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VOYAThis 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.