Chapter by Chapter Summary
Chapter One: Double Dutch
Chapter Two: Sunshine
Chapter Three: Bitter Medicine
Chapter Four: Brotherly Love
Chapter Five: Changes in the Wind
Looking Back: Growing Up in 1864
Discusses childhood and growing up during the Civil War. Topics covered:
- Childbirth in slave families, and the lack of knowledge about good health and medical care to prevent childbirth deaths for both the newborns and their mothers.
- Older girls and elderly women having to take care of infants while their mothers worked in the fields.
- Friendships between slave children and the master's children, with most friendships ending as the children grew up and their lives became more separate.
- The games and toys slave children played when they didn't work
- Brer Rabbit, whose stories were based from African tales and are considered as an important part of American folklore.
- Slaves developing their own marriage customs, despite laws that made marriage between slaves illegal.
- The education of free Black children in the North, where they were not required by law to attend school.
- Black teenagers facing prejudice from white employers while looking for jobs to help support their families.
- Girls and women who helped the war effort by preparing food and clothing for soldiers and raising money to help wounded soldiers.
- Reasons why many children celebrated the end of the Civil War.
Items associated with Happy Birthday, Addy!
- Birthday Pinafore and Snood
- Songbird and Sweets
- Ice Cream Freezer
- Lazy Susan Table and Chairs
- Addy's Party Treats
- Ironstone Compote Set
Portions of Chapter Three and Four, titled "Bitter Medicine and Brotherly Love", were excerpted in American Girl Magazine Sept/Oct 1994.