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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Battle of Gettysburg Through Primary Sources

by Carin T. Ford

"This nation . . . shall have a new birth of freedom." President Abraham Lincoln delivered these words in his Gettysburg Address, a speech commemorating the fallen soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg. The three-day...


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...


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...


Rugged Gold Miners: True Tales of the Wild West

by Jeff Savage

On a frigid day in Coloma, California, James Marshall's heart pounded. An excitable man, he held a shiny, metal nugget in his hand. Could this be gold? To test the metal, he hammered it with a rock. It flattened...


Fearless Scouts: True Tales of the Wild West

by Jeff Savage

Kit Carson aimed his rifle and fired, killing an elk. The young scout walked over to bag his prize. Without warning, two grizzly bears emerged from the trees. Carson managed to escape the bears but lost the...


Pioneering Women: True Tales of the Wild West

by Jeff Savage

"A six shooter makes all men and women equal." Agnes Morley not only coined this phrase, but also backed it up by carrying a gun. While many women in the Wild West did not carry a gun, Morley's quote represented...


American Cowboys: True Tales of the Wild West

by Jeff Savage

James McCauley stood watch over his herd of cattle in the midnight darkness. Storm clouds plastered the sky. Suddenly, a clap of thunder stirred the cattle. Frightened by the loud sound, the cattle were off...


Quick-Draw Gunfighters: True Tales of the Wild West

by Jeff Savage

Jesse James. Billy the Kid. Butch Cassidy. When these bold men walked into town with six-shooters in their holsters, most people fled quickly. That is, except for the lawmen willing to take them on. Although...


Daring Pony Express Riders: True Tales of the Wild West

by Jeff Savage

Pony Bob had traveled more than a hundred miles. Exhausted, he still kept moving. As a Pony Express rider, he had mail to deliver. Suddenly, he heard yelling. A group of Paiute warriors were chasing him! Bullets...


Surviving the Oregon Trail: Stories in American History

by Rebecca Stefoff

In the nineteenth century, over half a million men, women and children traveled west on the Oregon Trail. Stretching two thousand miles from Independence Missouri, to the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Trail...


Buffalo Bill Cody: Courageous Wild West Showman

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

Buffalo Bill rode his speedy horse toward a herd of buffalo. With careful aim, Bill dropped a buffalo with one shot. Before the day ended, he bagged ten more. In less than eighteen months, he had killed thousands....


Davy Crockett: Courageous Hero of the Alamo

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

Hopelessly outnumbered, Davy Crockett and the defenders of the Alamo rallied around the battle cry, "Victory or Death!" The courageous Texans chose to defend the fort in San Antonio against more than two thousand...


Brigham Young: Courageous Mormon Leader

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

Angry mobs had forced Brigham Young and his fellow Mormons out of Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. As leader of the Mormon Church, Young needed a safe place for his followers to live and worship freely. So with...


Richard King: Courageous Texas Cattleman

by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green

In the broiling heat of Texas, Richard King built an empire. Before he arrived in Texas, cattle ranching barely existed in the United States. Although it was a hostile land of sand and brush, King saw an opportunity...