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Four Great Americans - Washington, Franklin, Webster, Lincoln

James Baldwin

Book Overview: 

Written for children, James Baldwin’s history of Washington, Franklin, Webster, and Lincoln brings these men to life in a way that will be interesting for adults as well. The stories touch on the little humanities of the great men, rather than dwelling on the great works and great events of their lifetimes, without ignoring the latter.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The colonies must unite and agree upon doing something to protect themselves and preserve their freedom. In order to do this each colony was asked to send delegates to Philadelphia to talk over the matter and see what would be the best thing to do.

George Washington was one of the delegates from Virginia.

Before starting he made a great speech in the House of Burgesses. "If necessary, I will raise a thousand men," he said, "subsist them at my own expense, and march them to the relief of Boston."

But the time for marching to Boston had not quite come.

The delegates from the different colonies met in Carpenter's Hall, in Philadelphia, on the 5th of September, 1774. Their meeting has since been known as the First Continental Congress of America.

For fifty-one days those wise, thoughtful men discussed the great question that had brought them together. What could the co. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Enjoyable, easy-to-read, and insightful story of four great Americans who built America a better place: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster, and Abraham Lincoln.

Recommended for parents who wish to bring their children real Americans or merely understand how important figures shaped

Jacob said it wsa decent but kind of simple. He prefered Answers From the Founding Fathers. He read The story of George Washington out of this book for AO Y9/10...KRB 2/23/22

Okay, about half way through I realized that the author was not our James Baldwin (1924 - 1987), the American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist.

This James Baldwin (1841-1925) was an American editor and author. Largely self-educated, he began teaching at the age of 24. In addition t

I read this book, and it was a very interesting read.

I wanted to learn about Daniel Webster and read this book written in 1897 for school children that included George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln. It was the history of my school days, heroic figures who were all good and pure. Good for an introduction to Webster for me. The writ

Washington, Franklin, Webster, and Lincoln.

I read this book because it was written by James Baldwin. This book was written by a different James Baldwin and it was completed in the 19th Century. It is a bit of Americana worth reading to children. I question its accuracy.

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