Hammurabi was a king of Babylon, but he wanted to rule the entire area of Mesopotamia. After only five years of being king, Hammurabi reached his goal. During his reign, Hammurabi did many things to improve and influence both the culture and government of Mesopotamia.
Confucius was a philosopher who devoted his life to relieving the suffering he saw. His philosophy stressed the natural order of a moral, just, society. After his death, his followers shared his teachings, influencing future generations.
Socrates was an ancient Greek philosopher who helped shape Greek beliefs. Socrates believed his purpose in life was to gain wisdom and find the truth by asking questions. Socrates made many people over his methods of teaching. He was arrested and sentenced to death. But, many of Socrates's ideas and beliefs can still be found today.
Siddhartha Gautama was born to the king of a tribe in Northern India. An astrologer told his father that Gautama would either become a king or he would leave his riches behind to save humanity. His father sheltered him from all of the poverty in the streets. When Gautama finally left his palace he saw the suffering of people and wanted to change the world. He started the religion called Buddhism.
John Jay served in all three branches of the government. Once the Constitution was written, he was a staunch supporter of the document, joining some other men in anonymously writing "The Federalist Papers", which explained to the public why the Constitution should be ratified. Soon after, he was made chief justice of the Supreme Court, and he was given the position of declaring laws unconstitutional for the very first time.
This adventurous biography highlights the expeditions made by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Readers will be able to explore the amazing accomplishments that these two men, Sacagawea, and the rest of the Corps of Discovery made. The incredible journey of these surveyors and mountaineers are explained through vivid images, easy-to-read text, fascinating facts, and a supporting glossary and table of contents. Readers will be sure to be enthralled from beginning to end!
James Madison was an important Founding Father. This appealing biography allows readers to explore the inspiring life he led as a member of the Continental Congress and as President of the United States. The detailed images, supportive text, helpful glossary, and intriguing facts work in conjunction to highlight important events that Madison took part in including the Articles of Confederation, The Federalist Papers, and how he helped America make its way into "The Era of Good Feelings".
Laura Ingalls Wilder is the author of some of the best-known books about life as a pioneer. In this enlightening biography, children will be able to read about pioneer life the way that Laura experienced it. Through striking images, fascinating facts, and easy-to-read text, readers will learn about what impact the Homestead Act and malaria had on the Ingalls family, as well as the various types of homes they and many other pioneers had to live in, like dugouts and homes made of sod. This fascinating book also includes a feature on other famous pioneer women to keep readers engaged and interested in life as a pioneer!
In this biographical book, young readers will learn about the brave life of Harriet Tubman. Readers will discover how Tubman bravely escaped from her life as a slave to cross the Mason-Dixon line into freedom and how she helped hundreds of other slaves into freedom through the Underground Railroad with the help of abolitionists. The vivid images, stunning facts, and supportive text work in conjunction with the helpful glossary, index, and timeline of Tubman's life to give readers an engaging experience as they move from cover to cover.
Sitting Bull was a powerful Hunkpapa Lakota Indian Chief who, along with the Lakota Indians and other nearby tribes, was involved in brutal battles with the United States over land issues. All tribes that were fighting to avoid the reservation eventually surrendered, and the Lakota people were no exception.
Abraham Lincoln is often considered one of the greatest American presidents. Readers will discover the incredible things Lincoln accomplished during his time as president and the impact he made on slavery, the Civil War, and the country. The easy-to-read text and enlightening facts highlight such aspects of Lincoln's presidency as the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg, and how the popular and electoral votes led to his nomination. Detailed images and illustrations show readers real examples of documents and photos of Ford's Theater, where John Wilkes Booth committed Lincoln's assassination. Readers will feel engaged from cover to cover!
Robert E. Lee is often considered one of the finest leaders of the Civil War. This engaging biography allows readers to discover the honorable life Lee led, and learn how he made a great impact as a leader of the Confederate Army. Featuring such highlights in Lee's life as the Mexican War, the succession of the South from the Union, his relationship with Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and the Battle of Gettysburg, this book uses detailed images and illustrations in conjunction with fascinating facts and easy-to-read text to entertain and enlighten readers as they move from cover to cover.
Ulysses S. Grant was a great war hero and served two terms as the President of the United States. Readers will learn about his life in this appealing biography that highlights his time working as secretary of war as well as leader of the Union Army--including such events as the Battle of Shiloh, Vicksburg, and what he told Confederates about terms of surrender. The vivid images and illustrations work in conjunction with intriguing facts, helpful glossary, and easy-to-read text to engage readers from cover to cover!