All the People: Since 1945

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Joy Hakim's All the People is a breathtaking journey through American life from the end of World War II to the present. It begins with Truman, an "accidental" president whose grandparents remembered the Civil War; it travels through contemporary American history with its wars and wonders; it considers the astonishing democratic potential of the information age; and it never loses sight of the American promise of freedom and equality for all. This updated edition covers, for the first time, the last years of the ...

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Overview

Joy Hakim's All the People is a breathtaking journey through American life from the end of World War II to the present. It begins with Truman, an "accidental" president whose grandparents remembered the Civil War; it travels through contemporary American history with its wars and wonders; it considers the astonishing democratic potential of the information age; and it never loses sight of the American promise of freedom and equality for all. This updated edition covers, for the first time, the last years of the Bush administration, the economic rollercoaster that tore through the early years of the new century, America's role and responsibilities as the world's superpower, and Barack Obama's inauguration as 44th president of the United States.

All the People is part of Joy Hakim's award-winning series about the birth and development of the United States, A History of US, and it continues this series legacy of making history intelligible, fun, and stimulating for readers of all ages. With a crisp, engrossing style, Hakim shows us Americans changing their world: Martin Luther King, Jr. leading Civil Rights marchers, Richard Nixon boarding a helicopter as he leaves the White House and the presidency, Neil Armstrong stepping onto the Moon, Betty Friedan breaking barriers in the fight for women's rights, Bob Dylan, César Chávez, Richard Feynman, and many more transformative Americans. At the heart of the book is the story of America's fight for equality and civil rights for all its citizens.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[An] exciting series... Ms. Hakim braids multiple narratives together to bring alive material long dead to children's imaginations."--The New York Times Book Review

"Joy Hakim didn't rewrite history. But she did make it a whole lot more fun to read."--Education Week

"Readers young and old will find themselves amused, amazed, and engrossed by this searching, opinionated survey. In every sense a fresh look at our history." --Kirkus Reviews

"Merits every accolade, starting with the most personal: I couldn't put it down."--Washington Post Book World

"The liveliest, most realistic, most well-received American history series ever written for children."--Los Angeles Times

"A thorough and accurate narrative of our nation's history."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"I think this is the best American history written for young people that I have ever seen."--David Herbert Donald, Harvard University; Pulitzer prize-winning author of Lincoln

"When master storyteller Joy Hakim wields her pen, you're in for a breathtaking adventure."--Teaching K-8

"An attention to detail and drama alike make these recommended choices for not only readers ages 8-13 but for entire families."--Children's Bookwatch

"Absorbing, real and even fun to read."--Voice of Youth Advocates

"Books of real substance that speak directly to kids."--Jean Fritz, author of Shhh, We're Writing the Constitution

"One of the best nonfiction series of the decade. Impossible to put down."--School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199735532
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/12/2010
  • Series: A History of US Series , #10
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 132,543
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy Hakim

Joy Hakim, a former teacher, editor, and writer won the prestigious James Michener Prize for her series, A History of US, which has sold over 4 million copies nationwide. A graduate of Smith College and Goucher College she spent years teaching students from elementary school up to the college level. She also served as an Associate Editor at Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot, and was an Assistant Editor at McGraw-Hill's World News.

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 Apollo 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 218

47 Of Colleges and Courts 221

48 Big Ideas 226

Feature: Watch That Briefcase! 229

49 Catastrophe, War, and a New Century 230

50 New York and the American Way 236

51 War in Iraq 238

52 Blowing in the Wind 244

53 The Iraq War Contiues 252

54 A Very Brief History of a Very Complex Place 256

55 The Great Panic 260

56 Both Lucky and Ready 265

Feature: Not Your Ordinary Parents 268

57 Yes, We Can! 270

Feature: Joining The Supremes 275

58 Where Are We Going? It's Up to Us. 276

Feature: "A Call To Action" 281

Chronology of Events 282

More Books to Read 284

Picture Credits 286

Index 288

A Note from the Author 295

Atlas 297

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