Imagine hearing kids' and teens' actual stories of times in American history like from the Civil War and slavery, the Mayflower, Pearl Harbor, or during the Salem witch trials. If you're into historical fiction, chances are you'll be a fan of the Dear America series! It's a collection of books, inspired by diaries and letters from girls who lived in different periods of American history.
The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle Washington, 1941.
Piper's diary takes place during World War II during the bombing of Pearl Harbor when Japanese-Americans are rounded up and sent to internment camps.
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620.
Mem's diary tells about her journey to the "New World" on the Mayflower.
The Winter of Red Snow: The Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777.
Abby's story takes place in the late 1700's during the American War of Independence against Britain.
Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, RMS Titanic, 1912.
Margaret's story is about her struggle to survive the sinking of the great ship Titanic.
Interested? Test your historical smarts with our time-period quiz!
The questions are from one of the four event times in American history: Mayflower era, Revolutionary War, the sinking of the Titanic, and World War II.
- A Journey to the New World was written by Kathryn Lasky. Which popular books series did she also write? Hint: The movie based on the series is out in theaters now!
- Were there really any survivors of the sinking of the Titanic?
- Which two Japanese cities were bombed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor?
- What is the main reason the Pilgrims set sail for the new world?
- What famous 1776 document declared that the 13 American colonies were no longer part of the British empire, but now a new nation?
- Who was the President of the U.S. during World War II?
- What national holiday stems from the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians?
- What caused the Titanic to sink?
Leave your answers in the Comments, and check back next week for answers! While you're waiting, you can discuss on the new Dear America Message Board.
—Ratha, Stacks Writer