A History of US: 10-Volume Set plus Sourcebook and Index

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Oxford University Press is delighted to announce a revised second edition, in full color and incorporating the most recent discoveries in history and archaeology. And we've added a brand new eleventh volume featuring an index to the entire series, historical maps, the essential documents of US History, and much more. Each book in this award winning series is accurate and reliable history written in the tradition of great storytelling. The narrative and informal text includes offbeat, little-known events and ...
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Overview

Oxford University Press is delighted to announce a revised second edition, in full color and incorporating the most recent discoveries in history and archaeology. And we've added a brand new eleventh volume featuring an index to the entire series, historical maps, the essential documents of US History, and much more. Each book in this award winning series is accurate and reliable history written in the tradition of great storytelling. The narrative and informal text includes offbeat, little-known events and singular personalities that make the traditional meat-and-potatoes of American history anything but boring. Ms. Hakim quotes frequently from primary documents, explaining who wrote them, when, and in what circumstances, so that the reader is implicitly encouraged to assess their accuracy or probable bias. "The best American history witten for young people" just got better.

Hakim's ten-volume history of the United States makes American history as exciting as an adventure story and as stimulating as a suspense yarn. She tells stories with all the fascinating sides of factual history. The dates and events, characters and complexities, heroes, heroines and villains are woven into the great American history. B&W illustrations throughout, index and timelines.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-One of the best nonfiction series of the decade just got better. The author has revised and added to the text; murky illustrations have been replaced with hundreds of new, sharp, sometimes color photographs; and an entire volume of documents, substantially annotated by historian Steven Mintz, has been added. Between discussions of recent discoveries related to the waves of prehistoric human emigration to the Americas at one end, and the Clinton administration at the other, Hakim fine-tunes her uniquely lively account of our country's history with new feature essays and updated surveys of late 20th-century science and culture. The final volume contains all or major portions of over 90 significant primary documents, including the Magna Carta, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and President Reagan's 1988 address to students in Moscow, in which he describes the nascent "information revolution." The pages have been redesigned for more visual appeal, but the previous edition's wide margins, with their plethora of well-placed definitions, comments, and quotations, remain. Volumes 1-10 end with a time line and an annotated bibliography; each one is packed with the large-scale movements and events that provide a framework for history, as well as the personalities, anecdotes, wild coincidences, and vivid details that bring that history to life. Due to the narrative structure and the fact that it's almost impossible to put down, this set is not well suited to answer quick questions. It does, however, belong in every reference collection.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195127737
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/1999
  • Series: History of US Series , #0
  • Edition description: Revised edition, 11 volumes total
  • Edition number: 2
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    Good for homeschool use

    I homeschool my children and use this series with my 12 year old son. He loves it and is always eager to read the next chapter. At the dinner table, he enjoys telling his Dad one or two things he learned that day. I find the information balanced and love the side notes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    Awesome!!!

    In my class, we use A History of Us as our Social Studies textbooks. I have to say, they are the first textbooks I have really enjoyed reading. I honestly get excited when my Social Studies teacher gives us an assignment to read from these books. I am considering buying this set of books for home just for myself, because they are so cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2005

    written at a young level

    I hated this book when I was 6. It's 4 years later and now I have to read it again! BORING! It would be a good introduction to history, but for SEVENTH GRADERS?!?! Who are they kidding here???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2004

    Fun and Interesting to Read

    I have been helping my children with their social studies homework, and after they're done and gone to bed, I find myself up late at night reading more. My kids love the books and enjoy telling me interesting anecdotes from the book. My children enjoy reading these books. These books are so good, I'm ordering the full set for home use.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2004

    A little disturbing

    I tutor sixth graders at a middle school and lately they have been working with the History of US series in preparation for seventh grade. I was a little disturbed when I read the section on Civil Rights. Hakim's name calling and sarcasm have no place in a textbooks for kids who don't have the tools to analyse a text critically yet. I think this title would best be suited for older students who are starting to learn how to question the authority of the texts assigned to them.

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