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1789: Twelve Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change

Genre: Nonfiction Anthologies (YA/Teens)
Publisher: Candlewick Press (September 2020)
ISBN: 9781536208733
Hardcover: 224 pages


The acclaimed team that brought us 1968 turns to another year that shook the world with a collection of nonfiction writings by renowned young-adult authors.

“The Rights of Man.” What does that mean? In 1789 that question rippled all around the world. Do all men have rights—not just nobles and kings? What then of enslaved people, women, the original inhabitants of the Americas? In the new United States a bill of rights was passed, while in France the nation tumbled toward revolution. In the Caribbean preachers brought word of equality, while in the South Pacific sailors mutinied. New knowledge was exploding, with mathematicians and scientists rewriting the history of the planet and the digits of pi. Lauded anthology editors Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti, along with ten award-winning nonfiction authors, explore a tumultuous year when rights and freedoms collided with enslavement and domination, and the future of humanity seemed to be at stake.

Some events and actors are familiar: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, Marie Antoinette and the Marquis de Lafayette. Others may be less so: the eloquent former slave Olaudah Equiano, the Seneca memoirist Mary Jemison, the fishwives of Paris, the mathematician Jurij Vega, and the painter √Člisabeth Vig√©e Le Brun. But every chapter brings fresh perspectives on the debates of the time, inviting readers to experience the passions of the past and ask new questions of today.

Contributors: Amy Alznauer • Marc Aronson • Susan Campbell Bartoletti • Summer Edward • Karen Engelmann • Joyce Hansen • Cynthia and Sanford Levinson • Steve Sheinkin • Tanya Lee Stone • Christopher Turner • Sally M. Walker


Awards & Recognition []
A Junior Library Guild Selection        Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews       

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly        Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020

A Lincoln Public Library District Popular Title        A Butler Children's Literature Center Bookshelf Pick

Vermont-National Education Association 2021 Summer Reading List       

Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year for 2021        A Literati Book Club Pick       

Bound to Stay Books 2021 Social Activism Book List's Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar Book List       

Praise & Reviews []
 "Each chapter is thoughtfully written and thoroughly researched, with extensive author notes, endnotes, and a bibliography...Another thoroughly engrossing look at a pivotal year."
    —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 "Aronson and Bartoletti (1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change) offer a timely deep dive into another turbulent and pivotal year of history: 1789...The conversational narrative styles will pull readers into this wide-ranging, thoroughly researched anthology, which recounts revolutions and revolutionary thinking big and small. Extensive author and source notes and a bibliography conclude this stirring read about themes that continue to shape urgent contemporary issues."
    —Publishers Weekly Online (starred review)

"An essay collection that will attract readers who want to learn about the history of personal freedoms or have a deep interest in the topic."
    —School Library Journal

"As they did in their previous anthology, 1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution & Change, the editors take a pivotal year in world history and, through eleven essays (by authors including themselves, Joyce Hansen, Steven Sheinkin, and Summer Edward), explore global revolutionary themes...Each essay can be appreciated individually, but the overall picture, of societies reconciling competing ideas of science and faith or equality and oppression, becomes clearer throughout the book. Appended with author notes, documentation, and a complete bibliography of sources."
    —The Horn Book

"This collection of eleven wide-ranging essays bridges American and world history course matter to demonstrate that episodes encountered as disparate curricular units emerged from a Zeitgeist of revolutionary thought."
    —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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