The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words 1750-1800

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Harper Collins, Sep 30, 1993 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 224 pages

A humble shoemaker hears the bells ringing at Lexington and responds to a call to battle. An aide to George Washington recounts his feelings as he crosses the Delaware. A young surgeon describes in his diary the horror of an army camp, where the spread of smallpox, frostbite, and starvation are deadlier than any sword. These are the voices of the American Revolutionaries.

Most of us know about the American Revolution only from secondhand accounts of the fighting or from documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. But listen closely and you can hear the voices-those that tell the truest stories -- of men, women, and children of all races who experienced the Revolution firsthand, who planted the seeds of liberty and passionately struggled to give birth to the United States of America that we know today.

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It is a cause for true rejoicing when history is rendered lively and interesting to young readers. Meltzer has gathered a brisk, entertaining, thought-provoking collection of documents, letters ... Read full review

Contents

They Cry Out for Home
5
Whipped Like an Animal
15
We Are Not Bound to Yield Obedience
37
Nothing Can Eradicate the Seeds of Liberty
46
Against Great Odds
58
Tis Time to Part
80
We Hold These Truths
92
A Fortunate Retreat
96
Death Is a Daily Visitor
138
Im Not Afraid of the Cannonballs
141
They Are Crying for Quarter
147
It Was a Mutiny
152
The People Have Become Savage
158
The True Sovereign
164
Be Bold and Daring
168
We Beamed with Joy
173

We Pounced Upon the Hessians Like an Eagle
101
My Brave Fellows Your Country Is at Stake
109
We Cannot Kill Our Fellowmen
112
Turning Point
115
The Times That Try Mens Souls
118
Death Ceased to Terrify
124
Black Bravery
130
War in Indian Country
134
Never a Good War or a Bad Peace
178
A Band of Brothers
180
This Country Has So Many Charms
185
We the People of the United States
191
A Bill of Rights
196
A NOTE ON SOURCES
201
INDEX
205
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Milton Meltzer, a Christopher Award and Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner, is the author of over eighty books in the fields of history, biography, and social reform. His most recent books are The Amazing Potato, a 1993 ALA Notable Children's Book, Gold and Hold Your Horses!. He lives in New York City.

Winner of the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal

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