Landmarks of the American Revolution

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In 1775, on the green of Lexington, Massachusetts, 2,200 British minutemen fired upon the local militia -- seventy colonial farmers and village artisans in total. The British suffered staggering losses: half of their troops died. And so began the American Revolution. In Landmarks of the American Revolution, fourteen key sites and numerous secondary locales show with rich detail and fascinating anecdotes where the War of Independence took place. In addition to the Lexington-Concord Battle Site, historian Gary ...
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In 1775, on the green of Lexington, Massachusetts, 2,200 British minutemen fired upon the local militia -- seventy colonial farmers and village artisans in total. The British suffered staggering losses: half of their troops died. And so began the American Revolution. In Landmarks of the American Revolution, fourteen key sites and numerous secondary locales show with rich detail and fascinating anecdotes where the War of Independence took place. In addition to the Lexington-Concord Battle Site, historian Gary Nash features Independence Hall in Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed; John Paul Jones House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where the out-of-work, 28-year-old immigrant who went on to become one of the new nation's naval heroes lived; Peyton Randolph House in Williamsburg, Virginia, a place emblematic of African Americans' role in the war; and many other significant places of the American Revolution. A dynamic journey through history that reveals all sides in the war -- loyalists, patriots, African American, Native American, women, British -- Landmarks of the American Revolution brings to life how a new nation came to be.
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Praise for the series: "...interesting and compelling....What makes these volumes compelling is that they use places to tell the stories of important and nationally significant events." -- The Public Historian

"Written with the idea that historic sites can be considered primary sources, this book skillfully demonstrates the "power of places." Traditional documents, such as excerpts from letters, broadsides, and maps, as well as well-placed quotes, are incorporated into the text.... Mini biographies give readers a full understanding of possible motives and rationales for a particular stance during this time.... This well-organized book includes clear, full-color photographs or reproductions and a small inset map for each site." -- School Library Journal

"A solid accompaniment for American history units and useful for school trips to any of these sites." --Library Media Connection

"Well researched, clearly written, and recommended for high school and public libraries." -- Catholic Library World

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Gr 5-8-Written with the idea that historic sites can be considered primary sources, this book skillfully demonstrates the "power of places." Traditional documents, such as excerpts from letters, broadsides, and maps, as well as well-placed quotes, are incorporated into the text. The places include churches, halls, homes, and battlefields, covering the many facets of the Revolution: political, religious, and actual battles. Mini biographies give readers a full understanding of possible motives and rationales for a particular stance during this time. Of special interest is the essay on the loyalists, in which the author provides various reasons for their beliefs through their own writings. Nash also shows why the Native Americans, fearing further encroachment by the Colonists on their land, chose to side with the British. This well-organized book includes clear, full-color photographs or reproductions and a small inset map for each site.-Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195128499
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: American Landmarks Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Nash is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also serves as Director of the National Center for History in the Schools, an organization designed to help educators teach United States and world history. He is also the author of many books including First City: Philadelphia and the Forging of Historical Memory, The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and the Origins of the American Revolution, and Race and Revolution.

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