From the Publisher
"In a series of well-received works, Emmy E. Werner has examined the factors that help children bounce back from adversity. To explain why it is that some young people succeed in overcoming hardship, stress, pressure, and disappointment, Werner not only conducted longitudinal studies of poor children in contemporary United States, but also burrowed into the past, exploring how earlier generations coped with the trials and tribulations posed by war and migration… The first- hand accounts included in the manuscript bring the period to life in a way that few other sources do. Especially noteworthy are excerpts from the diaries of Hessain teenagers who fought in the Revolution and accounts of Loyalist exiles."
American Studies The University of Kansas
"[E]xamines the era of the American Revolution (1770-89) through the eyes of 100 children who were between the ages of five and 16 during the conflict. Drawing on diaries, journals, and letters (more by boys than girls), Werner provides a fascinating primary angle on the Revolution. For instance, included are the stories of two young men who were with Washington at Valley Forge and young Emily Geiger, who risked her life to carry a message through British territory to General Greene….[r]ecommended for academic and large public libraries."
"Werner has written a history of children's participation in the American Revolution from the Boston Massacre and Tea Party in the 1770s through its military phase, 1775–81, ending with the signing of the Peace of Paris in 1783. The author uses children's eyewitness accountsletters, diaries, and memoirs—drawn from printed published sources as well as US and German archives. . . . General readers/public libraries."
Peter N. Stearns
PRAISE FOR THE HARDCOVER EDITON:
“This is a really interesting contribution to the history of children, showing individual young people as active agents, of various sorts, during the American Revolution. Children were also acted upon during the Revolution, and this testimony is revealing as well; but the extent of active involvement, and the sources this involvement generated, provide the most telling analysis.”—Peter N. Stearns, provost, George Mason University
Glen H. Elder Jr.
“In this book, Emmy Werner, a lifelong student of human resilience, tells a remarkable story of the Revolutionary War from a much-neglected perspective—that of young children and youth from the colonies. . . . This memorable book will alter views of the Revolutionary War by highlighting the many contributions of ‘boy soldiers’ to winning America’s independence.”—Glen H. Elder Jr., Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
“A history of children’s participation in the American Revolution [using] children’s eyewitness accounts—letters, diaries, and memoirs—drawn from printed published sources as well as U.S. and German archives.”—Choice
"A compelling history that is both clearly written and a riveting experience for both adults and young people who are interested in Revolutionary War history from a different perspective. . . . Read this book before you pass it on to a young friend."—Washington Times
Journal of Social History
“The cumulative effect of the many and varied young persons’ accounts of the war is a fresh perspective, and one which should inspire further exploration of its implications.”—Journal of Social History