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: F3A-GEO)
$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: G4C-HIS)
$7.95
Battle of Seattle
by Douglas Bond
from P&R Publishing
for 4th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Blazing a Wagon Trail to Oregon
by Lloyd W. Coffman
Limited Autographed Edition
for 8th-Adult
in Oregon Trail (Location: G4C-HIS)
$25.00 (1 in stock)
California Gold Rush
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 American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
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)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Captain, My Captain
by Deborah Meroff
from Inheritance Publications
Historical Fiction for 8th-10th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Dragon's Gate
by Laurence Yep
1st edition from HarperCollins
for 4th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$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: O1A-BIO)
Gold Rush Dogs
by Claire Rudolf Murphy, Jane G. Haigh
from Alaska Northwest Books
for 4th-9th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: G4C-HIS)
$5.50 (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)
$3.50 (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 $4.50 (2 in stock)
Jessie Benton Fremont
by Marguerite Higgins
from Beautiful Feet Books
for 4th-9th grade
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$11.86
Lights in the Northwest
by Richard M. Hannula
from Sound Summit Books
Biographies for 4th-8th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HIS-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: HIS-PNW)
$14.40
Making of America
by Robert D. Johnston
Fir from National Geographic
for 6th-9th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-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: G4C-HIS)
$18.95
Marcus and Narcissa Whitman
by James Daugherty
from Viking Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: G4C-HIS)
On to Oregon!
by Honore Morrow
from William Morrow & Company
for 4th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Our Northwest Heritage
by Richard M. Hannula
2nd edition from Sound Summit Books
for 7th-12th grades
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HIS-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: HIS-PNW)
$23.00
Path to the Pacific
by Neta Lohnes Frazier
from Quarto Knows
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Patty Reed's Doll
by Rachel K. Laurgaard
from Tomato Enterprises
Historical fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$7.00 (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: HIS-19CAPIO)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Remember the Alamo
from National Geographic
for 4th-8th grade
in Mexican-American War (Location: G4C-HIS)
Seabird
by Holling C. Holling
from Houghton Mifflin
Realistic fiction for 3rd-8th grade
1949 Newbery Honor Book
in BF Geography (Location: F4D-HIS)
$11.04 $8.00 (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: F3A-GEO)
Stories of Young Pioneers
by Violet T. Kimball
from Mountain Press
Historical Non-fiction for 6th-11th grade
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: HIS-19CAPIO)
$14.00
Stout-Hearted Seven
Sterling Point
by Neta Lohnes Frazier
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Non-fiction/Biography for 5th-9th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: G4C-HIS)
$6.95
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)
This was Mining in the West
by David W. Pearson
Second Edition; First Printing from Schiffer
for 6th-Adult
in Industry & Trade (Location: G6D-HIS)
$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: G4C-HIS)
We Were There on the Oregon Trail
by William O. Steele
from American Home-School Publishing
Historical Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
We Were There on the Oregon Trail
We Were There #1
by William O. Steele
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-9th grade
in We Were There Series (Location: VIN-WWT)
We Were There with the California Forty-Niners
We Were There #9
by Stephen Holt
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-9th grade
in We Were There Series (Location: VIN-WWT)
We Were There with The Pony Express
by William O. Steele
from American Home-School Publishing
Historical Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Westward on the Oregon Trail
from Troll Associates
for 6th-10th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-AHJL)
Year of the Black Pony
by Walt Morey
from Bethlehem Books
Realistic Fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Year of the Black Pony
by Walt Morey
from Blue Heron Publishing
Realistic Fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Zia
by Scott O'Dell
from HMH Books for Young Readers
Realistic Fiction for 6th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$6.79