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My Brother Sam is Dead
The book I chose to do for my historical fiction project was “My Brother Same is Dead” by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier. In this book, the historical event associated with it was the American Revolution. I chose this book because I have always had a great fondness and fascination with the American Revolution and wanted to learn more about it.

The historical event associated with my book was the American Revolution. This war was fought between the Patriots (or the Americans who wanted independence from Britain) vs. the Loyalist (or the British and the Americans who supported Britain). The first shot fired which began the war on April 19, 1775 at the battle of Lexington and Concord and the Treaty of Paris officially ended the war on April 17, 1783. The war was fought throughout the 13 colonies. For example, the battle of Saratoga and Long Island were fought in New York and the battle Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill were fought in Massachusetts. Some causes of the war were the Boston Massacre when the Americans were harassing the British soldiers and also the Intolerable Acts. The Continental Congress sent the Olive Branch Petition to King George III to have him abolish the Intolerable Act which made the king even more mad; which made him send his British troops over to the American colonies to fight. Thus, the beginning of the American Revolution has begun.

In the book “My Brother Sam is Dead”, the main characters are Tim and Sam Meeker. They both live in the town of Redding, Connecticut at this time. Tim Meeker is a 14-year old boy who is protective about his family and is very confident about himself. He is also someone who admires and looks up to his older brother Sam. Sam is a high-strung, 16-year old boy who enlisted in the continental army to fight against the Loyalist in the American Revolution. Tim always looked up to his older brother Sam. Once Sam joined the continental army, Tim had to do more work at...