Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Civil War to Today

Unit 7 Bibliography: Linking to the Present

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

America Votes: How Our President Is Elected
Linda Granfield
Kids Can, 2003
Information about the American electoral process is broken down into manageable chunks.

I Pledge Allegiance
by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
Candlewick, 2002
The meaning and history of the words and phrases of the Pledge of Allegiance are succinctly explained here.

The Gold-Threaded Dress
by Carolyn Marsden
Candlewick, 2002
A young girl from Thailand finds what it is to be American in this story about longing to belong.

Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story
by Bernard Wolf
Lee & Low, 2003
This photo essay chronicles the day-to-day life of a family recently emigrated from Egypt.

Sandra Day O'Connor: Supreme Court Justice
by Lisa McElroy
Millbrook, 2003
This biography tells readers about the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

On Level

Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts
by Syl Sobel and Jill Wood
Barrons, 2001
The authors include humor and fun facts in this guide to presidential elections.

Dolores Huerta
by Rebecca Thatcher Murcia
Mitchell Lane, 2002
Huerta, along with Cesar Chavez, fought for farm workers' rights.

Jimmy Carter: Champion of Peace
by E. Weiss, M. Friedman, and E. Fremont
Aladdin, 2003
This biography chronicles Carter's presidency and the work that won him the Nobel Peace Prize.

Esther Dyson: Web Guru
by Carla Jablonski
21st Century, 2002
Dyson's ability to forecast Internet trends has made her one of the most powerful women in the computer industry. See others in the Techies series.

The 2000 Presidential Election
by Elaine Landau
Children's Press, 2002
Readers learn what made the 2000 presidential election so unique and controversial.


Behind the Mountains
by Edwidge Danticat
Scholastic, 2003
A young Haitian girl narrates this novel about modern-day immigrants. See others in the series.

Julian Nava: My Mexican American Journey
by Julian Nava
Arte Publico, 2002
Nava tells how he rose from humble beginnings to become a revered educator and the first Mexican American ambassador to Mexico.

Madeleine Albright: Stateswoman
by J.L. Hasday
Chelsea House, 2003
This biography traces Albright's life, from her Eastern European childhood to her successes as the first female Secretary of State.

Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life
by Dr. Mae Jemison
Scholastic, 2003
Jemison is a scientist, a doctor, a teacher, and the first African American woman to travel into space.

It's Our World, Too!
by Phillip Hoose
Sunburst, 2002
Fourteen accounts of children who work for human rights, followed by a guide to help readers get involved in social projects of their choice.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Women in Politics
by Karen Zeinert
21st Century, 2002
The author chronicles American women in politics, from 1774 to the present day.

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems
by Kam Mak
Harper, 2001
Everyday life in a Chinatown community is expressed in four seasonal poems.

September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City
by Wilborn Hampton
Candlewick, 2003
Without sentimentalizing or sensationalizing, Hampton weaves stories of individual New Yorkers into a cohesive narrative about the attacks.

The Colors of Freedom: Immigrant Stories
by Janet Bode
Franklin Watts, 1999
Janet Bode talks to people whose ancestors came from all over the world and from all walks of life.

In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America's Bill of Rights
by Russell Freedman
Holiday, 2003
Freedman discusses the Bill of Rights as it applies to contemporary issues.

Reference Books

How Congress Works
by Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Lerner, 2004
Readers discover the workings of our legislative branch. See others in the How Government Works series.

by David Downing
Heinemann, 2003
Readers gain a deeper understanding of how democracy works in the United States and around the world.

Watergate: Deception In The White House
by Daniel Cohen
Millbrook, 1998
The author discusses the reasons for, and consequences of, the break-in at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., in 1972.

The Cold War: Collapse of Communism
by Earle Rice Jr.
Lucent, 2000
Theories about the origins of the Cold War and the collapse of communism are discussed in detail.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

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White House Kids Home Page
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