BECOMING AMERICAN by P.M. Zall

BECOMING AMERICAN

Young People in the American Revolution
Age Range: 11 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 ``I am glad my brother made an essay for a postscript to your letter. I must get him to read it to me...because I don't understand his writing. I observe that he is Mamma's `Ducky Darling.''' A score of teenaged voices--tart, concerned for family and friends, anguished or detached--bring the revolutionary era uniquely to life. Zall has drawn these letters and diary extracts from some notably obscure sources (all cited), modernizing their spelling and linking them with a historical overview and explanatory introductions. He has chosen well: life in the colonies emerges clearly from 14-year-old Solomon Drowne's account of a 1767 outing to Newport; the courtroom testimony of ``Slave Andrew'' paints a heterodox picture of the Boston Massacre; Samuel Welch, 19, vividly recalls the horrors of Bunker Hill; Betsy Ambler, 16, daughter of a government official, the terrors of staying one step ahead of British raiders. Not everyone is directly affected by the war: Virginia deb Lucinda Lee lives in a postwar whirl of parties; John Quincy Adams plays pranks at Harvard; and Martha Jefferson records her impressions of Paris. An illuminating portrait of a generation both like and unlike ours. Illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 11+)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-208-02355-0
Page count: 214pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1993