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We Were There, Too!

Young People in U.S. History

Phillip Hoose

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

"Shoot me if you dare. I will not tell you."
—Dicey Langston, age fifteen, to a gun-pointing loyalist in 1780,
who demands she reveal a patriot secret.

This unique book is the first to tell the story of the role young people have played in the making of our nation. It brings to life their contributions throughout American history—from the boys who sailed with Columbus to today's young activists. Based largely on primary sources—first-person accounts, journals, and interviews—it highlights the fascinating stories of more than seventy young people from diverse cultures.

Meet Olaudah Equiano, kidnapped from his village in western Africa and forced to endure a terrifying voyage into slavery; Rebecca Bates, who with her sister plays the fife and drum that scare off British soldiers during the War of 1812; and Anyokah, who helps her father create a written Cherokee language. Descend into the darkness of a Pennsylvania coal mine with nine-year-old Joseph Miliauskas for a ten-hour day that leaves his fingers bloody; read Carolyn McKinstry's account of being hosed by police during the 1963 Birmingham civil rights march; and join Jessica Govea, who, as a teenager, worked side by side with Cesar Chavez to organize migrant farm workers.

A teacher's guide to We Were There, Too! is available at http://www.weweretheretoo.com/guide.htm.

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Praise for We Were There, Too!

"A treasure chest of history come to life, this is an inspired collection. Readers could easily get lost in it by simply dipping into one compelling story after another . . . Because the book is packed with historical documents, evocatively illustrated . . . and full of eyewitness quotations, it should prove valuable to young historians and researchers." -Starred, School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Phillip Hoose

  • Phillip Hoose is an award-winning author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles.  Although he first wrote for adults, he turned his attention to children and young adults in part to keep up with his own daughters. His book Claudette Colvin won a National Book Award and was dubbed a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009. He is also the author of Hey, Little Ant, co-authored by his daughter, Hannah, It’s Our World, Too!, and The Race to Save the Lord God Bird. We Were There, Too! was a National Book Award finalist. He has received a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, a Christopher Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, among numerous honors. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the towns of South Bend, Angola, and Speedway, Indiana.  He was educated at Indiana University and the Yale School of Forestry.  He lives in Portland, Maine.
  • Phillip Hoose Copyright Shashana Hoose
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We Were There, Too!

Young People in U.S. History

Phillip Hoose

National Book Awards Finalist, Booklist Editors' Choice, Booklinks Lasting Connection, IRA Teachers' Choices, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Parents' Choice Award Winner, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
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