They went by many names, but the world came to know them best as the Harlem Hellfighters. Two thousand strong, these black Americans from New York picked up brass instruments—under the leadership of famed bandleader and lieutenant James Reese Europe—to take the musical sound of Harlem into the heart of war. From the creators of the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book, And the Soldiers Sang, this remarkable narrative nonfiction rendering of WWI -- and American -- history uses free-verse poetry and captivating art to tell century-old story of hellish combat, racist times, rare courage, and inspired music.
A look at the causes and global effects of the 1945 atomic bombardment of two Japanese cities, which led to the end of World War II but set the stage for hostilities in the Cold War era.
From an isolated and inward-looking new nation clinging to the East Coast, America in the 1800s grew in size, strength, and military might. From the War of 1812 to the century-long campaigns of conquest against Native American peoples, territorial expansion through war with Mexico to the great national tragedy that was the Civil War, American soldiers and sailors forged a tradition of pride and heroism that is part of our national heritage. Sometimes misguided, sometimes truly inspired, nineteenth century America produced some of the greatest military leaders and witnessed some of the bloodiest battles in our history. Behind the scenes, and often neglected in our official histories, the life of America's citizen soldiers was a tough and brutal one. Patriotism, heroism, and human folly all combine in the story of the roots of Americas rise to the status of world military power.
This series of nonfiction readers will grab a student's interest from the very first page! Designed with struggling readers in mind, these riveting softcover books offer short chapters on high-interest headlines. Each chapter is its own mini-book, which includes a timeline, key terms, and interesting facts. Fascinating black and white photographs keep the pages turning. A bibliography encourages further topical reading. Discover the astonishing true stories--that will make readers laugh, cry, and gasp--behind the headlines: The Boston Massacre, Pearl Harbor, Kent State, Sarajevo, Pentagon, Cyber Attacks, and more.
Readers will learn all about World War I, or the Great War, in this appealing title that highlights how the war began in Europe as a military rivalry between France and Germany. The intriguing facts, engaging sidebars, and supportive text work in conjunction with the impressive images and colorful scrapbook layout to teach readers about such WWI topics as neutrality, alliances, propaganda, liberty bonds, communism, and how General John Pershing led Americans in the war.
In 1939, a war that would encompass the world began in Europe. Readers will learn about the causes of World War II in this nonfiction title. The supportive text and fascinating sidebars work in conjunction with the stunning photos and appealing scrapbook layout to provide an enjoyable and enlightening experience that teaches readers about such events and topics as Pearl Harbor, blitzkreig, and concentration and internment camps. Readers will also learn about infamous figures from the war like Adolph Hitler, Sir Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and even Rosie the Riveter. A helpful glossary, table of contents, and index is provided to aid in a better understanding of the content and simple navigation.
Mathew Brady Records the Civil War considers the work of Mathew Brady as he and the employees of his studio photographed the battles and participants of the American Civil War. Using many stunning, full-page photos, it examines Brady’s role in preserving this critical moment in American history and shaping the future of war photography. Features include a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.