Reconstruction America (A History of US Series #7)

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Covering a time of great hope and incredible change, Reconstructing America, 1865-1890 is a dramatic look at life after the Civil War in the newly re-United States. Railroad tycoons were roaring across the country. New cities sprang up across the plains, and a new and different American West came into being: a land of farmers, ranchers, miners, and city dwellers. Back East, large-scale immigration was also going on, but not all Americans wanted newcomers in the country. Technology moved forward: Thomas Edison ...
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Overview


Covering a time of great hope and incredible change, Reconstructing America, 1865-1890 is a dramatic look at life after the Civil War in the newly re-United States. Railroad tycoons were roaring across the country. New cities sprang up across the plains, and a new and different American West came into being: a land of farmers, ranchers, miners, and city dwellers. Back East, large-scale immigration was also going on, but not all Americans wanted newcomers in the country. Technology moved forward: Thomas Edison lit up the world with his electric light. And social justice was on everyone's mind with Carry Nation wielding a hatchet in her battle against drunkenness and Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois counseling newly freed African Americans to behave in very different ways. Through it all, the reunited nation struggles to keep the promises of freedom in this exciting chapter in the A History of US.

A history of the Reconstruction period and the movements of reform, immigration, industrialization, and urbanization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195153323
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Series: A History of US Series , #7
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.47 (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."

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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: Are We Equal? Are We Kidding? 9
Feature: A Water Bird and A Sparrow 11
1 Reconstruction Means Rebuilding 12
2 Who Was Andrew Johnson? 15
3 Presidential Reconstruction 17
4 Slavery and States' Rights 21
5 Congressional Reconstruction 24
6 Thaddeus Stevens: Radical 28
7 Impeaching a President 32
8 Welcome to Meeting Street 36
9 A Southern Girl's Diary 40
10 A Failed Revolution 44
11 Meanwhile, Out West 49
12 Riding the Trail 52
13 Rails Across the Country 58
14 Taking the Train 64
15 Fencing the Homestead 68
Feature: Conscience, Conservationism, and Courage--All in One Man... 71
Feature: On the Lone Prairie 74
16 Reaping a Harvest 76
17 The Trail Ends on a Reservation 80
Feature: Pitiful Last Becomes a Winner 86
18 The People of the Pierced Noses 89
Feature: The Route of the Nez Perce, 1877 93
19 A Villain, a Dreamer, a Cartoonist 95
20 Phineas Taylor Barnum 101
21 Huck, Tom, and Friends 105
22 Immigrants Speak 111
Feature: Hurrah for America, My Free Country 117
23 More About Immigrants 119
24 The Strange Case of the Chinese Laundry 123
25 Going to Court 126
26 Tea in Wyoming 130
27 Are You a Citizen If You Can't Vote? 133
Feature: Law and the Ladies 137
28 Mary in the Promised Land 140
29 One Hundred Candles 146
30 How Were Things in 1876? 151
31 The Wizard of Electricity 154
32 Jim Crow--What a Fool! 160
33 Ida B. Wells 165
34 Lynching Means Killing by a Mob 170
35 A Man and His Times 174
36 A Man Ahead of His Times 177
37 End Words 181
Chronology of Events 184
More Books to Read 185
Picture Credits 186
Index 187
A Note From the Author 192
Atlas 193
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