Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman

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When the Marquis de Lafayette ran off to join the American Revolution against the explicit orders of the king of France, he was a strong-willed nineteen-year-old who had never set foot on a battlefield. Although the U.S. Congress granted him an honorary commission only out of respect for his title and wealth, Lafayette quickly earned the respect of his fellow officers with his bravery, devotion to the cause of liberty, and incredible drive.

Playing a pivotal role in the Revolution, Lafayette convinced the French government to send troops, made crucial pacts with Native Americans, and lead his men to victory at Yorktown. This thrilling account of a daring soldier will fascinate young historians. Source notes, bibliography, time line, index.
 

About Russell Freedman

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Russell Freedman (born 1929 in San Francisco) is a biographeRussell Freedman (born 1929 in San Francisco) is a biographer and author of nearly 50 books for young people. He is mostr and author of nearly 50 books for young people. He is most notable for receiving the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work notable for receiving the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work Lincoln: A Photobiography. In 1998, he received the Laura InLincoln: A Photobiography. In 1998, he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his lifelong contribution to childrengalls Wilder Medal for his lifelong contribution to children's literature. He received one of the 2007 National Humaniti's literature. He received one of the 2007 National Humanities Medals. He currently lives in New York City. es Medals. He currently lives in New York City.
 
Published September 1, 2010 by Holiday House. 88 pages
Genres: History, War, Children's Books.

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Opening with Lafayette's dramatic, secretive departure from France, the author seizes readers' attention up front and holds it with a straightforward narrative that relies on quotations and anecdotes from Lafayette's unconventional life.

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