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American revolution
Schmittroth, Linda.
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Publication Information:
Detroit : UXL, [2000]

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4 volumes : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm + 1 cumulative index.
[v. 1-2.] Biographies -- [v. 3.] Almanacs -- [v .4] Primary sources.




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E203 .S45 2000 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E203 .S45 2000 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E203 .S45 2000 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E203 .S45 2000 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E203 .S45 2000 INDEX Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
E203 .S45 2000 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
E203 .S45 2000 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
E203 .S45 2000 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
E203 .S45 2000 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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Part of Gale's "American Revolution Reference Library," "American Revolution: Almanac" features a comprehensive range of historical information and current commentary on the American Revolution. Arranged in 12 subject chapters, the "Almanac" includes sidebars within each chapter that contain short biographies on people relevant to the topics being discussed, as well as high interest related material or sidelights. It also includes cross-references, a "Words to Know" glossary and approximately 60 black-and-white photos, reproductions of original documents and maps.

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Booklist Review

This excellent set is for students in grades five through nine who are researching the American Revolution. Each of the three parts of the American Revolution Reference Library can be purchased and used alone or together, their complementary materials giving an excellent picture of the time. A free paper cumulative index for the set is available. Almanac is composed of 12 chapters that cover background leading up to the war, the war's development, and its end. Chapter titles include "Literature and Arts in the Revolutionary Era," "Assembling an Army," and "Native Americans and Blacks in the American Revolution." Illustrations, sidebars, a time line, glossary, and activity ideas enhance the value of the volume. Biographies contains 60 illustrated entries on patriots, presidents, British loyalists, Native Americans, and other famous people of the time. Included are Pierre Charles L'Enfant, Benjamin Rush, and Deborah Sampson. Each entry begins with name, birth and death dates and places, a phrase describing the person's contribution, and a quotation by or about the person. Articles trace each person's entire life and end with a bibliography for further research. The volumes include a time line that highlights events in the lives of the biographees. Primary Sources presents 32 excerpted documents, beginning with the 1765 Stamp Act and ending with Washington's farewell address to the Continental Army in 1783. Each entry has helpful material to give the context for the document. The adjoining margins contain definitions of terms that may be unfamiliar. This set is attractive and easy to use. It gives broad coverage of the era, not just of the war. It is especially valuable when used with its sister set, Colonial American Reference Library [RBB Jl 00]. All libraries serving students at the targeted level should consider purchasing both sets.

Table of Contents

Advisory Boardp. xi
Reader's Guidep. xiii
Timeline of Events in Revolutionary Americap. xv
Words to Knowp. xxiii
Research and Activity Ideasp. xxxi
The People of the New Worldp. 1
Tensions mountp. 3
King George of England on top of the worldp. 4
Immigration to the New World just before the Revolutionp. 4
Settlement patterns in the New Worldp. 5
The land and the homes of colonial Americansp. 6
Lifestyles of wealthy colonies before the Revolutionp. 7
Occupations of pre-Revolutionary-era slavesp. 9
How the working class got byp. 10
Colonial population centers just before the Revolutionp. 12
Colonial Lifep. 17
What did people eat before the Revolution?p. 17
Literacy in the coloniesp. 19
Fueling independent thoughtp. 20
Education and the sexesp. 20
The sporting lifep. 24
Literature and the Arts in the Revolutionary Erap. 29
What colonial children readp. 30
The role of satire in the Revolutionary erap. 31
Poetry and popular songs of the Revolutionary erap. 34
The role of wartime literaturep. 35
The role of the press in colonial Americap. 36
Arts of the Revolutionary erap. 38
The Roots of Rebellion (1763-1769)p. 41
Pontiac's Rebellionp. 42
Proclamation of 1763p. 43
American reaction to English meddlingp. 44
Stamp Act of 1765p. 45
Pamphlets and resolutionsp. 47
"Howling mobs in the streets"p. 48
Nonimportation agreementsp. 48
The Sons of Liberty unitep. 49
Townshend Actsp. 50
John Dickinson opposes Townshend Actsp. 52
Townshend Acts are repealedp. 54
On the Brink of War (1770-1774)p. 57
A massacre takes place in Bostonp. 58
Differing views of the incidentp. 59
Boston Massacre followed by brief calmp. 60
The mighty penp. 61
King George is petitionedp. 62
British views on the American coloniesp. 63
Lord North and British Parliamentp. 63
A tea party is held in Bostonp. 64
Reactions to the Boston Tea Partyp. 67
The Intolerable Actsp. 67
Reactions to Intolerable Actsp. 69
Lexington, Concord, and the Organization of Colonial Resistancep. 73
The formation of the First Continental Congressp. 74
Getting down to businessp. 76
Documents of the First Continental Congressp. 77
King receives documents; Franklin pleas for peacep. 77
Battles at Lexington and Concord: Two viewsp. 79
The Second Continental Congressp. 84
The Battle of Bunker Hillp. 85
Preparing for all-out warp. 86
Why General Washington?p. 87
"Our cause is just. Our union is perfect."p. 89
Assembling an Army (1775-1776)p. 93
George Washington's generalsp. 94
New England militiamen are incorporated into Continental armyp. 95
Washington inspects his armyp. 96
The fall of '75p. 98
Keeping the army togetherp. 100
King George goes before Parliamentp. 101
Common Sense convinces wavering Americansp. 102
The siege of Bostonp. 103
Composition of the fighting forcesp. 106
Fighting styles--American versus Britishp. 107
The weapons they carriedp. 109
Congress orders formation of a navyp. 111
Native Americans and Blacks in the American Revolutionp. 115
The Jane McCrea tragedyp. 118
Violence escalatesp. 118
The postwar fate of Native Americansp. 119
America's black soldiersp. 119
Virginia slaves in the Revolutionp. 121
Slavery weighs against the coloniesp. 122
Blacks in the postwar yearsp. 124
A Ragtag Force Enters the Revolution (1776-1777)p. 127
Continental army prepares to defend New Yorkp. 129
Washington tries to control his menp. 130
The call for independencep. 131
Drafting a Declaration of Independencep. 131
The debate over independencep. 133
Declared: "All men are created equal"; blacks and women excludedp. 134
Howe arrives in New Yorkp. 136
Howe has trouble with reinforcementsp. 137
Howe takes New York Cityp. 138
Washington calls out the submarinep. 140
The British capture New Yorkp. 143
Washington retreats across New Jerseyp. 144
Crossing the Delawarep. 146
Washington's desperate movep. 148
Patriot morale restored; Washington proclaimed a herop. 150
The Agonizing Path to Victory (1777-1778)p. 157
Howe takes Philadelphiap. 158
The Canadian Campaignp. 159
Burgoyne's Offensive, June-October 1777p. 160
Battles at Saratoga, New Yorkp. 161
The sufferings at Saratogap. 162
The generals' criticsp. 163
The winter at Valley Forge, December 19, 1777-June 1778p. 168
The War Shifts to the South (1778-1780)p. 171
The South in 1778p. 172
The Southern Campaign beginsp. 173
Charleston Expedition of 1779-80p. 174
Cornwallis takes over Southern Campaignp. 176
Washington in 1780p. 176
Fighting continues in the Southp. 179
The Revolution Draws to a Close (1781-1783)p. 181
Surrender at Yorktownp. 183
The news reaches Londonp. 184
Treaty of peace is negotiated; Washington dismisses armyp. 185
How many served and died in the Revolutionary War?p. 186
Further Informationp. xxxv
Indexp. xxxvii