Cause & Effect: The American Revolution
From the Series Cause & Effect in History
The American Revolution established the world's greatest democracy and led to the rise of the most powerful nation on Earth. Through thoughtful narrative supported by fully documented quotes this title begins with A Brief History of the American Revolution and then examines these questions: How Did the Actions by the King and Parliament Give Rise to the Revolution? How Did the Battles of Trenton and Princeton Change the Course of the Revolution? How Did Assistance from France Help the American Cause? How Did the American Revolution Spark Change Throughout the World?
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Series||Cause & Effect in History|
|Number of Pages||80|
|Title Format||Reinforced book, Print + Ebook|
School Library Connection
Each volume begins with a timeline and an introduction. The first chapter gives a historical overview, and following chapters discuss cause and effect questions. Each chapter lists three focus questions which could be essay questions for a final exam, and goes on to discuss those issues. The questions are thought-provoking, and not usually covered in textbooks. They often draw parallels with contemporary issues and events. There are occasional minor inaccuracies and some of the images’ relevance can be puzzling. Quotations are often from secondary or tertiary sources.These are attractive books that are easy to read and should engage students. Bibliography. Index. Norman Desmarais, Acquisitions Librarian, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island [Editor’s Note: Available in e-book format.] Recommended
An exemplary series, the analysis of milieu and the causes of essential global movements introduces young readers to a more thorough understanding of history than simple regurgitation of people and dates. Cleverly supported with paintings, focus questions, sidebars, and splendid maps, the text looks beyond the moment to enduring attitudes toward democracy and human rights that influenced Joan of Arc, the Arab Spring, the Napoleonic code, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the downfall of tyranny in Libya.Back matter includes notes and books and websites from the past four years. Primary and secondary indexing focuses on entries with the importance of ethnic wars, Hessian mercenaries, Nicholas II, Kazakhstan, minutemen, enlightenment, and guillotine. The authors use varied editorial facets as instructional tools, notably, challenging diction, e.g., foppish, despots, regimes, opulent, and rhetoric. Curiously, Marcovitz failed to identify the rowdiness of the Sons of Liberty and Green missed an opportunity to feature a portrait of Marie Antoinette or Marianne. Presentation of Russian history makes excellent use of pictures featuring the privations of women and children. This set raises the standard for young adult history texts by challenging student thinking toward a holistic world view.—Mary Ellen Snodgrass.