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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

This was an enjoyable history book for me. Though written for children, the stories of Washington, Franklin, Webster, and Lincoln held my attention all the way through. Homey stories were told about each of these great men that made them relatable, and help to show why they are so beloved.

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 w...more

This was most interesting. This brings history back to life through Jim Hodges' historically accurate, exciting and edifying audio recording of four of the greatest Americans: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster and Abraham Lincoln. Their lives are set forth in a simple manner, y...more

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.

The narrator for the first two sections, Washington and Franklin, felt a bit over-emotive and annoying to me. When the narrator changed for the last two sections, Webster and Lincoln, it was more relaxing and enjoyable to follow.

This was obviously a children's book, and it unfortunately carried an undimmed vision of each of the man. There was obviously some darker aspects of the men that were not explored.

Great, swift, informational, and fluid read for any age about four great Patriots of the Republic with descriptive details not mentioned much in contemporary liberal history books!

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