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200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Exhilaration. "The fishwives make the rules": the October days of the French Revolution / by Tanya Lee Stone -- The contradictory king: Gustav III and the unlikely beginnings of class equality in Sweden / by Karen Englemann -- Pi, Vega, and the battle at Belgrade / by Amy Alznauer -- Abomination. The Queen's chemise: Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, portraitist of Marie Antoinette / by Susan Campbell Bartoletti -- The choice: Paris, 1789 / by Marc Aronson -- "All men are created equal": the global journey of Olaudah Equiano / by Joyce Hansen -- Inspiration. The Wesleyans in the West Indies / by Summer Edward -- Who counted in America? / by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson -- Mary Jemison and the Seneca nation / by Christopher Turner -- Conclusions. Challenging time: Dr. James Hutton, the father of geology / by Sally M. Walker -- Mutiny on the Bounty / by Steve Sheinkin.
Includes bibliographical references (page -195) and index.
""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 Élisabeth Vigée 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" --Amazon.
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