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In the 1800s, January 8th Day parades commemorating the Battle of New Orleans were big events in the city of New Orleans. One of the popular attractions in the parade was Jordan Noble, an African American drummer who played his drum in three American wars, including serving under Gen. Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans. "Old Jordan," as he was affectionately known, tells his story to young readers in this rhyming picture storybook.
"The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer's Story" explains the important role that a drummer played during wartime. Beating his drum over the din of battle, his rhythms served to inspire and unify the soldiers. This perspective of what some might consider a minor role makes this picture book a unique testament to wartime heroes of all kinds.
A glossary of terms is included in the back of the book, defining words like "artillery," "reveille," and "Congo Square," a public square in New Orleans where African slaves and free people of color gathered on Sunday afternoons to play musical instruments, sing, and dance.
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