BN.com Gift Guide

Washington Is Burning!: The War of 1812

Overview

Read facts about the War of 1812 and the fictional story centering on Sophie Turner and her father. The Turners are slaves owned by President James Madison and his wife, Dolley.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Sending request ...

Overview

Read facts about the War of 1812 and the fictional story centering on Sophie Turner and her father. The Turners are slaves owned by President James Madison and his wife, Dolley.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789158963
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Reading Essentials in Social Studies
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
(Historical Fiction Story)
Chapter 1  Worth the Fight
Chapter 2  President Madison in Chains!
Chapter 3  For All the Black Soldiers
Chapter 4  Freedom Tears

(Nonfiction Information Chapters)
Chapter 5  Battles Around the Great Lakes
Chapter 6  The Invasion of Washington
Chapter 7  Dolley and James Madison
Chapter 8  Fort McHenry and the Battle of New Orleans
Afterword
Glossary
Index

Read More Show Less

First Chapter


"Washington is Burning! The War of 1812"

Worth the Fight

    "Let's just escape from this house and run to the British soldiers, Pa," cried Sophie Turner. Tears streamed down her cheeks. "We can at least be free with them!"
    Cyrus Turner put his arm around his teenage daughter. "I can't do that, Sophie," he said. "I'm an American, and I'm going with Mr. Madison to Bladensburg to fight with the militia."
    Mr. Turner put the powder horn over his shoulder. "We have to stop the British from reaching Washington."
    "But, Pa," Sophie argued, "you're just one of President Madison's slaves. You're not a real American!"
    Mr. Turner looked down at his daughter with hurt in his eyes.
    "You could be wounded or killed!" exclaimed Sophie. "What would I do then?"
    "I'll be coming back," he said softly. "Besides, Mr. Madison is a good president and a kind master. He might just give me my freedom if I fight for our country."
    Sophie wiped the tears from her eyes.
    "Let's just think about all the good things we have," said Sophie's father. "We have our black brothers and sisters at the Madison's Montpelier home. They aren't whipped or beaten like on other plantations. Mr. Madison sees to that. And our families have been kept together for generations."
    Sophie watched her father pick up the long flintlock musket. Mr. Turner looked into his daughter's eyes.
    "We live in the President's House," he continued. "Your Aunt Tillie is Lady Madison's personal servant. You are now a housemaid in this beautiful mansion. Aunt Tillie has even taught you to read and write some."
    Mr. Turner put on his tricorn.
    "And I am the president's gardener." He smiled as he spoke. "So our lives could be a lot worse."
    "But they are a lot worse, Pa!" Anger gnawed at Sophie's insides. "We aren't free! We're just slaves! Most people think of us as property!"
    Mr. Turner took his daughter's hand and led her to a large painting. It was a portrait of George Washington. Sophie had dusted it many times.
    "When I look at our first president," he said, "I see George Washington with a black face. He stands for all the black soldiers who fought the British for our country's freedom and their own."
    "But, Pa-"
    "Listen, Sophie," her father said. "Did you know that Washington freed his 300 slaves? It was in his will."
    Her father's words made Sophie examine the painting more closely.
    "Look, he has his left hand on his sword," her father pointed out. "I believe his right hand is inviting me to fight for my freedom."
    Sophie looked at her father.
    "This morning, I prayed to this painting to help keep me safe in battle," Mr. Turner said. "I asked it to help us defeat the British a second time and give me freedom when the war is over."
    Sophie hoped her father's prayers would be answered.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)