Unraveling Freedom by Ann Bausum
The Battle for Democracy on the Homefront During World War I

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In 1915, the United States experienced the 9/11 of its time. A German torpedo sank the Lusitania killing nearly 2,000 innocent passengers. The ensuing hysteria helped draw the United States into World War I—the bitter, brutal conflict that became known as the Great War and the War to End All Wars. But as U.S. troops fought to make the world safe for democracy abroad, our own government eroded freedoms at home, especially for German-Americans. Free speech was no longer an operating principle of American democracy. Award-winning author Ann Bausum asks, just where do Americans draw the line of justice in times of war?
Drawing thought-provoking parallels with President Wilson’s government and other wartime administrations, from FDR to George W. Bush, Bausum’s analysis has plenty of history lessons for the world today. Her exhaustive research turns up astonishing first-person stories and rare images, and the full-color design is fresh and stunning. The result is a gripping book that is well-positioned for the run-up to the World War I centennial.

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About Ann Bausum

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ANN BAUSUM grew up with a love of research and American History. In this book she tackled each President as its own assignment, immersing herself in reference volumes, historical documents, and period anecdotes. Finding the facts that she knows kids will love is her favorite part of research. Ann is a multi-award winning author, with awards including the Orbis Pictus Recommended List, Book Links Best Books for the Classroom, Booklist Editor's Choice Top of the List Nonfiction, Notable Social Studies Trade Book of the Year, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Notable Books for Children, New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction, and more. The author lives in Beloit, WI.







Author Residence: Beloit, WI
 
Published November 9, 2010 by National Geographic Children's Books. 96 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, War.

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