All the People (A History of Us Series)

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People call it "post-war," but All the People covers a period in U.S. history that features battles of another kind-from Cold War combat overseas to struggles for equality at home to learning to live with the threat of terrorism on U.S. soil. During these years, the United States began to be a nation for all its people, outlawing school segregation, protesting war in Vietnam, and campaigning for equal rights for women. From Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to seamstress Rosa Parks, extraordinary ...
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People call it "post-war," but All the People covers a period in U.S. history that features battles of another kind-from Cold War combat overseas to struggles for equality at home to learning to live with the threat of terrorism on U.S. soil. During these years, the United States began to be a nation for all its people, outlawing school segregation, protesting war in Vietnam, and campaigning for equal rights for women. From Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to seamstress Rosa Parks, extraordinary individuals led us back to the ideals espoused by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. But mostly-as it always has been in the United States-it was ordinary citizens who marched and voted and hoped and dreamed and made things happen.

All the People includes the events of September 11, 2001, and a discussion of how many aspects of the terrorist attacks have brought to the forefront the qualities that keep America strong: representative democracy, freedom of speech and press, and, especially in the face of religious totalitarianism, the basic freedom of religious tolerance.

Covers the period of American history from 1945 to 1998, from the end of World War II to the Clinton administration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195153385
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Series: A History of US Series , #10
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy Hakim
Joy Hakim
Former educator and editor Joy Hakim made learning about American history hip for kids around the world with her Michener Prize-winning series A History of U.S. Her secret? Says Hakim: "to find the story in a subject is to discover its essence."

Biography

Don't know much about history? That's where Joy Hakim comes in. Dedicated to the ambitious cause of making learning about our country's past actually seem like fun, Hakim has helped readers of all ages get hip to history. Her award-winning ten-volume series A History of U.S. is considered nothing less than a revolution in education circles, and historians and celebrities alike endorse Hakim's mission.

Armed with a bachelor's degree in government from Smith and a master's from Goucher College, Hakim started out as a teacher, and later worked as a newspaper writer and editor. Realizing that the rather dry text and lifeless prose of some history books she was using to teach with made her students less than enthusiastic learners -- and believing that U.S. history should be as fun to read as fiction -- Hakim began to develop the A History of U.S. series of American history lessons. It took Hakim seven years to finish the series -- which owes much of its kid-friendly appeal to the author's practice of using children as her editors.

A History of U.S. was a hit with students and critics alike, winning the James A. Michener Prize for Writing in 1997. In addition, esteemed historians have endorsed Hakim's teachings with as much enthusiasm as she brings to her subject. John Adams author David McCullough describes her lively and effective approach: "Never dull, never the least plodding, [Hakim] brings refreshing spirit and common sense to the telling of every episode."

In 2002's Freedom: A History of U.S., Hakim examines the theme of freedom and what it means to America -- from the actions of our founding fathers to the watershed events of the Civil Rights movement, through the challenges we face in the wake of the September 11 attacks. A 16-part PBS companion special features a star-studded roster of hosts from Today anchor Katie Couric to Hollywood power couple Christopher and Dana Reeve. The Reeves, on why they chose to participate in the event, write on the book's jacket: "Freedom offers us the opportunity to examine the road we have traveled, to better understand why we have fought so hard to keep the idea of freedom at the core of what we believe."

According to Hakim, it's all about the story. On her publisher's Web site, she sums up her signature approach: "Finding the story in a subject is to discover its essence. If we can teach our students to pattern the world into stories, we can turn them into powerful, analytical thinkers."

Good To Know

Hakim is the only author to receive an award from the National Council for Social Studies for writing textbooks.

When she's not writing and researching at her Virginia home, she spends time sharing stories with her grandchildren in Colorado.

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    1. Hometown:
      Virginia
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Government, Smith College; M.A., Goucher College

Table of Contents

Preface: About Democracy and Struggles 9
Feature: Building America 10
1 The Making of a President 13
2 A Major Leaguer 18
3 A (Very Short) History of Russia 23
4 A Curtain of Iron 27
5 The Marshall Plan 30
Feature: Israel and an American Peacemaker 34
6 A "Lost" Election 36
7 Spies 40
8 Tail Gunner Joe 44
9 Liking Ike 49
10 Houses, Kids, Cars, and Fast Food 54
11 French Indochina 60
12 Separate but Unequal 64
Feature: Jim Crow in the Far North 66
13 Linda Brown--and Others 68
Feature: Getting Integrated 73
14 MLKs, Senior and Junior 74
15 Rosa Parks Was Tired 78
16 Three Boys and Six Girls 83
17 Passing the Torch 88
Feature: A Solitary Child 90
18 Being President Isn't Easy 93
19 Some Brave Children Meet a Roaring Bull 97
20 Standing With Lincoln 101
21 The President's Number 105
22 LBJ 109
23 The Biggest Vote in History 112
24 Salt and Pepper the Kids 116
25 A King Gets a Prize and Goes to Jail 120
26 From Selma to Montgomery 124
27 War in Southeast Asia 128
Feature: An Unwilling Guest at the Hanoi Hilton 131
28 Lyndon in Trouble 133
Feature: A Farming Village in Vietnam 136
29 Friedan, Schlafly, and Friends 137
30 As Important As the Cotton Gin 144
31 Picking and Picketing 147
32 "These Are the Times That Try Men's Souls" 153
Feature: Civil Rights for Native Americans 156
33 Up to the Mountain 157
34 A New Kind of Power 161
35 The Counterculture Rocks 165
36 Nixon: Vietnam, China, and Watergate 170
Feature: Mercury, Gemini, and Saturn 176
37 A Congressman and a Peanut Farmer 179
38 Taking a Leading Role 182
39 Living on the Edge 191
40 The End of the Cold War 194
41 A Quilt, Not a Blanket 198
Feature: The New Technology 201
42 Is It Me or We? 203
Feature: Picturing Ourselves 206
43 The Land That Never Has Been Yet 208
44 A Boy from Hope 211
45 Politics and Values 214
Feature: Covering Up...or Just Plain Lying 217
46 Electing the 21st Century's First President 219
47 Of Colleges and Courts 223
48 Big Ideas 228
Feature: Watch That Briefcase! 231
49 Catastrophe, War, and a New Century 232
50 New York and the American Way 238
51 The Best in US (and Some Civics) 240
52 Religious Freedom: It's Freedom to Think For Yourself 245
Chronology of Events 250
More Books to Read 251
Picture Credits 252
Index 253
A Note from the Author 257
Atlas 260
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