On July 19 I posted an article entitled “Independence Month” on the Mad About MG History website. No such “month” exists, of course; but, I pointed out that two of the world’s greatest democracies celebrate their independence from tyrannical monarchs during July. The US celebrates on July 4th and France on July 14th.
You can read the article by following this link: http://madaboutmghistory.blogspot.com/
In the article I recommend several books for middle-grade students about the struggles for independence, including what I consider to be the best historical novel ever written for younger readers: Johnny Tremain.