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Johnny Tremain

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in Johnny Tremain and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

"The Die is Cast" by John Adams
Summary: This letter by John Adams gives a report on the Boston Tea Party.

"Monday, March 5, 1770: Who Was to Blame?" by John M. Bresnahan
(from Yankee Magazine, © 1967)
Summary: This essay explores the question: What really happened at the Boston Massacre?

"Children Have Always Worked" by Milton Meltzer
(from Cheap Raw Material, © 1994)
Summary: This is a nonfiction account a surprising history of child labor.

Excerpt from The Silversmiths by Leonard Everett Fisher, © 1964
Summary: This nonfiction account helps you appreciate the talent it took to turn bars of silver into treasured household goods.

"Envy" by Yevgeny Yevtushenko
(from Collected Poems, 1952-1990, © 1991)
Summary: This poem describes feelings we may all share.

"The Fate of the Loyalists" by Clorinda Clarke
(from The American Revolution 1775-83, © 1964)
Summary: This nonfiction selection gives the reader a better sense of the wide variety of people who felt that the thirteen colonies would keep America part of the British Empire.

"Concord Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Summary: This poem describes what sparked the flame that began the American Revolution.