Form and Content

(Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction)

In Liberators of Latin America, Bob and Jan Young provide comprehensive descriptions of the lives of nine heroes in the struggles for freedom within various parts of Latin America. The introductory chapter of the book provides an overview of the historic and political situations in America, England, Spain, and France that influenced the several Latin American countries to seek their freedom. A map of the “major political divisions in Latin America before the battles for independence” is included in the front of the book, and a map of Latin America as of 1970 is included at the back. Black-and-white photographs enhance the text and provide portraits, usually military style, of the major revolutionary heroes. The final chapter sums up the events in the revolutionary movement in Latin America and brings those events up to date (as of 1970), including the beginning of the Organization of American States (OAS). A helpful, comprehensive index is also included.

The Youngs describe each liberator in a separate chapter that provides an accurate insight into his positive leadership abilities. Only the portions of the hero’s child-hood and family life that influenced his goals and values are included. Each chapter focuses on why the liberator decided to join the revolution and on the triumphs and hardships that influenced that conflict’s final outcome. The language is concise and accurate enough to give the necessary historical details in a limited...

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