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Hispanic America, Texas, and the Mexican War: 1835-1850
     

Hispanic America, Texas, and the Mexican War: 1835-1850

by Christopher Collier
 

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation.
Hispanic America, Texas, and the Mexican War examines the history of the southwestern area of the United States. Topics covered include the Spanish presence in the area, manifest destiny, and the American attitude toward the expansion of slavery. The text is enhanced with images of art & artifacts, maps, and photographs of historic landmarks.

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Children's Literature - Scott S. Floyd
Having spent a few years teaching fourth graders in Texas about this era, I found the information contained within this book exceptional. Details left out of textbooks were spread throughout. From the highlights of the battle for independence from Mexico to the harsher side of Manifest Destiny, the Colliers cover many facets of this time. I believe some more important events could have been covered in greater detail, but that just may be the Texan coming out in me. The trade off is the great number of events covered. This book is well worth the time and money for those interested in the expansion of our country. I believe that any instructor can easily integrate this book into the curriculum at the intermediate and older levels, thus making history come to life for these students. It is part of the "The Drama of American History" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-The Colliers preface both of these books with their clearly outlined views on historical studies for this audience. Rather than provide numerous details, they would rather "draw in bold strokes, providing enough information, but no more than is necessary, to bring out the basic themes of the American story, and what they mean to us now." This perhaps explains the lack of quotations, footnotes, and other references usually found in more scholarly works. The authors believe that "it is surely more important for students to grasp the underlying concepts and ideas...than to memorize an array of facts and figures." Their emphasis seems to be on telling the story in a smoothly flowing, carefully constructed narrative that conveys certain generalized conclusions about events of the period. In that, they do succeed. The books have a highly appealing format, with colors used to set off chapter headings. Full-color illustrations, including engravings, photos, original paintings, portraits, and cartoons of the time period, clarify cultural and historical events. Both titles have extensive indexes and separate bibliographies for students and teachers. They also have colorful maps. Unfortunately, some of those in Hispanic America are inaccurate or unclear. In one, the Gadsden Purchase is incorrectly labeled as the Louisiana Purchase. In another, the colors in the key do not exactly match the colors on the map, reducing its clarity and effectiveness. In the map showing "Spanish Explorers in the American South," the colors of the lines representing each explorer's route are similar, requiring effort on the part of readers to distinguish who went where. The dates given for the Utah Territory are 1890-1861. Attractive but flawed introductory volumes.-Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620645093
Publisher:
Blackstone Publishing
Publication date:
10/12/2012
Series:
Drama of American History Series , #10
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,037,833
File size:
18 MB
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Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Born in New York City in 1928, author James Lincoln Collier is beloved by young readers in particular for the award-winning historical novels he has written with his brother, historian Christopher Collier. A graduate of Hamilton College, Collier served in the U.S. Army after college and then worked as a magazine editor for several years. Perhaps his most famous children's book is the Newbery Honor Book he wrote with his brother, the popular Revolutionary War story My Brother Sam Is Dead. The father of two children, Collier is also an accomplished trombone player. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and play jazz music. Christopher Collier was born in New York City in 1930. He attended Clark University where he earned his B.A. and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught school in Connecticut and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently Professor of American History at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Like his brother James, Christopher Collier is by avocation a musician (his instruments are the trumpet and flugelhorn). He and his wife Bonnie live in Orange, Connecticut, in an old (1790) house they have restored. He is the father of two sons and a daughter.

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