Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How ‘America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman’ Helped Win Our Independence

· Past Times Press · Narrated by Dorothea Jensen
35 min
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About this audiobook

FINALIST: 2020 Independent Author Network "Book of the Year," Award in both Young Adult Non-Fiction and History Non-Fiction * * *

". . .a perfect example of how a writer can make history/learning history fun. . .the accompanying art is wonderful"--David Bruce Smith, author of Abigail and John, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, and co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize

"An ode to the great Lafayette, beautifully told and richly illustrated..." --Alan R. Hoffman, Translator, Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States, and President, The American Friends of Lafayette.

"A great addition to the [Lafayette] canon" --Diane Shaw, Director Emerita of Special Collections & College Archives, Lafayette College

Inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON, and by Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," author Dorothea Jensen wrote this short rhyming narrative about the Marquis de Lafayette and his crucial role in our Revolutionary War. This playful historical account is aimed at young and older adults. It would be entertaining and educational to perform in a classroom or other settings, such as events celebrating the upcoming bicentennial of Lafayette's 1824-5 Farewell Tour of America.

A Few Things You Will Learn from this Book:

  • Who the unlikely person was who inspired Lafayette to help America
  • How Lafayette's powerful father-in-law tried to discourage his plan
  • Why such a high rank was given to an inexperienced 19-year-old
  • How Lafayette helped strengthen the crucial French Alliance
  • What Lafayette's key successes were as a military commander in America

About the author

A former English teacher, Dorothea Jensen earned a BA in English Literature at Carleton College and an MA in Education at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of two award-winning MG/YA historical novels about the American Revolution: The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, and A Buss from Lafayette. (She co-authored a teacher's guide for the latter work.) She also has written a series of modern Christmas stories in verse about the high-tech, 21st century, Santa's Izzy Elves. During the 2020 COVID shutdown, inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON, she combined her knowledge of history with her delight in versifying to create a unique rhyming history for teens: Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman Helped Win Our Independence. To learn more, visit

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