Earl Schenck Miers

Earl Schenck Miers was an American historian who wrote over 100 books, many for children, and mostly about the Civil War. In the words of another notable historian, Paul Angle, Miers was one "who stressed the essential drama of events and brought the human beings of the past back to life."

Born in in Brooklyn on May 27, 1910, he struggled with cerebral palsy from birth, which made even holding a pen or pencil nearly impossible. But, after moving to Hackensack, New Jersey, he began writing as a youth anyway, carrying a typewriter to school each day. He attended Rutgers University where he studied journalism and founded the Rutgers University Press. He received honorary degrees from both Rutgers and Lincoln College.

 

On 17 November 1972, at the age of 62, Miers died at his home in Edison, New Jersey.

Some of his more popular children's works include three titles from the We Were There series published by Grosset & Dunlap, but he was largely responsible for the 12-volume Golden Book History series, and his Rainbow Book of American History, illustrated by James Daugherty, remains in print retitled A Child's First Book of American History.

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Abraham Lincoln in Peace and War
by Earl Schenck Miers
from American Heritage Publishing Co.
for 6th-10th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-HIS)
America and Its Presidents
for 5th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
America During Four Wars
by Earl Schenck Miers & Felix Sutton
from Grosset & Dunlap
in American History Reference (Location: HISA-REF)
Blood of Freedom
Williamsburg in America Series Book 3
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Child's First Book of American History
by Earl Schenck Miers, James Daugherty
from Beautiful Feet Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Beautiful Feet Books (Location: HISCUR-BFB)
$32.95 $21.00 (2 in stock)
Child's First Book of American History (hardcover)
by Earl Schenck Miers, James Daugherty
from Beautiful Feet Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Beautiful Feet Books (Location: HISCUR-BFB)
$42.95
Golden Book History of the United States
by Earl Schenck Miers, illustrated by Alton S. Tobey and Richard P. Kluga
from Golden Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States - 12 Volume Set
by Earl Schenck Miers, illustrated by Alton S. Tobey and Richard P. Kluga
from Golden Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States Volume 1
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Golden Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States Volume 10
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Golden Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States Volume 2
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Golden Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States Volume 3
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Golden Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States Volume 4
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Golden Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States Volume 5
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Golden Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States Volume 6
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Golden Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States Volume 7
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Golden Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States Volume 8
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Golden Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Golden Book History of the United States Volume 9
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Golden Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
How and Why Wonder Book of the Civil War
by Earl Schenck Miers
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-6th grade
in How and Why Wonder Books (Location: VIN-H&W)
Magnificent Mutineers
by Earl Schenck Miers, illustrated by W. T. Mars
from G.P. Putnam's Sons
for 5th-8th grade
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: HISA-18REV)
Mark Twain on the Mississippi
by Earl Schenck Miers, illustrated by Robert Frankenberg
from World Publishing Company
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Rainbow Book of American History
by Earl Schenck Miers, illustrated by James Daugherty
1st edition
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Story of John F. Kennedy
from Wonder Books
for 5th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Story of Thomas Jefferson
Grosset & Dunlap Signature #36
by Earl Schenck Miers, illustrated by Reynold Pollak
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-9th grade
in Grosset & Dunlap Signature Books (Location: VIN-SIG)
We Were There at the Battle of Gettysburg
We Were There #2
by Alida Sims Malkus, illustrated by Leonard Vosburgh
from Grosset & Dunlap
Historical Fiction for 5th-9th grade
in We Were There Series (Location: VIN-HIS)
We Were There at the Battle of Lexington and Concord
We Were There #20
by Felix Sutton, illustrated by H. B. Vestal
from Grosset & Dunlap
Historical Fiction for 5th-9th grade
in We Were There Series (Location: VIN-HIS)
We Were There When Grant Met Lee at Appamattox
We Were There #23
by Earl Schenck Miers, illustrated by Leonard Vosburgh
from Grosset & Dunlap
Historical Fiction for 5th-9th grade
in We Were There Series (Location: VIN-HIS)
We Were There When Washington Won at Yorktown
We Were There #17
by Earl Schenck Miers, illustrated by Herman B. Vestal
from Grosset & Dunlap
Historical Fiction for 5th-9th grade
in We Were There Series (Location: VIN-HIS)
We Were There With Lincoln in the White House
We Were There #36
by Earl Schenck Miers, illustrated by Charles Geer
from Grosset & Dunlap
Historical Fiction for 5th-9th grade
in We Were There Series (Location: VIN-HIS)
Wild & Woolly West
by Earl Schenk Miers, illustrated by Steele Savage
from Rand McNally
for 4th-8th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)