Packed with anecdotes, sidebars, quotes, and illustrations, A Kids' Guide to the American Revolution brings vividly to life the birth of our nation.
Introduce young readers to the stakes, challenges, setbacks, and victories involved in the single most important event in our nation’s history, the American Revolution, with this approachable book from Kathleen Krull, a Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award winner.
Find out what events led our young nation to go to war with Great Britain and how the Declaration of Independence, the document that continues to shape our civil rights, came to be.
• Why did the colonists want independence from Great Britain?
• What brought on the Boston Tea Party?
• How did the Declaration of Independence initially impact women and slaves?
• What did Benjamin Franklin do to convince the French to join the revolution?
• How was George Washington chosen to lead the new young country?
• What elements of the Declaration of Independence continue to be debated today?
Kathleen Krull is an expert at bringing history to life in her engaging titles and series, including Women Who Broke the Rules, Lives of . . . , Giants of Science, and her other books in A Kids’ Guide series, A Kids' Guide to America’s Bill of Rights and A Kids’ Guide to America’s First Ladies.
About the Author
Kathleen Krull has garnered starred reviews and awards for her many books. The Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC, honored her with its Nonfiction Award for her body of work that "has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children." She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her online at www.kathleenkrull.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Birth of a New Nation 1
Chapter 1 The Notorious Thirteen Colonies 9
Chapter 2 Inching Toward Revolution 19
Chapter 3 A Kid Dies in Boston 33
Chapter 4 Weirdest Tea Party Ever 47
Chapter 5 This Means War 53
Chapter 6 The First Shots 63
Chapter 7 Head and Shoulders Above the Rest 77
Chapter 8 Thinking Big: the Declaration of Independence 89
Chapter 9 We Have a Declaration 103
Chapter 10 Back to the War, and It's Not Looking Good 115
Chapter 11 Keeping the Flame of the Revolution Alive 135
Chapter 12 And More War 151
Chapter 15 The World Turned Upside Down 163
Chapter 14 Surprising the Whole World 171
Chapter 15 What Happened Next? 183
Chapter 16 The Power of the Declaration 199
Selected Sources 208