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If You Lived At The Time Of The American Revolution Paperback – June 1, 1998
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Professor of Canadian Studies at Concordia in Montreal, Daniel O Leary s poetry has appeared in Exile, Fiddlehead, the spoken-word anthology Poetry Nation, and in numerous other journals. Aside from an earlier book of poetry, The Sorcerer of Les Trois Freres, he has published work on early Canadian print culture in The History of the Book in Canada and is co-editor with Jonathan Wisenthal of What Shaw Really Wrote About the War. A descendant of early Maritime Canadian families, O Leary was born on New Brunswick s Fundy coast and was raised there and in Nova Scotia.
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The book also made a huge historical error in stating that George Washington's older brother Lawrence remained a staunch Loyalist during the Revolution resulting in family division. This is simply not true. Lawrence had been dead many years before the beginning of the Revolution having died while George was still a teen-ager. It was from Lawrence that George inherited Mount Vernon. George did have other brothers but all of them served on the Patriots side. It may be that the author confused Lawrence with George's in-laws some of whom remained Loyalists, but when writing a historical book, especially one whose purpose is to educate children, correct factual detail is a must.This was a big mistake to make and one that could easily have been avoided just by double-checking facts. If this book is ever reprinted I hope this mistake will be corrected.
Despite the error I found, this book had a lot of good information and was a valuable resource in teaching my second grade students about the Revolutionary War. I just made sure I expanded or explained where needed.
Not every colonist was in favor of war, and many fled for their lives rather than refuse to follow their conscience. Many in the colonies felt they owed their comfortable lifestyle to England, and had no intention of biting the hand that had fed them so well. They also felt that they had the rights and privilidges of free British men and women, and needed no rebellion to secure it. Much like the Civil War, families were torn apart by this issue, sometimes father against son, and brother against brother. To not tell this story would be an injustice to both sides.
Kate Moore's magnificent book, If You Lived At The Time of The American Revolution is an absolute must for students. Adults can learn a great deal from it as well.
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The If You Lived series is great, especially for homeschoolers. Very educational, great illustrations.Published 5 months ago by amb
The book came with a big bend/crease in it as though it had been stuffed in the mailbox.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I did not care for the author injecting his opinion. let the reader decide for themselves.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very illustrative of the time! I hope you get a chance to read it!Published 16 months ago by Justin
I was trying to help my 11 year old neice memorize Longfellow's poem, "Paul Revere's Ride". Not an easy task for anyone, but she was in a league of her own. Read morePublished 16 months ago by cathy burke