Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War

Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War

by Benson Bobrick
     
 

Renowned historian Benson Bobrick has written a moving chronicle of the American Revolution for young readers. From the first stirrings of unrest under British rule at the Boston Tea Party, to the treachery of Benedict Arnold at West Point, to George Washington's Christmas Eve surprise attack at the Battle of Trenton, to the British surrender at the Battle of

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Renowned historian Benson Bobrick has written a moving chronicle of the American Revolution for young readers. From the first stirrings of unrest under British rule at the Boston Tea Party, to the treachery of Benedict Arnold at West Point, to George Washington's Christmas Eve surprise attack at the Battle of Trenton, to the British surrender at the Battle of Yorktown, Fight for Freedom explores the war that created one independent nation out of thirteen diverse colonies.
Fight for Freedom contains personal anecdotes from soldiers and civilians, as well as profiles of the many historical luminaries who were involved in America's fight for independence, such as George Washington, King George III, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, Thomas Jefferson, and Lord Cornwallis. Bobrick also explores the origins of colonialism in the New World, the roles women and Native Americans played during the American Revolution, the intricacies of building a new government, and the fate of those who remained loyal to the British crown after the onset of war.
Bobrick's dynamic narrative is highlighted with many period oil paintings, political cartoons, and key campaign and battlefield maps, making Fight for Freedom the ultimate book on the American Revolution for kids.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Using a variety of primary sources, this book introduces young readers to fourteen years covering the American Revolutionary War up until the inauguration of George Washington in 1789. The handsome design features mostly double-page spreads with full page picture on the right facing on the left text, a boxed "Quick Facts" segment, and a smaller vignette. Text is organized chronologically, covers all major battles, pauses to discuss groups such as Loyalists, Rangers, and Redcoat generals; and provides short lively discussions of key individuals such as the treacherous Benedict Arnold, Lord North, the valuable allies, Marquis De Lafayette and Baron Von Steuben, and others. Text is short enough to interest casual browsers, but informative enough to give report writers some facts within context. Artwork is unattributed to individuals but archival and museum sources are provided. A timeline of famous events is printed on endpapers, a glossary, maps, bibliography of mostly adult titles rather than sources for child readers, reliable websites, and an index are included. 2004, Atheneum Books, Ages 9 to 16.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Bobrick does an admirable job of describing the American Revolution in fewer than 100 pages, half of which are pictures. Each spread covers a separate topic, with a page of text and sidebar of "Quick Facts" facing a full-page illustration. Topics include origins of the conflict, individual battles, profiles of generals from both sides, the Continental Congresses, Loyalists, and the role of women. The illustrations, primarily reproductions of period prints or later paintings of the events described, include maps of two battles and a map of the Colonies showing the locations of all the battles mentioned in the text. This title compares favorably with Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon's The American Revolution (Lerner, 2003) and Susan Provost Beller's The Revolutionary War (Benchmark, 2001). Two minor quibbles: the caption for a painting identifies the recipient of John Burgoyne's surrender as George Washington, rather than Horatio Gates (though it is easy to see how that error was made given the rendering) and a sidebar that states that the Liberty Bell was last rung in 1846. It was last tolled then, but has been sounded many times since. In all, this title is an excellent choice for both general readers and report writers. -Elaine Fort Weischedel, Millbury Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For a time period not lacking in resources, Bobrick manages to create one of the best for young readers, a volume that is attractive, informative, and accessible to history buffs and browsers alike. One- and two-page essays cover the major people, battles, documents, issues, and events of the time, doing for the American Revolution what James McPherson's Fields of Fury (2002) did for the Civil War and Stephen Ambrose's The Good Fight (2001) did for WWII, the two previous works in the series. Solid, clear writing, colorful maps, large reproductions of period oil paintings, political cartoons, and sidebars presenting "Quick Facts" yield a wealth of material. Especially handy is a list of ten of the best Web sites on the subject. One of the few resources to make the Revolution truly alive and interesting for young readers. A must for libraries and classrooms. (timeline, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689864223
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
532,258
Product dimensions:
10.32(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.52(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed works, including Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired and Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution. In 2002 he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He and his wife, Hilary, live in Vermont.

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