Dear America: Like the Willow Tree, The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce (Portland, Maine 1918) by Lois Lowry

Lydia begins her first entry sounding like a rather spoiled young woman. But very soon after, she and her brother lose everything when their parents and baby sister die from the Influenza. Their aunt and uncle, who are burdened with too many children, send Lydia and her brother to live in the Shaker community at … Continue reading Dear America: Like the Willow Tree, The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce (Portland, Maine 1918) by Lois Lowry

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Dear America: When Christmas Comes Again, The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer (New York City to the Western Front, 1917) by Beth Seidel Levine

Simone Spencer is DA's oldest narrator at eighteen years old. Born to a fairly well-to-do family in New York City with an American father and French mother, Simone is bilingual in the English and French languages. After she graduates high school, Simone learns that all American men between the ages of 21 and 30 are … Continue reading Dear America: When Christmas Comes Again, The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer (New York City to the Western Front, 1917) by Beth Seidel Levine

Dear America: A Time for Courage, The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen (Washington, D.C. 1917) by Kathryn Lasky

Kat is a fourteen-year-old girl living in Washington, D.C. in the year of the picket lines for women's suffrage. While Kat's father, a doctor, is more progressive and generally accepting of Kat's mother's picketing and women's rights activism, Kat's Uncle Bayard is a harsh tyrant to his own wife (also a suffragette) and family, and … Continue reading Dear America: A Time for Courage, The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen (Washington, D.C. 1917) by Kathryn Lasky

Dear America: Color Me Dark, The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North (Chicago, Illinois 1919) by Patricia McKissack

Nellie Lee Love lives with her family at their undertaking business in the Corners of Tennessee. The Loves are a close-knit family, and Nellie is especially close with her sister, who is the same age as her most of the year, Erma Jean. One interesting character aspect in this book is that Erma Jean loves … Continue reading Dear America: Color Me Dark, The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North (Chicago, Illinois 1919) by Patricia McKissack

Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic, The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady (RMS Titanic, 1912) by Ellen Emerson White

After tragically losing their parents, Margaret Ann Brady and her brother William are orphaned and penniless on the streets of London. William is hard-pressed to find work, and decides it best for his young sister to be put in the care of the nuns at St. Abernathy's Orphanage, while he voyages to America to find … Continue reading Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic, The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady (RMS Titanic, 1912) by Ellen Emerson White