Alvin York worried his mother. He drank, he cussed, he gambled and fought. He only had a third grade education. What would become of him?
As time went on however, Alvin saw the error of his ways, found God, and became a pacifist--vowing to never fight again. So how did this man became America's "One Man Army" during World War I? Sergeant York and the Great War by Tom Skeyhill is a first hand account of a poor family, a boy turning into a man, a great battle, and the Congressional Medal of Honor.
This is a story and a half! Grandma Cathy first gave me this book and I love it, my kids love it and they learn character through this diary full of Tennessee twang, shooting contests, homesteading, and fighting in Europe. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and this story certainly fits that bill. In a world where we watch movies about fictional heros, introduce this real hero to your family today!
-Watch the movie of the same name with Gary Cooper.
-What did Alvin mean by "It's the greatest victory I ever won. It's much harder to whip yourself than to whip the other fellow..." pg.60
-Why did Alvin mourn his lack of an education? What did he decide to do about it?
-Though he didn't go to school often, Alvin was educated somewhere else. What did he learn?
-How do our habits dictate our future? For example, during the battle, Alvin followed his turkey shooting habits.
-How did Alvin show humility after the war?
Community Question: When you read books with dialects, do you start thinking in the dialect that you've been reading, like I do?
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