Academic journal article Social Education

History, Life and Culture in the Americas

Academic journal article Social Education

History, Life and Culture in the Americas

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ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES!: THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN ADVERTISING (People's History series). Christina Mierau. Illustrated with photographs and prints. Lerner. 96 pp. Library ISBN 0-8225-1742-6, $22.60. (M) Even before there was a United States, advertising coaxed adventurous Europeans to try life in the North American colonies. From settlers to soapsuds, this book reviews the influence of advertising on consumption patterns and the likes and dislikes of Joe Q. Public. Selected Bibliography. Index. (NS) VII, I [Also recommended in this series: Stop This War!: American Protest of the Conflict In Vietnam. Margot Fortunato Galt. Illustrated with photographs. 88 pp. Library ISBN 0-8225-1740-X, $22.60.]

ADALINE FALLING STAR. Mary Pope Osborne. Scholastic Press. 208 pp. Trade ISBN 0-439-05947-X, $16.95. (I, 31) Rebelling against the efforts of her white relatives in St. Louis to "civilize" her, Adaline, who is part Arapaho, sets out to be reunited with her father, the famous scout Kit Carson. A survival story based loosely on the life of Carson and his daughter. Author's Note. Note on Sources. (ADM) IV, V, I

AN AMISH YEAR Richard Ammon. Illustrated by Pamela Patrick. Atheneum. 40 pp. Trade ISBN 0-689-82622-2, $16.95. (P) This is a nicely illustrated evocation of a year in the life of an old order Amish family. Children will grow to appreciate the similarities and differences between Amish life and their own. Author's note. (DWC) I, III

THE BLACK SOLDIER: 1492 TO THE PRESENT. Catherine Clinton. Illustrated with photographs and prints. Houghton Mifflin. 128 pp. Trade ISBN 0-395-67722-X, $17.00; Library ISBN 99-048935. (M) Careful research led the author to fascinating and little known information about African Americans who have served on our battlefields for centuries. This is an important addition to any school library. Introduction. Selected Sources. Index. Epilogue. (PN) II

BLUESTEM. Frances Arrington. Philomel. 144 pp. Trade ISBN 0-399-23564-7, $16.99. F (Puffin) (M) Facing the harsh realities of life on the open prairie, two sisters fend for themselves when their mother cannot cope with the losses of pioneer life. This is a realistic, unsentimental portrayal of young heroines who pull from their own strengths. Selected Bibliography. (OTK) III, IV, V

BOUND FOR THE NORTH STAR: TRUE STORIES OF FUGITIVE SLAVES. Dennis Brindell Fradin. Illustrated with photographs and prints. Clarion. 224 pp. Trade ISBN 0-395-97017-2, $20.00. (M) Compelling writing and primary source illustrations are joined in this dramatic collection of stories about fugitive slaves who risked greatly in their pursuit of freedom. Each of twelve biographical adventure stories is preceded by an introductory, historical text. Author's Note. Afterword. Bibliography. Index. (DLK) I, VI, V

THE BOXER. Kathleen Karr. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 144 pp. Trade ISBN 0-374-30921-3, $16.00. (M) Fifteen-year-old Johnny Woods learns how to box in prison and uses his skill to survive the tenement world of New York City in the late nineteenth century. Readers will enjoy this glimpse into "the Chopper's" many battles. (VDW) IV, II, III

CHARLEY WATERS GOES TO GETTTYSBURG. Susan Sinnott. Illustrated with photographs by Dorothy Handelman. Millbrook. 48 pp. Library ISBN 0-76134567-5, $22.90. (I) Join Charley and his dad as Civil War reenactors to learn more about what life was like for soldiers fighting in the Civil War. History comes alive through the color photographs of this eight-year-old's participation in the 135th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Glossary. Further Reading. (TLL) II, III, VI

CHILDREN OF THE EMANCIPATION (Picture the American Past series). Wilma King. Illustrated with photographs and prints. Carolrhoda. 48 pp. Library ISBN 1-57505-396-9, $22.60. (I) This book examines the conditions facing African Americans immediately before and after the Emancipation Proclamation, with a focus on the Proclamation's effects on lives of children who had been enslaved. …

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