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Those Rebels, John and Tom Booktalk

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2

John was short and Tom was tall. John was round and Tom was lean. John loved to argue and Tom was shy. John fought with just about everybody and just about everybody loved Tom. Two men could not have been more different from each other—and yet they both were absolutely necessary to the birth of America.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the two presidents that followed George Washington, started out as young men angry about the unfairness of a faraway king. They both committed treason and risked death by speaking out against England, then the most powerful country in the world, and writing about their beliefs. John Adams convinced Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence, one of the most famous and important pieces of writing in history. Despite their differences, they lived to become Founding Fathers of the United States of America, as well as great friends.

Read about these two fascinating men and their part in getting American going in Those Rebels, John & Tom.

  • Subjects:
    Colonial and Revolutionary America
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