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Forge: The Seeds of America Trilogy, Book 2

By Monica Mehta, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Brutal yet educational depiction of slavery and wartime.

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Forge is a realistic depiction of slavery and wartime in 18th century America. At the same time, it tells the story of how a person can retain his dignity, integrity, and will in the face of constant misfortune. "Tho' I stood in rags and upon frozen feet, I felt much more a man than he," says the main character of his master. It also tells of how true love can surmount many an obstacle. Kids will get a sense of the incredible difficulties American soldiers faced at Valley Forge, and the even more difficult path for African Americans, both free and enslaved, who served in the military. Kids will also learn that although the soldiers dealt with unimaginable hardship, they continued to serve their country for the cause of freedom.

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