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: GEO-REFUS)
$7.96
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: HISA-19CGR)
$7.95
Apples to Oregon
by Deborah Hopkinson
Reprint from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$6.79
Around California With Children's Books
by Rea Berg
2nd edition from Beautiful Feet Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Beautiful Feet Books (Location: HISCUR-BFB)
$24.95
Attack in the Rye Grass
Trailblazer Series
by Dave and Neta Jackson
from Bethany House
for 3rd-7th grade
in Trailblazer Books (Location: SER-CFTB)
B is for Beaver
by Marie & Roland Smith
from Sleeping Bear Press
for nursery-3rd grade
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: PIC-ALPH)
$15.26
Ballad of Lucy Whipple
by Karen Cushman
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-6th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$5.09 $3.40 (3 in stock)
Bat 6
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
from Scholastic Inc.
Historical Fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$2.55 (1 in stock)
Battle of Seattle
by Douglas Bond
from P&R Publishing
for 4th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Bound for Oregon
by Jean Van Leeuwen
from Puffin Books
Historical Fiction for 4th-7th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$5.94
Boy in the Alamo
by Margaret Cousins
from Corona Publishing Co.
Historical fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Mexican-American War (Location: HISA-19TEX)
$7.65 (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: FIC-REA)
$7.64
California
by P. M. Boekhoff
from KidHaven Press
for 5th-7th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
California Gold Rush
by Ralph K. Andrist
from Troll Associates
for 6th-10th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-AHJL)
California Gold Rush
by Andy Chambers
from Troll Associates
for 4th-6th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: HISA-19CGR)
$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: HISA-19CGR)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
California Gold Rush
Landmark #6
by May McNeer & Lynd Ward
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
California Missions
A Sunset Book
from Lane Magazine & Book Company
for Adult
in Architecture Sculpture & Engineering (Location: ELE-ARC)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Capitol Names
by Philip Cogswell, Jr.
1St Edition from Oregon Historical Society Press
for 4th-10th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (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: FIC-HEN)
Captain Bayley's Heir
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: FIC-HEN)
Captain Bayley's Heir
by G. A. Henty
from Hurst
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: FIC-HEN)
Captain, My Captain
by Deborah Meroff
from Inheritance Publications
Historical Fiction for 8th-10th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Carlota
by Scott O'Dell
from Laurel-Leaf Books
Realistic Fiction for 7th-9th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Country Boy
by Homer Davenport
from M. A. Donohue & Company
for 7th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$14.40 (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: HISA-19PIO)
$7.99
Discovering Oregon
by Katherine Matchette
from Exodus Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
Eagle and the Fort
by Dorothy Morrison
from Oregon Historical Society Press
Biography for 5th-8th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
East of the Cascades
by Phil F. Brogan
3rd edition from Binford & Mort Publishing
for 8th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Emigrants' Guide to Oregon and California
by Lansford W. Hastings
from Applewood Books
for 9th-Adult
in Oregon Trail (Location: HISA-19OR)
$5.20 (1 in stock)
Enchantment of America: Oregon
by Allan Carpenter & Phil Carpenter
from Children's Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
Florida
Seeds of a Nation
by Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt
from KidHaven Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
For Ma and Pa
for 5th-7th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: HISA-19OR)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Gold Fever!
by Marjorie Slavick Frank
from Modern Curriculum Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Gold Rush
by Liza Ketchum
1st edition from Little, Brown & Company
for 5th-9th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Gold Rush
by Bobbie Kalman
from Crabtree Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: HISA-19CGR)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Gold Rush Dogs
by Claire Rudolf Murphy, Jane G. Haigh
from Alaska Northwest Books
for 4th-9th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: HISA-19CGR)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
Gold Rush Fever
by Barbara Greenwood
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Gilded Age (1865-1918) (Location: HISA-19GI)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Great Indians of California
by Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
from Bellerophon Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Native Americans (Location: HISA-19NAT)
Guide to the California Gold Rush
by Eugene R. Hart
for 5th-10th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Half-Breed
by Evelyn Sibley Lampman
from Doubleday & Company
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Fiction (Location: ZCLE-FIC)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Heaven in the Eye
Fargo Adventure
by Clyde Rice
1st edition from Breitenbush Books
for Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ZCLE-LIT)
$2.55 (1 in stock)
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: COL-DOV)
$3.74
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: COL-DOV)
$3.74
History of California - Timeline
by Rea Berg
from Beautiful Feet Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Beautiful Feet Books (Location: HISCUR-BFB)
$9.95
How to Get Rich in the California Gold Rush
by Tod Olson & Scott Allred
from National Geographic
for 3rd-8th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: HISA-19CGR)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
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: HISA-19PIO)
$7.99 $4.50 (2 in stock)
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: FIC-HIF)
$6.79
It Happened in Washington
by James A. Crutchfield
from Two Dot Books
for 6th-9th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Jessie Benton Fremont
by Marguerite Higgins
from Beautiful Feet Books
for 4th-9th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$11.86
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