Hour of Freedom by Milton Meltzer
American History in Poetry

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Milton Meltzer, one of the most respected chroniclers of twentieth-century history, turns his attention to the most personal of genres--poetry--and selects fifty-nine poems by American writers that celebrate, assail, and define events within seven major historical periods of the United States. Old masters, such as Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, and William Cullen Bryant and modern-day greats, such as Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, as well as today's young poets offer their personal perspectives of events that have shaped our lives. This rich, important collection features brief notations that precede each poem, placing each work in the context of the period. Biographies of each poet illuminate each life. Here is a major poetry anthology that gives young readers "the poets' sense of the past, as well as of the life around them . . . extending and deepening the range of our own experience."

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Milton Meltzer is a recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association for his "substantial and lasting contributions to literature for children," in addition to the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association for his body of work, among other awards. He lives in New York City.
Published June 1, 2003 by Wordsong. 96 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Meltzer introduces each suite of poems with a page or two of historical background, from the Colonial era to independence to slavery to wars to immigration.

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