A History of US: Book 4: The New Nation

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Beginning with George Washington's inauguration and continuing into the nineteenth century, The New Nation tells the story of the remarkable challenges that the freshly formed United States faced. Thomas Jefferson's purchase of the Louisiana Territories (bought from France at a mere four cents an acre!), Lewis and Clark's daring expedition through this wilderness, the War of 1812 a.k.a. "Revolutionary War, Part II," Tecumseh's effort to form an Indian confederacy, the growth of Southern plantations, the beginning of the abolitionist movement, and the disgraceful Trail of Tears are just a few of the setbacks, sidetracks, and formidable tasks put in the new nation's path. Master storyteller Joy Hakim weaves these dramatic events and more into a seamless tale that's so exciting, how could it be true? But it is--it's A History of US.

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Joy Hakim is a former newspaper writer and editor and elementary school teacher who holds a bachelor's degree in government from Smith College and a master's degree in education from Goucher College.

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Grade 7 Up-This series entry is a more than adequate but stylistically flawed survey of the history of our country from the inauguration of Washington through the first part of the 19th century. Commendably, Hakim is not a slave to the "presidential syndrome" that seems to affect many writers of such surveys. To be sure, she does give information regarding the era's presidents in chronological order, but intersperses accounts of such topics as Lewis and Clark, the first census, transportation, and the growth of industry. The book demonstrates well the author's meticulous research and organizational skills. These features are reinforced by the inclusion of an excellent selection of reproductions of art, letters, posters, etc. accompanied by informative captions. Hakim also makes good use of illuminating sidebars and apt quotations from the period's "movers and shakers." Unfortunately, the narrative does not flow smoothly; it is largely made up of words with one or two syllables and sentences that are themselves short or made up of short clauses; these style features combine to create a choppy effect. This flaw is further amplified by the inclusion of too many pedantic questions for readers to think about. One is given the impression that this is intended to be a "hi-lo" book, but the prose style may actually discourage some readers.
David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, WA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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