Happy 4th of July!
Independence Day is my 2nd favorite holiday (following Halloween!). In spite of all the problems America and Americans face today, there’s something astounding in the fact that we’ve managed to keep it together this long – after all, most countries fall apart much quicker. And a small group of presentient old men made it happen.
In honor of our Founding Fathers, who placed a high value on literacy and education, here are my four favorite books about the Revolutionary War:
Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Filbrick
Filbrick vividly captures the hope and the terror of 1775 Boston in the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party. Overwhelmed by British soldiers, rising tensions between Loyalists and Patriots lead to one of the bloodiest and most famous battles of the revolution, the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis
Renowned American historian Joseph Ellis reveals the political and military actions that resulted in the Declaration of Independence. He deftly details the decisions of the Continental Congress and the Continental Army, and how they embarked on a path to independence.
April Morning by Howard Fast
I read this novel in high school for my AP US History course and still recall how gripping this tale of the Battle at Lexington was. A pivotal battle in history and a pivotal read for any historical fiction enthusiasts.
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
There are some great children’s books about the Revolution, notably Felicity in the American Girl series, but I think this is the best. It’s a heart-wrenching tale of familial strain amidst a country in turmoil, and does an excellent job of introducing young readers to the heart and mind of the struggle for freedom.