Learn more about CCRLS
Reading recommendations from Novelist
Online learning resources
Cover image for Extraordinary patriots of the United States of America : Colonial times to pre-Civil War
Extraordinary patriots of the United States of America : Colonial times to pre-Civil War
Publication Information:
New York : Children's Press, 2005.
Physical Description:
288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series title(s):
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) -- Roger Sherman (1721-1793) -- Samuel Adams (1722-1803) -- George Mason (1725-1792) -- James Otis (1725-1783) -- Caesar Rodney (1728-1784) -- Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) -- Charles Thomson (1729-1824) -- Baron Friedrich von Steuben (1730-1794) -- Benjamin Edes (1732-1803) -- Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) -- Francis Marion (1732-1795) -- George Washington (1732-1799) -- Robert Morris (1734-1806) -- John Adams (1735-1826) -- Paul Revere (1735-1818) -- Patrick Henry (1736-1799) -- John Hancock (1737-1793) -- Thomas Paine (1737-1809) -- Ethan Allen (1738-1789) -- Mary Katherine Goddard (1738-1816) -- Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) -- John Jay (1745-1829) -- Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) -- Anthony Wayne (1745-1796) -- Bernardo de Galvez (1746-1786) -- Tadeusz Kosciuszko (746-1817) -- John Paul Jones (1747-1792) -- Casimir Pulaski (1747-1779) -- Henry Knox (1750-1806) -- Liberty Bell (1751-Present) -- Margaret Cochran Corbin (1751-1800) -- James Madison (1751-1836) -- George Rogers Clark (1752-1818) -- Betsy Ross (1752-1836) -- Jack Jouett (1754-1822) -- Mary Hays McCauley (c. 1754-1832) -- Dr. James Thacher (1754-1844) -- Nathan Hale (1755-1776) -- Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) -- John Trumbull (1756-1843) -- Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) -- James Monroe (1758-1831) -- Deborah Samson Gannett (aka Robert Shurtleff) (1760-1827) -- Sybil Ludington (1761-1839) -- Emily Geiger (c. 1763-1825) -- John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) -- Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) -- Dolley Madison (1768-1849) -- African American Patriots (1770-1850) -- Sequoyah (aka George Gist or Guess) (c. 1770-1843) -- American Jewish Patriots (1775-1850) -- George Gibson Jr. (1775-1861) -- Drummers and Fifers (1775-1781) -- Oneida (1775-1815) -- Declaration of Independence (1776-Present) -- Daughters of Liberty (1776-1783) -- Culper Ring (1778-1783) -- Star-Spangled Banner (1780-Present) -- Purple Heart (1782-Present) -- Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) -- Constitution of the United States of America (1787-Present) -- Publius (1787-1788) -- Sam Houston (1793-1863).
Profiles over fifty famous American patriots from Benjamin Franklin to Sam Houston.
Conference Subject:
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip056/2004030940.html


Call Number
J 920.073 Masters 2005

On Order



Real-life stories of struggle, achievement, victory, and sometimes loss that are an ideal companion for history, social science, language and geography studies. The Extroardinary People series is the perfect starter for students who want to know more about the people who shaped their world, focusing on the unique histories of people from every culture, and every walk of life.

Author Notes

Nancy Robinson-Masters is the author of several nonfiction books for children.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-This book provides biographical sketches of dozens of individuals and groups of people. The three- to five-page sketches are arranged chronologically by the patriot's birth year, beginning with Benjamin Franklin and ending with Sam Houston. The entries are a mixture of "well-known, little-known, and unknown" people, and there are representatives from a wide variety of ethnic groups. Masters relies upon the best available information for some of the little-known figures and informs readers when facts are in doubt, frequently concluding that the individual's symbolic legacy can be the most important part of his or her story. A black-and-white portrait or representation of each person and occasional reproductions break up the text. Also included are "Drummers and Fifers," "The Oneida," "Daughters of Liberty," and "African American Patriots" as well as discussions of patriotic symbols such as the Liberty Bell, the Purple Heart medal, and the "Star Spangled Banner." Appendixes include an average-quality general bibliography of print sources and an extensive list of Web sites arranged by person or group. Although these sketches are very brief, they are interesting and readable, and they provide basic information that could be used to introduce students to the people who created our nation.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790: The Wise and Witty Founding Fatherp. 11
Roger Sherman 1721-1793: The Shoemaker Who Became the Signerp. 16
Samuel Adams 1722-1803: The Son of Libertyp. 20
George Mason 1725-1792: The Forgotten Founding Fatherp. 24
James Otis 1725-1783: Colonial America's Flame of Firep. 28
Caesar Rodney 1728-1784: Delaware Hero in the Vote for Independencep. 31
Mercy Otis Warren 1728-1814: First Lady of the Revolutionp. 34
Charles Thomson 1729-1824: The Man Who Told the Truthp. 37
Baron Friedrich von Steuben 1730-1794: Prussian Volunteer Who Trained America to Fightp. 41
Benjamin Edes 1732-1803: Voice of the Sons of Libertyp. 45
Richard Henry Lee 1732-1794: Writer of Resolutions for Revolutionp. 49
Francis Marion 1732-1795: The Swamp Foxp. 53
George Washington 1732-1799: The Father of Our Countryp. 57
Robert Morris 1734-1806: The Man Who Financed the Revolutionp. 62
John Adams 1735-1826: Preserver of Libertyp. 66
Paul Revere 1735-1818: A Son of Liberty Who Rode into Historyp. 70
Patrick Henry 1736-1799: The Son of Thunderp. 75
John Hancock 1737-1793: The Man with the Bold Handp. 79
Thomas Paine 1737-1809: The "Common Sense" Patriotp. 83
Ethan Allen 1738-1789: Leader of the Green Mountain Boysp. 87
Mary Katherine Goddard 1738-1816: First Printer of the Signed Declaration of Independencep. 91
Nathanael Greene 1742-1786: Faithful, Fighting Generalp. 95
Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826: Architect of Freedomp. 99
John Jay 1745-1829: First Justice of the Supreme Courtp. 104
Benjamin Rush 1745-1813: Surgeon General of the Continental Armyp. 108
Anthony Wayne 1745-1796: Found Wherever There Was a Fightp. 112
Bernardo de Galvez 1746-1786: Hispanic Hero of the Revolutionp. 116
Tadeusz Kosciuszko 1746-1817: Polish Engineer for Freedomp. 120
John Paul Jones 1747-1792: Father of the American Navyp. 123
Casimir Pulaski 1747-1779: Father of the American Cavalryp. 126
Henry Knox 1750-1806: The "Ox" of the Revolutionary Warp. 130
The Liberty Bell 1751-Present: A Chime That Changed the Worldp. 134
Margaret Cochran Corbin 1751-1800: First Woman Wounded on the Battlefieldp. 138
James Madison 1751-1836: Champion for the Constitutionp. 142
George Rogers Clark 1752-1818: The "Great Long Knife"p. 146
Betsy Ross 1752-1836: The Woman Behind the Legend of the Stars and Stripesp. 150
Jack Jouett 1754-1822: The Other Midnight Riderp. 154
Mary Hays McCauley c. 1754-1832: Molly Pitcherp. 157
Dr. James Thacher 1754-1844: Surgeon, Soldier, Scribep. 160
Nathan Hale 1755-1776: Schoolteacher Spyp. 164
Alexander Hamilton 1755-1804: Soldier and Statesmanp. 168
John Trumbull 1756-1843: Artist of the Revolutionp. 173
Marquis de Lafayette 1757-1834: French Hero of the American Revolutionp. 178
James Monroe 1758-1831: The Protection Policy Presidentp. 182
Deborah Samson Gannett (aka Robert Shurtleff) 1760-1827: Soldier in Disguisep. 186
Sybil Ludington 1761-1839: Heroine Who Rode for Freedomp. 190
Emily Geiger c. 1763-1825: Legendary Messenger from South Carolinap. 194
John Quincy Adams 1767-1848: The President Who Would Not Quitp. 198
Andrew Jackson 1767-1845: Hero of New Orleansp. 202
Dolley Madison 1768-1849: Patriot of the People's Housep. 207
African American Patriots 1770-1850: First to Fight for America's Freedomp. 211
Sequoyah (aka George Gist or Guess) c. 1770-1843: Cherokee Warriorp. 215
American Jewish Patriots 1775-1850: Soldiers and Supporters of Freedomp. 218
George Gibson Jr. 1775-1861: Father of the Army Food Servicep. 222
Drummers and Fifers 1775-1781: Winning Independence One Beat at a Timep. 226
The Oneida 1775-1815: Native American Patriotsp. 230
The Declaration of Independence 1776-Present: Birth Certificate of the Nationp. 235
Daughters of Liberty 1776-1783: Women Who Served in the Revolutionary Warp. 240
The Culper Ring 1778-1783: Master Spies of the American Revolutionp. 243
"The Star-Spangled Banner" 1780-Present: The National Anthem of the United States of Americap. 246
The Purple Heart 1782-Present: First Award for the Common Soldierp. 250
Zachary Taylor 1784-1850: Patriot President who Held the Union Togetherp. 253
The Constitution of the United States of America 1787-Present: Chart of Freedomp. 257
Publius 1787-1788: Author of The Federalist Papersp. 262
Sam Houston 1793-1863: The Raven Who Refused to Secedep. 265
To Find Out Morep. 269
Indexp. 279
About the Authorp. 288