WHY AMERICA IS FREE
A History of the Founding of the American Republic, 1750-1800
This richly illustrated, small textbook on the Revolution and Founding periods is the best by far for upper elementary students in content, format, accuracy, and attractiveness.
Unusual in a textbook and key to the success of this book is a fictional boy whose personal story appears briefly many times throughout the factual narrative. First met as a boy a little younger than the students, he reappears as he grows to young manhood in the midst of rising conflict with England. Other segments take students into his life through the war years. They see him last when he is a father with children their age, riding off to participate in the Constitution Convention just as they begin their own study of the Constitution. Through his life, the passage of time makes sense, and the story of the founding of our country that is usually presented in a dry, date-focused format come to life as never before.
This outstanding book is just one of the tools of the Curriculum. Students are not expected to read it at home but rather teachers use it with students as a classroom resource in the farther-reaching, participatory lesson plans.
Published by The Society of the Cincinnati in cooperation with the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, 1998.
Military History Department 1982-1994, United States Military Academy (West Point). Contributing editors include a general, the Executive Director of George Washington's Mount Vernon, and many outstanding history professors from major universities throughout the United States.
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