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History of Transportation

The history of the world is largely the history of movement. We speak of ancient cultures as though they were immobile, often forgetting that the greatest empires were often comprised primarily of displaced peoples. Genghis Khan uprooted entire populations and put them elsewhere in order to encourage homogeneity within his realm. How did he get them from place to place?

In the age of Learjets and bullet trains, the invention of the wheel seems distant and almost inconsequential. Riding horses is a little more immediate (oddly) because people still do that, but unless you're Amish or Mennonite Brethren living in the eastern United States, carts, wagons and buggies are mere images flickering against the faded screen of the past.

Still, the wheel is one of the building blocks of civilization. Things like wagons, trains, and cars would never have been developed without the wheel, and by extension we probably wouldn't have airplanes either. Boats and ships are a slightly different story, but the technology that allowed early civilizations to put to sea is as foundational as that used to make wheels.

Man has always been fascinated with movement of all kinds, not least the modes of conveyance used to get people and things around. It's important for Christians to remember that God's will is ultimately what allows advances in transportation technology, which (rather than ending the discussion) is the best reason to study it in the first place. To that end, we offer a variety of resources covering a variety of vehicles and inventions.

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Across America on an Emigrant Train
by Jim Murphy
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Aircraft - Coloring Book
Educational Read & Color Books
by Peter & Linda Spizzirri
from Spizzirri Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Educational Read & Color Books (Location: A02-01)
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Airplanes of the Second World War - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Carlo Demand
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$4.24
Airplanes of World War I - Coloring Book
by Carlo Demand
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.74
Amelia Earhart - Coloring Book
by Muriel Earhart Morrissey
from Bellerophon Books
for 3rd-7th grade
in Biographies (Location: A12-01A)
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by Beatrice Gormley
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Biography for 3rd-6th grade
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$6.39
American Automobile
by Ralph Stein
from Random House
for 7th-Adult
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by Alvin M. Joseph Jr.
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by Oliver Jensen
Reissue
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American Muscle Cars - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$3.74
American Sailing Ships - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Peter F. Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
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for 9th-Adult
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by Walter Dean Myers
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for 5th-8th grade
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Antique Airplanes - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Peter F. Copeland
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
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Dover Coloring Books
by Clarence P. Hornung
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for 2nd-6th grade
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Educational Read & Color Books
by Peter & Linda Spizzirri
from Spizzirri Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Educational Read & Color Books (Location: A02-01)
$3.36
Aviation
Perspectives on History Series
by William Coleman & Pat Perrin, editors
from History Compass
Non-fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Aviation History (Location: B02-00A)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
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by Cyrus Fisher
from Scholastic Inc.
for 5th-7th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
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by Ole Steen Hansen
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for 2nd-5th grade
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Landmark #31
by C. S. Forester
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
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by Richard Humble
from Connoisseur
for 5th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
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by Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
1st edition from Smithsonian Books
for 9th-Adult
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by Patricia Relf
from Golden Books
for 4th-6th grade
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by Doug Phillips
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for Adult
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by Jim Haskins
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from Scholastic Inc.
for 5th-8th grade
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by Tim Severin
from Modern Library
for 10th-Adult
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Landmark #9
by Adele Nathan
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for 5th-8th grade
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by Bill Peet
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in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$8.49
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World Landmark #19
by Armstrong Sperry
from Random House
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by Roderick Haig-Brown
from Macmillan
for 4th-7th grade
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$3.50 (1 in stock)
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Dover Coloring Books
by Steven James Petruccio
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
$2.99
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by Clark J. Evans
from Children's Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in History of Trains & Railroads (Location: B01-15A)
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by James Cross Giblin
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Dover Coloring Books
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
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$7.46
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Dover Coloring Books
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from Dover Publications
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from Dover Publications
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from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: A01-DOV)
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from Random House
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for 9th-12th grade
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$2.00 (1 in stock)
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by David Mondey
1st American Edition from A & W Publishing
for 6th-Adult
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$3.00 (1 in stock)
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by Steve Engleheart
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by Glenn Tucker
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for 9th-Adult
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by Arch Whitehouse
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for 9th-Adult
in Aviation History (Location: B02-00A)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
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