Re-creates the American colonies before, during, and after the American Revolution by describing in words and pictures various aspects of the colonists' lives, including work, food, clothing, shelter, religion, the events leading to the war, and life as a soldier. Take a jouney back in time and see what life was really like in the years before, during, and after the American Revolution. What did colonial kids do for fun? What was it like to fight in the Continental Army? How did the Revolution affect the lives of Native Americans, and of Africans who were living in slavery in America? Author Joy Masoff takes a unique new approach to our history, illustrating her text with photographs from living history museums and authentic historical reenactments. You’ll feel as if you are there, and you’ll see that the story of America is an exciting adventure — much more that a list of names and dates to memorize. Dreams of freedom drew many colonists to the New World, but that freedom was not without cost. Just as the colonists were finally starting to think of America as home, war erupted — first between the British and the French. Following that conflict, relations between England and the colonists began to unravel, with the Americans resisting laws that restricted their new-found freedoms. Those tensions erupted into the American Revolution, a struggle that lasted for seven long years. The Americans declared their independence, then fought to make it a reality. America changed greatly during the 1700’s, but that is only one chapter in our story. The next century would bring still more change to the new nation, along with new challenges. This is American history as it was meant to be told. No textbook can match Joy Masoff’s exuberant coverage of our nation’s beginnings, and the people — all the people — who made it happen. AMERICAN REVOLUTION has been designed to tie in with middle-grade curriculum, and has been vetted by both a noted historian and a veteran educator.