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Lafayette and the American Revolution

Lafayette and the American Revolution


Lafayette and the American Revolution

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4.5/5 (10 valoraciones)
Longitud:
2 horas
Publicado:
Jan 1, 2011
ISBN:
9781461848325
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman’s thrilling account of a daring young French nobleman who helped bring victory at Yorktown and who became a lifelong friend of President Washington will fascinate young historians. When the Marquis de Lafayette ran off to join the American Revolution against the explicit orders of the king of France, he was a strong-willed nineteen-year-old who had never set foot on a battlefield. Although the U.S. Congress granted him an honorary commission only out of respect for his title and wealth, Lafayette quickly earned the respect of his fellow officers with his bravery, devotion to the cause of liberty, and incredible drive. Playing a pivotal role in the Revolution, Lafayette convinced the French government to send troops, made crucial pacts with Native Americans, and led his men to victory at Yorktown.

Publicado:
Jan 1, 2011
ISBN:
9781461848325
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Russell Freedman (1929-2018) received the Newbery Medal for Lincoln: A Photobiography. He was the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lived in New York City and traveled widely to research his books.

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  • (5/5)
    Anothger exceptionally written, handsomely illustrated historical biography from Russell Freedman.
  • (2/5)
    Very, very dry. It has a lot of useful information, but I wouldn't put it for any younger than 5th grade. It is like trudging through a textbook. I'm not sure it'd be worth it to spend the money on it for a classroom library. It's one of those books that is so in depth that I didn't even feel that I learned much of anything. There was just too much to absorb,
  • (4/5)
    The Marquis de Lafayette was a very wealthy French lord who should have been playing games and attending parties in King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette's royal court in Paris. Instead, the 19-year-old bought a ship, and sneaked out of the country to join the American rebels. France was trying to keep the political peace with England, while hiding the fact that they were shipping supplies and money to the Americans, as well as closing their eyes to the fact that many French officers and soldiers were heading over to join the fight. Lafayette showed up offering to fight without pay (he did have plenty of his own money), and use his royal contacts to help the Americans, as long as he was given the rank of major general. It was a no-brainer for George Washington and the Continental Congress, though they made the rank honorary until Lafayette proved himself in battle. Not everything went well for him: he was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine Creek, spent the difficult winter at Valley Forge with Washington and the troops, and had to stop an ill-fated attempt to invade Canada. Loyal and hardworking, the Frenchman proved to be a worthwhile ally to the rebels, and his French connections helped to turn the tide of the war. He was key in cornering British general Cornwallis into surrender on the Yorktown peninsula, with Washington's troops and the French navy filling out the other sides of the triangular trap. Stellar research, with illustrations and paintings of the time, as well as photos of important letters and documents. This is an important addition to any collection, as it brings to life another fascinating part of the story of the American Revolution. It wasn't just poor colonists pitching tea into Boston Harbor; the ideals of freedom and democracy were important across all levels of society. This is as good as Washington at Valley Forge, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Especially good for 8th graders who are knee deep in American History!
  • (4/5)
    Mr. Freedman wrote an excellent biography of Lafayette. It was a bit short, but still I got a very good education into this revolutionary war figure. There are plenty of pictures, and other illustrations in the book. If you want a crash course into Lafayette's life then this is the book for you. Enjoy.