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How America Became America (ages 9+)

This series will help young readers understand how geography, ideology, and historical forces combined to shape the United States of America. It will provide them, in an easy-to-understand and richly illustrated format, a cultural and historical context in which to understand what it means to be a citizen of this great land.

13 volumes
2013
9 and up
8 x 8 inches
Dr. Jack N. Rakove is a professor of history and American studies at Stanford University, where he is director of American studies. The winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in history, Dr. Rakove is the author of The Unfinished Election of 2000, Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule, and James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic. He is also the president of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic.
"The "How America Became America" series is designed to show younger readers not only the course of the nation's history but also the critical themes that marked its evolution." "Not only will students learn about the facts and figures involved in these historical events but also the way in which they affected the people who lived through them."
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
"This series connects the dots between the wobbly-kneed pre-Revolutionary colonies and the robust world power that America is today." "Text boxes contribute additional facts and ask readers to ponder questions such as "Who Owned America?""
School Library Journal
A Shifting Role: America and the World (1900-1912)
by Victor South

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The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries--and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. Teddy Roosevelt's America, for example, was a different one from today's version, and yet Roosevelt's ideas and actions shaped present-day America. The actions and policies of Presidents Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson also led to America's involvement in the Caribbean and in Central America. As the world headed toward World War I, the United States was ready to take its place as a leader on the global stage.

America in the 20th Century (1913-1999)
by Victor South

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The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries--and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. Today, the United States of America is the lone super power in the world. The United States is very strong. Power, however, is not the only thing that comes with being a world leader. As a world leader, America also has a lot of responsibility to the rest of the world. In the twentieth century, the United States struggled to balance its power with its responsibility in new ways.

America Is Born (1770-1800)
by Constance Sharp

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The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries--and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. People like Thomas Paine, George Washington, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson built the foundation of values and ideals on which America still stands. Learning about America's birth will help you understand the country it is today.

American Wilderness: Alaska and the National Parks (1865-1890)
by Wesley Windsor

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Alaska--America's forty-ninth state--has a long and rich history. Beginning with the Native people who first made their homes there, the inhabitants have benefited from Alaska's bountiful resources. Alaska's gold, fish, and lumber have all contributed to America's economy. Some people wonder, however, if Alaska's greatest natural resource might be her untouched wilderness areas. Our National Parks are another one of our great resources. How should land be used? To whom does it belong? Who should decide? Questions like these have played a major role in shaping the United States-- and they continue to do so today. America's National Parks are just one answer to these questions.

Americans Move West (1846-1860)
by Teresa LaClair

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The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries--and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. In the 1830s, over fifty years after the United States had won its independence from Britain, Americans were still delighted with their young country. That sense of hope and freedom are still a part of the United States today. As you learn about the settlers who rode the Oregon Trail to new land in the West, you will gain a better understanding of how America became America.

Beyond Our Shores: America Extends Its Reach (1890-1899)
by Constance Sharp

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History is full of many stories. Each group of people has its own stories. No two stories are exactly the same. The Monroe Doctrine--America's policy of intervention in other nations' affairs--has played a major role in the stories the United States has told about itself. This book will tell you another chapter in America's story--and it will also tell you the stories of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines.

Connecting the 21st Century to the Past: What Makes America America? (2000-the present)
by Michelle Quinby

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The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries--and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. But some things have not changed. The basic framework of the American nation was laid out by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Over the years, these have remained basically the same. The U.S. economic system has grown--but it too is much the same. So is America's system of voting and elections. As you learn about how these important parts of the United States work in the twenty-first century, you will come to better understand what makes America the nation that it is.

Remember the Alamo: Americans Fight for Texas (1820-1845)
by Victor South

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The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries--and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. When Moses Austin first brought American settlers into Texas in 1820, little did he realize the far-reaching consequences of his action. Despite years of conflict and bloodshed, those settlers would eventually join the United States as a new state, adding nearly a million square miles to America's land. Texas changed the shape of America forever!

The Civil War: America Torn Apart (1860-1865)
by Wesley Windsor

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The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries--and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. The Civil War brought an end to the terrible practice of slavery--but it also left deep wounds across the United States. As you learn more about this war's conflicts, you will gain a better understanding of what makes America the nation it is today.

The Northern Colonies: Freedom to Worship (1600-1770)
by Teresa LaClair

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The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries--and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. More than three hundred years later, America is very different from the early communities shaped by these first European settlers--and yet these long-ago individuals are part of the story of how America became America.

The Southern Colonies: The Search for Wealth (1600-1770)
by Teresa LaClair

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The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries--and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. The people who lived in the Southern colonies were successful and prosperous Americans, with an identity of their own. They helped shape America into the country it is today.

Thomas Jefferson and the Growing United States (1800-1811)
by Constance Sharp

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The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries--and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. Thomas Jefferson was one of the most important of these thinkers. During his presidency, the Louisiana Purchase doubled the geographic size of the United States. And perhaps most important, Jefferson helped define what is best about America.

Wars at Home: America Forms an Identity (1812-1820)
by Michelle Quinby

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By the beginning of the 1800s, America was a young country led by people who were ready to fight to defend American rights on the seas and at home. They were eager to teach Europe's older nations a lesson, and they wanted to add to America's land. America fought the War of 1812 as well as a war in Florida. The US came out of these wars stronger than ever-- and the people of the United States were ready for America to grow still bigger.




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