Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Civil War to Today

Unit 2 Bibliography: The New Nation

The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

The Declaration of Independence
by Sam Fink
Scholastic, 2002
Each phrase of the Declaration of Independence is presented and accompanied by illustrations that help to explicate the meaning of the words.

George Washington
by Cheryl Harness
National Geographic, 2000
This picture book biography of Washington focuses on the Revolutionary War years and his presidency.

They Called Her Molly Pitcher
by Anne F. Rockwell
Knopf, 2002
Molly Hays became a legend by carrying water to wounded soldiers and firing a cannon during the Battle of Monmouth.

Why Not, Lafayette?
by Jean Fritz
Putnam, 1999
When the Revolution starts in America, a young French nobleman knows he must come to help the rebels.

Who Was Sacagawea?
by Dennis B. and Judith B. Fradin
Grosset, 2003
This fast-paced biography of Sacagawea includes timelines and interesting sidebars.

Margaret Knight: Girl Inventor
by Marlene Brill
Millbrook, 2001
Knight was 12 years old when she invented a way to make industrial fabric looms safer for workers.

On Level

Growing Up in Revolution and the New Nation 1775 to 1800
by Brandon M. Miller
Lerner, 2003
Primary source material reveals the lives of young people during the Revolution and through 1800.

The Secret Soldier
by Ann McGovern
Scholastic, 1999
Deborah Sampson became a soldier in the Continental Army by dressing as a man, in this true story.

The Fighting Ground
by Avi
Harper, 1987
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan, eager to fight the British, discovers that war is not all fame and glory.

The Journal of Jesse Smoke
by Joseph Bruchac
Scholastic, 2001
Native American author Joseph Bruchac tells of what one boy's experience might have been like on the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

The Coast Mappers
by Taylor Morrison
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
In 1850, George Davidson began the monumental task of surveying and mapping America's entire Pacific coast.


The Winter People
by Joseph Bruchac
Dial, 2002
An Abenaki boy sets off to rescue his mother and sisters, who have been kidnapped by the English, during the French and Indian War.

Come All You Brave Soldiers: Blacks in the Revolutionary War
by Clinton Cox
Scholastic, 1999
A survey of African American participation in the Revolution tells of soldiers who fought at Lexington, Concord, Yorktown, and elsewhere.

America's Paul Revere
by Esther Forbes
Houghton Mifflin, 1990
This classic biography tells of Paul Revere, an American patriot who practiced many trades including silversmithing, engraving, and dentistry.

Thomas Jefferson: Architect of Democracy
by John B. Severance
Houghton Mifflin, 1998
This portrait of America's third President chronicles his life, from his school days through his rise in politics.

Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
by Dorothy Henshaw Patent
Clarion, 2002
Lewis and Clark documented scores of animals on their 1804–1806 expedition.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Hour of Freedom: American History in Poetry
by Milton Meltzer
Boyds Mills, 2003
Collected here are poems about America's struggle for independence, as well as poems about six other major periods in U.S. history.

Johnny Tremain
by Esther Forbes
Houghton Mifflin, 1943
Forbes's classic tells the story of a young silversmith's apprenticeship in Boston at the time of the American Revolution.

The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence
by Dennis Fradin
Walker, 2002
This collective biography introduces the signers of the Declaration of Independence and offers a short history of the 13 colonies.

Words West: Voices of Young Pioneers
by Ginger Wadsworth
Clarion, 2003
Nineteenth-century children tell in their own words what it was like to be part of the great western expansion.

Reference Books

The French and Indian War: 1660–1763
by Christopher Collier and James L. Collier
Benchmark, 1998
This comprehensive look at the French and Indian War explains why it became a key stepping stone to the American Revolution.

The United States Constitution
by Karen Price Hossell
Heinemann, 2004
This important document is clearly expounded for readers.

Black Frontiers
by Lillian Schlissel
Simon, 2000
The author chronicles the life and times of African American homesteaders, soldiers, cowboys, and entrepreneurs in the Old West.

The Industrial Revolution
by S. Connolly, B. January
Heinemann, 2003
The causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution are explored, using primary source materials.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

Smithsonian Institute Information
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Smithsonian Institution
The Web site allows you to rummage about in the “Nation's Attic” and read selected articles from the “Smithsonian” magazine.