Independence Now: The American Revolution, 1763-1783

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By 1763, the people of England's American colonies were shaping their own lives apart from their royal rulers. Ties between the British and the colonists were becoming weak, and a new sense of being "American" was developing. Independence Now takes the reader from the colonial period when young men like George Washington were becoming leaders and the British oppression was growing, to the days of the fiery Revolutionary War. Topics covered in this book include the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, the Battle...
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Overview

By 1763, the people of England's American colonies were shaping their own lives apart from their royal rulers. Ties between the British and the colonists were becoming weak, and a new sense of being "American" was developing. Independence Now takes the reader from the colonial period when young men like George Washington were becoming leaders and the British oppression was growing, to the days of the fiery Revolutionary War. Topics covered in this book include the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Declaration of Independence, and the issues surrounding these events. The book discusses the reasons for the war from the American and British perspectives, the involvement of African-Americans and women in the revolution, and our long, hard path to victory. The book also features a "Points of View" section that shows the debate over whether or not America should be independent through the words of Benjamin Franklin and his son, the royal governor of New Jersey, William Franklin. Comparisons are also made between the strengths and weaknesses of England and America at the time to help readers understand both sides of the fight. Independence Now ends with a "Legacy," telling a short bit of follow-up history to the events covered in the text. Like the other titles in the Crossroads America series, this book is illustrated with period paintings, drawings, and photographs. Also included are a glossary and an index.

America in 1763 -- From English to American -- Points of view: should America be independent? -- The war begins -- Primary sources: paintings -- The best and worst of times -- Fighting on.

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In an introduction and four chapters, Rosen provides an informative overview of the American Revolution. He begins with who the Americans were, and how life in the colonies changed following the French and Indian War. Important events of the war are explained, and key figures are presented. There is a section called, "Points of View" which presents Benjamin Franklin supporting independence while his son, the Royal Governor William Franklin, supported the British monarch. Memorable quotes are included in small boxes throughout the book. Paintings from the time period illustrate the various scenes. Part of the "Crossroads America" series, this book will be helpful for students just beginning to learn about America's War for Independence. 2004 (orig. 2003), National Geographic Society, Ages 9 to 12.
—Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792267669
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: Crossroads America Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 991,109
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Rosen has written several history books for young children. He loves writing about history and researching people, places, and time periods that interest him. With each book, Mr. Rosen feels his knowledge grows. He lives in Vermont, one of the 13 original colonies.
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