructions to the Virginia Company

The Lure of Gold

Strict Disciplineat Jamestown

The Legend of Pocahantas

The First Settlements in New England

The Survival of Plymouth Plantation

A City Upon a Hill

A Difficult Voyage

Keeping a Sense of Humor

Indenture: Encouraging Newcomers

Pennsylvania: Drawing Colonists from the Continent

PART II: DAILY LIFE IN COLONIAL AMERICA

New England Farm Villages

All in a Day's Work

Life in Williamsburg

Education and Morals

Washington's Rules for Civil Behavior

Clothing in the Age of Homespun

Wealth and Fashion

The Salem Witch Trials

Judge Sewall's Apology

Anne Bradstreet: America's First Poet

Eliza's Gift to South Carolina

Advice in Choosing a Husband

Advice on Being Feminine

Living Well

Growing Up in Boston

Benjamin Franklin: The First American

"What then is the American?"

PART III: MANY PEOPLE, MANY VOICES

Slavery on a Virginia Plantation

A Traveler's View

The Nightmare Atlantic Crossing

The Mennonites Oppose Slavery

Thomas Jefferson's Dilemma

First Encounters with Native Americans

Ideas of Land Ownership

The Story of a "White Indian"

Religion: A Great Awakening

Defending Diversity: Freedom of the Press

PART IV: PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION

Patriots Protest a New Tax

Beyond Peaceful Protest

The Stamp Act Congress

The Beginning of a National Identity

The Boston Massacre

The Boston Tea Party

"Give MeLiberty or Give Me Death"

PART V: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

"One If By Land, Two If By Sea"

The Battle of Lexington

The Battle of Concord

Patriot Fighting Men

Washington Takes Charge

Letter from a Patriot

A Patriot Marching Song

Deborah Champion's Ride

A Black Poet Writes of Freedom

Declaring Independence

Thirteen United States Declare Independence

"We Must All Hang Together"

"Remember the Ladies"

The American Army and Militia

Sergeant Smith's Turkey Prisoners

The American Turtle

The Times that Try Men's Souls

Washington's Christmas Surprise

Winter at Valley Forge

Benedict Arnold: "Treason of the Blackest Dye"

The Turn Toward Victory

The Victory at Yorktown

PART VI: CREATING A NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

What Form of Government?

Shay's Rebellion

The Meeting of the Constitutional Convention

Surviving Philadelphia's Summer

The Constitution

The Bill of Rights

Sources

Index.

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