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American Revolution

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People

Places & Events

Documents & Objects

Historical Fiction

PEOPLE

Books

Famous People
The Revolutionary John Adams by Cheryl Harness

John Adams: Second President 1797-1801 by Mike Venezia

The Real Benedict Arnold by Jim Murphy

Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D’Auliare

King George: What Was His Problem? by Steve Sheinkin

A Signer for Independence: John Hancock by Lucia Raatma

Hero of the High Seas: John Paul Jones and the American Revolution by Michael L. Cooper

Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman

The Many Rides of Paul Revere by James Gilbin

Paul Revere: Patriot and Craftsman by Dan Zadra

George Washington: First President 1789-1797 by Mike Venezia

Not So Famous People
Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson

Everybody’s Revolution: A New Look at the People Who Won America’s Freedom by Thomas L. Fleming

The History and Activities of the Revolutionary War by Margaret Hall

The Making of America by Robert D. Johnston

Search Strategies

People show up in almost every book we have about the American Revolution, so if there isn’t a book in the list below about the person you are looking for, don’t despair!

  • Check the table of contents to see if the person appears there
  • Check the index to see if there are references to the person in the book

Electronic Library Resources

Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Dictionary of American History (part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Search Strategies

  • There will usually be entries for famous people in these sources. Information about them may also show up in other entries (for instance, Thomas Jefferson will show up in an entry about the Declaration of Independence), but a simple search for a name should get results for both.
  • If you’re looking for less famous people, or for a group or type of person (e.g. women, farmers, etc.), you’ll need to brainstorm search terms and try them out: women, female, gender; farmers, agriculture, farming, crops. You will often need to skim articles in order to find the parts of them that are relevant: for instance, an entry on farming might cover many pages as it explored the history of farming in the US, but if you skimmed the article, you might be able to find the paragraph or two that dealt with agriculture during the revolutionary war.

Internet Resources

There are many, many, many sites that deal with historical figures from the American Revolution. Be sure to evaluate a site before you start taking information from it. Who made the site? When was it last updated?

PLACES & EVENTS

Books

The American Story by Jennifer Armstrong

Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman

The American Revolution for Kids: A History With 21 Activities by Janis Herbert

The Making of America by Robert D. Johnston

Children’s Encyclopedia of American History by David C. King

The War for Independence: The Story of the American Revolution by Albert Marrin

Victory or Death!: Stories of the American Revolution by Doreen Rappaport

Search Strategies

Not many of our books deal specifically or exclusively with a place, but many of them will feature specific places in part.

  • Check the table of contents to see if the place appears there
  • Check the index to see if there are references to the place in the book

Electronic Library Resources

Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Dictionary of American History (part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Search Strategies

Spelling matters, so be careful that you are spelling place names correctly. Some databases do not accept abbreviations, so spell out state names in full.

Internet Resources

Search Strategies

You will probably be able to find a lot of information about places related to the American Revolution by searching the web. Remember to evaluate the trustworthiness of a site before you start taking notes on it, though! Who put the site together? How recently has it been updated? Does it show signs of bias?

DOCUMENTS & OBJECTS

Books

Fathers of America’s Freedom: The Story of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence by Donald Edwin Cooke

Stars & Stripes: Our National Flag by Leonard Everett Fisher

Give Me Liberty! The Story of the Declaration of Indpendence by Russell Freedman.

The Making of America by Robert D. Johnston

Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation by Jacqueline Jules

Children’s Encyclopedia of American History by David C. King

The War for Independence: The Story of the American Revolution by Albert Marrin

A Signer for Independence: John Hancock by Lucia Raatma

Search Strategies

The books listed here deal in whole or in part with the Declaration of Independence. To find more information, you may need to consult other books in this guide, many of which will also have information on the document.

  • Check the table of contents to see if the document appears there
  • Check the index to see if there are references to the document in the book

Electronic Library Resources

Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Dictionary of American History (part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Search Strategies

Be sure to look for images and related media when searching these resources-often you will be able to see scanned or photographed versions of the actual documents!

Internet Resources

Search Strategies

There are many sites that feature documents and other objects from the American Revolution. Remember to evaluate the trustworthiness of a site before you start taking notes on it, though! Who put the site together? How recently has it been updated? Does it show signs of bias?

HISTORICAL FICTION

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson

My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart by Kristiana Gregory

Midnight Rider by Joan Hiatt Harlow

Soldier’s Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Sheila Soloman Klass

Jocko: A Legend of the American Revolution by Earl Koger

Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell

The American Twins of the Revolution by Lucy Fitch Perkins

Sons of Liberty by Marshall Poe

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