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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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
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 Hurst
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: FIC-HEN)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
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)
Get Oregonized
by Rod Fielder
Revised from Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation
for 3rd-5th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HIS-PNW)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Heaven in the Eye
Fargo Adventure
by Clyde Rice
1st edition from Breitenbush Books
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Marcus and Narcissa Whitman
by James Daugherty
from Viking Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Oregon Trail (Location: G4C-HIS)
Oregon Geographic Names
by Lewis A. McArthur
Sixth Edition from Oregon Historical Society Press
for Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HIS-PNW)
$12.00 (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)
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
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)
Westward on the Oregon Trail
from Troll Associates
for 6th-10th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-AHJL)