Grade 8

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Unit 1: A Land of Promise



Pedro's Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus
by Pam Conrad
Boyds Mills, 1991 (96p)
A cabin boy on the Santa Maria records his experiences sailing to the new world with Columbus.

N. C. Wyeth's Pilgrims
by Robert San Souci
Chronicle, 1991 (40p)
Reproductions of Wyeth's murals of Plymouth Colony are accompanied by San Souci's text that clears up some misconceptions. Available in Spanish as Peregrinos de N. C. Wyeth.

The Iroquois
by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Holiday, 1995 (32p)
The author details the history, beliefs, and daily ways of life of the Iroquois. See also The Sioux and The Seminoles by the same author.

Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times
by Kate Waters
Scholastic, 1996 (40p)
Photographed at Plimoth Plantation, this photo-essay reenacts the life of Tapenum, who is training to become a pniese, a special warrior prince.

African-Americans in the Thirteen Colonies
by Deborah Kent
Childrens, 1996 (32p)
The author presents an overview of pre-Revolutionary War social conditions and achievements of both free and enslaved African Americans.

The Cabinetmakers
by Leonard Everett Fisher
Benchmark, 1996 (48p)
This title and others in Fisher's Colonial Craftsmen series have been reissued and show in detail the work done by craftsmen and professionals in colonial times. See also The Doctors, The Glassmakers, The Schoolmasters, and The Silversmiths.

Huskings, Quiltings, and Barn Raisings:Work-Play Parties in Early America
by Victoria Sherrow
Walker, 1992 (78p)
In early American life, work activities such as cooking, sewing and building homes often were community events for socializing.

Patrick Henry: Voice of the American Revolution
by Louis Sabin
Troll 1982 (64p) also paper
The book explores the life of this Virginia orator, who was one of the strongest voices for independence.


I Sailed with Columbus
by Miriam Schlein
Harper, 1991 (144p) also paper
Julio, sailing aboard the Santa María as a cabin boy, records his experiences in letters.

Morning Girl
by Michael Dorris
Hyperion, 1992 (80p) paper
In this portrait of a Native American family, a young Taino girl meets Columbus's landing party off her Bahamian island. Available in Spanish as Tainos.

by Michael Dorris
Hyperion, 1994 (128p) paper
In this coming-of-age story, Moss, a Native American boy, fears that the annual harvest -- possibly the first Thanksgiving -- will be ruined by guests.

The Salem Witch Trials
by Lori Lee Wilson
Lerner, 1997 (112p)
The author explains why twenty people, mostly women, were put to death during the Salem witch trials in Massachussets in 1692.

A Multicultural Portrait of the American Revolution
by Fran Zell
Benchmark, 1995 (80p)
This well-researched book focuses on the prejudices and stereotyping that were overcome in order for people of color to make valuable contributions to the war effort.

Those Remarkable Women of the American Revolution
by Karen Zeinert
Millbrook, 1996 (96p)
During the Revolution, women made their presence felt in print, on the home front, and on the battlefield.

A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy
by Jim Murphy
Clarion, 1996 (112p)
Fifteen-year-old Joseph Plumb Martin enlists in the Revolutionary Army and fights under Washington, Lafayette, and Steuben.


Discovering Christopher Columbus: How History Is Invented
by Kathy Pelta
Lerner, 1991 (96p)
The author explains how many now see Columbus's accomplishments in both a positive and a negative light.

The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo
by Tom Feelings
Dial, 1995 (80p)
Feelings has stunningly depicted the plight of Africans brought to America as slaves.

Beyond the Burning Time
by Kathryn Lasky
Scholastic, 1996 (288p)
A courageous young girl must confront the witch hysteria in Salem in order to save her mother.

Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution
by Natalie Bober
Atheneum, 1995 (272p)
In her award-winning biography, Bober tells how Abigail Adams kept her husband John informed of events in Boston while he served in the Continental Congress.

My Brother Sam Is Dead
by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
Simon, 1974 (224p) also paper
In this award-winning classic, the Revolutionary War has a wrenching effect on one nonpartisan family from Redding, Connecticut.

Samuel Adams: The Father of American Independence
by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Clarion, 1998 (192p)
Adams, thought by many to be an unlikely revolutionary, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve American independence.

Johnny Tremain
by Esther Forbes
Houghton Mifflin, 1943 (256p)
Forbes's Newbery winner tells the story of a young silversmith's apprentice who, having accidentally burnt his hand, becomes involved in patriot activities just before the American Revolution.

Thomas Jefferson: Man on a Mountain
by Natalie Bober
Atheneum 1988 (288p) paper
Bober uses Jefferson's own writings and quotations from his contemporaries to tell his story.


The Arrow Over the Door
by Joseph Bruchac
Dial, 1998 (96p)
Based on a true incident, this story tells of the meeting of an Abenaki boy who feels all Americans are enemies and a young American who is scorned for his Quaker beliefs.

Songs and Stories of the American Revolution
by Jerry Silverman
Millbrook, 1994 (72p)
Scores for piano, guitar, and voice are included in this collection of ten Revolutionary War songs, along with musical and historical background information.

The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart
by Kristiana Gregory
Scholastic, 1996 (174p)
In her diary, a young girl recounts how she and her family helped George Washington at Valley Forge.


Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars: 1690-1760
by Albert Marrin
Atheneum, 1987 (232p)
The author-historian explains the four wars that led to English supremacy in the colonies.

Who Was Who in the American Revolution
by L. Edward Purcell
Facts on File, 1993 (560p)
With 1500 entries, this reference covers everyone from major military leaders to infamous spies and traitors.



Beginnings of Exploration: Why did Europe "Discover" America in 1492? 18 min.
Age of Exploration Series
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1990

Latitude and Longitude 22 min.
National Geographic, 1994

American Indians: A Brief History 22 min.
National Geographic, 1985

Colonizing North America: Early Settlements 18 min.
Colonial and Founding Period Series
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1990

Breaking Colonial Ties: Declaration of Independence 18 min.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1990

Count Down to Independence: Causes of the American Revolution 22 min.
Rainbow Educational Media, 1990

American Revolution: Rebellion and Preparing to Fight 16 min.
AIMS Multimedia, 1993

Life and Times of George Washington 14 min.
United Learning, 1993


Paths to Freedom: The American Revolution (CD-ROM)
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1995

Geography Search (Floppy Disk)
Tom Snyder Productions, 1993

World Geo Graph II (Floppy Disk)
The Learning Company, 1993

Real Picture World Atlas (CD-ROM)
Now What Software, 1995

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Unit 2: The Constitution of the United States



A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Consitituion
by Betsy Maestro
Lothrop, 1990 (48p) paper
This easy-to-read book explains simply how and why the Constitition was written. Available in Spanish as Union mas perfecta.

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
by Jean Fritz
Putnam, 1987 (64p) also paper
The author focuses on the events in 1787 when delegates gathered to write the United States Constitution.

We the People: The Constitution of the United States of America
by Peter Spier
Doubleday, 1991 (32p) paper
A statement from the Constitution is featured on each page of this picture book, along with a drawing showing how the concept applies in everyday life.

The Constitutional Convention
by Martin McPhillips
Silver, 1985 (64p)
The author introduces the delegates to the Convention and explains their activities.

John Adams: Brave Patriot
by Laurence Santrey
Troll, 1986 (48p)
This biography of the outspoken and decisive Adams shows how he served his country in many ways.


The Great Little Madison
by Jean Fritz
Putnam, 1989 (160p)
The author's exceptional book on Madison focuses on his personal and political lives and his determination to make the Constitution work.

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia
by Margaret Cousins
Random, 1981 (160p) also paper
This lively biography reveals the American statesman who was also an inventor, an author, and a printer.

Our Independence and the Constitution
by Dorothy C. Fisher
Random, 1964 (192p) also paper
Through the eyes of one Philadelphia family, the reader sees the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Constitutional Amendments
by Barbara S. Feinberg
Twenty-First Century, 1996 (64p)
The author looks at the twenty-seven amendments that have been ratified since the Constitution was framed over two hundred years ago.


Who Were the Founding Fathers? Two Hundred Years of Inventing American History
by Steven H. Jaffe
Holt, 1996 (227p)
Jaffe examines the on-going debate about who should really be considered founders of our country.


Ben and Me
by Robert Lawson
Little, 1939 (139p) also paper
In this well-known classic, Amos, the mouse, tells the story of Benjamin Franklin and his career, including his role in framing the Constitution.


Our Changing Constitution: How and Why We Have Changed It
by Isobel V. Morin
Millbrook, 1998 (176p)
This helpful reference book explains how and why the twenty-six amendments were made to the United States Constitution.



Against the Tide: Debating the Constitution 16 min.
New Dimension Media, 1992

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Unit 3: Establishing the New Nation



The White House
by Leonard Everett Fisher
Holiday, 1989 (96p)
The author details the abandonment of the White House by the Madisons during the War of 1812, the looting and burning of the White House, and its subsequent rebuilding.

By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner
by Steven Kroll
Scholastic, 1994 (40p)
Vivid paintings illustrate this book about Francis Scott Key and how his observations on shipboard during the attack on Baltimore inspired him to write this song that became the National Anthem.

Old Ironsides: America Builds a Fighting Ship
by David Weitzman
Houghton Mifflin, 1997 (32p)
Using historical facts, black-and-white drawings, and a fictional eyewitness, Weitzman tells the story of the first frigate in the American Navy, the U. S. S. Constitution, later nicknamed "Old Ironsides."

The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal
by Charyl Harness
Simon, 1995 (32p)
Harness tells the history of the building of the Canal, from its groundbreaking in 1817, through the years it was known as "Clinton's Ditch," to its completion in 1825.

Only the Name Remains: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears
by Alex W. Bealer
Little, 1996 (79p)
From 1837 to 1839, the Cherokees were forced to march from Georgia to Arkansas, when approximately a quarter of them died.


Washington City Is Burning
by Harriette Gillem Robinet
Atheneum, 1996 (149p)
Slavery, Washington, and the War of 1812 are seen from the perspective of a young slave girl who has been sent to the White House to serve Dolley Madison.

The War of 1812
by Kathlyn and Martin Gay
Twenty-First Century, 1996 (64p)
Maps and reproductions, as well as quotations from primary sources, help detail the causes and outcomes of this war.

Once on This Island
by Gloria Whelan
Harper, 1995 (244p) also paper
A brother and sister try to manage the family farm when the British capture the fort on Mackinac Island and their father goes off to war.

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal 1830-32
by Joan W. Blos
Scribner, 1979 (144p) also paper
In this Newbery-winning novel, a thirteen-year-old girl records the events in her life on a New Hampshire farm, including aiding a runaway slave.

Jip, His Story
by Katherine Paterson
Dutton, 1996 (181p)
Jip, living on a poor farm in Vermont in 1855, discovers his mother was a slave who escaped via the Underground Railroad and fled to Canada to save his life.

These Lands Are Ours: Tecumseh's Fight for the Old Northwest
by Kate Connell
Steck-Vaughn, 1993 (96p)
The Shawnee chief travels to other tribes in an effort to unite them against the encroaching white settlers.


1812: The War Nobody Won
by Albert Marrin
Atheneum, 1985 (190p)
Marrin's lively book includes interesting details and anecdotes about the British, the Americans, and the Native Americans involved in the War of 1812.

Andrew Jackson and His America
by Milton Meltzer
Watts, 1993 (207p)
This biography of America's first Western president explores not only Jackson's life but also the history of that period and the ongoing significance of events during his presidency.

Sequoya's Gift: A Portrait of the Cherokee Leader
by Janet Klausner
Harper, 1993 (240p)
After teaching himself to write, Sequoya introduced written language to his people, making almost all of them literate within months.


The Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper
Dutton, 1962 (432p)
Cooper's classic tells the story of a man who faces a overwhelming moral dilemma. Other editions available.

On the Long Trail Home
by Elisabeth J. Stewart
Clarion, 1994 (96p)
The escape of the author's great-grandmother from the Trail of Tears inspired this account of Meli, a young Cherokee girl who makes a perilous journey back to her childhood home.


After the Trail of Tears: The Cherokees' Struggle for Sovereignty, 1830-1880
by William G. McLoughlin
U. of North Carolina, 1993
The author traces the history of the Cherokee Nation during the forty years after its members were resettled in what is now Oklahoma.



Remaking Society in the New Nation 21 min.
Colonial and Founding Period Series
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1991

Life in the Maturing Colonies 17 min.
Colonial and Founding Period Series
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1991

American Indians: A Brief History 22 min.
National Geographic, 1985

Northeast 60 min.
Native American Series
Ambrose Video,, 1994

Southeast 60 min.
Native American Series
Ambrose Video, 1994

Southwest 60 min.
Native American Series
Ambrose Video, 1994

Island of Hope, Island of Tears 28 min.
New Dimension Media, 1990

Language of Editorial Cartoons 18 min.
Knowledge Unlimited, 1992

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Unit 4: Development of American Regions



John C. Fremont: Soldier and Pathfinder
by William R. Stanford and Carl R. Green
Enslow, 1996 (48p)
This easy-to-read biography relates the life of the explorer and later senator from California.

My Name Is York
by Elizabeth Van Steenwyck
Rising Moon, 1997 (32p)
York, the slave who traveled freely with Lewis and Clark on their expedition, was again enslaved when the journey was completed.

Reflections of a Black Cowboy Series
by Robert Miller
Silver, 1991 (104p) paper
This series about African Americans in the West consists of Reflections of a Black Cowboy, Buffalo Soldiers, Cowboys, and Mountain Men.

Susanna of the Alamo: A True Story
by John Jakes
Harcourt, 1986 (32p) also paper
The author tells the life of Susanna Dickinson, whose story is the inspiration for the cry "Remember the Alamo!"

Davy Crockett: Defender of the Alamo
by William R. Sandford and Carl R. Green
Enslow, 1996 (48p)
Presented here is the life of the Tennessee frontiersman who died at the Alamo.

Brigham Young: Mormon and Pioneer Leader
by William R. Sanford and Carl R. Green
Enslow, 1996 (48p)
The author recounts the life of the leader of the Mormons, who led them into what is now Utah.

Zebulon Pike: Explorer of the Southwest
by William R. Sandord and Carl R. Green
Enslow, 1996 (48p)
This is a fact-filled biography of the officer and explorer for whom Pikes Peak is named.

Growing Up in America: 1830-1860
by Evelyn Toynton
Millbrook, 1995 (96p)
The lives of a New England farm family, a slave family, a pioneer family, a Sioux family, and an urban family are examined.


The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark
by Rhoda Blumberg
Lothrop, 1987 (128p)
Lewis and Clark head west through uncharted territory in search of a water route to the Pacific.

by Judith St. George
Putnam, 1997 (128p)
This biography details the life of the Shoshone interpreter for Lewis and Clark, who also saved their journals of their historic trip.

A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840
by Barbara Greenwood
Houghton, 1995 (244p) also paper
A blend of fiction and nonfiction recounts the story of the fictional Robinson family.

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847
by Kristiana Gregory
Scholastic, 1997 (128p)
A young pioneer girl relates her family's experiences during their rigorous journey west.

Black Frontiers: A History of African American Heroes in the Old West
by Lillian Schlissel
Simon, 1995 (78p)
The author focuses on the African Americans who went west as soldiers, homesteaders, and mountain men, with biographical sketches of Jim Beckwourth, Stagecoach Mary, Bill Pickett, Biddy Mason, and others.

The Amistad Affair: A Search for Freedom
by Walter Dean Myers
Dutton, 1997 (96p)
Myers recounts the controversy sparked by the revolt of slaves being transported to Cuba who seized control of the ship and eventually landed in Long Island.

On to Oregon!
by Honoré Morrow
Morrow, 1991 (240p) paper
This enduring classic tells the story of the six brave Sager children who traveled alone to Oregon in 1848 after their parents died along the way.

Daily Life on a Southern Plantation
by Paul Erickson
Lodestar, 1998 (48p)
Life in the big house and in the slave quarters on a plantation in 1853 is seen through the eyes of slaves Daddy Major, Rosena, Scipio, and Cicero and their owners, the Henderson family.


The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
by Karen Cushman
Clarion, 1996 (208p)
When her mother moves the family to a California mining town, a miserable Lucy finds comfort in books and letters while planning how to get back home to Massachusetts.

by Katherine Paterson
Lodestar, 1991 (192p) also paper
This historical novel focuses on three years in the life of Lyddie Worthen, who worked in the factories of Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Carago
by Tom Feelings
Dial, 1995 (80p)
Author-illustrator Tom Feelings uses pen-and-ink drawings to convey the horror of the Middle Passage.


A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence, Gonzales, Texas, 1835
by Sherry Garland
Scholastic, 1998 (148p)
In her diary, young Lucinda records one of the most important events in her life and in the history of Texas.

Frederick Douglass: In His Own Words
by Milton Meltzer
Harcourt, 1995 (240p)
Meltzer has selected speeches and editorials written by the abolitionist ex-slave.


Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
Knopf, 1997 (288p)
Lewis and Clark's arduous journey seeking a water route to the west coast is clearly and dramatically detailed here, with drawings and entries from Lewis and Clark's journals.

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Simon, 1996
This highly acclaimed biography of Lewis discusses not only his life but also details his trip with William Clark and the importance of their journey.

Gold Rush Women
by Claire Murphy and Jane Haigh
Alaska Northwest, 1997 (126p)
The authors draw on primary sources to tell the usually-ignored stories of women who joined the gold rushes in the Yukon and Alaska.

Far From Home: Families of the Westward Journey
by Lillian Schlissel, Byrd Gibbons, and Elizabeth Hampsten
Schocken, 1990
Through their letters and diaries, the stories of three families traveling west are revealed.



Industrial Revolution 30 min.
United Learning, 1994

Erie Canal 21 min.
Phoenix/BFA, 1990

South Central Region 20 min
U. S. Geography: From Sea to Shining Sea Series
Journal Films, 1995

Lewis and Clark 15 min.
Landmarks of Western Expansion Series
Agency for Instructional Technology, 1991

Heritage of the Black West 25 min.
National Geographic, 1995

Rancho Life 23 min.
American History Series
Barr Films, 1992

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Unit 5: The Nation Divides and Reunites



Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
Scholastic, 1994 (80p)
On a pre-Civil War plantation, the celebaration of Christmas is seen from the slaves' and the plantation owners' points of view.

The Day Fort Sumter Was Fired On: A Photo History of the Civil War
by Jim Haskins
Scholastic, 1995 (96p) paper
Photos capture life on the front lines and show the war's effects on people on the homefront.

Pink and Say
by Patricia Polacco
Putnam, 1994 (48p) also paper
Based on actual events, this story recounts the story of an African American Union soldier who saves the life of a white fellow soldier but is later hanged at Andersonville. Available in Spanish as Pink y Say.

Charley Skedaddle
by Patricia Beatty
Morrow, 1987 (192p) also paper
In this story based on documented material, a New York boy who deserts after a battle in Virginia fears he will forever be branded a coward.

The Gettysburg Address
by Abraham Lincoln
Houghton Mifflin, 1995 (32p) also paper
Black-and-white illustrations accompany the words Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg in 1863.


The Boys' War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War
by Jim Murphy
Clarion, 1990 (128p)
Diary entries and letters describe the experiences of boys sixteen and younger who fought in the Civil War.

Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment
by Clinton Cox
Scholastic, 1993 (176) also paper
Archival photos accompany this story of the African American regiment who fought in the Union Army.

A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War
by Ina Chang
Lodestar, 1991 (112p) also paper
During the Civl War, women fought in battles and assumed other unfamiliar and surprising new roles.

Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
Scholastic, 1992 (192p)
This award-winning biography relates the life of the preacher, abolitionist, and rights activist.

Black, Blue, and Gray
by Jim Haskins
Simon, 1998 (160p)
The author explores the role of African American soldiers during the Civil War. Included is a list of African American Medal of Honor recipients.

Never Were Men So Brave: The Irish Brigade During the Civil War
by Susan Provost Beller
McElderry, 1998 (98p)
Thomas Francis Meagher founded the Irish Brigade, 535 fearless men who fought for the Union and to whom a monument was dedicated at Gettysburg.

The Long Road to Gettysburg
by Jim Murphy
Clarion, 1992 (128p)
The Battle of Gettysburg is seen through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old Confederate lieutenant and and an eighteen-year-old Union soldier.

Turn Homeward, Hannalee
by Patricia Beatty
Morrow 1984 (208p) also paper
At the end of the Civil War, Hannalee, who had worked in a Yankee mill, struggles to get home to her family in Georgia.

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, A Freed Girl: Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865
by Joyce Hansen
Scholastic, 1997 (202p)
Twelve-year-old Patsy keeps a diary of the momentous but sometimes confusing period following the freeing of slaves.


Fiery Vision: The Life and Death of John Brown
by Clinton Cox
Scholastic, 1997(230p)
The author recounts the life of the controversial abolitionist who led the raid on Harper's Ferry.

Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts
by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Scholastic, 1996 (182p)
Rebellions against slavery were led by Nat Turner, Cinque, Denmark Vesey, Harriet Tubman, and Toussaint L'Ouverture, among others.

Unconditional Surrender: U. S. Grant and the Civil War
by Albert Marrin
Atheneum, 1994 (208p)
In this award-winning biography, Marrin discusses Grant's pivotal role in the Civil War and points out many of the ironies of his life.

Virginia's General: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War
by Albert Marrin
Atheneum, 1995 (192p)
This biography that begins with Lee's refusal to lead the U. S. Army also contains many personal details about his life.


Across Five Aprils
by Irene Hunt
Berkeley, 1986 (100p) paper; other editions
In this classic story, Jethro, the youngest son of an Illinois farm family, is the only surviving son after the Civil War ends.

Bull Run
by Paul Fleischman
Harper, 1993 (112p) also paper
The drama of the Civil War is told through the lives and thoughts of sixteen people who were all involved in the Battle of Bull Run.

Voices from the Civil War: A Documentary History of the Great American Conflict
by Milton Meltzer
Harper, 1992 (224p) paper
Life during the Civil War is reflected through letters, newspaper articles, diaries, interviews, and speeches.


The Civil War
by Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, and Ken Burns
Vintage, 1994
The book, based on the PBS television series, features narratives from men and women who lived through the war and essays by current historians.

Chickamauga and Other Civil War Stories
edited by Shelby Foote
Delta, 1993 (241p) paper
This re-issued collection contains Civil War stories by William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stephen Crane, Ambrose Bierce, Eudora Welty, and Mark Twain.

The Negro's Civil War
by James McPherson
Chicago: U of Illinois Press, 1965



With Malice Towards None: Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address 27 min.
American Documents Series
Learning Corporation, 1991

The Civil War Journal Series 48 min. each
A & E Home Video, 1991

The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry 58 min.
PBS Video, 1991

Steal Away: The Harriet Tubman Story 58 min.
PBS Video, 1991


House Divided: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (CD-ROM)
Grafica Multimedia, 1995

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Unit 6: A Time of Transformation



The Nez Percé
by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Holiday, 1994
Sneve writes about the history, culture, and legends of the Nez Perc?. By the same author, see also The Apaches and The Sioux.

Pioneer Girl: Growing Up on the Prairie
by Andrea Warren
Morrow, 1998 (96p)
Young Grace McCance and her family settle in a one-room sod house on the Nebraska prairie, where they endure droughts, blizzards, and grasshopper infestations.

Going Home to Nicodemus
by Daniel Chu and Bill Shaw
Silver, 1995 (64p)
After the Civil War, a group of freed slaves headed west and founded what is now the oldest all-black town west of the Mississippi: Nicodemus, Kansas.

by Martin W. Sandler
Harper, 1995 (92p)
Photos from the Library of Congress illustrate this book about the many immigrants who have helped shape the history of this country.

The Triangle Factory Fire
by Victoria Sherrow
Millbrook, 1995 (64p)
The catastrophic fire in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York in, 1911 that killed over a hundred people, mostly young women, led to strict safety reforms.

Locks, Crocs, and Skeeters: The Story of the Panama Canal
by Nancy W. Parker
Greenwillow, 1996 (32p)
The author describes the horrors and dangers faced by the engineers and workers who built the Panama Canal.


The Forgotten Heroes: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers
by Clinton Cox
Scholastic, 1996 (192p) paper
The author relates true stories of former slaves recruited to help open up the West to pioneers.

Plains Warrior: Chief Quanah Parker and the Comanches
by Albert Marrin
Atheneum, 1996 (200p)
Noted historian Marrin tells the story of the fearless Comanche leader who traveled to Texas and Washington to fight for recognition and humane treatment for his people.

The Life and Death of Crazy Horse
by Russell Freedman
Holiday, 1996 (144p)
Called the greatest of the Teton Sioux warriors, Crazy Horse, who grew from a shy youth to a warrior desperately trying to save his people, defeated Custer in the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Cowboys of the Wild West
by Russell Freedman
Clarion, 1995 (128p) also paper
Black-and-white archival photos enhance this story of the trail-driving cow herders of the late nineteenth century.

Prairie Visions: The Life and Times of Solomon Butcher
by Pam Conrad
Harper, 1994 (96p) paper
This biography of Solomon, who spent fifteen years photographing Nebraska settlers, is illustrated with some of his work.

Full Steam Ahead: The Race to Build a Transcontinental Railroad
by Rhoda Blumberg
National Geographic, 1996 (160p)
Beatty looks at the politics around the signing of the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862 and its consequences for American history.

The Great Fire
by Jim Murphy
Scholastic, 1995 (144p)
This gripping account of the Chicago fire of 1871 includes firsthand descriptions from people who survived it.

Bound for the Promised Land: The Great Black Migration
by Michael L. Cooper
Lodestar, 1995 (96p)
In the early 1900s, there was an exodus of African Americans from the South to northern cities in search of better opportunities.

Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor
by Russell Freedman
Clarion, 1994 (112p)
Hine, who left teaching, became an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee working against the exploitation of children.

Across America on a Emigrant Train
by Jim Murphy
Clarion, 1993 (160p)
This account of Robert Louis Stevenson's twelve-day journey from New York to California in 1879 is interwoven with the history of the transcontinental railroad and the migration westward.

Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun
by Rhoda Blumberg
Lothrop, 1985 (128p) also paper
The author explores how Commodore Perry established diplomatic relations with a country that had always been closed to the West.


The Ox-Bow Incident
by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Signet, 1943 (224p) paper
This classic looks at the brutal forms of justice often meted out in the Wild West.

Prairie Songs
by Pam Conrad
Harper, 1993 (176p) paper
Louisa views pioneer life differently after the arrival of a doctor and his frail wife, who cannot endure the hardships and loneliness of the prairie.

We Shall Not Be Moved: The Women's Factory Strike of 1909
by Joan Dash
Scholastic, 1996 (166p)
The author describes the inhumane conditions in Manhattan's shirtwaist factories that caused immigrant women workers to strike.

Getting the Real Story: Nelly Bly and Ida B. Wells
by Sue Davidson
Seal Press, 1992 (160p) paper
The author looks at the similitaries in the careers of two pioneer women in the field of journalism.


Tales from Gold Mountain: Stories of the Chinese in the New World
by Paul Yee
Macmillan, 1990 (80p)
Eight original stories tell the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the United States.

Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl
by Kathryn Lasky
Scholastic, 1998 (144p)
Zipporah keeps a diary when she and her family emigrate from Russia to New York in 1903.


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
by Dee Brown
Holt, 1981
A Native American looks at the systematic decimation of the Native American population in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Cowboys, Indians, and Gunfighters: The Story of the Cattle Kingdom
by Albert Marrin
Atheneum, 1993 (208p)
Beginning with the arrival of the first cattle from Spain in 1521, Marrin gives a realistic look at the people and events that shaped the development of the West.



Iron Road: The Story of America's First Transcontinental Railroad 60 min.
Zenger Productions, 1990

Americans Build the Panama Canal 1901-1914 20 min.
Agency for Instructional Technology, 1991

Plains II 60 min.
Native American Series
Ambrose Video, 1994


The Genius of Edison (CD-ROM)
Compton's NewMedia, 1996

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Cesar Chavez: Leader for Migrant Farm Workers
by Doreen Gonzales
Enslow, 1996 (128p)
The author records the life and accomplishments of Chavez.

Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth
by Rosa Parks with Gregory J. Reed
Lee & Low, 1996 (112p)
Using her own life experiences, Mrs. Parks responds to letters from young people with the aim of inspiring and challenging them.

The Day Martin Luther King, Jr., Was Shot: A Photo History of the Civil Rights Movement
by Jim Haskins
Scholastic, 1992 (96p)
Powerful words and photos look at the history of civil rights and the gains made since the death of Dr. King.

One Nation, Many Tribes: How Kids Live In Milwaukee's Indian Community
by Kathleen Krull
Dutton, 1995 (48p)
This photo essay captures the everyday lives of Indian youngsters living in Milwaukee today.

The Lotus Seed
by Sherry Garland
Harcourt, 1993 (32p)
The lotus is the symbol that keeps a young immigrant girl and her grandmother in touch with their Vietnamese heritage.


Samurai of Gold Hill
by Yoshiko Uchida
Creative Arts, 1985 (128p)
Koichi and his samurai father come to America in the days following the gold rush to establish a tea and silk farm.

So Far From Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl
by Barry Denenberg
Scholastic, 1997 (144p)
Mary Driscoll, eager to leave famine-stricken Ireland, finds life difficult in the hot, unsafe mills in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Beyond the Western Sea: Book One -- Escape from Home
by Avi
Orchard, 1996 (295p) also paper
After their landlord, Lord Kirkle, destroys their home, Maura and Patrick leave Ireland and sail for America and, during their voyage, encounter their landlord's son young Laurence, who has run away from his unhappy home.

Beyond the Western Sea: Book Two -- Lord Kirkle's Money
by Avi
Orchard, 1996 (380p) also paper
The story concludes with Maura, Patrick, and Laurence arriving in Lowell, Massachusetts, during the anti-immigration furor in 1851.

by Laurence Yep
Harper, 1975 (256p) also paper
This classic tells the story of Chinese immigrant Moon Shadow and his family, who lived in San Francisco at the turn of the century.

Letters from Rifka
by Karen Hesse
Holt, 1992 (160p) Puffin paper
Migrating to America from Russia, twelve-year-old Rifka, in sight of the Statue of Liberty, fears she will not be allowed to enter the country because of an ailment that caused her to lose her hair.

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story
by Andrea Warren
Houghton, 1996 (80p)
Interspersed among chapters on the history of the orphan trains is the poignant story of Lee Nailing, an orphan train rider in 1926 who eventually found a new home.

New Kids in Town: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens
by Janet Bode
Scholastic, 1991 (128p) paper
Eleven teenage immigrants tell their stories of escape from war-torn countries and their new lives in America.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Delacorte, 1995 (210p)
In this award-winning novel, an African American family visiting Birmingham, Alabama, is profoundly affected when a bomb kills three little girls in an African American church.


Fitting In
by Anilu Bernardo
Piñata Books, 1996 (200p)
In these stories, five Cuban immigrant girls living in Florida tell of the difficulties of adjusting to a bicultural life.

The Journey: Japanese Americans, Racism, and Renewal
by Sheila Hamanaka
Orchard, 1995 (40p)
Hamanaka, an artist whose family was sent to a Japanese internment camp during World War II, painted a 25-foot, five-panel mural, reproduced here, to portray the Japanese experience in America.

American Dragons: Twenty-Five Asian American Voices
collected by Laurence Yep
Harper, 1993 (256p) also paper
Americans of Tibetan, Korean, Thai, Chinese, and Japanese descent use poetry and stories to tell about growing up, fitting in, and relating to previous generations.


I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project
selected by Veronica Lawlor
Viking, 1995 (40p)
Presented here are recollections of fifteen immigrants, including eight children, who came through Ellis Island in the 1920s.

Now Is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom
by Walter Dean Myers
Harper, 1991 (292p) also paper
In his history of African Americans in this country, Myers also tells the stories of many outstanding people and encourages the reader to continue the quest for justice.


Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers
edited by Frank Chin
New American Library, 1991
This collection contains Asian American literature from the 1870s through the present.

Latinos in the Making of the United States
by James D. Cockcroft
Watts, 1995 (176p)
Cockcroft, a well-known scholar, discusses the vital roles still being played in America's history by Mexican Americans, South Americans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Central Americans.



Martin Luther King: Letters from a Birmingham Jail 26 min.
American Documents Series
Learning Corporation, 1988

Brown vs Board of Education 19 min.
American Documents Series
Learning Corporation, 1988

Pride and Prejudice: A History of Black Culture in America 20 min.
Knowledge Unlimited, 1993

African American Artists: Affirmation Today 28 min.
Crystal Productions, 1995

Our World, Many Worlds: Hispanic Diversity in the US 22 min.
Rainbow Educational Media, 1993


Decisions, Decisions: Immigration (Floppy Disk)
Tom Snyder Productions, 1996

Decisions, Decisions: Prejudice (Floppy Disk)
Tom Snyder Productions, 1996

Discovering Multicultural America (CD-ROM)
Gale Research, 1996

GTV: American People: Fabric of a Nation (Computer-interactive Videodisc)
National Geographic, 1993

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