Becoming American: Young People in the American Revolution

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Includes letters, diaries, and journals of twenty young people from all walks of life, reflecting their experiences in the pivotal period in American history from 1767 to 1789.

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``I am glad my brother made an essay for a postscript to your letter. I must get him to read it to me...because I don't understand his writing. I observe that he is Mamma's `Ducky Darling.''' A score of teenaged voices--tart, concerned for family and friends, anguished or detached--bring the revolutionary era uniquely to life. Zall has drawn these letters and diary extracts from some notably obscure sources (all cited), modernizing their spelling and linking them with a historical overview and explanatory introductions. He has chosen well: life in the colonies emerges clearly from 14-year-old Solomon Drowne's account of a 1767 outing to Newport; the courtroom testimony of ``Slave Andrew'' paints a heterodox picture of the Boston Massacre; Samuel Welch, 19, vividly recalls the horrors of Bunker Hill; Betsy Ambler, 16, daughter of a government official, the terrors of staying one step ahead of British raiders. Not everyone is directly affected by the war: Virginia deb Lucinda Lee lives in a postwar whirl of parties; John Quincy Adams plays pranks at Harvard; and Martha Jefferson records her impressions of Paris. An illuminating portrait of a generation both like and unlike ours. Illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 11+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Zall, a research scholar at the Huntington Library in California, plunges readers into one of the most dramatic moments in American history with this skillfully edited anthology. He introduces 23 teenagers from the Revolutionary War period (1767-1789), calling forth voices from sources as diverse as journals, letters, diaries and even court records. Andrew, a slave, witnesses the Boston Massacre; a farmer's daughter considers the consequences of her love for a cousin; a 16-year-old girl entertains the troops. Most of the writers are unknowns, but Martha Jefferson, Abigail Adams and John Quincy Adams speak up as well. Zall frames each excerpt with relevant background and presents the material chronologically. His welcome collection is a unique approach to history. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 13-up.
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