Lafayette and the American Revolution

By: Russell Freedman

Bibliography. Two-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780823421824

JLG Release: Jan 2011


Sensitive Areas: Harsh realities of war, Racism, Violence
Topics: Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834) , American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) , US colonial history , War stories , Graphic novels , Biography

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2011 ALA Notable Children’s Books, Older Readers; IRA Teachers' Choices 2011, Advanced Readers; 2011 Top 10 Books for Youth, Biographies; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Special Interests, History; Booklist 2010 Editor’s Choice, Books for Youth, Nonfiction, Older Readers; Booklist Lasting Connections of 2010, Social Studies; Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Children’s Books

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Lafayette, a nobleman in the French court, risked it all—his reputation, his wealth, and his life—to aid the American cause of liberty. Granted an honorary commission as a general, he soon won the admiration and respect of his colleagues and grew into a genuine position of leadership. He also grew into a fond relationship with his adopt Lafayette, a nobleman in the French court, risked it all—his reputation, his wealth, and his life—to aid the American cause of liberty. Granted an honorary commission as a general, he soon won the admiration and respect of his colleagues and grew into a genuine position of leadership. He also grew into a fond relationship with his adopted country that did not diminish with the passing years. Indeed, he was immediately memorialized in various place names in America; still later, when the first Americans landed in France during World War I, their first order of business was to make a pilgrimage to Lafayette’s burial place, where the commanding officer “stood before the grave, saluted, and announced: Lafayette, we are here.” And yet Lafayette’s status as a symbol of Franco-American friendship is not his only legacy. He also played a prominent role in the French Revolution, penning the Declaration of the Rights of Man, and had a long career in French politics. The narrative, written with all of the author’s characteristic grace and clarity, presents in Lafayette an outsider’s perspective on the American Revolution; in doing so, Freedman illuminates its connection to the revolutions that would happen all over the world in the coming century. Illustrated with color photographs; a timeline, source notes, a bibliography, and an index are appended.

Book Details

ISBN

9780823421824

First Release

January 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

355.0092 B

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 9"

Page Count

96

Accelerated Reader

Level 8.4; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 10.6; Points: 7;

Lexile

Level NC1160L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Harsh realities of war, Racism, Violence

Topics

Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), US colonial history, War stories, Graphic novels, Biography,

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