Unite or Die : How Thirteen States Became a Nation
Children's - Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Make Way For BooksWhile the 1783 Treaty of Paris offered freedom to our original thirteen colonies, the unity required for cooperation and influence was nonexistent. Creatively presenting the process of collaboration, debate, and compromise, this book draws parallels to student experience, reiterates concepts through simple, then extended summaries in the afterword and author notes. Well crafted.
Publisher SummaryPresented as a school play, a story of the American Revolution traces the challenges, conflicts, and compromises that shaped the United States Constitution and brought unity to the states.
The thirteen ORIGINAL colonies! Together again! One night only!
The children of Forest Lake Elementary School trod the boards in a dramatic reenactment of how the United States Constitution came to be. After the Revolution, the young United States was anything but united. The states acted like thirteen separate countries, with their own governments, laws, and currencies. It took bravery, smarts, and a lot of compromises to create a workable system of government under the new constitution.
Full of facts about our fledgling democracy, the call for a national government, and the Constitutional Convention, this book presents American history with personality, good humor, and energy. This show is not to be missed.
Jef Czekaj's exuberant illustrations capture the excitement of opening night and the elation of the birth of a nation.