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Fritz, Jean
New York : Putnams's Sons, 1999
IL 3-6  RL 5.0
ISBN 039923411X
His full name was Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de la Lafayette. But no one called him that. His family called him Gilbert and the boys at school called him Blondinet, even though he had red hair. Americans just knew him as Lafayette. When he was 16 he married a 14-year-old girl, but Lafayette was bored with life. By the time he was 19 he knew what he wanted to do: fight alongside the American Colonists in their war of independence. He left France and joined the troops that were led by George Washington. Washington and Lafayette became very good friends. Washington treated Lafayette like a son. Lafayette always fought bravely. He also was an excellent leader for his troops. After the war, Lafayette returned to France and tried to convince the people that they could be free and independent like the Americans. However, his efforts landed him in jail for five years. Eventually, he was freed and he headed back to America as the "Nation’s Guest". Americans loved him and for a year the country celebrated Lafayette’s return and people from everywhere came out to greet him. He visited every state and was greeted with parades, speeches, receptions, and parties. Lafayette’s motto was "Why not?" because he never accepted "No" for an answer. Do you know what Lafayette’s connection with the Bunker Hill Monument is? After reading this book you will know some amazing facts about Lafayette.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)
SUBJECTS:     United States. Army -- Biography
                        United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Biography
                        Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834


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