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People are coming to America--all kinds of people. If you're European, you come in search of freedom or riches. If you're African, you come in chains. And what about the Indians, what is happening to them? Soon with the influx of so many people, thirteen unique colonies are born, each with its own story. Meet Pocahontas and John Smith in Jamestown. Join William Penn and the Quakers in Pennsylvania. Sit with the judges at the Salem witch trials. Hike over the mountains with Daniel Boone. And let Ben Franklin give...
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People are coming to America--all kinds of people. If you're European, you come in search of freedom or riches. If you're African, you come in chains. And what about the Indians, what is happening to them? Soon with the influx of so many people, thirteen unique colonies are born, each with its own story. Meet Pocahontas and John Smith in Jamestown. Join William Penn and the Quakers in Pennsylvania. Sit with the judges at the Salem witch trials. Hike over the mountains with Daniel Boone. And let Ben Franklin give you some salty advice in his Poor Richard's Almanac in this remarkable journey through the dynamic creation of what one day becomes the United States.

Presents the history of the United States from the colonization of the New World through the middle of the eighteenth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195153224
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Series: History of US Series , #2
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (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: Our Mixed-Up Civilization 9
1 A Sign in the Sky 15
2 Across the Ocean 18
3 The First Virginians 21
4 English Settlers Come to Stay 25
5 John Smith 29
6 The Starving Time 32
7 A Lord, A Hurricane, A Wedding 34
8 A Share in America 37
9 Jamestown Makes It 40
10 1619--A Big Year 42
11 Indians vs. Colonists 45
12 Massacre in Virginia, Poverty in England 47
Feature: America, Land of the Free 50
13 The Mayflower: Saints and Strangers 51
14 Pilgrims, Indians, and Puritans 55
Feature: Giving Thanks 57
15 Puritans, Puritans, and More Puritans 59
Feature: What's in a Word 62
16 Of Towns and Schools and Sermons 63
17 Roger Williams 68
18 "Woman, Hold Your Tongue" 71
19 Statues on the Common 74
20 Of Witches and Dinosaurs 76
21 Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine 81
Feature: Land Greed 84
22 King Philip's War 85
23 The Indians Win This One 88
24 What's a Colony? 92
25 Silvernails and Big Tub 96
26 West to Jersey 100
27 Cromwell and Charles 102
28 William the Wise 105
29 Ben Franklin 109
30 Maryland's Form of Toleration 114
31 Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny 117
32 The Good Life 121
33 Virginia's Capital 125
34 Pretend Some More 130
35 South Carolina: Riches, Rice, Slaves 133
36 North Carolina: Dissenters and Pirates 136
37 Royal Colonies and a No-Blood Revolution 140
38 A Nasty Triangle 142
Feature: Africa, the Unknown Continent 146
39 Four and Nine Make Thirteen 149
40 Over the Mountains 152
41 Westward Ho 155
42 The End--and the Beginning 159
After Words: A Cartographer Makes Maps, Not Wagons ... 160
Chronology of Events 170
More Books to Read 171
Picture Credits 172
Index 173
A Note from the Author 178
Atlas 179
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