Rabble-rousers, agitators, and revolutionaries.
Rebels and Revolutions: Real tales of Radical Change in America for ages 9 to 12 explores the lives of the following five firebrands who used muskets and marches, boycotts and lawsuits in their struggle for justice.
When he was only 15 years old, Joseph Plumb Martin committed treason when he joined the Continental Army to fight for American independence. Sengbe Pieh’s fight for freedom took him from the bowels of a slave ship to the nation’s highest court. During World War II, the Fair Play Committee, made up of Japanese American men, refused to comply with the draft as long as the United States government had their families locked up simply because of their Japanese heritage. In the days of the segregated south, Claudette Colvin was denied the most basic rights because of her black skin. One day, this teenager decided she had had enough and she refused to relinquish her seat on the bus to a white woman. After a childhood of toiling in California’s fruit and vegetable fields, Cesar Chavez challenged the power of the agricultural industry, becoming a voice of hope for thousands of poor migrant workers.
Young readers will be inspired by these five rebels who refused to accept the status quo. They acted boldly, provoked change, and fundamentally changed American history.