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A History of US: Liberty for All?: (1820-1860)
Joy Hakim*****Recommended by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as an exemplary informational text.

Early nineteenth century America could just about be summed up by Henry David Thoreau's words when he said, "Eastward I go only by force, but westward I go free." It was an exuberant time for the diverse citizens of the United States, who included a range of folk, from mountain men and railroad builders to whalers and farmers, as they pushed forward into the open frontier and all their hopes and fears are captured in Liberty for All? In addition to colorful accounts of the massive westward migration, the California Gold Rush, a war with Mexico, the Oregon boundary conflict, Texas and the Alamo, Liberty for All? takes a deep look at the issue that began to gnaw at the country's core: How, in the land where "all men are created equal," could there be slaves?

About the Series:
Master storyteller Joy Hakim has excited millions of young minds with the great drama of American history in her award-winning series A History of US. Recommended by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as an exemplary informational text, A History of US weaves together exciting stories that bring American history to life. Hailed by reviewers, historians, educators, and parents for its exciting, thought-provoking narrative, the books have been recognized as a break-through tool in teaching history and critical reading skills to young people. In ten books that span from Prehistory to the 21st century, young people will never think of American history as boring again.
A History of US: The New Nation (1789-1850)
Joy Hakim*****Recommended by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as an exemplary informational text.

Beginning with George Washington's inauguration and continuing into the nineteenth century, The New Nation tells the story of the remarkable challenges that the freshly formed United States faced. Thomas Jefferson's purchase of the Louisiana Territories (bought from France at a mere four cents an acre!), Lewis and Clark's daring expedition through this wilderness, the War of 1812 a.k.a. "Revolutionary War, Part II," Tecumseh's effort to form an Indian confederacy, the growth of Southern plantations, the beginning of the abolitionist movement, and the disgraceful Trail of Tears are just a few of the setbacks, sidetracks, and formidable tasks put in the new nation's path. Master storyteller Joy Hakim weaves these dramatic events and more into a seamless tale that's so exciting, how could it be true? But it is- it's A History of US.
The Bill of Rights
Judith Lloyd Yero*****
The Bill of Rights
Judith Lloyd Yero*****
The Story of Sacajawea: Guide to Lewis and Clark
Della Rowland*****As a young girl, Sacajawea was separated from her family when she was captured by a band of Minnetaree warriors and taken to be their slave. Several years later, she was bought by a French fur trader to be his wife. Then, in 1804, when she was only sixteen years old, Sacajawea met Lewis and Clark.

Carrying her infant son on her back, Sacajawea helped guide the famous team of explorers through the uncharted terrain of the western United States. Her courageous efforts made an important contribution to America's history.
Immigrants: A Library of Congress Book
Martin Sandler*****The Library of Congress, located in Wash., D.C., is often called ''the storehouse of our national memory,'' and is home to the largest collection of knowledge on earth. Here is a fascinating look into the past at some of the most important events in our country's history through the pictures stored in the Library's vast archives. It shows what it was like for people to leave their homelands behind in search of a better life in the U.S., and the struggles they went through once they arrived on these shores through: quotes from immigrants' letters and diaries; vintage photos; posters; and paintings. ''A breathtaking look back through time at the challenges and triumphs of the millions of immigrants who have journeyed to our country.'' Ages 8 and up. Illustrations.
The Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex
Nathaniel Philbrick*****On November 20, 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry whale.  Within minutes, the twenty-one-man crew, including the fourteen-year-old cabin boy Thomas Nickerson, found themselves stranded in three leaky boats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with barely any supplies and little hope.  Three months later, two of the boats were rescued 4,500 miles away, off the coast of South America.  Of the twenty-one castaways, only eight survived, including young Thomas.  Based on his New York Times best-seller In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick recreates the amazing events of the ill-fated Essex through the sailors own first-hand accounts, photos, maps, and artwork, and tells the tale of one of the great true-life adventure stories.
The Santa Fe Trail
Jean F. Blashfield*****
The Santa Fe Trail
Jean F. Blashfield*****Introduces the history and economic purpose of the Santa Fe Trail and the resulting settlement of the Southwest United States.
The Santa Fe Trail
Jean F. Blashfield*****Introduces the history and economic purpose of the Santa Fe Trail and the resulting settlement of the Southwest United States.
Faces of the Frontier
Lorence F. Bjorklund*****A pictoral gallery of the men and women of the American frontier west - the personalities who made it the rough-and-ready, always colorful, and sometimes cruel place it was.
If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln
Ann McGovern*****If you grew up with Abraham Lincoln
—Would you have to work hard?
—What kinds of games would you play?
—What would your school be like?

This book tells you what it was like to grow up on the frontiers of Kentucky and Indiana, in the prairie town of New Salem, Illinois, and in the city of Springfield, Illinois, during the early 1800s.
Buried in Ice: The Mystery of a Lost Arctic Expedition
Owen Beattie, John Geiger*****Luke Smith, a fictional stoker on board one of the ships looking for the fabled Northwest Passage in 1845, tells of the events that befell the two ships, while, 135 years later, an anthropologist unravels the mystery of what happened.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled west in a covered wagon
—Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
—How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
—Without road signs, how would you know where you were?

This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.
Irish Immigration
Murray Pile*****Immigration to the United States explains the immigration experience of four different groups of people, the Irish, the Chinese, Mexicans and German-Jews. The theme explores some of the reasons people immigrate, the challenges they face and how immigrants influence the life and culture of their new home. Students use the specific content and vocabulary within the book to discuss and examine these big ideas, or key concepts.
Irish Immigration
Murray Pile*****
Irish Immigration
Murray Pile*****
Irish Immigration
Murray Pile*****
The West
Giovanni Carrada*****See the American West as you have never seen it before—from prehistoric times to the present day. The animal and plant life, the landscapes, and the peoples that inhabit the region are captured in stunning detail.
California Gold Rush
Peter Roop, Connie Roop*****Learn what "gold fever" means, who the "forty-niners" were, what "claim-jumping" is, and more. The Scholastic History Readers series was created especially for kids in grades 2 and 3, ages 7 and 8, who are comfortable reading alone. Clearly leveled texts have been formulated by a reading specialist to match developing skills. These reader-friendly books are illustrated with outstanding photographs that help to make history real. Each book has been checked by an expert for historical accuracy, and each includes a chronology, glossary, and index.
The California Gold Rush
Jean F. Blashfield*****
The California Gold Rush
Jean F. Blashfield*****Describes adventures and disasters in the lives of people who rushed to the gold mines of California in 1848 and explains how this event sparked the state's development.
The California Gold Rush
Jean F. Blashfield*****Describes adventures and disasters in the lives of people who rushed to the gold mines of California in 1848 and explains how this event sparked the state's development.
Two Tickets to Freedom: The True Story of Ellen and William Craft, Fugitive Slaves
Florence B. Freedman*****A true story of William and Ellen Craft, fugitive slaves. A light skinned female slave dresses in men's clothes and buys a train ticket for herself (a slave) and her husband who she says is her slave. An exciting true story.
Two Tickets to Freedom: The True Story of Ellen and William Craft, Fugitive Slaves
Florence B. Freedman*****A True story of William and Ellen Craft, Fugitive Slaves. A light skinned female slave dresses in mens clothes and buys a train ticket for herself (a slave) and her husbandwho she says is her slave. AN exciting story.
You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?
Jean Fritz*****
You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?
Jean Fritz*****Who says women shouldn't speak in public? And why can't they vote? These are questions Elizabeth Cady Stanton grew up asking herself. Her father believed that girls didn't count as much as boys, and her own husband once got so embarrassed when she spoke at a convention that he left town. Luckily Lizzie wasn't one to let society stop her from fighting for equality for everyone. And though she didn't live long enough to see women get to vote, our entire country benefited from her fight for women's rights. "Fritz?imparts not just a sense of Stanton's accomplishments but a picture of the greater society Stanton strove to change?.Highly entertaining and enlightening." — Publishers Weekly (starred review) "This objective depiction of AStanton's? life and times?makes readers feel invested in her struggle." — School Library Journal (starred review) "An accessible, fascinating portrait." — The Horn Book
If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled on the Underground Railroad
—Where was the safest place to go?
—Would you wear a disguise?
—What would you do when you were free?

This book tells you what it was like to be a slave trying to escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled on the Underground Railroad
—Where was the safest place to go?
—Would you wear a disguise?
—What would you do when you were free?

This book tells you what it was like to be a slave trying to escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled on the Underground Railroad
—Where was the safest place to go?
—Would you wear a disguise?
—What would you do when you were free?

This book tells you what it was like to be a slave trying to escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled on the Underground Railroad
—Where was the safest place to go?
—Would you wear a disguise?
—What would you do when you were free?

This book tells you what it was like to be a slave trying to escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad
Ellen Levine*****If you traveled on the Underground Railroad
—Where was the safest place to go?
—Would you wear a disguise?
—What would you do when you were free?

This book tells you what it was like to be a slave trying to escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.