Liberty's Children: Stories of Eleven Revolutionary War Children

Liberty's Children: Stories of Eleven Revolutionary War Children

by Scotti Cohn
     
 

When Americans think about the American Revolution, certain names come quickly to mind—George Washington, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams. These men deserve to be remembered, yet their stories do not give us a clear picture of what life was like for the average person during the years before, during, and immediately after the war.

Typical history books do not

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Overview

When Americans think about the American Revolution, certain names come quickly to mind—George Washington, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams. These men deserve to be remembered, yet their stories do not give us a clear picture of what life was like for the average person during the years before, during, and immediately after the war.

Typical history books do not describe how a nine-year-old Massachusetts boy might have felt when his friend was killed in the Boston Massacre or what went through the mind of a teenage Quaker girl when her family fled Philadelphia. These are the kinds of stories you will find in this book. Many of these children not only survived the war but played an active role in it.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Cohn's collection of 11 biographies is a clever classroom resource. The brief entries cover seven males and four females who lived in New England, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas during the Revolutionary War. Among the issues introduced in the text are colonialists' interactions with Native Americans and the importance of Quaker activism to American history. Of particular value is the introduction to Deborah Samson, one of the first women in the North American colonies known to have served in the military. Students can learn the value of all citizens, old and young, in a desperate struggle for national freedom. Cohn's writing is readily accessible to average readers from fifth to eighth grade and for literacy classes, ESL, and remedial classes from ninth grade to adult. There is a blend of simple explanations of the times and places with human-interest themes of courage, commitment, and loyalty to a cause. The index is a wealth of names, places, ships, events, and such abstract concepts as food riots, tar and feathers, and the creation of Yankee Doodle. The book is a valuable source for read-aloud classroom stories as well as for student research or general interest. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Globe Pequot Press, 136p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to 18.
—Mary Snodgrass

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762727346
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Read an Excerpt

Christopher Hawkins grabbed the rail as the Eagle heaved and lurched under his feet. Another salty wave smacked his face. The thirteen-year-old Rhode Island boy had spent the past five months getting his sea legs. Now he wondered whether those legs would continue to hold him upright. Even the more experienced sailors were sliding across the slick deck.

The storm blasted the Eagle throughout the evening and into the next day. The second night, the crew had to throw six of the heaviest cannons overboard to lighten the vessel. There was nothing to eat or drink on deck except bad water. As evening drew near again, some of the crew asked Captain Mawry Potter if there was any food down below. He told them Christopher, the cabin boy, would know best.

Crew members opened the hatch and helped Christopher down into the companionway—a stairway leading to the deck below. He gathered as much food and drink as he could find, and the sailors hauled him up again.

"This was a very small meal for each of the crew when divided," Christopher wrote years later in his memoirs. "And nothing else could be obtained through the dismal and painful night ensuing — the gale was hard so that ev'ry one was either lashed to some part of the vessel, or clung to some of her rigging — no one slept."

Meet the Author

Scotti McAuliff Cohn is a freelance writer and copy editor living and working in Bloomington, Illinois. She has written three other books for The Globe Pequot Press: More than Petticoats: Remarkable North Carolina Women, It Happened in North Carolina, and Beyond Their Years: Stories of Sixteen Civil War Children.

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