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What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?

by Judith St. George & Tim Foley

When Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the "Corp of Discovery" left St. Louis, Missouri, on May 21, 1804, their mission was to explore the vast, unknown territory acquired a year earlier in the Louisiana...


What Is the Statue of Liberty?

by Joan Holub, Scott Anderson & John Hinderliter

In 1876, France decided to give the United States a very big and very special present--the Statue of Liberty. The gift was to commemorate the 100th birthday of the United States, and just packing it was no small...


A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery

by Albert Marrin

John Brown is a man of many legacies, from hero, freedom fighter, and martyr, to liar, fanatic, and "the father of American terrorism." Some have said that it was his seizure of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry...


Who Was Louis Braille?

by Margaret Frith, Robert Squier & Scott Anderson

Louis Braille certainly wasn't your average teenager. Blind from the age of four, he was only fifteen when in 1824 he invented a reading system that converted printed words into columns of raised dots. Through...


Cause: Reconstruction America 1863-1877

by Tonya Bolden

After the destruction of the Civil War, the United States faced the immense challenge of rebuilding a ravaged South and incorporating millions of freed slaves into the life of the nation. On April 11, 1865,...


Our Kansas Home

by Deborah Hopkinson & Patrick Faricy

Danger Close To Home

Papa is in danger for helping to rescue a free-state settler who was unjustly arrested by Kansas's proslavery sheriff. He has gone into hiding, and Momma and the Keller children are alone...


What Was the Underground Railroad?

by Yona Zeldis Mcdonough, Lauren Mortimer & James Bennett

No one knows where the term Underground Railroad came from--there were no trains or tracks, only "conductors" who helped escaping slaves to freedom. Including real stories about "passengers" on the "Railroad,"...


Sailors, Whalers, Fantastic Sea Voyages: An Activity Guide to North American Sailing Life

by Valerie Petrillo

Children are fascinated with sailing ships, lighthouses, whaling, shipwrecks, and mutinies, and these 50-plus activities will provide them with a boatful of fun. This activity guide shows kids what life was...


Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

by Penny Colman

In the Spring of 1851 two women met on a street corner in Seneca Falls, New York—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a thirty-five year old mother of four boys, and Susan B. Anthony, a thirty-one year old, unmarried,...


What Was the Alamo?

by Meg Belviso, Pam Pollack & David Groff

"Remember the Alamo!" is still a rallying cry more than 175 years after the siege in Texas, where a small band of men held off about two thousand soldiers of the Mexican Army for twelve days. The Alamo was a...


The True Story Behind Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

by Jennifer Armstrong & Albert Lorenz

Four score and seven years ago...

So begins one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States -- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Given on a cold November day, it wasn't much of a...


The Wright Brothers for Kids: How They Invented the Airplane, 21 Activities Exploring the Science and History of Flight

by Mary Kay Carson

This activity book tells the amazing true story of how two bicycle-making brothers from Ohio, with no more than high-school educations, accomplished a feat that forever changed the world. At a time when most...


Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves as Told By Themselves

by Yuval Taylor

Ten slaves—all under the age of 19—tell stories of enslavement, brutality, and dreams of freedom in this collection culled from full-length autobiographies. These accounts, selected to help teenagers relate...


What Was the Gold Rush?

by Joan Holub & Tim Tomkinson

In 1848, gold was discovered in California, attracting over 300,000 people from all over the world, some who struck it rich and many more who didn't. Hear the stories about the gold-seeking "forty-niners!" With...


Lincoln's Last Days

by Bill O'Reilly & Dwight Jon Zimmerman

Lincoln's Last Days is a gripping account of one of the most dramatic nights in American history—of how one gunshot changed the country forever. Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's bestselling historical thriller,...


Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship

by Russell Freedman

Newbery Medal winner Russell Freedman recounts Abraham Lincoln's brief friendship with African American leader Frederick Douglass narrated against the backdrop of Civil War-era race relations and politics....


Frederick Douglass for Kids: His Life and Times, with 21 Activities

by Nancy I. I. Sanders

Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a bestselling...


Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote, 21 Activities

by Kerrie Logan Logan Hollihan

Though the Declaration of Independence stated that “all men are created equal,” married women and girls in the early days of the United States had few rights. For better or worse, their lives were controlled...


The Oregon Trail: The Journey Across the Country From Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad With 25 Projects

by Karen Bush Gibson & Tom Casteel

Westward ho! If you travel across certain parts of the United States, you can still see wagon wheel ruts where people crossed the west in search of more opportunity and better lives more than 200 years ago!...


Her Right Foot

by Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris

If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty. Have you seen her?

She's in New York.

She's holding a torch.

And she's taking one step forward.

But why?

In this fascinating,...