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Title:
The making of America : a history of the United States from 1492 to the present
Author:
Johnston, Robert D.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
A new world from many old worlds : beginnings to 1763 -- A revolutionary age : 1763-1789 -- The new republic : 1789-1848 -- A new birth of freedom : Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1877 -- Industry, empire, and westward expansion : 1876-1900 -- The age of reform : progressivism and the New Deal, 1900-1941 -- War, prosperity, and social change : 1941-1968 -- The age of conservatism and multiculturalism : 1969-present.
Reading Level:
IG 1160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 9.5 10.0 86916.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.5 15 Quiz: 32622 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780792269441
Format :
Book

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Summary

From the first contact of Europeans with Native Americans in 1492 to the current events of the 21st century, this comprehensive volume makes the story of America interesting and fun for today’s visually oriented kids. Major eras and social movements unfold chronologically. Each chapter includes biographies of two key people and a “Great Debate” focusing on some heated issue of that era and an explanation of its relevance today. Throughout the book, the roles and accomplishments of men and women of various racial and ethnic backgrounds are represented. Intriguing period art and photography bring people and events to life while specially designed maps make it easy for kids to follow the growth of our nation. Time lines, historic documents and speeches, a guide to historic sites, a list of Presidents, statehood dates, additional resources, and a detailed index further enhance this valuable family reference.


Author Notes

Robert D. Johnston is Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Updated from its 2002 edition with a revised final chapter and minor changes elsewhere, this energetically written and profusely illustrated history remains one of the top-drawer single-volume accounts of the founding and growth of the U.S. for middle-grade students. The previous edition ended with 9/11; here, into the same page count Johnston fits Hurricane Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama's election, and other major events. He also exchanges the original's Great Debate essay (each chapter contains a relevant one) on the domestic war on terrorism for one about federal intervention in the economy, and among other changes to the back matter replaces the Pledge of Allegiance and Star-Spangled Banner with the Seneca Falls Convention's Declaration of Sentiments. Despite signs of hasty proofreading (the date of the Seneca Falls Declaration is given as 1948, not 1848, and the author thanks David rather than Douglas Brinkley for the new introduction), this tweaked reissue is recommended as a more portable alternative to Joy Hakim's 10-volume A History of US (2003) or for replacement, as needed.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-This book stands in stark and wonderful contrast to the dry textbook approach to learning about history, and is exactly the type of book an informed teacher would want. Divided into eight 20- to 25-page chapters, the beautifully illustrated and fluidly written narrative manages to encapsulate the seminal events in American history from Columbus through the attack on the World Trade Center, including not only accurate facts but also evenhanded debates on major issues. Each chapter begins with a spread showing eight pictures representing major events during the period covered, an introductory paragraph raising framing questions, and a reproduction of the American flag as it looked in the epoch under consideration. The text itself takes issues and events in greater detail, is refreshingly devoid of sidebars, and is enhanced with full-color photographs and reproductions. Each chapter contains two profiles-and they alone are invaluable and brilliantly chosen to throw issues of the time period into high relief. For example, "War, Prosperity, and Social Change: 1941-1968" profiles Joseph McCarthy and Martin Luther King, Jr.; "The Age of Conservatism: 1969 to the Present" features Sandra Day O'Connor and Csar Ch vez. Especially notable is the presentation of the debate surrounding the last presidential election and the mixed response to the loss of civil liberties resulting from the War on Terror. The closest competitor to this exemplary presentation is John A. Scott's The Story of America (National Geographic, 1992). The Making of America supersedes it, not only in currency but also in intellectual scope.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

First Lady Laura Bush
Forewordp. 8
Chapter 1 A New World from Many Old Worlds: Beginnings to 1763p. 10
Profile: Pocahontasp. 18
Profile: William Pennp. 23
Great Debate: Can America Be a "City on a Hill"?p. 26
Chapter 2 A Revolutionary Age: 1763-1789p. 30
Profile: Thomas Painep. 41
Profile: Abigail Adamsp. 43
Great Debate: Federalists versus Anti-Federalistsp. 52
Chapter 3 The New Republic: 1789-1848p. 54
Profile: Thomas Jeffersonp. 61
Great Debate: Assimilation versus Resistancep. 64
Profile: Nat Turnerp. 73
Chapter 4 A New Birth of Freedom: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1877p. 76
Profile: Elizabeth Cady Stantonp. 80
Great Debate: How to Rid the Country of Slaveryp. 88
Profile: Abraham Lincolnp. 97
Chapter 5 Industry and Empire: 1876-1900p. 104
Profile: Andrew Carnegiep. 109
Profile: Chief Josephp. 118
Great Debate: Should the United States Become an Imperialist Nation?p. 124
Chapter 6 Progressivism and the New Deal, 1900-1941p. 128
Great Debate: How to Achieve Racial Progressp. 134
Profile: Ida B. Wells-Barnettp. 140
Profile: Huey P. Longp. 148
Chapter 7 War, Prosperity, and Social Change: 1941-1968p. 150
Profile: Joseph McCarthyp. 164
Profile: Martin Luther King, Jr.p. 169
Great Debate: The Rise of Feminism and the New Fight for Women's Rightsp. 172
Chapter 8 The Age of Conservatism: 1969 to the Presentp. 176
Profile: Cesar Chavezp. 184
Profile: Sandra Day O'Connorp. 187
Great Debate: How Should America Combat the War on Terrorism at Home?p. 196
Historical Documents
The Declaration of Independencep. 201
The Constitution of the United Statesp. 204
The Gettysburg Addressp. 217
The Pledge of Allegiance and "The Star-Spangled Banner"p. 218
More Information
Web Sites to Explorep. 219
Historic Places to Visitp. 220
Dates States Entered the Unionp. 225
U.S. Presidents and Their Terms of Officep. 225
Bibliography and Quote Sourcesp. 226
Indexp. 235
Illustration Creditsp. 240