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Places in Time: A New Atlas of American History

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A tiny whaling village along the Pacific in 1490, New Plymouth as the Pilgrims settled in, Fort Mose as it welcomed African Americans escaping from slavery, Gettysburg on the day that decided the Civil War . . . Places in Time offers a bird’s-eye view of twenty sites where American history was made. Each page opens an unforgettable window to the past, where you can find out just what it was like to live in one place on one day in our nation’s history.

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Overview

A tiny whaling village along the Pacific in 1490, New Plymouth as the Pilgrims settled in, Fort Mose as it welcomed African Americans escaping from slavery, Gettysburg on the day that decided the Civil War . . . Places in Time offers a bird’s-eye view of twenty sites where American history was made. Each page opens an unforgettable window to the past, where you can find out just what it was like to live in one place on one day in our nation’s history.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This companion to Journeys in Time takes a snapshot tour of twenty varied United States' sites in a particular and important time in history. Very few of these sites are usual, for instance, Cahokia in 1200; a Pacific coast Makah whaling village in 1490; the Colonial city of Charlestown in 1739; Taos at the hacienda in 1823; and tenement life in New York in 1916. Each double-page spread lays out the crowded scene, showing people at work, children playing, important landmarks or people and the landscape at the time. Numbers in red squares identify key points to be elaborated upon in the border sidebars. Also on the page, four or five paragraphs give the reader some background information and a context for what there is to see. It is the kind of book that children will study and pore over so as not to miss a detail. There are authentication notes, many giving credit to people who helped, some revealing the researchers' challenges in getting the information right, and others telling what is happening on that site now. The challenge of how a teacher might use this in the curriculum as a reference is more than offset by a child's enthusiasm for reading the pictures as well as text. The index is almost entirely proper names or key words for the period (slavery, cattle towns, pioneers, Apache, tenements), which may help the child researcher with this fascinating overview. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, $15.00. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In the first book, a winning blend of facts, maps, and the drama of a well-written story results in an unusual and exciting view of this country's past. Some of the 20 individuals highlighted are well known, such as Daniel Boone, Ben Franklin, and Louis Armstrong. Others are more obscure, like Dame Shirley, a New England woman in the Gold Rush, and Venture Smith, an enslaved six-year-old African prince. Each double-page spread features an introduction, a story with numbered paragraphs relating to the map or illustration, a fact box, and colorful illustrations. All information is carefully researched and includes many primary resources. Any fictionalizing is marked with single quotation marks, while statements with actual historical evidence have double quotes. The second title uses the same format to present 20 sites in American history at the moment of their historical significance, beginning in 1200 (Cahokia) and ending in 1953. Places and times include New Plymouth-1627, Charlestown-1739, Saratoga-1777, Philadelphia-1787, Abilene-1871, and Chicago-1893. The detailed cutaway views of homes, forts, and mills are impressive enough to keep readers looking again and again. These fascinating slices of life stir the imagination and lead to questions and further research. Neither title has a bibliography, but scholars, historians, libraries, and museums are credited in the notes sections. While the books are perfect for individual perusal, educators will delight in the curriculum potential.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618311132
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/23/2003
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 814,042
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Buckley has developed more than ten elementary social studies programs and was the general editor of Houghton Mifflin’s We the People. She has written many history and geography books for children and teachers. She lives in New York City.

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