How did compliant colonials with strong ties to Europe get the notion to become an independent nation? Perhaps the seeds of liberty were planted in thehistoric courtroom battle for the freedom of the press Or maybe the French and Indian War did it, when colonists were called Americans for the first time by the English, and the great English army proved itself not so formidable after all But for sure when King George III started levying some heavyhanded taxes on the colonies, the break from the motherland was imminent With such enthralling characters as George Washington, Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, Eliza Pinckney, and Alexander Hamilton throughout, From Colonies to Country is an amazing story of a nationmaking transformation

10 thoughts on “A History of US: Book 3: From Colonies to Country 1735-1791 (History of Us, 3)

  1. Jim Jim says:

    An excellent overview of US history at the time & she does a great job discussing what made our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, & Bill of Rights so unique at the time. She also discusses the compromises & personalities. Why did we keep slavery when so many of the Founders opposes it? Compromise. Some knew it would come back to bite us, too. Why didn't women get rights then? Such things are well put into the context of the times & the amount of change that was going on.

    I think she could have been a little more clear on just how divided the country was on the revolution. She does say that it tore some families apart, but she never mentions the third faction, those who just avoided the issue. That might have been because she was talking up the Revolution & the need for an educated, involved citizenry. Smells a bit like propaganda. Well, this is a book for 10 year olds & mid teens & some idealizing is needed. She didn't do a lot of that & showed off many warts.

    It's a pretty fantastic bit of history writing. As she said, a lot of important details were left out, but she gives great overviews & usually just enough detail to nail it down. At the end, there's a timeline & a reading of the important documents, although she covered them pretty well in the main text. Highly recommended for ages 10 & up. That includes adults. I was never bored & she hit some points I hadn't thought of for a long time. Very well narrated.

  2. Rebekah Byson Rebekah Byson says:

    Read this US history series to your kids- middle schoolers and teens! Read it for yourself! If there's a better book series for learning US History, I haven't seen it yet!

  3. Apzmarshl Apzmarshl says:

    Loved learning about separating from Great Britain, the Revolutionary War, Continental Congress, Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution.

  4. Ebookwormy1 Ebookwormy1 says:

    We used this book for home school history. It does a thorough job of covering the American Revolution, and I like the detailed insight into our own country's history. But, I have to say, I think I am simply tolerating it. I don't look forward to reading it like to do the H.E. Marshall or G. Foster books, and I find myself editing or explaining more than I would like.

  5. Theresa Theresa says:

    a good resource for children to learn about american colonies during the revelutionary wars and the building of the countries ideals and country

  6. Penny Penny says:

    Overall for a book on the elements of the American Revolution for children, I was pretty satisfied with this book. It covered all the important elements of the revolution, even if most of them were pretty briefly covered. It isn't a large book, so understandably, some things had to be left out. However, I feel enough content was included to give an accurate introduction to the American Revolution, and covered it in more detail than most of the local schools seem to.

    That being said, there were a few things that just didn't sit right with me. It seems like every New Englander (at least those my age and older) know the quote, Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes! Sure, quite a few don't know who said it, but most of the people I've met can at least tell you that this was because of the limited supply of gunpowder at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Unfortunately, not only is this quote altered, but the talk about the limited gunpowder didn't even enter in until she was giving the reason the Americans beat their retreat. There were other little moments like this that I know of from local history where little details that are pretty common knowledge (at least in reference to things in New England) were ignored, making me feel her portrayal of the American Revolution may actually be lacking.

    That being said, it's certainly a good leaping off point for further investigation, and seems to accurately (or accurately enough) cover the time period in a logical fashion. It was a well written book, and engaging. There was also the inclusion of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

  7. Lilith Day Lilith Day says:

    This history book is amazing. It starts off with a small introduction of England. America was founded offshore. From there it goes into all of the other countries that played a role and the power struggle that pre-America went through. As much as we love America today, it was not that easy gaining out independence. Here are some of the things I love about this book.

    1. It was written to cover a short time frame. This allows the reader to focus on more of the history and know it well.

    2. It was written for the child. You can tell by the amount of illustrations and explanations that this book is written for the child to remember the facts rather than just another history book.

    3. It is very easy to understand and follow along. The children will have an easier time picking up the information.

    Overall I am very impressed with this book. It is small so the kids are not overwhelmed and packed with lots of important and fun information. A great way to build a foundation of American History.

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  8. Alice Alice says:

    Where was this book when I was in high school studying AP history and was bored out of my mind ? I really like history I've learned a lot and this series has been amazing but I wish I would've had it when I was younger. what I like about this is that it's interesting she talks to you as if you're right in front of her . But I love the most about this series is it tells you about some of the unknown unsung heroes of history makes you want to learn more

  9. Hank Pharis Hank Pharis says:

    (Note: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book. 3 = Very good; 4 = Outstanding {only about 5% of the books I read merit this}; 5 = All time favorites {one of these may come along every 400-500 books})

  10. Karen Karen says:

    This book does provide a good overview of the years from 1735 to 1791, and contains some stories that may not be commonly known, BUT I wouldn't use just this book for a study of history. There are some vital facts missing here.