Early America—Reading Assignments by Era

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European Exploration—1000 to 1682

Voyage of Leif Ericson to La Salle explores Mississippi


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments *

Guerber - Story of the Thirteen Colonies   Our Country Long Ago to Nothing but Smoke (22)
Guerber - Story of the Thirteen Colonies   Down the Mississippi to La Salle's Adventures (2)
Marshall - This Country of Ours   The Vikings Find New Lands to Sir Walter Raleigh (12)

Supplemental Recommendations

Evans - America First—100 Stories from Our History   Leif, the Lucky to Sir Walter Raleigh (6)
Pratt - American History Stories, Volume I   Long Ago to Sir Walter Raleigh (8)
Hutchinson - The Men Who Found America    entire book
Imlach - The Story of Columbus    entire book
Upton - Erik the Red and Leif the Lucky    entire book
Morris - Historical Tales, Vol I: American   Vineland and the Vikings to Champlain and the Iroquois (3)
Morris - Historical Tales: American II   The Fountain of Youth to La Salle and the Mississippi (3)
Drake - Indian History for Young Folks   Early European Intercourse with the Indians (1)
Ober - Ferdinand De Soto and the Invasion of Florida    entire book

Also Recommended

Southworth - Builders of Our Country: Book I   Leif the Lucky to La Salle (18)
Abbott - The Adventures of Chevalier de la Salle    entire book
Ober - Columbus the Discoveror    entire book
Ober - Juan Ponce de Leon    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep




Early Colonies—1585 to 1750

Lost Colony of Roanoke to Colony of Georgia


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Selections

Guerber - Story of the Thirteen Colonies   Smith's Adventures to Two Wars with the French (26)
Marshall - This Country of Ours   Captain John Smith to The Mississippi Bubble (35)

Supplemental Recommendations

Evans - America First—100 Stories from Our History   Adventures of John Smith to Hannah Dustin (13)
Eggleston - Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans   The First Governor in Boston to Daniel Boone's Daughter (23)
Pratt - American History Stories, Volume I    entire book
Otis Kaler - Peter of Amsterdam    entire book
Otis Kaler - Ruth of Boston    entire book
Otis Kaler - Calvert of Maryland    entire book
Otis Kaler - Richard of Jamestown    entire book
Otis Kaler - Mary of Plymouth    entire book
Otis Kaler - Stephen of Philadelphia    entire book
Pumphrey - Stories of the Pilgrims    entire book
Burton - Massasoit    entire book
Stockton - Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts    entire book
Abbott - King Philip    entire book
Drake - Indian History for Young Folks   Virginia Colonized to French and Indian Wars (6)
Morris - Historical Tales, Vol I: American   Sir William Phips to How the Charter was Saved (3)
Morris - Historical Tales: American II   Lost Colony of Roanoke to Oglethorpe Saves Georgia (7)
Abbott - Miles Standish the Puritan Captain    entire book

Also Recommended

Perkins - The Puritan Twins    entire book
Morris - Heroes of Progress in America   Roger Williams to Alexander Hamilton (10)
Southworth - Builders of Our Country: Book I   John Smith and Pocahontas to Sir William Johnson (18)
Nye - Comic History of the United States   Thirteen Original Colonies to The Revolutionary War (14)

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep




Revolutionary Period—1750 to 1788

French-Indian War to Constitutional Congress


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Guerber - Story of the Thirteen Colonies   Washington's Boyhood to Washington's Farewell (34)
Guerber - Story of the Great Republic   The Beginning of the U.S to The Constitution (4)
Marshall - This Country of Ours   A Terrible Disaster to A Turning Point (16)

Supplemental Recommendations

Evans - America First—100 Stories from Our History   Israel Putnam to Benjamin Franklin (32)
Pratt - American History Stories, Volume II    entire book
Baldwin - Four Great Americans    entire book
Otis Kaler - Stephen of Philadelphia    entire book
Burton - Four American Patriots    entire book
Barnes - The Hero of Stony Point    entire book
Russell - George Washington    entire book
Tappan - The Story of the Constitution    entire book
McSpadden - Thomas Jefferson    entire book
Morris - Historical Tales, Vol I: American   Franklin in Philadelphia to Marion, the Swamp Fox (12)
Morris - Historical Tales: American II   Boy's Holiday in the Wildwood to General Greene's Retreat (8)
Drake - Indian History for Young Folks   The "Old French War" to The Indians Join Britain against the Colonies (5)

Special Interest - Military

Sabin - Frontier Fighters   Attack on Logan's Station to Betty Zane's Powder Exploit (9)
Sabin - Boys' Book of Border Battles   Washington Stands Fast to Braddock's Bloody Field (2)
Sabin - Boy's Book of Indian Warriors   The Adirondack Champion to Cornstalk Leads the Warriors (9)
Fraser - Boys' Book of Battles   Bunker Hill to Yorktown (3)
Fraser - Boys' Book of Sea Fights   Commodore John Paul Jones (1)

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep




Early Republic—1789 to 1850

Constitution ratified to Mexican-American War


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Guerber - Story of the Great Republic   The Beginning of the U.S to The Mexican War (25)
Marshall - This Country of Ours   Washington in War and Peace to The Finding of Gold (14)

Supplemental Recommendations

Evans - America First—100 Stories from Our History   Nolichucky Jack to Electric Telegraph (23)
Eggleston - Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans   Decatur and the Pirates to A Wonderful Woman (25)
Pratt - American History Stories, Volume III    entire book
Otis Kaler - Benjamin of Ohio    entire book
Otis Kaler - Hannah of Kentucky    entire book
Otis Kaler - Philip of Texas    entire book
Eggleston - Stories of American Life and Adventure    entire book
Baldwin - Conquest of the Old Northwest    entire book
Perry - Four American Indians    entire book
Perry - Four American Inventors    entire book
Sabin - Opening the West with Lewis and Clark    entire book
Sabin - With Lieutenant Pike    entire book
Morris - True Stories of Our Presidents   George Washington to Zachary Taylor (12)
Morris - Historical Tales, Vol I: American   Fate of the Philadelphia to The Electric Telegraph (3)
Morris - Historical Tales: American II   Eli Whitney and Cotton-Gin to Captain Lee and Lava-beds (6)
Drake - Indian History for Young Folks   The Backwoodsmen of Kentucky to War with the Seminoles of Florida (6)

Special Interest - Military

Seawell - Twelve Naval Captains    entire book
Fraser - Boys' Book of Sea Fights   Burning of the Philadelphia to The Strange Disappearance (4)
Sabin - Boys' Book of Border Battles   The Battle of Blue Licks to Resaca de la Palma (9)
Sabin - Frontier Fighters   Five Boy Captives to Through the Enemy's Lines (7)
Sabin - Boy's Book of Indian Warriors   Little Turtle of the Miamis to Strong Medicine of Konate (12)
Sabin - Into Mexico with General Scott    entire book
Ladd - The War with Mexico    entire book

Also Recommended

Southworth - Builders of Our Country: Book II   Chronology to Samuel F. B. Morse (11)
Morris - Heroes of Progress in America   John Adams to Horace Mann (20)
Nye - Comic History of the United States   The Revolutionary War to Befo' the Wah (11)

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep




Civil War Period—1850 to 1877

Compromise of 1850 to End of Reconstruction


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Guerber - Story of the Great Republic   The Slavery Quarrel to Hard Times in the South (32)
Marshall - This Country of Ours   Union or Disunion to The End of the War (14)

Supplemental Recommendations

Evans - America First—100 Stories from Our History   Rescue of Jerry to Surrender of Lee (10)
Pratt - American History Stories, Volume IV    entire book
Marshall - Uncle Tom's Cabin    entire book
Hamilton - The Story of Abraham Lincoln    entire book
Morris - True Stories of Our Presidents   Millard Fillmore to Andrew Johnson (5)
Morris - Historical Tales, Vol I: American   The Monitor and Merrimac to Sinking of the Albemarle (4)
Morris - Historical Tales: American II   The Raccoon Roughs to Homecoming of Lee's Veterans (9)
Merriam - The Negro and the Nation    entire book

Special Interest - Military

Fraser - Boys' Book of Sea Fights   Monitor and Merrimac to Admiral David Farragut (2)
Wood - The Boy's Book of Battles   Gettysburg (1)
Fraser - Boys' Book of Battles   Gettysburg (1)
Hill - On the Trail of Grant and Lee    entire book
Barnes - Midshipman Farragut    entire book
Barnes - The Son of Light Horse Harry    entire book
McSpadden - Boy's Book of Famous Soldiers   Grant to Lee (2)

Also Recommended

Southworth - Builders of Our Country: Book II   Abraham Lincoln to David Glasgow Farragut (5)
Nye - Comic History of the United States   Befo' the Wah to Reconstruction Without Pain (7)
MacArthur - Harriet Beecher Stowe    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep




Progressive Era—1869 to 1918

Transcontinental Railroad to The Great War


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Guerber - Story of the Great Republic   The Atlantic Cable to Two Presidents (22)
Marshall - This Country of Ours   The President is Impeached to The Great War (8)

Supplemental Recommendations

Evans - America First—100 Stories from Our History   Laying the Atlantic Cable to Sergeant York (11)
Meadowcroft - The Boys' Life of Edison    entire book
McSpadden - Theodore Roosevelt    entire book
Washington - Up From Slavery    entire book
Morris - True Stories of Our Presidents   Ulysses S. Grant to Theodore Roosevelt (8)
Morris - Heroes of Progress in America   Lucretia Mott to Booker T. Washington (16)
Morris - The Story of Mexico    entire book

Also Recommended

Southworth - Builders of Our Country: Book II   Cyrus McCormick to Andrew Carnegie (5)
Fraser - Boys' Book of Sea Fights   Dewey at Manila Bay to Battle of Santiago Harbor (2)
Brawley - A Short History of the American Negro    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep




Westward Expansion—1770 to 1900

California Missions to Hawaii Becomes a Territory


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Highly Recommended

Otis Kaler - Seth of Colorado    entire book
Otis Kaler - Philip of Texas    entire book
Otis Kaler - Antoine of Oregon    entire book
Otis Kaler - Martha of California    entire book
Guerber - Story of the Great Republic   Early Times in California to Rush to California (3)
Cody - The Adventures of Buffalo Bill    entire book
Sabin - Boys' Book of Border Battles   The Battle of Adobe Walls to When Ghost Shirts Failed (7)
Sabin - Frontier Fighters   Hugh Glass and Grizzly Bear to The Sibley Scout (10)
Sabin - Boy's Book of Indian Warriors   Black-hawk the Sac Patriot to The Ghost Dancers (12)

Also Recommended

Howard - Famous Indian Chiefs I Have Known    entire book
Hudson - The Famous Missions of California    entire book
Sabin - Opening the West with Lewis and Clark    entire book
Sabin - With Lieutenant Pike    entire book
Sabin - Gold Seekers of '49    entire book
Eastman - Indian Heroes and the Great Chieftains    entire book
Morris - Historical Tales, Vol I: American   Alaska&: Gold, Furs, and Fish to How Hawaii Lost its Queen (2)
Drake - Indian History for Young Folks   Indian Wars to The Indians of the Present Day (6)
Grinnell - Trails of the Pathfinders    entire book
Abbott - The Adventures of Kit Carson    entire book
Fitch - Junipero Serra    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep




American Indian—1540 to 1890

De Soto Expedition to Wounded Knee Massacre


Book Title
Selected Chapters (# chapters)

Core Reading Assignments

Drake - Indian History for Young Folks    entire book

Highly Recommended

Burton - Massasoit    entire book
Eastman - Indian Heroes and the Great Chieftains    entire book
Eastman - Indian Boyhood    entire book
Perry - Four American Indians    entire book
Sabin - Boy's Book of Indian Warriors    entire book
Sabin - Boys' Book of Border Battles   The Battle of Adobe Walls to When Ghost Shirts Failed (7)
Sabin - Frontier Fighters   Hugh Glass and Grizzly Bear to The Sibley Scout (10)
Schultz - With the Indians in the Rockies    entire book
Abbott - King Philip    entire book
Abbott - The Adventures of Kit Carson    entire book
Ober - Ferdinand De Soto and the Invasion of Florida   The Landing in Florida to Last Days of De Soto (14)
Ober - Juan Ponce de Leon   The Fount of Perennial Youth to Juan Ponce's Last Campaign (8)
Grinnell - Trails of the Pathfinders    entire book
Schultz - Bird Woman —Guide of Lewis and Clark    entire book

Also Recommended

Grinnell - Blackfeet Indian Stories    entire book
Grinnell - When Buffalo Ran    entire book
Howard - Famous Indian Chiefs I Have Known    entire book
Hudson - The Famous Missions of California    entire book
Eastman - The Soul of the Indian    entire book
Fitch - Junipero Serra    entire book

I: Introductory, II: Intermediate, C: College Prep