Thursday, July 4, 2013

Where's the Revolutionary War Literature?

So, I thought it would be nice to write up a post recommending a few holiday appropriate reads for this Independence Day, but when I sat down to make a list of good, patriotic, Revolutionary War books, I drew a blank. Seriously. I can come up with roughly 100,000 WWII books, and at least half a dozen Civil War books, but the Revolutionary War? This appears to be a sadly neglected war for literary purposes. Either that, or I'm completely out of the loop.

Here's what I did come up with:

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. I read this one a long, long time ago. Probably elementary school. But I still remember loving it. I'm not so hot on the details, but I have vague memories of silver smithing, Paul Revere, a little action, a little romance, and some good life lessons. Anyway, this is some great historical fiction, and I really want to reread this one again some time soon.

1776 by David McCullough. Okay, I haven't actually read this one yet, but I want to so badly. I love David McCullough. I heard him speak once, and he was just so brilliant, and thoughtful, and inspirational. You could just feel his love for our country oozing out of every corner of him, and it was so refreshing to listen to that kind of historian. This one has been on my to-read list for a while, and I just need to sit down and read it. No better time than now.

"The Declaration of Independence," by Thomas Jefferson (and a bunch of other really brilliant guys). When the literary world fails you, may as well go to the original source for some patriotic reading material. Besides, Jefferson was a pretty powerful writer. And it's not that long. I'm thinking it could be a fun tradition to read this every year around this time. Not a bad idea.

So yep, that's all I got. Anyone else know of any good Revolutionary War era books that I could look in to?

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