The Great Land Rush


Discover why many thousands of people in the East left their homes, jobs, relatives, and friends in the 1890s and headed west. Learn what it was like to join one of the great runs to claim land in Indian Territory.
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Discover why many thousands of people in the East left their homes, jobs, relatives, and friends in the 1890s and headed west. Learn what it was like to join one of the great runs to claim land in Indian Territory.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Abundant illustrations and well-organized texts make these books solid choices. In manageable double-page chapters, each title provides a chronological overview of its topic. Yellow text boxes place the specific events within the larger historical context of the day. Green boxes provide details related to the book's topic. All three titles examine not only the determination of the settlers to explore, claim land, and search for wealth, but also the impact of these events on other groups such as the various tribes of Native Americans. Illustrations, replicas of period pieces, and black-and-white photographs add interest to the narratives, which are accessible but dry. Unfortunately, the lists for suggested reading are meager and do not include Web sites. For additional titles that bring the gold rush and the Lewis and Clark expedition to life, try Rosalyn Schanzer's Gold Fever! (1999) and How We Crossed the West (2002, both National Geographic).-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403447715
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: The American Adventure Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,058,777
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

About This Book 3
Map of the United States of America 4
Introduction 5
Indian Territory: A Great Plains Indian's Tipi 6
Settlers on the Plains: A Homesteader's Sod House 8
The Indian Wars: A Ghost Dance Shirt 10
More Land Needed: A Settler's Wagon 12
Getting Ready to Rush: A Galloping Land Rusher 14
The First Great Land Rush: A Mallet and Stake For Staking a Claim 16
The New Town of Guthrie: A New Town Building 18
Building a New Life: Store-Bought Goods 20
Plowing the Land: A Steam-powered Plowing Engine 22
The American Indians: Boy Pupils from a Government School 24
The State of Oklahoma: The Oklahoma State Flag 26
Historical Map of the United States 28
Glossary 30
Timeline of Events in This Book 31
Books to Read, Places to Visit 31
Index 32
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