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We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History

We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History

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by Phillip Hoose
     
 

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"This may be the most exhilarating and revelatory history of our country. It is must reading for today's youth-as well as their elders." --Studs Terkel

From the boys who sailed with Columbus to today's young activists, this unique book brings to life the contributions of young people throughout American history. Based on primary sources and including 160

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"This may be the most exhilarating and revelatory history of our country. It is must reading for today's youth-as well as their elders." --Studs Terkel

From the boys who sailed with Columbus to today's young activists, this unique book brings to life the contributions of young people throughout American history. Based on primary sources and including 160 authentic images, this handsome oversized volume highlights the fascinating stories of more than 70 young people from diverse cultures. Young readers will be hooked into history as they meet individuals their own age who were caught up in our country's most dramatic moments-Olaudah Equiano, kidnapped from his village in western Africa and forced into slavery, Anyokah, who helped her father create a written Cherokee language, Johnny Clem, the nine-year-old drummer boy who became a Civil War hero, and Jessica Govea, a teenager who risked joining Cesar Chavez's fight for a better life for farmworkers. Throughout, Philip Hoose's own lively, knowledgeable voice provides a rich historical context-making this not only a great reference-but a great read. The first U.S. history book of this scope to focus on the role young people have played in the making of our country, its compelling stories combine to tell our larger national story, one that prompts Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, to comment, "This is an extraordinary book-wonderfully readable, inspiring to young and old alike, and unique."

We Were There Too! is a 2001 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

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From the Publisher

“A treasure chest of history come to life, this is an inspired collection. Readers could easily get lost in it by simply dipping into one compelling story after another . . . Because the book is packed with historical documents, evocatively illustrated . . . and full of eyewitness quotations, it should prove valuable to young historians and researchers.” —Starred, School Library Journal
Howard Zinn
This is an extraordinary book — wonderfully readable, inspiring to young and old alike, and unique.
Studs Terkel
Exhilarating and revelatory history . . . MUST reading for today's youth — as well as their elders.
Marian Wright Edelman
We Were There, Too! shows young readers how other young people have shaped American history in large and small ways . . .
Publishers Weekly
Hoose's (It's Our World, Too!) impressive survey places young people at the center of every event that shaped America, from 12-year-old Diego Berm#dez who sailed with Christopher Columbus in 1492 to high school junior Claudette Colvin's refusal to give up her seat in 1955 Montgomery, Ala., nine months before Rosa Parks. The diverse contributions of these gutsy children and teens include 16-year-old Deborah Sampson, who masqueraded as Private Robert Shirtliffe and fought in the Revolutionary War, and 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall who, in the absence of many major league players-turned-soldiers, pitched for the Cincinnati Reds during WWII. Readers will appreciate the brief epilogues that explain what happened to each person in adulthood. For instance, Chuka, a nine-year-old Hopi Indian subjected to assimilation in white schools in 1899, "struggled to live in two worlds" throughout his life, and high school junior Peggy Eaton, who rode the rails in 1938, continued to live a life of adventure as a missionary and mountain climber. Informative sidebars provide additional, and sometimes humorous, historical asides to the biographical profiles (e.g., a story problem in a Confederate math book during the Civil War calculates the death toll of Yankees). Pictures, maps and prints help bring these stories to life, but it is the actions of these young people that will inspire readers to realize that they, too, can play a part in making America's history. Ages 10-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
History is often written in such a way that the stories of the lives of our ancestors are lost in a sea of seemingly endless names, dates and places. Yet what makes history so compelling is that it encompasses the most interesting possible material, namely, the stories of people who have gone before us. In this stellar book we are exposed not only to the tales of ancestors but those of young people who influenced the times they lived in. Meet George Tifton who, as a young teenager, set out to sea in a whaling ship from New Bedford. Understand what the Dust Bowl was like through the eyewitness account of thirteen-year-old Harley Halliday. Relive the Civil War via the words of Elisha Stockwell, a fifteen-year-old Union soldier from Wisconsin. Learn about Jennie Curtis, a young woman who was a leader in the 1893 Pullman Strike and then disappeared from history. These and approximately sixty-five other stories, drawn from the experiences of young people reaching back to the pre-Revolutionary era, make for fascinating reading. Each segment of this book draws heavily on primary source materials and the writings of the individuals in question. Written with great care and compassion, this is one of the finest children's books dealing with American history that this writer has come across in recent years. A five star literary work, We Were There, Too! brings history to life through the lives, words and actions of common young people who accomplished uncommon deeds. 2001, Melanie Kroupa Books, $26.00. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-A treasure chest of history come to life, this is an inspired collection. Readers could easily get lost in it by simply dipping into one compelling story after another. The selections are arranged chronologically, beginning with 12-year-old Diego Berm dez sailing to the New World with Columbus and ending (66 stories later) with 9-year-old Kory Johnson, who started Children for a Safe Environment. There are famous figures such as Pocahontas and Sacajawea, and less famous, such as Billy Bates and Dick King, both of whom escaped from Andersonville, and Enrique Esparza, survivor of the Alamo. Each story ends with a brief paragraph describing "What Happened to-" the person after that moment in history. The writing is a bit stiff, but it rarely gets in the way of the stories. Because the book is packed with historical documents, evocatively illustrated (with black-and-white photographs, engravings, drawings, maps, and the like), and full of eyewitness quotations, it should prove valuable to young historians and researchers.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"We're not taught about younger people who have made a difference. Studying history almost makes you feel like you're not a real person." This remark by a girl Hoose had interviewed for It's Our World Too: Stories of Young People Who Are Making a Difference (1993), inspired him to embark on this major project. He follows the traditional arc of US history, from Columbus and the Colonies to hippies and the computer revolution, by relating the stories of individual young people-both familiar and little known. Each three- to four-page narrative begins with a quote (often-when available-from the person herself), and ends with a few lines describing "what happened" to the person in her adult life. Illustrations (mostly black-and-white print and photo reproductions with ownership credits at the end) on every page and sidebars of interesting historical tidbits or explanations make every spread inviting, and should encourage browsing. Hoose's short entries are accessible and give a good sense of the historical process by using attributed quotes and explanations of how each individual's story survived. However, for the curious, he provides no direct references to his sources. His selected sources at the end-grouped by chapter-will give readers a general indication of where to go next, especially as he marks those most appropriate for young readers with an asterisk. This approach to history will intrigue and delight readers. Frederick Douglass and Sacajawea take their place alongside Caroline Pickersgill (who in 1813 helped her mother and aunt stitch the flag that Francis Scott Key wrote about), and Jessica Govea (whose education as a union organizer started when she was a four-year-oldmigrant worker in California). Hoose brings his narrative firmly and elegantly to the 21st century with contemporary examples. An index of proper names and topics may help kids with reports, but for those wanting a broad but approachable book on US history, this is a thoroughly enjoyable choice. (sources, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 9-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374382520
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
314,896
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.19(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

What People are saying about this

Pete Seeger
This book is inspiring, showing the active roles played by young people throughout history, from long ago to recent times. May it show young people in every corner of our land today how they can be active in the great struggle of our time: to build a peaceful world, in spite of all our differences.
Gaylord Nelson
To feel effective in society, young people need a sense of their historical stake in it. Far more than any book I've seen, We Were There, Too! shows that youths have often shaped important events in our national story . . . Young people haven't received the recognition they deserve. At last, here is a book to right the wrong.

Meet the Author

Phillip Hoose is an award-winning author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles. Although he first wrote for adults, he turned his attention to children and young adults in part to keep up with his own daughters. His book Claudette Colvin won a National Book Award and was dubbed a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009. He is also the author of Hey, Little Ant, co-authored by his daughter, Hannah, It's Our World, Too!, and The Race to Save the Lord God Bird. We Were There, Too! was a National Book Award finalist. He has received a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, a Christopher Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, among numerous honors. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the towns of South Bend, Angola, and Speedway, Indiana. He was educated at Indiana University and the Yale School of Forestry. He lives in Portland, Maine.

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