Liberty for All? (A History of US Series #5)

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Early nineteenth-century America could just about be summed up by Henry David Thoreau's words when he said, "Eastward I go only by force, but westward I go free." It was an exuberant time for the diverse citizens of the United States, who included a range of folk from mountain men and railroad builders to whalers and farmers, as they pushed forward into the open frontier and all their hopes and fears are captured in Liberty for All? In addition to colorful accounts of the massive westward migration, the ...
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Overview

Early nineteenth-century America could just about be summed up by Henry David Thoreau's words when he said, "Eastward I go only by force, but westward I go free." It was an exuberant time for the diverse citizens of the United States, who included a range of folk from mountain men and railroad builders to whalers and farmers, as they pushed forward into the open frontier and all their hopes and fears are captured in Liberty for All? In addition to colorful accounts of the massive westward migration, the California Gold Rush, a war with Mexico, the Oregon boundary conflict, Texas and the Alamo, Liberty for All? takes a deep look at the issue that began to gnaw at the country's core: How, in the land where "all men are created equal," could there be slaves?

Discusses the period of growth in American history prior to the Civil War, describing the lives of people from a variety of backgrounds, including Jedediah Smith, Emily Dickinson, John James Audubon, and Sojourner Truth.

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Alexander Stille
"In the sorry state of current textbooks the achievement of Joy Hakim's A History of US is all the more impressive. [She] set out to write a series of books that would combine the best qualities of the earlier narrative histories with modern historical research. Convinced that history is inherently fascinating, she fills her books with ancedotes, quotations, humor, and well-described characters. Instead of talking down to children in simplified language, her books invite children to make an effort." -- The New York Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195153286
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Series: A History of US Series , #5
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (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: Antebellum--Say Aunty Belle and Add um 9
1 The Long Way West 13
2 Mountain Men 16
3 Riding the Trail to Santa Fe 21
4 Susan Magoffin's Diary 26
Feature: The New Americans Are Called Immigrants 29
5 Pioneers: Taking the Trail West 30
Feature: "Another Fine Cow Died This Afternoon" 36
6 Getting There 38
7 Latter-Day Saints 43
8 Coast-to-Coast Destiny 48
9 A Hero of His Times 54
10 Texas: Tempting and Beautiful 58
11 Fighting Over a Border 64
12 There's Gold in Them Hills 69
Feature: the Chinese, the Know-Nothings, and Abraham Lincoln 71
13 Clipper Ships and Pony Express 78
Feature: Dots, Dashes, the Computer, and Idea Connections 83
14 Flying by Stagecoach 85
Feature: Keeping Up with the Presidents and Other Things 86
15 Arithmetic at Sea 90
16 Thar She Blows! 95
17 A Japanese Boy in America 102
18 Cities and Progress 107
19 A Land of Movers 112
20 Workin' on the Railroad 116
21 "She Wishes to Ornament Their Minds" 120
Feature: Special Teachers 124
22 Do Girls Have Brains? 125
23 Seneca Falls and the Rights of Women 130
Feature: Climb Every Mountain 134
24 A Woman Named Truth 136
25 Life in the Mills 138
26 Working Women and Children 142
Feature: I Am Well Which is One Comfort 144
27 American Writers 147
28 Mr. Thoreau--at Home with the World 150
29 Melville and Company 152
30 If a Poet Writes You a Letter, Pay Attention 156
31 Painter of Birds and Painter of Indians 162
Feature: the United States of Artists 166
Feature: American Folk Art 168
32 Amistad Means Friendship 171
33 Webster Defends the Union 177
34 Big Problems and a Little Giant 180
35 A Dreadful Decision 186
36 Fleeing to Freedom 188
37 Over the River and Underground 191
38 Seven Decades 196
Chronology of Events 199
More Books to Read 200
Picture Credits 201
Index 203
A Note from the Author 211
Atlas 213
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