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AMERICAN HISTORY: LITERATURE
Nothing But the Truth.
Audience: Grades 5-8
In this novel, Philip stands up to his teacher regarding his
right to sing the
"Star Spangled Banner" in class. However, Philip does
not realize the
far-reaching consequences of this decision.
Warren. The Bill of Rights. Children's Press, 1987.
This book describes how the Bill of
Rights came into existence and what it
guarantees American citizens. Beautiful color photographs enhance
A glossary is included in the back of the book.
Meltzer, M. The Bill of Rights: How We Got It and
What It Means. HarperCollins, 1990.
Peter. We the People: The Constitution of the United States.
This picture book presents the preamble
of the Constitution along qith
beautiful illustrations. Historical information regarding the
writing of the
constitution beginning with the original draft in 1787 is provided.
historical information about the first ten amendments, the Bill
of Rights, is
also included. In addition, a complete copy of the Constitution
and all the
amendments is in the back of the book.
THE CIVIL WAR:
A coming of age story; it
centers on the effects of the Civil War on everyday
life. The Creighton family has moved from Virginia to Illinois,
where one son
volunteers for the Confederate Army, and the other for the Union.
Creighton, too young to fight alongside his brothers, must serve
as head of the
household. As letters and newspapers bring news of bloody battles,
he and his
family are caught in a complex web of emotions, moral issues,
loyalties, and lost young lives.
COLONIAL AMERICA/AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Howard. April Morning.
Audience: Middle School
The tale of a 15-year-old Massachusetts farmboy who witnesses
Fritz, Jean. And Then What
Happened, Paul Revere?
Describes some of the well-known as well as lesser-known details
Rever's famous midnight ride.
Fritz, Jean. Shh! We're
Writing the Constitution Putnam, 1987.
This story of the creation of the Constitution and the rights
it guarantees is
cleverly written by historical author Jean Fritz. Illustrations
by Tomie de
Paola add to the story. A copy of the constitution is provided
in the back of
Norman. The Story of the Declaration of Independence. Children's
This book explains why and how the Declaration
of Independence came into
existence, beginning with the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock
in 1620. A
copy of the Declaration of Independence is found at the beginning
of the book.
Elisa. American, Too!
A nostalgic look at the immigrants who flocked to America in
the early part
of this century. Rosie doesn't want to be like all her Italian
family. So when she is chosen as quenn of a feast day parade,
determined to prove her point.
Betsy and Giulio. The Story of the Statue of Liberty. Mulberry
This story desribes how the Statue of
Liberty was made, from raising the
funds to shipping it from France to the USA. There is also discussion
Statue of Liberty as an important symbol to immigrants.
Stein, Conrad. R. The Story
of Ellis Island. Children's Press, 1979.
This book gives a detailed account of Ellis Island. The descriptions
immigrants felt as they awaited entrance to the US and then tried
their way around NYC help to develop compassion in the reader
PIONEERS AND WESTWARD EXPANSION
Carol Ryrie. Caddie Woodlawn
A Newbery Medal Winner
This captivating tale of a mischievous pioneer girl whisks readers
back to the
Wisconsin woods of 1864. When Indians threaten to attack her
uses her resourcefulness and quick thinking to save the day.
Patricia. Sarah Plain and Tall. Harper Collins, 1985.
Caleb and Anna have been lonely since the death of their mother.
also been lonely so he decides to arrange for a mail order bride.
This richly illustrated
story tells of the hopes and hardships of one pionees
family from Connecticut who traveled by covered wagon to Ohio
in 1800 to
settle their own farm.
Scriabine, Christine Brendel.
The Presidency. Chelsea House, 1988.
This book explains the basic powers of the President and includes
information about how each President handled his power. It also
roles of the First Lady and the President's cabinet.
Paula. The Slave Dancer.
Fox paints a sensitive and authentic
portrait of the slave trade in this
engrossing historical novel. Snatched from the docks of New Orleans,
13-year-old white boy is thrown aboard a slave ship and forced
to play music
for the African prosoners-and to become a witness to the horrors
Ernest J. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
Audience: Middle School-High School
From one of the greatest black writers in America today comes
a story of a
legendary woman who lived 110 years, who has been both a slave
witness to the black militancy of the 1960's.
Eleanor. Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes.
One of the best books written for children
pertaining to the bomb dropped on
Hiroshima during WWII. Sadako, suffering from radiation poison,
to fold 1,000 cranes believing she will get well by doing so
according to a
ASIAN-AMERICANS IN AMERICAN
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
Newbery Medal-winning author
Scott O'Dell was deeply involved in research
for this Native American saga at the time of his death. At his
request, his wife
finished this powerful tale of the tragic exodus of the Nez Perce
lands and the bravery of an Indian girl who refuses to be a captive
of fear and
Scott O'Dell continues the
story of Island of the Blue Dolphins in this novel
about Karina, a Native American woman. O'Dell mixes stirring
historical insights into 18th century California mission life
to create an
unforgettable sequel to a modern classic.
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