1789: Twelve Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change

About the Book

The year 1789 was a year that saw many chal­lenges to how many peo­ple viewed the world.  Twelve award-win­ning authors each con­tributed a chap­ter that fea­tures a person/persons or event that changed the way peo­ple thought. Sal­ly turned to one of her favorite topics—geology—and told the sto­ry of James Hut­ton. Known today as the Father of Geol­o­gy, Hut­ton rocked the sci­en­tif­ic world (pun intend­ed) when he pre­sent­ed his the­o­ry that Earth was far old­er than the 6,000 years, the gen­er­al­ly accept­ed sci­ence in 1789.


  • Amy Alz­nauer
  • Marc Aron­son
  • Susan Camp­bell Bartoletti
  • Sum­mer Edward
  • Karen Engel­mann
  • Joyce Hansen
  • Cyn­thia and San­ford Levinson
  • Steve Sheinkin
  • Tanya Lee Stone
  • Christo­pher Turner
  • Sal­ly M. Walker

Awards and Recognition

  • Junior Library Guild selection


“Each chap­ter is thought­ful­ly writ­ten and thor­ough­ly researched, with exten­sive author notes, end­notes, and a bibliography…Another thor­ough­ly engross­ing look at a piv­otal year.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“Aron­son and Bar­to­let­ti (1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebel­lion, Rev­o­lu­tion, and Change) offer a time­ly deep dive into anoth­er tur­bu­lent and piv­otal year of his­to­ry: 1789…The con­ver­sa­tion­al nar­ra­tive styles will pull read­ers into this wide-rang­ing, thor­ough­ly researched anthol­o­gy, which recounts rev­o­lu­tions and rev­o­lu­tion­ary think­ing big and small. Exten­sive author and source notes and a bib­li­og­ra­phy con­clude this stir­ring read about themes that con­tin­ue to shape urgent con­tem­po­rary issues. (Pub­lish­ers Week­ly Online, starred review)


edit­ed by Marc Aron­son and
Susan Camp­bell Bar­to­let­ti
Can­dlewick Press, Sept 2020
hard­cov­er: 978–1536208733
208 pages, ages 12 and up

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