American History and Government Collection, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1625134762
  • ISBN-13: 9781625134769
  • Grade Level Range: 4th Grade - 10th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released August 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Students of all ages will obtain a comprehensive understanding of American history and our democratic form of government in this comprehensive collection. Individual titles focus on specific eras or periods in history, from the age of exploration to the Civil War and Reconstruction, providing a level of detail unavailable in other resources. Other titles in this collection cover topics related to government, including the three branches, and basic topics, such as citizenship, the Constitution, and taxes.

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Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation: From Columbus to Colonial America  (ISBN-10: 1615307346 | ISBN-13: 9781615307340)

The New World, as the land that comprises the United States was once known, held the promise of opportunity and changing fortunes for those who discovered and colonized it. Even before becoming an independent nation, the land proved to be a bounteous yet challenging home. This lively volume recounts the early history of America, using a diverse selection of the era's personal and historic documents as guideposts.

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Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation: From Democracy's Roots to a Country Divided  (ISBN-10: 1615307354 | ISBN-13: 9781615307357)

Characterized largely by expansionism, economic growth, and social and political reform, the period in American history following the War of 1812 proved advantageous to a number of Americans. Even as many industries flourished, political unrest remained on the horizon as legislators debated the issue of slavery and the handling of newly acquired territories. Complete with eyewitness descriptions of key events and issues as well as seminal documents of the time, this absorbing volume recounts the historical, cultural, economic, and political developments of the United States in the decades leading up to the Civil War.

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Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation: The American Civil War and Reconstruction  (ISBN-10: 1615307117 | ISBN-13: 9781615307111)

While the United States represents freedom to many, much of its history tragically includes the enslavement of a large portion of its population. When the fight for emancipation came to an epic head, civil war ensued and the country was divided as never before. Inflamed passions on both sides of the slavery debate inspired fervent rhetoric, much of which is reflected in the primary source documents interspersed with the text in this thought-provoking volume, which chronicles the events of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction period that followed.

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Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation: The American Revolution and the Young Republic  (ISBN-10: 1615307168 | ISBN-13: 9781615307166)

Struggling against unjust taxation and British intervention in colonial affairs, the colonies that would come to be part of the United States of America were ripe for revolution in the late eighteenth century. Led by impassioned individuals, Americans waged a series of protests against the British that eventually led to the Revolutionary War and effectively culminated with the War of 1812. In this compelling volume, readers are introduced to the architects of American independence and their most ardent arguments against British rule, the events of the American Revolution, and the documents that helped shape a country.

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A New World Power  (ISBN-10: 1615307400 | ISBN-13: 9781615307401)

The inward-looking, isolationist tendencies of the United States as it emerged from the first World War may give the impression of a country vastly different from the outward-looking incipient superpower that began to materialize during WWII. As it transitioned from economic depression to international prominence under the steady hand of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the United States slowly carved out a place for itself on the world stage. Seminal documents and personal accounts are interspersed with historical narrative in this enthralling volume, which chronicles the political and social history of the United States in the aftermath of one world war through its engagement in another.

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America Between the Civil War and the 20th Century  (ISBN-10: 1615307109 | ISBN-13: 9781615307104)

The newly reunified United States experienced a tenuous peace following the American Civil War. It was a period characterized by great technological advances, but also by increased political, economic, and social polarization. This penetrating look at American history between the Civil War and 20th century includes firsthand accounts that reveal the prevailing ideologies of the time and shed light on significant people and events.

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The Growth of a Superpower  (ISBN-10: 1615307370 | ISBN-13: 9781615307371)

So rapid has been the growth of the United States since the mid-20th century and so profound the changes it has experienced that its current superpower status in the world sometimes obscures the radical social, political, economic, and technological transformations it has experienced in that time. Although international and domestic challenges—from the Cold War to the war on terror to healthcare—as well as successes on each front have alternately stunted and accelerated the country’s ascent, its role in world affairs is undeniable. With seminal documents of the each era complementing relevant text, this engrossing volume examines the trajectory of American history between the administrations of Harry Truman and Barack Obama and the factors that have shaped and sustained its development.

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U.S. Imperialism and Progressivism  (ISBN-10: 1615307540 | ISBN-13: 9781615307548)

With one eye on the world and one on the home front, the United States at the turn of the 20th century was distinguished both by its emerging global engagements—including the acquisition of new territories and its involvement in the First World War—and the social movements that surged throughout the country. Readers examine American history between the end of the Civil War and the end of World War I, considering in depth both the imperialist and progressive influences that heralded the country’s future position as a major force on the international stage. Meticulously chosen articles, speeches, and other primary source documents are included alongside narrative to provide a complete picture of the era.

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Columbus and the Journey to the New World  (ISBN-10: 1625131828 | ISBN-13: 9781625131829)

Why was Columbus so determined to discover the New World? What did he promise Kind Ferdinand? Historians have called Columbus's landing in America the greatest event in world history and this book chronicles the many-faceted impact of his epic journey. The text and timelines throughout this title support students as they describe the chronology of events and determine what happened and why. Content offers practice in determining two or more central ideas in a text and analyzing their development over the course of the text.

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Exploring The Great Lakes  (ISBN-10: 1625131844 | ISBN-13: 9781625131843)

During settlement, the Great Lakes and its rivers were the only practical means of moving people and freight. Barges from middle North America were able to reach the Atlantic Ocean from the Great Lakes when the Erie Canal opened in 1825. By 1848, with the opening of the Illinois and Michigan Canal at Chicago, direct access to the Mississippi River was possible from the lakes, thereby establishing an all-inland water route between New York City and New Orleans. Students will learn about the role that the Great Lakes played in transorting cargo, immigrants, and even cruise ships. This title will help students analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.

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Exploring The Territories of the United States  (ISBN-10: 1625131852 | ISBN-13: 9781625131850)

The territorial acquisitions of the United States, including areas that were part of the United States at one time but which have since been ceded to other countries, are chronicled in this title. Descriptive information, including the name of the areas, the data when they were acquired, and additional brief notes about the acquisitions, are all discussed in detail. This title will allow students to analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

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Pilgrims  (ISBN-10: 1625131860 | ISBN-13: 9781625131867)

As the Pilgrims set off for the new world to establish a colony, danger and struggle created many challenges to overcome. To survive and ensure the success of their colony, the Pilgrims looked to a few strong leaders. This book supports students as they compare and contrast the experiences of the Pilgrims and those of the present-day. Captions, maps, and timelines help readers determine the main idea and describe the overall structure of the text. Students also can use the book to cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the content.

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Spanish Missions  (ISBN-10: 1625131879 | ISBN-13: 9781625131874)

The Spanish Empire populated the American West with Catholic missions, shaping the culture and traditions of Native people forever. Today, restored missions are some of the most beautiful historical sites in California and the American Southwest. In this book, students learn that many missions have become working Catholic parishes. This title will allow students to explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

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Slavery  (ISBN-10: 1625131623 | ISBN-13: 9781625131621)

One of America's bleakest times is the dark chapter in history known as slavery. This title explores the hardships slaves had to endure and how brave people fought for their freedom. This title will allow students to analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text and how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events.

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Homeland Security  (ISBN-10: 1625132220 | ISBN-13: 9781625132222)

Have you ever wondered why people are asked to take off their shoes and scan their bags before they board an airplane? Airport security uses high-tech equipment and procedures created by the Department of Homeland Security to make sure that everyone stays safe. This highly engaging book uses the latest information to explain how the DHS helps during disaster, protects the country's computer systems, and keeps America secure. Students can use this book to delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text; assess whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced; and use timelines and captions to build their visual literacy skills.

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U.S. National Guard  (ISBN-10: 1625132239 | ISBN-13: 9781625132239)

Who protected the Americans before the Army, Navy, and Air Force? The National Guard is the oldest U.S. military branch. Readers find out what it takes to train and acquire the skills needed to be a Guard member. Action-packed photos of real occurrences and interesting facts allow students to analyze and determine meaning of the text. This title also provides practice in determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; and analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

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The Rise of the Jim Crow Era  (ISBN-10: 1680480448 | ISBN-13: 9781680480443)

The Rise of the Jim Crow Era, part of The African American Experience: From Slavery to the Presidency series, discusses the events that led up to and were part of the Jim Crow Era.

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The Civil Rights Era  (ISBN-10: 1680480502 | ISBN-13: 9781680480504)

The Civil Rights Era, part of The African American Experience: From Slavery to the Presidency series, discusses the events that led up to and were part of the Civil Rights Era.

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The Civil War and Reconstruction Eras  (ISBN-10: 1680480413 | ISBN-13: 9781680480412)

The Civil War and Reconstruction Eras, part of The African American Experience: From Slavery to the Presidency series, discusses the events that led up to and were part of the Civil War and the Reconstruction Eras.

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Barack Obama and the Idea of a Postracial Society  (ISBN-10: 1680480537 | ISBN-13: 9781680480535)

Barack Obama and the Idea of a Postracial Society, part of The African American Experience: From Slavery to the Presidency series, discusses the events that led up to the election of the first African American president of the United States.

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The Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance  (ISBN-10: 1680480472 | ISBN-13: 9781680480474)

The Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, part of The African American Experience: From Slavery to the Presidency series, discusses the events that led up to and were part of the Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance.

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Slavery in America  (ISBN-10: 1680480383 | ISBN-13: 9781680480382)

Slavery in America, part of The African American Experience: From Slavery to the Presidency series, introduces the reader to the complex set of circumstances and issues associated with the institution of human bondage.

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The Age of Exploration  (ISBN-10: 1508100322 | ISBN-13: 9781508100324)

This engaging title tells the story of the explorers who became the first Europeans to visit the lands that would later become the United States of America. Readers will learn about the Spanish explorers of the Southwest and the Gulf Coast, the English and Dutch explorers of the Atlantic Coast, and the French explorers of the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River. They'll discover what the goals and motivations behind each expedition were, which native people the explorers encountered, and what sorts of obstacles had to be overcome for each expedition to succeed. This book provides a fascinating account of a formational period in American history.

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The Colonial Period  (ISBN-10: 1508100330 | ISBN-13: 9781508100331)

This valuable resource begins with a summary of exploration in the New World. It then follows early colonization efforts, describing the journeys of the first colonists into the unknown and their struggles to make something of their harsh new environment. Readers will learn about the colonies' early societies, governments, and trades. The colonists growing dissatisfaction with England is charted as it swells towards all-out revolution. This volume showcases key figures, important events, and the emergence of the distinctive American spirit in examining the period of history when British colonists would become Americans.

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The American Revolution  (ISBN-10: 1508100349 | ISBN-13: 9781508100348)

Readers will be introduced to the stressful, tense, and sometimes violent days leading up to the American Revolution. This instructive text then goes on to discuss major battles, war strategies, and tide-turning events. Both text and sidebars highlight important figures and events in this classic historical tale of perseverance that never grows stale.

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The New Nation  (ISBN-10: 1508100357 | ISBN-13: 9781508100355)

The roots of the newly formed United States of America are examined in detail in this volume. With evocative illustrations, paintings, maps, political documents, and other media largely drawn from the post-revolutionary era itself, this book details both the new nation's growing pains and shortcomings, its major accomplishments and optimism, its sociocultural trends, and its rapid growth and expansion. Political and military struggles, Manifest Destiny, and other dynamic events are all included in a narrative stretching from the nation's birth through the years prior to the U.S. Civil War.

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The Louisiana Purchase and Westward Expansion  (ISBN-10: 1508100365 | ISBN-13: 9781508100362)

The Louisiana Purchase stands out in American history for a number of reasons. It was the largest acquisition of land in United States' history. It was also the first time a president obtained new territory by purchase. But, perhaps most important, it fueled the American drive for westward expansion -- a powerful force in U.S. culture and politics for the remainder of the 19th century. This authoritative title presents that history in depth, contextualizing the Louisiana Purchase and examining how it affected the early development of America, bringing this episode of American history to life for a new generation of readers.

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The Civil War  (ISBN-10: 1508100373 | ISBN-13: 9781508100379)

The bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861 set off the savage four-year war between the North and the South. The North fought to preserve the Union, whereas the South fought to win recognition as an independent nation. The war was a climax to quarrels between the two sides over the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Readers analyze the background of the war, military leadership and strategic plans of the war in the West and East, specific battles on land and sea, and the costs of the war.

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