Best Teen & Young Adult United States Colonial & Revolutionary Periods History Books

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1. A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror (For Young People Series)

Author: by Howard Zinn
Published at: Triangle Square; Revised & enlarged edition (June 2, 2009)
ISBN: 978-1583228692

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A Young People’s History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. A Young People’s History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States.

Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People’s History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history.

In so doing, he reminds readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.

2. Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy

Author: by Seymour Reit
Published at: Graphia; Reissue edition (August 1, 2001)
ISBN: 978-0152164270

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In 1861, when war erupted between the States, President Lincoln made an impassioned plea for volunteers. Determined not to remain on the sidelines, Emma Edmonds cropped her hair, donned men’s clothing, and enlisted in the Union Army. Posing in turn as a slave, peddler, washerwoman, and fop, Emma became a cunning master of disguise, risking discovery and death at every turn behind Confederate lines.

3. King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution

Author: by Steve Sheinkin
Published at: Square Fish; Illustrated edition (September 22, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1250075772

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New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient Steve Sheinkin gives young readers an American history lesson they’ll never forget in the fun and funny King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the American Revolution, featuring illustrations by Tim Robinson.

A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the YearA New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing What do the most famous traitor in history, hundreds of naked soldiers, and a salmon lunch have in common? They’re all part of the amazing story of the American Revolution.

Entire books have been written about the causes of the American Revolution. This isn’t one of them. What it is, instead, is utterly interesting, ancedotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle “naked as they were born”) close-up narratives filled with little-known details, lots of quotes that capture the spirit and voices of the principals (“If need be, I will raise one thousand men, subsist them at my own expense, and march myself at their head for the relief of Boston” -George Washington), and action.

4. The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano

Author: by Ann Cameron
Published at: Yearling; Reissue edition (January 25, 2000)
ISBN: 978-0375803468

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Kidnapped at the age of 11 from his home in Benin, Africa, Olaudah Equiano spent the next 11 years as a slave in England, the U.S., and the West Indies, until he was able to buy his freedom. His autobiography, published in 1789, was a bestseller in its own time.

Cameron has modernized and shortened it while remaining true to the spirit of the original. It’s a gripping story of adventure, betrayal, cruelty, and courage. In searing scenes, Equiano describes the savagery of his capture, the appalling conditions on the slave ship, the auction, and the forced labor….

Kids will read this young man’s story on their own; it will also enrich curriculum units on history and on writing.

5. The Making of America: The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution

Author: by W. Cleon Skousen
Published at: National Center for Constitutional Studies; 2nd edition (May 1, 1985)
ISBN: 978-0880800174

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For many years in the United States, there has been a gradual drifting away from the Founding Fathers’ original success formula. This has resulted in some of their most unique contributions for a free and prosperous society becoming lost or misunderstood.

Therefore, there has been a need to review the history and development of the making of America in order to recapture the brilliant precepts which made Americans the first free people in modern times. The Making of America provides a wealth of material on the Founding Father’s intentions when drafting the American Constitution.

It is one of the most thorough compilations of statements by the Framers relating to constitutional interpretation, and addresses the Constitution clause by clause – providing resources on the Founder’s intent of each clause. The National Center for Constitutional Studies, a nonprofit educational foundation, was created in order to revive those original American concepts in all of their initial brilliance and vitality.

6. Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

Author: by Rosalyn Schanzer
Published at: National Geographic Kids; Illustrated edition (September 13, 2011)
ISBN: 978-1426308697

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Tackling the same twisted subject as Stacy Schiff”s much-lauded book The Witches: Salem, 1692, this Sibert Honor book for young readers features unique scratchboard illustrations, chilling primary source material, and powerful narrative to tell the true tale. In the little colonial town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, two girls began to twitch, mumble, and contort their bodies into strange shapes.

The doctor tried every remedy, but nothing cured the young Puritans. He grimly announced the dire diagnosis: the girls were bewitched! And then the accusations began. The riveting, true story of the victims, accused witches, crooked officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children into a witch hunt that took over a dozen people’s lives and ruined hundreds more unfolds in chilling, novelistic detailcomplete with stylized black-white-and-red scratchboard illustrations of young girls having wild fits in the courtroom, witches flying overhead, and the Devil and his servants terrorizing the Puritans in this young adult book by award-winning author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer.

7. Notorious Benedict Arnold

Author: by Steve Sheinkin
Published at: Square Fish; Reprint edition (February 19, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1250024602

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New York Times bestselling author, Newbery Honor recipient, and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin presents both the heroism and the treachery of one of the Revolutionary War’s most infamous players in his biography of Benedict Arnold. Winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for NonfictionWinner of the YALSA-ALA Award for Excellence in Young Adult NonfictionMost people know that Benedict Arnold was America’s first, most notorious traitor.

Few know that he was also one of its greatest Revolutionary War heroes. Steve Sheinkin’s accessible biography, The Notorious Benedict Arnold, introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing American Revolution battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale from history.

Sheinkin sees Arnold as America’s original action hero’ and succeeds in writing a brilliant, fast-paced biography that reads like an adventure novel… The author’s obvious mastery of his material, lively prose and abundant use of eyewitness accounts make this one of the most exciting biographies young readers will find.

8. The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

Author: by Judith St. George
Published at: Speak; Illustrated edition (May 10, 2016)
ISBN: 978-0425288214

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Learn more about the men who inspired Hamilton: The Musical in this fascinating look at the historical friends turned revolutionary rivals! In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who attended college-one at Princeton, the other at Columbia-and studied law.

Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. Politics beckoned them, and each served in the newly formed government of the fledgling nation. Why, then, did these two face each other at dawn in a duel that ended with death for one and harsh criticism for the other?

Judith St. George’s lively biography, told in alternating chapters, brings to life two complex men who played major roles in the formation of the United States.

9. Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia (Landmark Books)

Author: by Margaret Cousins
Published at: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (January 27, 2004)
ISBN: 978-0394849287

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the busiest men in the American colonies. He was a printer, a postmaster, an inventor, a writer, and a diplomat. When the Revolutionary War began, Ben supported America in the Continental Congress. Like the clever adages from his Poor Richard’s Almanac, Ben Franklin still sets an example for Americans today.

10. Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Author: by Benson J. Lossing
Published at: WallBuilder Press; 1st edition (February 1, 1995)
ISBN: 978-0925279453

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Most people know the importance of the Declaration of Independence, but few know much about its signers. This reprint of an 1848 original provides a brief biography on each of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration. Learn the virtues of these venerated Americans who helped create the most stable and enviable nation in the world.

11. Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary

Author: by Martha Brockenbrough
Published at: Square Fish; Reprint edition (October 1, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1250211705

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Complex, passionate, brilliant, flawedAlexander Hamilton comes alive in this exciting YA biography by Martha Brockenbrough. He was born out of wedlock on a small island in the West Indies and orphaned as a teenager. From those inauspicious circumstances, he rose to a position of power and influence in colonial America.

Discover this founding father’s incredible true story: his brilliant scholarship and military career; his groundbreaking and enduring policy, which shapes American government today; his salacious and scandalous personal life; his heartrending end. Richly informed by Hamilton’s own writing, with archival artwork and new illustrations, Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary is an in-depth biography of an extraordinary man.

12. The First Conspiracy (Young Reader's Edition): The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

Author: by Brad Meltzer
Published at: Roaring Brook Press; Young Reader's ed. edition (January 7, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1250244833

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer unravels the truth behind the secret assassination attempt on George Washington and how the plot helped create the CIA and the FBI in this young reader’s adaptation for younger audiences.1776. The early days of the Revolutionary War.

It supposedly began with Thomas Hickey, a private in the Continental Army, and New York governor William Tryon. In an astonishing power grab, they plotted to kill Hickey’s boss: a man by the name of George Washington. In the end, Hickey was caught, brought to trial, and found guilty.

It would seem he became the first person in the new nation to be executed for treason. But to this day, nobody knows for sure if this story is true. In The First Conspiracy, Brad Meltzer sheds light on the close-kept secrets and compelling details surrounding this story and exposes the history of how the assassination plot catalyzed the creation of the CIA and FBI.

This page-turning investigation offers young readers an in-depth look at the facts and remaining questions that surround this contested historical event.

13. Everyday Life in Early America

Author: by David Freeman Hawke
Published at: Harper & Row; Reprint edition (January 25, 1989)
ISBN: 978-0060912512

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“In this clearly written volume, Hawke provides enlightening and colorful descriptions of early Colonial Americans and debunks many widely held assumptions about 17th century settlers.”-Publishers Weekly

14. A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

Author: by Carol Berkin
Published at: Mariner Books; First edition (October 20, 2003)
ISBN: 978-0156028721

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A rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future Though the American Revolution is widely recognized as our nation’s founding story, the years immediately following the warwhen our government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisiswere in fact the most crucial in establishing the country’s independence.

The group of men who traveled to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 had no idea what kind of history their meeting would make. But all their ideas, arguments, and compromisesfrom the creation of the Constitution itself, article by article, to the insistence that it remain a living, evolving documentlaid the foundation for a government that has surpassed the founders’ greatest hopes.

Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of America’s founders, revealing the issues they faced, the times they lived in, and their humble expectations of success.



Author: by Joseph Bruchac
Published at: HMH Books for Young Readers; First edition (October 1, 2005)
ISBN: 978-0152054656

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In 1607, when John Smith and his “Coatmen” arrive in Powhatan to begin settling the colony of Virginia, their relations with the village’s inhabitants are anything but warm. Pocahontas, the beloved daughter of the Powhatan chief, Mamanatowic, is just eleven; but in spite of her age, this astute young girl acts with wisdom and compassion, and plays a fateful, peaceful role in the destinies of two peoples.

Drawing from the personal journals of John Smith, Joseph Bruchac, winner of the American Book Award for Breaking Silence, reveals an important part of history through the eyes of two historic figures.

16. Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How ‘America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman’ Helped Win Our Independence

Author: by Dorothea Jensen
Published at: Past Times Press (July 10, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0990940814

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An ode to the great Lafayette, beautifully told and richly illustrated…Alan R. Hoffman, Translator, Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States, and President,The American Friends of Lafayette. A great addition to the [Lafayette] canon Diane Shaw, Director Emerita of Special Collections & College Archives, Lafayette CollegeDorothea Jensen brings Lafayette to life for all agesChuck Schwam, Publisher, American Friends of Lafayette Gazette Inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON, and by Longfellow’s “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” author Dorothea Jensen wrote this short rhyming narrative about the Marquis de Lafayette and his crucial role in our Revolutionary War.

A glossary and extensive endnotes supply further information about the historical figures and events mentioned in the poem. This playful historical account is aimed at middle schoolers, as well as young and older adults. It would be entertaining and educational to perform in a classroom or other settings, such as events celebrating the upcoming bicentennial of Lafayette’s 1824-5 Farewell Tour of America.