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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Attack in the Rye Grass
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Ballad of Lucy Whipple
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California Gold Rush
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Get Oregonized
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Gold Rush Dogs
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Great Indians of California
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If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
If You Were There
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Lucretia Ann on the Oregon Trail
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Make Way for Sam Houston
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My State Notebook
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Path to the Pacific
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Remember the Alamo
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Story of California & Her Flags to Color Volume 2
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Story of the California Gold Rush
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Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman and a Faithful History of the Oregon Trail
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Trouble for Lucy
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Washington: Land of Change
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We Were There on the Oregon Trail
by William O. Steele
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We Were There with The Pony Express
by William O. Steele
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What Was the Gold Rush?
by Joan Holub
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