Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Early Years

Unit 5 Bibliography: The New Nation

The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

The Flag Maker
by Susan C. Bartoletti
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
This is the story of the Baltimore girl who helped make the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key's “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

by David Macaulay
Houghton Mifflin, 1989
Detailed illustrations and engaging text demonstrate the workings of an eighteenth-century textile mill.

The Great Expedition of Lewis and Clark
by Judith Edwards
Farrar, 2003
The story of the Great Expedition is told from the point of view of Reubin Field, a lesser-known member of the Lewis and Clark team.

Benjamin Banneker: Pioneering Scientist
by Ginger Wadsworth
Carolrhoda, 2003
An accomplished African American astronomer and mathematician, Banneker was one of the foremost thinkers of his time.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
by Heidi Moore
Heinemann, 2004
Readers learn how Stanton became a leading activist for women's suffrage.

On Level

Bold Journey
by Charles Bohner
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
This fast-paced novel follows the Lewis and Clark expedition from the point of view of its youngest member.

Andrew Jackson
by Kieran Doherty
Children's Press, 2003
Jackson's life, and the legacy he left America, are aptly discussed in this Encyclopedia of Presidents biography.

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
by Karen Cushman
Clarion, 1996
Lucy slowly learns to love the wild land of California after her widowed mother moves the family there in 1849.

The Coast Mappers
by Taylor Morrison
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
In 1850, George Davidson began the monumental task of surveying and mapping America's entire Pacific coast.

Eli Whitney: The Cotton Gin and American Manufacturing
by Regan A. Huff
Powerkids, 2004
Whitney's invention changed the face of American manufacturing forever.


Thomas Jefferson: Architect of Democracy
by John B. Severance
Houghton Mifflin, 1998
This portrait of America's third President chronicles his life, from his school days through his rise in politics.

Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
by Dorothy Henshaw Patent
Clarion, 2002
Lewis and Clark documented scores of animals on their 1804–1806 expedition.

Inside the Alamo
by Jim Murphy
Delacorte, 2003
This strong narrative covers the Texas War of Independence, the Alamo battle, and all the key players.

Robert Fulton and the Development of the Steamboat
by Morris A. Pierce
Powerkids, 2003
This is a complete look at the ambitious inventor and businessman whose ideas changed our nation and the world.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
by Jean Lee Latham
Houghton Mifflin, 1955
This is the Newbery Medal–winning true story of the boy who authored The American Practical Navigator, “the sailor's bible.”

Words West: Voices of Young Pioneers
by Ginger Wadsworth
Clarion, 2003
Nineteenth-century children tell in their own words what it was like to be part of the great western expansion.

Black Potatoes
by Susan C. Bartoletti
Houghton Mifflin, 2001
This acclaimed book tells of the tragic potato famine that led many Irish people to seek a better life in the United States.

The Sun, the Rain, and the Apple Seed
by Lynda Durrant
Clarion, 2003
This historical novel of John Chapman's life includes an informative afterword.

Reference Books

Battles of the War of 1812
by Diane and Henry Smolinski
Heinemann, 2003
Readers learn about the battles and their effect on people and society. See others in the series.

The Louisiana Purchase
by Michael Burgan
Compass Point, 2002
Engaging chapters tell about the political and economic history of the Louisiana Purchase.

Black Frontiers
by Lillian Schlissel
Simon, 2000
The author chronicles the life and times of African Americans in the Old West.

The Industrial Revolution
by S. Connolly, B. January
Heinemann, 2003
The causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution are explored, using primary source materials.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

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