Christopher Columbus set out on August 3, 1492, to find the East by sailing west. Over the course of a few years, he convinced the king and queen of Spain to pay for his trip, promising them fame and riches in return. Columbus discovered more than he bargained forâ€”he had found a new continent.
The colonies were the birthplace of the United States and they were made up of people that came from various backgrounds seeking religious freedom, wealth, and success. Daily life for the colonists was different depending on the region in which they lived, yet they established a united nation built on freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
Phillis Wheatley was the first black person in America to have a book published, opening the door for other black writers and female authors. She was kidnapped and brought to the colonies as a child and served as a slave to a family in Boston. Phillis learned to read and write at a young age.
The American Indian culture consisted of specific customs and traditions that regulated everything from who would lead the tribes to who would marry within the tribes. They kept precise, detailed accounts of their tribal histories because they foresaw the importance of passing down their histories.
In this appealing biography, the life of Pocahontas is detailed through colorful images, interesting facts, and easy to read text. Readers will be enthralled as they learn about the Indian princess, her father, Chief Powhatan, her rescue of Captain John Smith, and her marriage to John Rolfe. A glossary and table of contents are provided to aid readers to easily map their way through the book and further understand the content.
The Declaration of Independence changed America forever. Readers will learn about the events that led up to the Declaration including unfair taxation from King George III and the Boston Tea Party. The vivid images, engaging sidebars, and supportive text explain what roles John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson played in the creation of the document and what they meant by including "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". To help readers better understand the vocabulary and content, an accommodating table of contents and glossary are provided.
This inviting biography explores the life of Thomas Jefferson. Readers will discover the impact he made on early America as he took roles as governor, vice president, and President of the United States. The detailed images, fascinating facts, and easy-to-read text reveal that Jefferson played a major part in many early American events such as the Second Continental Congress, the Committees of Correspondence, and the Declaration of Independence. The accessible glossary and table of contents assist in further understanding of the content and vocabulary.
The American Revolution changed the lives of many people forever. This fascinating nonfiction book explores some of the most important events leading up to and during the war, including why colonists were upset with Great Britain, the Intolerable Acts, and the Boston Tea Party. Through detailed images, engaging sidebars, and supportive text, readers will learn about people like George Washington, Paul Revere, the Sons of Liberty, and what they did to make the American Revolution so revolutionary! The helpful glossary and table of contents aids in further understanding of the vocabulary and content.
This nonfiction book invites readers to learn about the very first United States Congress and government. Readers will learn about colonists' frustrations with the British and what caused them to create the First and Second Contintental Congress, Committees of Correspondence, and the Declaration of Independence. With plenty of colorful images, easy to read text, and engaging sidebars, readers will be fascinated from cover to cover as they are introduced to the three branches of US government--executive, legislative, and judicial. A glossary and table of contents are provided for assistance for better understanding the content.
Congress passed the Indian Removal Act in 1830 with the intent of moving five large tribes to Indian Territory. The tribes could either move to the reservations or assimilate. As settlers kept moving west, more and more tribes were encountered, and all ultimately found themselves going to reservations. This new way of life was a vast change for the Indians.
This informative book gives readers a look into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Readers will learn about the three branches of government--executive, legislative, and judicial--as well as the way each of those branches works to keep order and the various aspects including Congress, the Supreme Court, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Featuring detailed images, stunning facts, and supportive text, this book will have readers interested, engaged, and eager to learn more about the development of the Constitution. Other featured topics include the Federalist Papers, "checks and balances", the Preamble, vetoes, and impeachment. This book features a helpful table of contents and glossary to aid readers in learning all they can about this important part of U.S. history.
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.
Great Britain passed the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts, which made colonists angry. Eventually they boycotted and refused to purchase British goods. Great Britain sent soldiers to the colonies, which caused conflict like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine helped convince people that they were no longer British citizens. The foundation for the American Revolution had been laid.
Readers will learn all about the United States' westward expansion in this interesting nonfiction book that uses appealing images, helpful maps, and supportive text to keep children engaged from beginning to end! The captivating facts will have readers excited and eager to learn more about such topics as the Louisiana Purchase, Monroe Doctrine, and the Alamo. A supporting glossary and table of contents are featured to aid in further understanding of the content and vocabulary.
In this engaging nonfiction title, readers will learn about the War of 1812, the causes of it, and how it affected American citizens. Through detailed images, stunning facts, and easy-to-read text, readers are introduced to ideas and events that took place during this time, including embargoes, the Treaty of Paris, the War Hawks, and the Treaty of Ghent. Readers will have the opportunity to further enhance their understanding of the content through an accessible table of contents and glossary.
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".
In this nonfiction title, readers will discover the hardships that pioneers faced as they traveled West. Readers will love the exciting and adventurous images and stunning facts about the Oregon Trail, Sutter's Mill, the Donner Party, the Gold Rush, Homestead Act, and even about buffalo herds! A helpful table of contents and glossary aid in readers' understanding of life on the trails and prairies.
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!
Readers will discover what difficult lives slaves led in this nonfiction title. With its stunning facts, images, supportive text, and a helpful glossary, this book allows readers to learn about some of the most notable aspects of slavery in America, including slave auctions and masters, abolitionists, the Underground Railroad, Dred Scott, Abraham Lincoln, and the Emancipation Proclamation.
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.
Why did the Civil War begin? Which states were part of the Union and which were part of the Confederacy? Readers will learn the answers to these questions and more as they move through this fascinating nonfiction title. The easy-to-read text, engaging facts, and vivid images and illustrations help highlight some of the aspects that led up to the Civil War including the slavery, the Underground Railroad, abolitionists, the Fugitive Slave Act, the Dred Scott Decision, and the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The accessible table of contents works in conjunction with the supportive glossary to help readers navigate their way through the book.
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.
This interesting nonfiction title allows readers to explore some of the most well-known battles of the Civil War. Through stunning facts, easy-to-read text, and colorful images and illustrations, this book will take children on a historical journey with the Confederate and Union armies as they fight the Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Gettysburg, and the Siege at Vicksburg. Along with the infamous battles, the Gettysburg Address, treason, and the Declaration of Independence are discussed to give readers a better understanding of why the Civil War began and the impact it had on Americans.