Politically and socially, the decade from 1947 to 1956 marked an era of repression and fear. McCarthyism was a practice named for the blustery U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy. Known for his reckless and unsubstantiated accusations, he led a campaign to root out real and imagined “subversives” in American society. Packed with enlightening primary and secondary source material, McCarthyism and the Red Scare examines topical issues to help readers think critically about such concepts as freedom, Constitutional rights, blacklisting, and personal and state ideology.
From the Compton’s Cafeteria and Stonewall riots in the 1960s, to the decriminalization of homosexuality, and marriage rights, this thoughtful title examines the continuing fight for LGBTQ human and legal rights. Using fascinating primary and secondary source material, readers will gain insight into this evolving rights movement and be encouraged to think critically about the concepts of rights and freedoms in democratic societies. The effects of harmful stereotypes with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity are also discussed.
Trekking from Africa to the Middle East and Asia, Ibn Battuta was one of the most well-traveled explorers of all time. He encountered many different cultural groups and recorded his interactions with them. Battuta’s writings influenced trade between peoples and became an important source of information about the medieval Islamic world. Engaging headlines, historic images, and fact boxes take readers through his amazing travels in a unique tabloid style.
This interesting book charts the travels of Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. Searching for a sea route to the Pacific Ocean, he explored the Atlantic coast of North America. High-interest headlines, fact boxes, and images highlight Verrazzano’s exploration of New York Bay, Cape Cod Bay, the coast of Brazil, and his interactions with Native peoples.
Archaeologists are like detectives. They find objects from the past and treat them as clues to understanding what life was like long ago. This title aims to create meaningful connections between the scientific concepts readers learn in the classroom and how they are applied in the real world by archaeologists searching for answers.
In today’s world, we often see and hear news about conflict around the world. This timely book guides readers through discussions of peace and war—from different types of warfare occurring today to human rights groups fighting to achieve peace. Case studies help readers put information in context. Examples include the devastating civil war in Syria and the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict. Discussion prompts encourage readers to consider questions about human rights, the consequences of war, and how peace may be achieved.
You might not realize that there was once a world without microwaves, umbrellas, or elevators! That’s a lot of cold food, wet clothing, and stairs! Luckily, some innovative people have solved problems in everyday technologies throughout history. This title explores the gadgets, structures, and materials that we depend on every single day, and the amazing inventors, scientists, and engineers who dreamed them up! These inventions make things easier in our day-to-day lives. With a little inventive thinking, what might you create to help make our daily lives a little easier?
You might not know there was once a world without bike helmets, seatbelts, and airbags. This title looks at major innovations in safety over the years, and the ingenious inventors, scientists, and engineers who made them. These amazing individuals have saved countless lives by identifying safety hazards in everyday situations, and inventing devices that keep people from getting hurt. With a little inventive thinking, what might you create to help protect people and even save lives?
Imagine a street filled with horses and buggies, or the skies without airplanes! You might not realize that, before vehicles, it used to take days—even weeks—to visit friends or family! This title looks at major innovations in transportation over the years, and the ingenious inventors, scientists, and engineers who made them. With a little inventive thinking, what might you create to help us change the way we travel?
Imagine a world where you had to write letters, mail them at the post office, and wait a week or two for a response. You might not realize that there was once a world without your favorite forms of instant communication. The way you keep in touch with the people around you is because of amazing inventions in communication throughout history! From braille to texting, this title explores the amazing inventors, scientists, and engineers who saw challenges in the way we communicate with each other, and overcame them! With a little inventive thinking, what might you create to help us connect freely with friends and family across boundaries?
You might be shocked to discover how some illnesses and diseases were treated years before medical innovations were made. This book will make you feel lucky that you were born after many safe and successful ways were developed to treat illnesses and save lives. Learn about important innovations made in health care that we now take for granted, and the amazing scientists, inventors, and engineers who developed them. With a little inventive thinking, how could you come up with a way to keep you and your family healthy?
How does something enormous suddenly disappear? Readers will be amazed by how frequently large ships are lost without a trace. But sometimes it is just the crew that has disappeared. Get the facts on the Bermuda Triangle, the Mary Celeste, the Flying Dutchman, the Rosalie, USS Cyclops, and the lost ships of California’s Colorado desert.
What could be more exciting than the discovery of something that was hidden tens, hundreds, or even thousands of years ago? Readers will be amazed at the examples of hidden things revealed such as underground tunnels, abandoned towns, ancient cave paintings, and an emperor's lost tomb.
Nazir, his father, and older brother live in Myanmar, a country that has experienced many years of violence. As a part of the Rohingya minority group, the family is considered unwelcome in their homeland. Nazir and his father flee by boat to a refugee camp, eventually escaping as refugees to the United States. Interspersed with facts about Myanmar and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.
This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind castles and forts around the world that are reported to be haunted. Using a narrative style, the book tells the debunked and unexplained stories of paranormal occurrences in the castles of royals and the forts of armies. Readers will examine the historical records and eyewitness accounts of ghostly events, and evaluate the evidence.
This high-interest title explores the history and lore behind ships and sites at sea around the world that are reported to be haunted. From disastrous voyages and missing ships to ghostly sailors and other creatures, narrative text weaves paranormal tales for readers. Historical records and eyewitness accounts are the evidence for the debunked or unexplained stories.
This interesting book examines the holidays and traditions in Vietnam, which include colorful festivals that celebrate meaningful lunar calendar days and unique family traditions. Dynamic images, concise fact boxes, and clear text introduce readers to the traditional foods, clothing, and other practices used to celebrate holidays in Vietnam. Readers will also find out about Vietnamese folklore and religious practices.
Meet the people of the Middle Ages—from the lowly peasant to the royal court. This fascinating book reveals Medieval society and the realities of everyday life according to social class, including lifestyles and sources of entertainment. Famous people in religion, peasant rebellions, and politics are featured, along with events such as the signing of the Magna Carta.
Meet the knights of the Age of Chivalry. This exciting title explores the work of a knight, from jousting tournaments and codes of honor to battlefields and life on campaign. Also examined are the legends surrounding Robin Hood and the Knights of the Round Table, as well as the very real battles between the British king Richard the Lionheart and the sultan Saladin, as well as the political maneuvering of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Meet the artists, writers, and architects of the Middle Ages who created important and spectacular works that are still celebrated today. From DaVinci's inventions and Brunelleschi’s cathedrals to Chaucer’s epic poems, read about the lasting influence of some of the greatest minds the world has ever known.
Go on campaign in the Middle Ages and live through castle sieges and the fierce battles that changed history, including the Wars of the Roses and the Crusades. Castle defenses, life on campaign, medieval weaponry, and great warriors such as Genghis Khan and Joan of Arc will also be examined.
During the Middle Ages, the Islamic world experienced a time of remarkable expansion when scientific invention and artistic creation flourished. Your Guide to the Islamic Golden Age explores the important achievements and lasting legacy of this magnificent era.
Follow the trade route to the Middle Ages and witness the expansion of trade and commerce, made possible by the advancements in shipbuilding. Your Guide to Trade in the Middle Ages explores the effects of this expansion, including the growth of towns, the formation of guilds, the increasing demand for luxury items, and the famous travels to China of a merchant named Marco Polo.
This engaging book takes readers through a year of holidays and traditions in Poland. Many of the country’s holidays are based on Catholic holy days—but traditional Polish customs, clothing, and food remain at the center of every occasion. Colorful images and clear text also help readers discover traditions and holidays unique to Poland, such as harvest festivals and family traditions.
Known for its diversity, Sri Lanka is a country with many unique cultural traditions. This intriguing book guides readers through a year of holidays and traditions in the country, from Buddhist celebrations such as Poya Days, to the family traditions of specific ethnic groups. Other celebrations also include Hindu, Muslim, and Catholic holidays, and festivals celebrating food and farming.