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
Battle of Seattle
by Douglas Bond
from P&R Publishing
for 4th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
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
Landmark #6
by May McNeer & Lynd Ward
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
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)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Captain, My Captain
by Deborah Meroff
from Inheritance Publications
Historical Fiction for 8th-10th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
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)
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)
Enchantment of America: Oregon
by Allan Carpenter & Phil Carpenter
from Children's Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$8.00 (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 (2 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 (2 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)
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)
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)
Indians Along the Oregon Trail
by Bert Webber
Exp Sub from Webb Research Group
for 8th-12th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
from Yearling
Realistic Fiction for 5th-8th grade
1961 Newbery Medal winner
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$2.80 (1 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 $3.60 (1 in stock)
Jessie Benton Fremont
by Marguerite Higgins
from Beautiful Feet Books
for 4th-9th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$11.86
Lights in the Northwest
by Richard M. Hannula
from Sound Summit Books
Biographies for 4th-8th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$17.95
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: HISA-PNW)
$14.40
Making of America
by Robert D. Johnston
Fir from National Geographic
for 6th-9th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISRF-US)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Making of American California
by Dorothy Dimmick
from Beautiful Feet Books
for 6th-9th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: HISA-19CGR)
$18.95
Marcus and Narcissa Whitman
by James Daugherty
from Viking Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: HISA-19OR)
Narcissa and Marcus Whitman
Heroes of God
by Anne West Williams
from Association Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
On to Oregon!
by Honore Morrow
from William Morrow & Company
for 4th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Oregon Trail
by Francis Parkman Jr.
from Doubleday & Company
for 6th-10th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
$9.60 (1 in stock)
Our Northwest Heritage
by Richard M. Hannula
2nd edition from Sound Summit Books
for 7th-12th grades
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$36.95
Our Northwest Heritage - Teacher's Supplement CD-ROM
by Richard M. Hannula
from Sound Summit Books
for 7th-12th grades
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$23.00
Path to the Pacific
by Neta Lohnes Frazier
from Quarto Knows
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Patty Reed's Doll
by Rachel K. Laurgaard
from Tomato Enterprises
Historical fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$5.60 (2 in stock)
Pioneers Go West
Landmark Series
by George Stewart
from Random House
Historical Non-fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: HISA-19PIO)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Portland Bridge Book
by Sharon Wood
from Oregon Historical Society Press
for 8th-Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Remember the Alamo
from National Geographic
for 4th-8th grade
in Mexican-American War (Location: HISA-19TEX)
Seabird
by Holling C. Holling
from Houghton Mifflin
Realistic fiction for 3rd-8th grade
1949 Newbery Honor Book
in BF Geography (Location: HISCUR-BFG)
$11.04 $6.40 (4 in stock)
Star-Spangled State Book with Workbook CD-Rom
by Joel F. King
from Knowledge Quest
for 4th-10th grade
in United States Geography (Location: GEO-REFUS)
Stories of Young Pioneers
by Violet T. Kimball
from Mountain Press
Historical Non-fiction for 6th-11th grade
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: HISA-19PIO)
$14.00
Story of Oklahoma
Landmark #100
by Lon Tinkle
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Story of San Francisco
Landmark #59
by Charlotte Jackson
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Stout-Hearted Seven
Sterling Point
by Neta Lohnes Frazier
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Non-fiction/Biography for 5th-9th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: HISA-19OR)
$6.95 $3.60 (1 in stock)
Texas and the War with Mexico
by Ralph K. Andrist
from Harper & Row
for 5th-8th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-AHJL)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
The Alamo
by Leonard Everett Fisher
from Holiday House
for 3rd-8th grade
in Western Expansion (1800-1898) (Location: HISA-19WES)
This was Mining in the West
by David W. Pearson
Second Edition; First Printing from Schiffer
for 6th-Adult
in Western Expansion (1800-1898) (Location: HISA-19WES)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman and a Faithful History of the Oregon Trail
by Cheryl Harness
from National Geographic
for 4th-8th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: HISA-19OR)
True Adventures of Westward Trails
by Alfred Powers
First Edition from Little, Brown & Company
for 7th-10th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
War Chief Joseph
by Helen Addison Howard
paper reprint 1941 4th printing from Bison Books
for 7th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
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