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Children's LiteratureThis educational book is part of the "Fact Finders, The American Colonies" series highlighting the origins of America's first thirteen colonies. The books excel in their easy-to-read presentation, full-color photographs and illustrations, glossary, and bibliography. Readers learn about the Lenni Lenape group of American Indians and their eventual distrust of the colonists, the struggles of the colony's early Quaker settlers, their work, life, and religious habits, and how Pennsylvania became known for its religious tolerance, welcoming the Amish, Catholic, Jewish, Lutheran, Moravian, and Presbyterian faiths. Young readers will learn that most children in the Pennsylvania Colony did not attend school, though most colonists could read the bible and write. They will also learn that Philadelphia was a busy port town, and that many colonists worked as indentured servants for years before earning their freedom. Slaves, too, were forced to work without pay, and their toil helped Pennsylvania's rich merchants grow ever richer. Also covered are the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, and the forming of the Constitution. There is even a time line, spanning from 1609 to 1787, when Pennsylvania became the second state to join the United States. Included in the six chapters are interesting "Fast Facts" which highlight information in the text, such as how Pennsylvania got its name. Readers can gain more information about the colonies by perusing the links offered at FactHound.com. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 9 to 12.