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Edward S. Curtis Chronicles Native Nations

Don Nardo (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781532110153

Edward S. Curtis Chronicles Native Nations considers the work of Edward S. Curtis as he photographed the people and cultural practices of a large number of Native nations. Using many stunning, full-page photos, it examines Curtis’s role in the preservation of Native cultures, including criticism of his work and methods. 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.

Mathew Brady Records the Civil War

Kari Cornell (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781532110160

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.

William Williams Documents Ellis Island Immigrants

Rebecca Rowell (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781532110184

William Williams Documents Ellis Island Immigrants considers the work of Ellis Island commissioner William Williams as he collected photos recording the history of the immigration facility and those who passed through its doors in the early 1900s. Using many stunning, full-page photos, it examines Williams’ role in executing US immigration policy during this pivotal time in American history. 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.

Inside the Coal Industry

Tom Streissguth (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781680783681

Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around coal, one of the world’s most important sources of energy. It explores the history of the coal industry, coal’s environmental impact and what is being done to mitigate it, and the future of the coal industry and coal technology. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, 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.

Inside the Cotton Industry

Marcia Amidon Lusted (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781680783704

Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around cotton, one of the world’s top fiber crops. It explores cotton’s deep historical influence, the way it is grown today, and its surprising uses in many high-tech fabrics. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, 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.

Inside the Gold Industry

M. M. Eboch (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781680783711

Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around gold, one of the most sought-after and valuable metals on Earth. It explores gold’s historical significance as a monetary standard and as the motivator for boom-or-bust expansion as well as gold’s contemporary ties to underdeveloped economies, the environment, and technological innovation. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, 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.

Inside the Oil Industry

Wil Mara (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781680783728

Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around oil, the fossil fuel that powers much of the modern world. It explores the oil industry’s history, petroleum’s many uses, and the ways in which companies are trying to boost efficiencies to make it a viable energy source for many years to come. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, 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.

Inside the Steel Industry

Carla Mooney (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781680783735

Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around steel, the metal that supports many of the world’s buildings and structures. It explores the origins of steel, key technological advances, and the ways in which the industry continues to innovate today. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, 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.

Inside the Sugar Industry

M. M. Eboch (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781680783742

Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around sugar, a product with massive influence in the energy and food industries. It explores sugar’s historical influence, its use in biofuels, and its place in the modern diet. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, 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.

Inside the Tobacco Industry

Tom Streissguth (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781680783759

Some commodities command massive economic, social, and political influence. This title examines the business around tobacco, a popular but much-debated luxury item. It explores the history of tobacco use, how tobacco’s impact on human health came to be understood, and future trends for the industry. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, 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.

September 11, 2001

Helga Schier Ph.D. (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617851636

Describes the events of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Moon Landing

Nadia Higgins (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617851629

Discusses the Project Apollo, space flight to the moon.

Home Sweet Home: Around the House in the 1800s

Zachary Chastain (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296899

In rough frontier cabins, tidy farmhouses, and elegant townhouses, Americans in the 1800s were dedicated to living as well and as comfortably as their circumstances allowed. The American home was a sacred institution, the seat of family life where the patriarch ruled with Mother at his side as guardian of the home, and the children were raised with strict discipline and strong values. Changes in taste and fashion, improvements in technology (indoor plumbing and a host of new laborsaving devices), and social change transformed home and family life in the 1800s, as opportunities for leisure activities and commercially produced consumer goods came within reach of the average American. But the strong American tradition of the sanctity of the home, consumerism, and the importance of a happy family life has its roots in the homes of nineteenth century Americans.

Jump Ropes, Jacks, and Endless Chores: Children's Lives in the 1800s

Matthew Strange (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296882

For most of the 1800s, children were considered small, unruly adults who needed to be strictly disciplined and put to useful work as soon as they were able. The very concept of childhood itself, as a carefree, innocent time, is a result of increasing economic stability and changing family roles in the 1800s. Before child welfare laws were enacted and compulsory education enforced, children made up an important part of the industrial and agricultural workforce in 1800s America. Toys and time for games and fun may have been a luxury, but kids will be kids, and the adults that loved them made sure their lives weren't all work and no play. The establishment of public schools, more humane working conditions, and expanding economic opportunities helped improve the life of Americas children in the 1800s, but they worked hard and their pleasures were simple ones.

Outlaws and Lawmen: Crime and Punishment in the 1800s

Kenneth McIntosh (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296868

American society in the 1800s had a rough edge to it. In a nation made up of people of diverse backgrounds and heritage, social controls needed to be strict and enforceable. The extreme economic inequality of Americas cities and the wide open moral code of the frontier led to a culture of crime and violence that still plagues our country. During the 1800s, professional police forces were established in cities, towns, and territories across the continent. On the frontier, justice was often swift and severe, with hanging judges making their reputations as representatives of the law in a lawless land. Long prison sentences in miserable conditions were the rule for criminals, and many a prisoner might have preferred the option of a quick execution. Before the reform of the legal system, which is an ongoing process, there was definitely a separate law, and a separate standard of penalties, for the rich and for the poor. The evolution of a humane penal system and a fairer protection of all citizens under the law is an important contribution of 1800s America to the modern world.

Cornmeal and Cider: Food and Drink in the 1800s

Zachary Chastain (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296936

The farmers, workers, and pioneers of America in the 1800s were nourished by a tradition of hearty, down home cooking that is still a part of our national cuisine - New England baked beans, roast beef, turkey, corn on the cob, and pumpkin pies. With roots in the British Isles, and with important contributions from Native American food plants and cooking techniques, American food and drink quality and seasonal variety was vastly improved during the 1800s by new technologies in transportation, food storage, hygiene, and preservation, growing national and world markets, and not least the delicious ethnic cuisines of new immigrant groups. Hungry for innovation, quality, and economy, Americans in the 1800s became the best fed nation in the history of the world!

From the Parlor to the Altar: Romance and Marriage in the 1800s

Zachary Chastain (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296912

We're all here because of people who met and fell in love in the past! In the 1800s, most young men and women were bound by powerful traditions of family, church, and society that limited their choices in romance and marriage. As an economic and community-building institution, marriage options were traditionally controlled by the older generation. Marriages were often arranged by families, and the bride and groom's personal feelings for each other were much less important than they are today. But as in so many other ways, America was a new and more open society. Communities of people from different and diverse backgrounds were established in a new land, and young people came together in a freer, more open environment. Romantic love flourished in the America of the 1800s as it never had before, with a whole variety of courting and marriage customs, many of which we still cherish today.

Guardians of the Home: Women's Lives in the 1800s

Matthew Strange (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296905

While often behind the scenes and hidden from history, women in 1800s America worked side by side with men in building our nation. On the frontier, strong, capable women worked as hard or harder than their menfolk, taming the land and raising the crops while shouldering the responsibilities of keeping house and caring for the children. The life of the farm wife in the settled parts of the country was one of sunup to sundown labor in an era with few modern conveniences. And in urban areas, working class women were a major part of the workforce in an industrializing economy, while middle and upper class women influenced America's social movements, supported charities, and helped beautify the gritty cities. In the course of the 1800s, new labor saving technologies in the home, improved health conditions, greater economic and educational opportunities, and a growing sense of their rights helped to empower women and started the movement toward full equality with men that continues to this day.

Reviving the Spirit, Reforming Society: Religion in the 1800s

Kenneth McIntosh (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296875

Founded on the principles of religious freedom, America in the 1800s was fertile ground for the expansion of religious movements and all kinds of experiments in spiritual matters. Americans in the 1800s took their religion very seriously. Away from the authority of established churches, the American frontier from upstate New York to the wilds of the Utah territory was a hotbed of new, radical religion based on a personal experience of salvation, direct revelation, and enthusiastic, highly emotional gatherings at camp meetings. At the forefront of the movement to abolish slavery and women's rights, idealistic men and women in the more established Protestant churches heard a new social gospel from an educated and progressive clergy. Meanwhile, large numbers of Catholic immigrants and Jews from Central and Eastern Europe established their own religious institutions in a new land. The religious history of America in the 1800s is rich and diverse and highly influential in the social and political evolution of our country.

Rooting for the Home Team: Sports in the 1800s

Zachary Chastain (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296844

America's love of sports goes back a long way. Baseball, basketball, and football all came of age in America of the 1800s. While men like Abner Doubleday may not have invented these sports, they did much to popularize them as rules were officially standardized and national-level organizations were founded. Amateur (and, later, professional) teams sprang up in towns, factories, and schools across America and rooting for the home team built strong community bonds and stimulated (usually) friendly rivalries. From horse racing to boxing to competitive target shooting, Americans would watch, cheer for, and bet on just about any contest of strength and skill. The growing class of Americans with leisure and money to spare discovered tennis and golf and polo, and women for the first time participated in competitive sports. Long before the World Series and the Super Bowl, Americans were idolizing their favorite athletes, while they played and watched sports with enthusiasm.

Passing the Time: Entertainment in the 1800s

Zachary Chastain (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296851

With a six day workweek, long hours on the job, and the hard labor required to keep house, leisure time was precious in the 1800s. Without recorded music, radio, movies, TV, video games, or the Internet, Americans had to make their own fun, and most of it was simple and very low tech - singing around the family piano, visiting with neighbors, or picnicking in the woods. In the bigger towns and cities, theaters offered live, professional entertainment ranging from classic plays to raucous minstrel shows. In the smaller towns and rural areas, people waited anxiously for those few times a year when a traveling show or circus might come through the area. As the 1800s progressed, leisure time and economic resources increased for many Americans and a more sophisticated public demanded new and more exciting amusements. Read all about America at play in the 1800s!

Saloons, Shootouts, and Spurs: The Wild West In the 1800's

Kenneth McIntosh (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296813

Life on the American frontier of the 1800s is the stuff of American myth and legend. It was here in the wide open spaces of the West that the rugged individualism of the American character was refined: in the strong but silent cowboy, the saloon girl with a heart of gold, and the sod busting pioneer. Faced with the incredible challenges of taming a wilderness, wresting the territory from the Native peoples, and dealing with the hardships of pioneer life, Americans were offered one of the richest opportunities in the history of human kind - the agricultural and mineral resources of a new land. The settling of this land is the story of America, a story of violence, wasted resources, and genocide, as well as heroism, freedom, and incredible opportunity. The Wild West of the 1800s remains for Americans a land of hopes and dreams.

Scandals and Glory: Politics in the 1800s

Zachary Chastain (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296837

With the principles of democracy firmly established after the War for Independence, Americans in the 1800s took their politics very seriously. As more and more male citizens gained the right to vote, elections became very public, hotly contested, and sometimes even violent. In the cities and towns of America, politicians courted political power and influence among new immigrant communities; buying votes and stuffing ballot boxes was shockingly common. While the major national political issues of foreign policy, taxation, the abolition of slavery, and states rights took center stage in Congress, Americans split along regional and party lines that still exist in the twenty-first century. Scandals over greed and corruption caused whole city governments to fall, but America also produced some of the greatest statesman and political leaders in its history. Former slaves, poor immigrants, and women demanded their right to vote.

The Sweat of Their Brow: Occupations in the 1800s

Zachary Chastain (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296820

America in the 1800s was a very hardworking society. Early in the century, farmers, craftsmen, and housewives worked very much the way they had for centuries - by their own physical labor and the sweat of their brow. The growing industrial economy brought millions of workers, people leaving their farms and new immigrants, into the factories and workshops of America, where the work was hard, the hours were long, and the pay was low. Women and children made up a large percentage of the industrial workforce, and conditions were often miserable and dangerous. Meanwhile, a small class of industrialists built vast fortunes. As the century progressed, improved technology, workers rights legislation, and the rise of trade unions helped to alleviate some of the misery of American workers, but for much of the 1800s, the lives of an average working class person was one of hard toil, limited opportunities, and the constant threat of poverty.

America at War: Military Conflicts, Home and Abroad, and Daily Life in the 1800

Matthew Strange (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422296929

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.