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Beginning with George Washington's inauguration and continuing into the nineteenth century, The New Nation tells the story of the remarkable challenges that the new country faced. Thomas Jefferson's purchase of the Louisiana Territory (bought from France at a mere four cents an acre!), Lewis and Clark's daring expedition through the wilderness, the War of 1812 a.k.a. "Revolutionary War, Part II," Tecumseh's effort to form an Indian confederacy, the growth of Southern plantations, the beginning of the abolitionist...
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Overview

Beginning with George Washington's inauguration and continuing into the nineteenth century, The New Nation tells the story of the remarkable challenges that the new country faced. Thomas Jefferson's purchase of the Louisiana Territory (bought from France at a mere four cents an acre!), Lewis and Clark's daring expedition through the wilderness, the War of 1812 a.k.a. "Revolutionary War, Part II," Tecumseh's effort to form an Indian confederacy, the growth of Southern plantations, the beginning of the abolitionist movement, and the disgraceful Trail of Tears are just a few of the setbacks, sidetracks, and formidable tasks put in the new nation's path. These dramatic events and more are woven into a seamless tale that's so exciting, how could it be true? But it is -- it's A History of US.

Covers American history from Washington's inauguration until the first quarter of the 19th century, including the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark's expedition, and the beginnings of abolitionism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195153262
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Series: A History of US Series , #4
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.41 (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: Getting a Nation Started 9
1 The Father of Our Country 13
Feature: Kings and Revolutions 18
2 About Being President 20
3 The Parties Begin 24
Feature: Money, Money, Money, Money 28
4 A Capital City 30
5 Counting Noses 33
6 The Adams Family Moves to Washington 37
Feature: Our House is a Very Fine House 40
7 About President Adams 42
8 Alien and Sedition: Awful and Sorry 45
9 Something Important: Judicial Review 48
10 Meet Mr. Jefferson 52
11 Meriwether and William--or Lewis and Clark 57
12 An Orator in a Red Jacket Speaks 64
13 The Great Tekamthi, Also Called Tecumseh 68
14 Osceola 73
15 The Revolutionary War Part II, or the War of 1812 76
Feature: The Star-Spangled Banner 83
16 The Other Constitution 84
17 That Good President Monroe 90
18 JQA vs. AJ 93
Feature: A Virginia Visit 95
19 A Day of Celebration and Tears 96
20 Old Hickory 99
21 Yankee Ingenuity: Cotton and Muskets 103
22 Going Places 110
Feature: Old Heroes, Old Friends 116
23 Teakettle Power 117
Feature: Roads and Rails, Canals and Trails 122
24 Making Words 124
25 A Time to Weep 129
Feature: Barron V. Baltimore 132
26 The Second Seminole War 134
27 History's Paradox 138
28 A Man Who Didn't Do As His Neighbors Did 142
Feature: The Golden Rule 144
29 African-Americans 146
30 The King and His People 150
31 Abolitionists Want to End Slavery 153
32 Frederick Douglass 157
Feature: Walking Across the Map 160
33 Naming Presidents 162
34 A Triumvirate Is Three People 169
35 The Great Debate 173
36 Liberty for All? 177
Reading the Mail: A Firebell in the Night 178
Thomas Jefferson: A Firebell in the Night 179
Lewis and Clark: A Poem 180
Chronology of Events 181
More Books to Read 182
Yet More Books to Read 183
Picture Credits 184
Index 186
A Note from the Author 192
Atlas 193
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    It's perfect if you like history.

    This book is great if you love to learn about history, and if you don't this book will change your mind. It's great!

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