American Revolution

Revolutionary Citizens: African Americans, 1776-1804

By Daniel C. Littlefield

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Chronicles the lives of African Americans during the Revolutionary War and the early years of the nation.
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USKids history: Book of the American Revolution

By Howard Egger-Bovet and Marlene Smith-Baranzini

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Highlights the events leading up to the Revolutionary War, life in the colonies during wartime, and important figures of the time. Includes ideas for related activities.

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The Revolutionary War: A Sourcebook on Colonial America

By edited by Carter Smith

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Describes and illustrates the historical, political, military, social, and cultural aspects of the Revolutionary War through a variety of images created during that period.
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Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox

By Kay Cornelius

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Born in South Carolina, 15-year-old Francis Marion signed up become a sailor on a doomed ship. He fought in the French and Indian War and became known for his guerilla-style fighting in the American Revolution. He often squared off with the hated British commander Banastre Tarleton.
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Lafayette: French Freedom Fighter

By JoAnn A. Grote and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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"The author presents a comprehensive account of the life George Washington beginning with his growing-up years and continuing to his retirement years as a farmer. The book includes many little-known details....The book is a well-organized, informative work that middle school students can easily understand."
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By the Sword: A Young Man Meets War

By Selene Castrovilla

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At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Tallmadge, a young school headmaster, joins George Washington's army and becomes one of his most trusted officers. The author employed many primary sources, including Tallmadge's memoirs, to retell the story of this early American soldier and spy.

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Victory or Death! Stories of the American Revolution

By Doreen Rappaport and Joan Verniero

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"What was it like for George Washington and his troops as they crossed the Delaware River in a ferocious snowstorm late in the evening of Christmas Day 1776? How did sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rally her father's militia to battle the British? What did Peter Brown do as cannon fire exploded all about him during the Battle of Bunker Hill? How did James Armistead, a slave in Virginia, spy for Lafayette and the Americans during the Revolution and win his freedom? These are only some of the people you will read about in Victory or Death! Stories of the American Revolution. Doreen Rappaport and Joan Verniero vividly transport readers to the years of the American Revolution through the actions of real people -- some famous and others not yet known."
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Heroes of the Revolution

By David A. Adler

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Ethan Allen -- Crispus Attucks -- Lydia Darragh -- Nathan Hale -- Mary "Molly Pitcher" Hays -- Thomas Jefferson -- John Paul Jones -- Thomas Paine -- Paul Revere -- Haym Salomon -- Deborah Sampson -- George Washington.
32 pages.

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George Washington, Spymaster: How America Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War

By Thomas B. Allen

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A biography of Revolutionary War general and first President of the United States, George Washington, focusing on his use of spies to gather intelligence that helped the colonies win the war.
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George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides

By Rosalyn Schanzer

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Explores how the characters and lives of King George III of England and George Washington affected the progress and outcome of the American Revolution. Loads of primary source quotes presented in speech bubbles help provide a full account of the birth of the United States, offering insights into the actions and convictions of participants on both sides of the Atlantic.
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