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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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50 States Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 5th-Adult
in United States Geography (Location: B04-04E)
Alamo!
by George Sullivan
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Mexican-American War (Location: B01-17C)
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)
Apples to Oregon
by Deborah Hopkinson
Reprint from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
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)
$13.46
Ballad of Lucy Whipple
by Karen Cushman
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-6th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
Bat 6
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
from Scholastic Inc.
Historical Fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
Battle of Seattle
by Douglas Bond
from P&R Publishing
for 4th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
Bound for Oregon
by Jean Van Leeuwen
from Puffin Books
Historical Fiction for 4th-7th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
By the Great Horn Spoon!
by Sid Fleischman
from Little, Brown & Company
Realistic Fiction for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
California Gold Rush
by Andy Chambers
from Troll Associates
for 4th-6th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
California Gold Rush
by May McNeer
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for 4th-6th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
California Gold Rush
Landmark #6
by May McNeer & Lynd Ward
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Captain Bayley's Heir
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A05-04A)
Captain Bayley's Heir
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A05-04A)
Captain, My Captain
by Deborah Meroff
from Inheritance Publications
Historical Fiction for 8th-10th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
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)
Discovering Oregon
by Katherine Matchette
from Exodus Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
Dragon's Gate
by Laurence Yep
1st edition from HarperCollins
for 4th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
Eagle and the Fort
by Dorothy Morrison
from Oregon Historical Society Press
Biography for 5th-8th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
Early Days in Old Oregon
by Katharine B. Judson
from Binford & Mort Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
Early Oregon Days
by Edwin D. Culp
1St Edition from Caxton Press
for 6th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
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)
For Ma and Pa
for 5th-7th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: B01-16B)
Gold Rush Dogs
by Claire Rudolf Murphy, Jane G. Haigh
from Alaska Northwest Books
for 4th-9th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
Great and Minor Moments in Oregon History
by Dick Pintarich
1st edition from New Oregon Publishers
for 9th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
Great Indians of California
by Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
from Bellerophon Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Native Americans (Location: B01-16C)
Heaven in the Eye
Fargo Adventure
by Clyde Rice
1st edition from Breitenbush Books
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
Historic Houses of New England - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
Historic Houses of New York State - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.49
History of California - Timeline
by Rea Berg
from Beautiful Feet Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Beautiful Feet Books (Location: B04-01B)
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
If You Were There
by Ellen Levine
from Scholastic Inc.
Historical Non-fiction for 2nd-5th grade
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: B01-15C)
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
Anv from Sandpiper Books
Realistic Fiction for 5th-8th grade
1961 Newbery Medal winner
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
Jessie Benton Fremont
by Marguerite Higgins
from Beautiful Feet Books
for 4th-9th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
Lights in the Northwest - Teacher's Supplement CD-ROM
by Richard M. Hannula
from Sound Summit Books
Biographies for 4th-8th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
Lights in the Northwest w/Teacher CD
by Richard M. Hannula
from Sound Summit Books
Biographies for 4th-8th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
Make Way for Sam Houston
by Jean Fritz
from Penguin Putnam
for 3rd-6th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
Making of America
by Robert D. Johnston
Fir from National Geographic
for 6th-9th grade
in American History Reference (Location: B04-03C)
Making of American California
by Dorothy Dimmick
from Beautiful Feet Books
for 6th-9th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
Marcus and Narcissa Whitman
by James Daugherty
from Viking Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: B01-16B)
My State Notebook
3rd edition from A Beka Books
for 4th grade
in A Beka History (Location: B03-01A)
Northwest Coast Indians - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by David Rickman
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.19
O is for Oregon
ILL from WestWinds
for 1st-3rd grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
On to Oregon!
by Honore Morrow
from William Morrow & Company
for 4th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
Oregon East, Oregon West 1863-1872
by Theodor Kirchoff
Fir from Oregon Historical Society Press
for 8th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
Oregon Historical Vignettes
by Paul Keller
for 6th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
Oregon in the Making
by C. Louis Barzee
from Statesman Publishing Company
for 9th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: B03-00A)
Oregon Trail
Penguin Classics
by Francis Parkman Jr.
from Penguin Classics
Historical Non-fiction for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Our Golden California
by Juanita C. Houston & Carla Perez
3rd edition
for 10th-12th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: B01-14D)
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