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American State History

In many ways, the United States are becoming more homogeneous than they were fifty or a hundred years ago. The rise of mass technology, communication, and entertainment has meant more people get the same information through the same media, resulting in a sameness among people and places not possible before.

The old days were much different. For one thing, until recently a large percentage of the U.S. population were immigrants, bringing with them the culture and ethnic traditions of their home countries. Italians, Chinese, Africans, Dutch, Puerto Ricans, Irish, Jews, Scandinavians—they all tended to settle together, and were thus able to preserve what they knew.

Communication was also far less unifying. Correspondence was much more local, typically, and interactions between regions were limited, usually to word-of-mouth and newspapers. In such circumstances, different parts of the country often seemed almost like different countries altogether; this was especially true in places that didn't become part of the Union until relatively late in the nation's history.

Each state has a history of its own, and each one is uniquely fascinating. Even where there seems to be considerable overlap, the differences are very real, such as the difference between the California Gold Rush and the Alaska Gold Rush. An appreciation of the diversity of our nation is almost always preceded by a knowledge of the individual states and regions within it.

Some states naturally have more written about them than others, like Texas, which before it was a U.S. state was an autonomous nation. Nevertheless, we're working on building a diverse collection, though we do have a slight bias for books about the Pacific Northwest. We also have a bias for books from a Christian perspective, though we carry both Christian and secular titles.

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1839 Wagon Train Journal
by Thomas J. Farnham
from Northwest Interpretive Association
for 7th-12th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: B01-16B)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
50 Hiking Trails in Portland & Northwest Oregon
by Don Lowe, Roberta Lowe
from Mayflower Institute
for 9th-Adult
in Hiking & Outdoor Adventures (Location: CGA-09A)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
50 States Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 5th-Adult
in United States Geography (Location: B04-04E)
$9.95
60 Hikes within 60 Miles (Portland)
by Paul Gerald
1st edition from Menasha Ridge Press
for 7th-Adult
in Hiking & Outdoor Adventures (Location: CGA-09A)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Alamo!
by George Sullivan
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Mexican-American War (Location: B01-17C)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
All That Glitters
Perspectives on History Series
by Phyllis Raybin Emert
from History Compass
Historical Non-fiction for 6th-9th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
$7.95
America's Historic Trails
by John M Thompson
no edition stated
for 5th-8th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: B01-16B)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Apples to Oregon
by Deborah Hopkinson
Reprint from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.99 $5.59 (1 in stock)
Armadillo from Amarillo
by Lynne Cherry
1st edition from Harcourt Children's Books
for Preschool-3rd Grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Attack in the Rye Grass
Trailblazer Series
by Dave and Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
for 3rd-7th grade
in Trailblazer Books (Location: A11-01C)
B is for Beaver
by Marie & Roland Smith
from Sleeping Bear Press
for nursery-3rd grade
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: CPB-02A)
$17.95 $8.00 (2 in stock)
Ballad of Lucy Whipple
by Karen Cushman
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-6th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$5.99 $4.00 (3 in stock)
Bat 6
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
from Scholastic Inc.
Historical Fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Battle of Seattle
by Douglas Bond
from P & R Publishing
for 4th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon
by Ellen Morris Bishop
1st edition from Mountaineers Books
for Adult
in Hiking & Outdoor Adventures (Location: CGA-09A)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Bicycling the Backroads of Northwest Oregon
by Philip N. Jones, Jean Henderson
2nd edition from The Mountaineers
for 9th-Adult
in Hiking & Outdoor Adventures (Location: CGA-09A)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Bodie: Boom Town-Gold Town!
by Douglas McDonald
for 4th-8th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Bound for Oregon
by Jean Van Leeuwen
from Puffin Books
Historical Fiction for 4th-7th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$5.99
Bound for Oregon
by Jean Van Leeuwen
1st edition from Dial Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Boy in the Alamo
by Margaret Cousins
from Corona Publishing Co.
Historical fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Mexican-American War (Location: B01-17C)
$9.00 (2 in stock)
Buffalo Storm
by Katherine Applegate
from Clarion Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
By the Great Horn Spoon!
by Sid Fleischman
from Little, Brown & Company
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$7.99
California
by P. M. Boekhoff
from KidHaven Press
for 5th-7th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
California and the Missions
by Helen Hunt Jackson
from Little, Brown & Company
for 10th-Adult
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
California Early History
for 1st-3rd grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
California Gold Rush
by Andy Chambers
from Troll Associates
for 4th-6th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
California Gold Rush
by May McNeer
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for 4th-6th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
$4.00 (3 in stock)
California Gold Rush
Landmark #6
by May McNeer & Lynd Ward
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
California Gold Rush
by Judy Monroe
for 4th-6th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
California Gold Rush
Spencer Press Landmark #7
by May McNeer & Lynd Ward
from Spencer Press
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
$8.00 (2 in stock)
Capitol Names
by Philip Cogswell, Jr.
1St Edition from Oregon Historical Society Press
for 4th-10th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Captain Bayley's Heir
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
$20.00
Captain Bayley's Heir
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
Captain, My Captain
by Deborah Meroff
from Inheritance Publications
Historical Fiction for 8th-10th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$14.95
Carlota
by Scott O'Dell
from Laurel-Leaf Books
Realistic Fiction for 7th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
$2.50 (2 in stock)
Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes Volume 1
by Fred Beckey
from Mountaineers Books
for 9th-Adult
in Hiking & Outdoor Adventures (Location: CGA-09A)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
Chief Joseph
History Maker Bios
by Jane Sutcliffe
from Barnes & Noble
Picture Book Biography for 2nd-4th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
by Paul Erickson
from Puffin Books
Historical Reference for 3rd-5th Grade
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: B01-15C)
$7.99 $5.00 (3 in stock)
Daughter of Han
by Ida Pruitt, Ning Lao T'ai-t'ai
1st edition from Stanford University Press
for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Discovering Oregon
by Katherine Matchette
from DeKa Press
for 4th-7th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Discovering Oregon
by Katherine Matchette
from Exodus Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
$17.95
Dragon's Gate
by Laurence Yep
1st edition from HarperCollins
for 4th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
Eagle and the Fort
by Dorothy Morrison
from Oregon Historical Society Press
Biography for 5th-8th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Early Days in Old Oregon
by Katharine B. Judson
from Binford & Mort Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Early Oregon Days
by Edwin D. Culp
1St Edition from Caxton Press
for 6th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
East of the Cascades
by Phil F. Brogan
3rd edition from Binford & Mort Publishing
for 8th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Ferryboats on the Columbia River
by Robert H. Ruby, John A. Brown
from Superior Publishing Company
for 7th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Fifty States Under God
by Joy Dean
Revised from A Helping Hand
for 3rd-12th grade
in United States Geography (Location: B04-04E)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
First Book of the Oregon Trail
by Walter Havighurst
from Franklin Watts
for 2nd-5th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: B01-16B)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Florida
Seeds of a Nation
by Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt
from KidHaven Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Exploration (1450-1900) (Location: B01-05A)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
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