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Unit 1: The United States: Past and Present



Who Belongs Here? An American Story
by Margy B. Knight and Anne S. O'Brien
Tilbury, 1993 (40p)
The experiences of a new Cambodian refugee boy causes everyone in his school to stop and think about where other Americans originally came from.

by Angela Shelf Medearis
Holiday, 1997 (32p)
A young girl describes the street sounds in her hometown of New Orleans: street venders, chimney sweeps, and a musical funeral procession.

If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island
by Ellen Levine
Scholastic, 1993 (80p) also paper
Information about immigration and Ellis Island is provided by several Americans who arrived in this country via Ellis Island.

Grandfather's Journey
by Allen Say
Houghton Mifflin, 1993 (32p)
Caldecott Medal winner Say relates his grandfather's cross-cultural experiences living in Japan and in America, which strongly resemble his own.

by Martin W. Sandler
Harper, 1995 (92p)
Over one hundred photographs from the Library of Congress illustrate this book reflecting the experiences of immigrants mostly between the years 1870 and 1920.

From Map to Museum: Uncovering Mysteries of the Past
by Joan Anderson
Morrow, 1988 (64p)
Using the archaeological dig at St. Catherine's Island, Georgia, the author details how artifacts find their way to museums.

The Ancient Splendor of Prehistoric Cahokia
by Sidney Denny and Ernest L. Schusky
Ozark, 1997 (41p)
The authors describe the archaeological finds and the layout of the Cahokia Mounds in southern Illinois, created by prehistoric North American Indians.


Destination New Orleans
by Martin Hintz
Lerner, 1997 (80p)
In a series that focuses on America's port cities, this book explains the history and importance of shipping in the New Orleans area. See also Destination Duluthand Destination Los Angeles.

by Laurence Yep
Putnam, 1996 (192p)
Robin Lee is resentful at having to give up her ballet lessons when money is needed to bring her grandmother from China.

Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse
by Walter Dean Myers
Harper, 1993 (40p) also paper
Myers has written verses to accompany this collection of turn-of-the-century photos of African American children.

In Search of the Grand Canyon: Down the Colorado with John Wesley Powell
by Mary Ann Fraser
Holt, 1995 (70p)
In 1896, Major John Wesley Powell and his nine-man crew set out to explore the previously uncharted Colorado River, a dangerous journey on which they encountered rapids, whirlpools, and falls.

The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde
by Caroline Arnold
Houghton Mifflin, 1992 (64p)
Colorful photos accompany the clearly written and thoroughly researched text.

by Eleanor H. Ayer
Walker, 1993
The author discusses what is known about how the Anasazi lived and speculates on what may have happened to them.

Spring Across America
by Seymour Simon
Hyperion, 1996 (32p)
Noted science writer Simon uses fascinating facts and colorful photographs to present the beauty of spring all across America. See also Autumn Across Americaand Winter Across Americaby the same author.

Summer of Fire: Yellowstone, 1988
by Patricia Lauber
Orchard, 1991 (64p)
These destructive fires sparked a continuing debate about whether forest fires should be fought or accepted as an inevitable and necessary change in forest cycles of growth.


The Earliest Americans
by Helen Roney Sattler
Clarion, 1993 (128p)
Scientific evidence is offered to support theories about the origins of the earliest peoples in the Americas.

The Boston Massacre
by Bonnie L. Lukes
Lucent, 1998 (128p)
Taunted by Boston mobs, British soldiers fired into a crowd, killing six, and were later tried in one of the most dramatic trials in the country's history.

Baseball in April and Other Stories
by Gary Soto
Harcourt, 1990 (125p) also paper
In this collection of short stories, the author tells what it was like growing up Mexican American in Fresno, California. Available in Spanish as Béisbol en abril y otras historias.


Lasting Echoes: An Oral History of Native American People
by Joseph Bruchac
Harcourt, 1997 (176p)
Bruchac tells of his fellow Native Americans, their respect and love of the land, their traditions, and how their lives changed forever with the colonization of America.

From Sea to Shining Sea: A Treasury of American Folklore and Folk Songs
selected by Amy Cohn
Scholastic, 1993 (416p)
A glorious collection of songs, poems, folktales, and essays tells the history of America and the colorful mosaic of its people.


The Serpent's Tongue: Prose, Poetry, and Art of the New Mexico Pueblos
edited by Nancy Wood
Dutton, 1997 (256p)
This anthology, containing works by Simon Ortiz, Leslie Marmon Silko, Barry Lopez and others, is a rich introduction to more than five hundred years of Pueblo culture in the Southwest.



The Pacific Edge 20 min.
National Geographic, 1989

Discover the World: All About Maps 18 min.
Sunburst Communications, 1998


GTV: A Geographic Perspective on American History (Computer-Interactive Videodisc)
National Geographic, 1990

An Odyssey of Discovery™: Geography of Earth (CD-ROM)
Pierian Spring, 1998

An Odyssey of Discovery™: Mapping Concepts (CD-ROM)
Pierian Spring, 1998

Ellis Island (CD-ROM)
Museum Madness™
MECC, 1995

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Unit 2: Exploring and Settling the United States



Stories on Stone: Rock Art Images From the Ancient Ones
by Jennifer Owings Dewey
Little, 1996 (32p)
Dewey discusses the Anazasi petroglyphs and pictographs she saw as a child in the southwest and ponders their meanings.

Father Sky, Mother Earth: The Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest
by David Lavender
Holiday, 1998 (96p)
This photo-essay focuses on the Anazasi and their descendents.

Across the Wide Dark Sea: The Mayflower Journey
by Jean Van Leeuwen
Dial, 1995 (32p)
Based on entries from William Bradford's diary, this is the story of a young boy and his father who sail from England on theMayflowerin 1620.


Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs: Digging into Southwest Archaeology
by Susan E. Goodman
Atheneum, 1998 (48p)
A group of students travel to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center to find out more about the Anasazi who once lived in the area.

Morning Girl
by Michael Dorris
Hyperion, 1992 (80p) paper
In this portrait of a Native American family, a young Taino girl meets Columbus's landing party off her Bahamian island. Available in Spanish as Tainos.

N. C. Wyeth's Pilgrims
by Robert San Souci
Chronicle, 1991 (40p)
Reproductions of Wyeth's murals of Plymouth Colony are accompanied by San Souci's text that clears up some misconceptions. Available in Spanish as Peregrinos de N. C. Wyeth.

Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times
by Kate Waters
Scholastic, 1996 (40p)
Photographed at Plimoth Plantation, this photo-essay re-enacts the life of Tapenum, who is training to become a pniese,a special warrior prince.

A Lion to Guard Us
by Clyde Robert Bulla
Harper, 1981 (128p) also paper
In this classic story based on fact, three impoverished children in London find a way to sail to Jamestown in search of their father.

The Iroquois
by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Holiday, 1995 (32p)
The author details the history, beliefs, and daily ways of life of the Iroquois. See also The Siouxand The Seminolesby the same author.

African-Americans in the Thirteen Colonies
by Deborah Kent
Childrens, 1996 (32p)
The author presents an overview of the lives and achievements of both free and enslaved African Americans.


Discovering Christopher Columbus: How History Is Invented
by Kathy Pelta
Lerner, 1991 (96p)
The author explains how and why many now see Columbus's accomplishments in both a positive and a negative light.

Archaeology for Young Explorers: Uncovering History at Colonial Williamsburg
by Patricia Samford and David L. Ribblet
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1995 (68p)
The authors tell of recent discoveries made during excavations at Williamsburg.


The Mud Family
by Betsy James
Oxford U., 1998 (32p)
In this Anasazi story, Sosi tries to bring rain with her dancing so her family will not have to leave their home where the corn is dying from a drought.

A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Patience Whipple, Mayflower 1620
by Kathryn Lasky
Scholastic, 1996 (173p)
Patience writes in her diary about her mother's illness and death aboard theMayflowerand about her new friends and later contacts with Native Americans at Plimoth Plantation.

Pilgrim Voices: Our First Year in the New World
by Peter and Connie Roop
Walker, 1995 (48p) also paper
Eyewitness accounts taken from actual Pilgrim diaries reveal an arduous and harrowing first year.


The Discoverers of America
by Harold Faber
Atheneum, 1992 (290p)
Faber looks at all the discoverers of America, from the Native Americans believed to have crossed the Bering Strait through the Vikings and European explorers.

Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early America
by Gary Nash
Prentice-Hall, 1991 (340p)
The author explores relations among ethnic groups.



American Indians: A Brief History 22 min.
National Geographic, 1985

Indians of the Southeast 20 min.
Native American Series
Barr Films, 1991

Native Americans: People of the Desert 24 min.
Rainbow Educational Media, 1993

Native Americans: People of the Forest 25 min.
Rainbow Educational Media, 1993

A Field Trip to Yesterday: Plimoth Plantation 18 min.
Sunburst Communications, 1997

Pilgrims at Plymouth 23 min.
Barr Films, 1991

Discover the World: All About Maps 18 min.
Sunburst Communications, 1998

Stories of Invention and Ingenuity, Vol. I and Vol. II 30 min. each
American Discovery Series
Sunburst Communications, 1995


An Odyssey of Discovery™: Mapping Concepts (CD-ROM)
Pierian Spring, 1998

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Unit 3: Life in the English Colonies



The Jamestown Colony
by Gail Sakurai
Childrens, 1997 (32p)
This account of the first permanent English settlement in the new world makes reference to all the disasters and tragedies the settlers suffered.

N. C. Wyeth's Pilgrims
by Robert San Souci
Chronicle, 1991 (40p)
Reproductions of Wyeth's murals of Plymouth Colony are accompanied by San Souci's text that clears up some misconceptions. Available in Spanish as Peregrinos de N. C. Wyeth.

Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams
by Avi
Harper, 1997 (48p)
Avi's easy-to-read book tells the true story of Williams, who was forced to leave the Massachusetts Bay Colony and then, with help from the Narragansett Indians, founded Providence, Rhode Island.

The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689
by Betsy Maestro
Lothrop, 1998 (48p)
Within sixty years of the Pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth, Americans had started public education, founded a college, built thriving seaports, printed books, minted coins, and started a postal service.

African-Americans in the Thirteen Colonies
by Deborah Kent
Childrens, 1996 (32p)
The author presents an overview of pre-Revolutionary War social conditions and achievements of both free and enslaved African Americans.


The Double Life of Pocahontas
by Jean Fritz
Viking, 1987 (96p)
This biography of Pocahontas emphasizes her adulation of John Smith, the roles she played in two different cultures, and the exploitation she suffered.

Growing Up in Colonial America
by Tracy Barrett
Millbrook, 1995
Diaries and letters provide firsthand accounts of what life was like for children in the colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The Cabinetmakers
by Leonard Everett Fisher
Benchmark, 1996 (48p)
This title and others in Fishers Colonial Craftsmen series show in detail the work done by craftsmen and professionals in colonial times. See also The Doctors, The Glassmakers, The Schoolmasters,and The Silversmiths.

Sarah Anne Hartford: Massachusetts, 1651
by Kathleen Duey
Aladdin, 1996 (141p) paper
Sarah is a 12-year-old Puritan girl who broke the Sabbath and must decide what to do when someone else is accused in her place.

The Salem Witch Trials
by Lori Lee Wilson
Lerner, 1997 (112p)
The author explains why twenty people, mostly women, were put to death during the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in 1692.


The Paradox of Jamestown: Freedom and Slavery in the Virginia Colony
by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier
Cavendish, 1998
The authors examine the reasons for the establishment of Jamestown and the evolution of slavery in it.

Two Mighty Rivers: Son of Pocahontas
by Mari Dunagan Hanes
Questar, 1996 (163p)
Hanes chronicles the life of Thomas Pepsicanough Rolfe from his youth in Scotland and England to his return to Virginia to find his Algonquin relatives.

by Paul Fleischman
Harper, 1990 (113p)
Working as an apprentice to a printer, a fourteen-year-old Narragansett boy searches for his twin brother in Boston in 1681.


Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth
by Patricia Clapp
Bedrick, 1993
Based on the lives of actual people, this book in diary form records seven years in Constance Hopkins's life, from her days onboard the Mayflowerto her marriage to Nicholas Snow.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare
Houghton Mifflin, 1959 (144p) also paper
In this classic story, Kit Tyler is the target of fear and anger when she befriends an old woman accused of witchcraft.


A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony
by John Demos
Oxford U., 1971 paper The author describes Pilgrim society by exploring two generations of families from the Mayflower.

Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture
by Jack Greene
U. of North Carolina, 1988 paper
The book discusses the emergence of an American culture in colonial times.



What is a Democracy? 18 min.
My America Series
Sunburst Communications, 1994

Colonizing North America: Early Settlements 18 min.
Colonial and Founding Period Series
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1990

Colonial America: Life in the Maturing Colonies 17 min.
Colonial and Founding Period Series
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1991


Salem Witch Trials (CD-ROM)
Museum Madness™
MECC, 1995

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Unit 4: The Struggle for Independence



The Boston Tea Party
by Steven Kroll
Holiday, 1998 (32p)
This book presents a well-researched account of the events on December 16, 1773, that changed the course of American history.

Young George Washington: The Making of a Hero
by John Rosenberg
Millbrook, 1997 (128p)
The author offers a fictionalized account of the early life of the man who became a Revolutionary War leader and President of the United States.

African-Americans in the Thirteen Colonies
by Deborah Kent
Childrens, 1996 (32p)
Presented here is an overview of pre-Revolutionary social conditions and achievements of both free and enslaved African Americans.

Soaring with the Wind: The Bald Eagle
by Gail Gibbons
Morrow, 1998 (32p)
The emblem of the United States since 1782, the bald eagle is now endangered and the object of nationwide efforts to save it.


A Multicultural Portrait of the American Revolution
by Frank Zell
Benchmark, 1995 (80p)
This well-researched book focuses on the prejudices and stereotyping that people overcame in order to make valuable contributions to the war effort.

Those Remarkable Women of the American Revolution
by Karen Zeinert
Millbrook, 1996 (96p)
During the Revolution, women made their presence felt in print, on the home front, and on the battlefield.

A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy
by Jim Murphy
Clarion, 1996 (112p)
Fifteen-year-old Joseph Plumb Martin enlists in the Revolutionary Army and fights alongside Washington, Lafayette, and Steuben.

The Revolutionary Soldier, 1775-1783
by C. Keith Wilbur
Chelsea, 1997 (96p)
Part of the Illustrated Living History series, this book explores a Revolutionary soldier's life, weapons, and uniforms.

The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart
by Kristiana Gregory
Scholastic, 1996 (174p)
In her diary, a young girl recounts how she and her family helped George Washington at Valley Forge.

The Great Little Madison
by Jean Fritz
Putnam, 1989 (160p)
The author's exceptional book on Madison focuses on his personal and political lives and his determination to make the Constitution work.

Old Ironsides: America Builds a Fighting Ship
by David Weitzman
Houghton Mifflin, 1997 (32p)
Using historical facts, black-and-white drawings, and a fictional eyewitness, Weitzman tells the story of the first frigate in the American Navy, the U. S. S. Constitution, later nicknamed "Old Ironsides."


Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheately
by Ann Rinaldi
Harcourt, 1996 (338p)
This historical novel relates the life of the enslaved woman who became America's first African American poet.

Samuel Adams: The Father of American Independence
by Dennis Fradin
Clarion, 1998 (192p)
The author offers an insightful biography of the man who became known as the Father of the American Revolution.

Revolutionary Citizens: African Americans, 1776-1804
by Daniel C. Littlefield
Oxford, 1997 (144p)
This volume from the Young Oxford History of African Americans series focuses on social and economic progress and includes archival photographs.

Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution
by Natalie S. Bober
Atheneum, 1995 (272p)
In her award-winning bigraphy, Bober tells how Abigail Adams kept her husband John informed of events in Boston while he served in the Continental Congress.

The Ingenious Mr. Peale: Painter, Patriot, and Man of Science
by Janet Wilson
Simon, 1996 (122p)
Illustrated with Peale's art, this biography reveals a man accomplished in many things, including politics, art, and science.

The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words 1750-1800
by Milton Meltzer
Harper, 1987 (256p) also paper
From letters, journals, diaries, and speeches, the reader learns what those who experienced it felt about the Revolution.


The Hessian's Secret Diary
by Lisa Banim
Silver Moon, 1997 (80p)
When 10-year-old Peggy discovers a wounded Hessian soldier in the woods near her home, she is convinced that he is a spy.

The Keeping Room
by Anna Myers
Walker, 1997 (144p)
Young Joey Kershaw is devastated when his father is captured and General Cornwallis takes the Kershaw home for his headquarters.

Journal of a Revolutionary War Woman
by Judith E. Greenberg, et al
Watts, 1996 (128p)
The wife of a Continental Arrny officer expresses in her diary her thoughts and experiences during the American Revolution.

Songs and Stories of the American Revolution
by Jerry Silverman
Millbrook, 1994 (72p)
Scores for piano, guitar, and voice are included in this collection of ten Revolutionary War songs, along with musical and historical background information.


Who Were the Founding Fathers: Two Hundred Years of Reinventing American History
by Steven H. Jaffe
Holt, 1996 (244p)
The author looks at how the works and ideas of Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin have been interpreted and sometimes misinterpreted.

The American Revolution: How We Fought the War of Independence
by Edward F. Dolan
Millbrook, 1995 (112p)
This book examines the factors that led to the American Revolution, its key figures, and major campaigns.



Countdown to Independence: Causes of the American Revolution 22 min.
Rainbow Educational Media, 1993

Fighting for Independence: The Revolutionary War 18 min.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1990

Breaking Colonial Ties: Declaration of Independence 18 min.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1990

Life and Times of George Washington 14 min.
United Learning, 1992


Revolutionary War (CD-ROM)
Museum Madness™
MECC, 1995

Paths to Freedom: The American Revolution (CD-ROM, Floppy Disk, Videodisk)
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1995

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Unit 5: Life in a Growing Nation



Dear Benjamin Banneker
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Harcourt, 1994 (32p)
Banneker's careers as a scientist and politician, as well as his extraordinary correspondence with Thomas Jefferson, are detailed here.

My Name Is York
by Elizabeth Van Steenwyck
Northland, 1997 (32p)
York, the slave who traveled freely with Lewis and Clark on their expedition, was again enslaved when the journey was completed.

Susanna of the Alamo: A True Story
by John Jakes
Harcourt, 1986 (32p) also paper
The author tells the life of Susanna Dickinson, whose story is the inspiration for the cry "Remember the Alamo!"

A Fourth of July on the Plains
by Jean Van Leeuwen
Dial, 1997 (32p)
Based on the diaries of pioneers, this easy-to-read story tells how young Jesse and his family celebrate the Fourth of July while on their way to Oregon.

Gold Fever
by Catherine McMorrow
Random House, 1996
The author describes the gold fever that gripped the country after gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill.


Washington City Is Burning
by Harriet Gillem Robinet
Atheneum, 1996 (149p)
When the White House catches fire during the War of 1812, Virginia devises a plan to let all the slaves escape.

The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark
by Rhoda Blumberg
Lothrop, 1987 (128p)
Lewis and Clark head west through uncharted territory in search of a water route to the Pacific.

Sacagawea: Westward with Lewis and Clark
by Alana J. White
Enslow, 1997 (128p)
This biography details the life of the Shoshone interpreter for Lewis and Clark, who also saved their journals of their historic trip.

Zebulon Pike: Explorer of the Southwest
by William R. Stanford and Carl R. Green
Enslow, 1996 (48p)
This is a fact-filled biography of the officer and explorer for whom Pikes Peak is named.

Growing Up in America: 1830-1860
by Evelyn Toynton
Millbrook, 1995 (96p)
The lives of a New England family, a slave family, a pioneer family, a Sioux family, and an urban family are examined.

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847
by Kristiana Gregory
Scholastic, 1997 (128p)
A young pioneer girl relates her family's experiences during their rigorous journey west.


A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840
by Barbara Greenwood
Houghton, 1995 (244p) also paper
A blend of fiction and nonfiction recounts the story of the fictional Robinson family.

Sequoyah's Gift: A Portrait of the Cherokee Leader
by Janet Klausner
Harper, 1993 (128p)
Klausner's biography shows the many facets of the Cherokee leader who invented a writing system for a language previously unwritten.

On the Long Trail Home
by Elisabeth J. Stewart
Clarion, 1994 (106p)
This story, based on the author's great-grandmother's life, tells of a Cherokee girl and her brother who escape the Trail of Tears and struggle to find their way home.

Black Women of the Old West
by William Loren Katz
Atheneum, 1995 (84p)
As the text and archival photographs show, African American women were a part of western frontier life in a number of capacities from homesteaders, cooks, and nurses, to cowgirls, teachers, and shopkeepers.

A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence, Gonzales, Texas, 1835
by Sherry Garland
Scholastic, 1998 (148p)
In her diary, young Lucinda records one of the most important events in her life and in the history of Texas.


Children of the Westward Trail
by Rebecca Stefoff
Millbrook, 1996 (96p)
From actual journals and letters of pioneer children, the reader learns what the journey westward was like during the 1840s and 1850s.

On to Oregon!
by Honoré Morrow
Morow, 1926 (140p) also paper
This well-known classic tells the story of the brave Sager children, who continue by covered wagon from Missouri to Oregon in 1848 after their parents die along the way.


Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
Knopf, 1997 (288p)
Lewis and Clark's arduous journey seeking a water route to the west coast is clearly and dramatically detailed here, with drawings and entries from Lewis and Clark's journals.


Remaking Society in the New Nation 21 min.
Colonial and Founding Period Series
Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 1991

Sacajawea 18 min.
FilmFair Communications, 1991

War of 1812 Remembered 20 min.
United Learning, 1994

American Indians: A Brief History 22 min.
National Geographic, 1985

Native Americans: People of the Plains 24 min.
Rainbow Educational Media, 1993

Boom or Bust: Mining and the Opening of the American West 22 min.
United Learning, 1994

Settling the Old Northwest 18 min.
Settlement of the United States Series
Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 1990

Railroads on the Frontier 32 min.
American Frontier Series
Barr Films, 1992

Heritage of the Black West 25 min.
National Geographic, 1995

Black West 22 min.
All Media Productions, 1992


Paths to Freedom: The Young Republic (CD-ROM)
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1995

Louisiana Purchase (CD-ROM)
Museum Madness™
MECC, 1995

Lewis and Clark Stayed Home (Floppy Disk)
The Learning Company, 1991

Wagon Train 1848 (Floppy Disk)
The Learning Company, 1991

Oregon Trail (CD-ROM)
The Learning Company, 1992

Oregon Trail II (CD-ROM)
The Learning Company, 1995

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Unit 6: A Nation in Conflict



Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
by Alan Schroeder
Dial, 1996 (48p)
This fictionalized biography focuses on the early years of Harriet Tubman, conductor of the Underground Railroad, whose "cradle name" was Araminta.

Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington
by Cheryl Harness
National Geo., 1997 (64p)
This biography of Lincoln centers on his Presidential years and ends with his assassination.

A Ballad of the Civil War
by Mary Stolz
Harper, 1997 (64p)
Twin brothers who usually agree on everything have different views about slavery. When war begins, one fights for the Confederacy, and the other for the Union.

If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War
by Kay Moore
Scholastic, 1993 (64p) paper
The Civil War is seen from the perspectives of both the North and the South.

The Gettysburg Address
by Abraham Lincoln
Houghton Mifflin, 1995 (32p) also paper
Black-and-white illustrations accompany the words Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg in 1863.


Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
Scholastic, 1994 (80p)
On a pre-Civil War plantation, the celebration of Christmas is seen from both the slaves' and the plantation owners' points of view.

Pink and Say
by Patricia Polacco
Putnam, 1994 (48p) also paper
Based on actual events, this book recounts the story of an African American Union soldier who saves the life of a white fellow soldier but is later hanged at Andersonville. Available in Spanish as Pink y Say.

The Day Fort Sumter Was Fired On: A Photo History of the Civil War
by Jim Haskins
Scholastic, 1995 (96p) paper
Photos capture life on the front lines and show the war's effects on people on the homefront.

A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War
by Ina Chang
Lodestar, 1991 (12p) also paper
During the Civil War, women fought in battles and assumed other unfamiliar and surprising new roles.

Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment
by Clinton Cox
Scholastic, 1993 (176p) also paper
Archival photos accompany this story of the African American regiment who fought in the Union Army.

A House Divided: The Lives of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee
by Jules Archer
Scholastic, 1995 (192p)
The personal lives and military careers of the two rival generals are revealed.

Mary Lincoln's Dressmaker: Elizabeth Keckley's Remarkable Rise From Slave to White House Confidante
by Becky Rutberg
Walker, 1995 (176p)
This story of an unusual friendship also tells of life in the White House during the Civil War.

Never Were Men So Brave: The Irish Brigade During the Civil War
by Susan Provost Beller
McElderry, 1998 (98p)
Thomas Francis Meagher founded the Irish Brigade, 535 fearless men who fought for the Union and to whom a monument was dedicated at Gettysburg.

Charley Skedaddle
by Patricia Beatty
Morrow, 1987 (192p) also paper
In this story based on documented material, a New York boy who deserts after a battle in Virginia fears he will forever be branded a coward.


Across the Lines
by Carolyn Reeder
Atheneum, 1997 (224p)
The outbreak of war separates twelve-year-old Edward and his servant Simon in this novel told alternatively from each boy's point of view.

The Long Road to Gettysburg
by Jim Murphy
Clarion, 1992 (128p)
The Battle of Gettysburg is seen through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old Confederate lieutenant and an eighteen-year-old Union soldier.

Mathew Brady: His Life and Photographs
by George Sullivan
Cobblehill , 1994 (136p)
Illustrated with Brady's photographs, all taken over a hundred years ago, this biography reveals the life of the man most known for his photographs of Lincoln and of the Civil War.

Rifles for Watie
by Harold Keith
Harper, 1987 (352p) also paper
In this classic story, a young farm boy from Kansas joins the Union Army as a scout and accidentally becomes part of Stan Watie's Cherokee Rebels.


Bull Run
by Paul Fleischman
Harper, 1993 (112p) also paper
The drama of the Civil War is told through the lives and thoughts of sixteen people all involved in the Battle of Bull Run.

Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
by Virginia Hamilton
Knopf, 1993 (160p) also paper
This collection of true stories of African Americans enslaved in the United States features their varied efforts to secure their freedom.

Voices from the Civil War: A Documentry History of the Great American Conflict
by Milton Meltzer
Harper, 1992 (224p) paper
Life during the Civil War is reflected through letters, newspaper articles, diaries, interviews, and speeches.


Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
Scholastic, 1996 (182p)
Rebellions against slavery were led by Nat Turner, Cinque, Denmark Vesey, Harriet Tubman, and Toussaint L'Ouverture, among others.

Unconditional Surrender: U. S. Grant and the Civil War
by Albert Marrin
Atheneum, 1994 (208p)
In this award-winning biography, historian Marrin discusses Grant's pivotal role in the Civil War and points out many of the ironies of his life.

Virginia's General: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War
by Albert Marrin
Atheneum, 1994 (192p)
This biography that begins with Lee's refusal to lead the U. S. Army also contains many personal details about his life.

Commander in Chief: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
by Albert Marrin
Atheneum, 1997 (218p)
Marrin's latest book is a biography of Lincoln that also focuses on his role as the nation's leader at the time of America's greatest conflict.



Liberty and Justice 19 min.
My America Series
Sunburst Communications, 1994

Civil War Journal Series 48 min. each
A & E Home Video, 1993-1996

Steal Away: The Harriet Tubman Story 28 min.
National Geographic, 1997

A Field Trip: Harriet Tubman
Sunburst Communications, 1998

Black Is My Color: The African American Experience 15 min.
Rainbow Educational Media, 1992


His Name Was Lincoln (CD-ROM)
Sunburst Communictions, 1996

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Unit 7: Toward the Modern Age



My Prairie Year: Based on the Diary of Elenore Plaisted
by Brett Harvey
Holiday, 1986 (40p)
Nine-year-old Elenore describes living with her family in the Dakota territory in the late 1800s.

The Great Migration: An American Story
by Jacob Lawrence
Harper, 1993 (48p)
These sixty panels from Lawrence's epic Migration series tell the journey of African Americans who left the South in search of better lives in the North.

The Real McCoy: The Life of an African American Inventor
by Wendy Towle
Scholastic, 1995 (32p) paper
Inventor Elijah McCoy is said to have inspired the expression "the real McCoy."

The Copper Lady
by Alice Ross and Kent Ross
Carolrhoda, 1997 (48p)
A boy stows away on the ship carrying the Statue of Liberty from France to America.

You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?
by Jean Fritz
Putnam, 1995 (88p)
Called the "Grand Old Woman of America," Elizabeth Cady Stanton changed history by helping women win the right to vote.


Immigrant Kids
by Russell Freedman
Puffin, 1995 (80p)
The young immigrants shown in Freedman's book often had harrowing journeys before arriving in America.

West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi: New York to Idaho Territory, 1883
by Jim Murphy
Scholastic, 1998 (208p)
Their desire for land leads an Italian family from New York across country by train to the Idaho Territory.

Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl: New York City, 1903
by Kathryn Lasky
Scholastic, 1998 (144p)
A young Jewish girl and her family emigrate from Russia to New York.

We Have Marched Together: The Working Children's Crusade
by Stephen Currie
Lerner, 1997 (88p)
In 1903, Mother Jones led a march of child textile workers from Philadelphia to New York to protest child labor conditions.

The Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Shot: A Photo History of the Civil Rights Movement
by Jim Haskins
Scholastic, 1992 (96p)
Powerful words and photos look at the history of the civil rights movement and the gains made since the death of Dr. King.


Growing Up in Coal Country
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Houghton Mifflin, 1996 (128p)
This absorbing historical account tells that working and living conditions faced by miners in Pennsylvania coal towns were often grim.

I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project
selected by Veronica Lawlor
Viking, 1995 (40p)
This collection has fifteen stories, including eight from young people who came through Ellis Island in the, 1920s.

The Star Fisher
by Laurence Yep
Morrow, 1991 (160p) also paper
In a West Virginia town in 1927, fifteen-year-old Joan Lee feels very alone as a Chinese American.

Big Annie of Calumet: A True Story of the Industrial Revolution
by Jerry Stanley
Crown, 1996 (102p)
Annie Clemenc, who led daily marches during the 1913 Michigan copper miners' strike, was one of many women who played central roles in the strike.


Letters from Rifka
by Karen Hesse
Holt, 1992 (160p) Puffin paper
Migrating to America from Russia, twelve-year-old Rifka, in sight of the Statue of Liberty, fears she will not be allowed to enter the country because of an ailment that caused her to lose her hair.

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story
by Andrea Warren
Houghton Mifflin, 1996 (80p)
Interspersed among chapters on the history of the orphan trains is the poignant story of Lee Nailing, an orphan train rider in 1926 who eventually found a new home.


Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor
by Russell Freedman
Clarion, 1994 (104p)
Hine, who left teaching to become an investigative photographer, conducted a campaign against the exploitation of children by the mining and manufacturing industries.



What Is a Democracy? 18 min.
My America Series
Sunburst Communications, 1994

How Our Laws are Made 21 min.
My America Series
Sunburst Communications, 1994

Rights and Responsibilities 17 min.
My America Series
Sunburst Communications, 1994

Our World, Many Worlds: Hispanic Diversity in the US 22 min.
Rainbow Educational Media, 1993

Great Black Innovators 25 min.
Knowledge Unlimited, 1995


Decisions, Decisions: Immigration (Floppy Disk)
Tom Snyder Productions, 1996

GTV: American People: Fabric of a Nation (Computer-Interactive Videodisc)
National Geographic, 1993

The Genius of Edison (CD-ROM)
Compton's NewMedia, 1996

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