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
California Gold Rush
by Ralph K. Andrist
from Troll Associates
for 6th-10th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-AHJL)
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)
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)
Fruit & Flower
by Danielle L. Hopkins
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (2 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)
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)
Marcus and Narcissa Whitman
by James Daugherty
from Viking Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: HISA-19OR)
Oregon Trail
Penguin Classics
by Francis Parkman Jr.
from Penguin Classics
Historical Non-fiction for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
$13.60
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 Golden California
by Juanita C. Houston & Carla Perez
3rd edition
for 10th-12th grade
in California Gold Rush (Location: HISA-19CGR)
$10.00 (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
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)
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
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)
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)
Westward on the Oregon Trail
by Marian T. Place
from American Heritage Publishing Co.
for 6th-10th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-AHJL)