Daily Life During the American Revolution (Daily Life Through History Series)

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How did the patriot army dress themselves? What was the British soldier's food ration and what were women's roles during the revolution? What types of weapons did the combatants use and how large were the naval vessels of the day? This engaging and informative resource on the social and material history of the Revolutionary War period answers these and many other questions. Covering more than just political ideologies and the outcomes of battles, Daily Life During the Revolutionary War looks at the real stuff of ...

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Overview

How did the patriot army dress themselves? What was the British soldier's food ration and what were women's roles during the revolution? What types of weapons did the combatants use and how large were the naval vessels of the day? This engaging and informative resource on the social and material history of the Revolutionary War period answers these and many other questions. Covering more than just political ideologies and the outcomes of battles, Daily Life During the Revolutionary War looks at the real stuff of history—people's lives and how they lived them.

Looking at the war and society from many angles, the book's 20 chapters cover such important topics as radicals, Tories, taxation, the French, the Hessians, prisoner-of-war conditions, fashion, leisure time activities, and war on the frontier, among others. Also included are more than 35 photographs and illustrations, and over a dozen charts. This behind-the-scenes look at history presents a fascinating picture of everyday life deeply affected by the spirit of '76.

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Editorial Reviews

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This resource details the everyday aspects of living for all levels of society during the American Revolution. Twenty chapters focus on the economy, housing, fashion, food, leisure activities, politics, war, and military life. The author creates a sequential description of the political causes of the war, the negotiations between England and the colonies, and the campaign by patriots to separate themselves from England. The military and civilian experiences of ordinary people on both sides of the war and the foremost developments are vividly brought to life. Major military personnel, key battles, and camp life are closely examined. The authors provide short biographies of important political figures in the war effort and highlight the contributions-both negative and positive-of many others such as women, Loyalists, and Indians. Women were largely confined to household tasks involving cooking, sewing, and spinning until the hostilities began and they were called upon to hunt, fight in battles, and learn to use weapons to defend their homes. Contemporary letters, laws, major documents, and newspaper articles all add to the description of the unpredictable and volatile times that created the nation. Interesting and attractive black-and-white engravings and paintings illustrate the way of life in the eighteenth century. An excellent resource for high school research on the Revolutionary War, this series addition might also inspire further reading about the time. (Daily Life Through History). VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Greenwood, 359p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Charts.Biblio. Source Notes. Chronology., PLB. Ages 15 to 18.
—Eileen Kuhl
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"How did the patriot army dress? What were women's roles? How large were the naval vessels of the day? How many loyalists were there during the revolution? Utilizing collections of personal letters, diaries, and journals or less prominent persons who lived through the war, the reader is given a gimpse into the daily life of those who lived during the Revolution….Highly recommended for school and public libraries seeking to provide unbiased or original source explanations of this important time in American history….Recommended for school libraries where students utilize study time to explore specific topics. Public libraries serving home schoolers and having elementary students who explore the history and social conditions of the 18th century America will find these volumes ones students can readily use on of their own."

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Christian Library Journal

"An excellent resource for high school research on the Revolutionary War, this series addition might also inspire further reading about the time."

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Meet the Author

DOROTHY DENNEEN VOLO is a teacher and historian. She has been an active living history reenactor for 20 years and has been involved in numerous community historical education projects. With James M. Volo, she is co-author of Daily Life in the Age of Sail (Greenwood, 2001) and Daily Life on the Old Colonial Frontier (Greenwood, 2002).

JAMES M. VOLO is a teacher, historian, and living history enthusiast. He has been an active historic reenactor for more than two decades, participating in a wide range of living history events, including television and screen performances. With Dorothy Denneen Volo, he is co-author of Daily Life in the Age of Sail (Greenwood, 2001) and Daily Life on the Old Colonial Frontier (Greenwood, 2002).

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