A New Nation: The United States: 1783-1815 (American Story)

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The American Story continues . . .

After many years of struggle and sacrifice, the American colonists had finally earned their freedom. It was now time to establish unity among the thirteen states and forge a new nation.

Our founding fathers wrote a Constitution and a Bill of Rights to set up a democracy, a government that would put the people first.

The country grew and flourished. With the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, the United States doubled in size. Lewis and Clark were sent to explore the west, and five more states joined the Union. But rising tensions with the British would create more challenges to overcome.

In this installment of the acclaimed American Story series, history lovers Betsy and Giulio Maestro tell the true story of the first thirty-two years of the United States, from the Treaty of Paris to the War of 1812.

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About the Author:

Betsy Maestro is the author of the "American Story" series, illustrated by her husband, Giulio. She has also written several other non-fiction picture books, including the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out science books How Do Apples Grow? and Why Do Leaves Change Color? The Maestros live in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 3–5—This book demonstrates the importance of many significant events of an often neglected era, such as the formation of the three branches of U.S. government; ongoing conflicts with France and Britain, including the War of 1812; the Louisiana Purchase; and the Lewis and Clark expedition. Giulio Maestro's pastel and watercolor illustrations are atmospheric and somewhat idealized. Every scene, from crowded city streets to busy ports, looks clean and pleasant. Soldiers killed in battle are scattered across fields in a way that makes them resemble toy soldiers more than wounded men. However, the pictures do provide a sense of period architecture and dress. The text is continuous, more like a story than a collection of dry facts, and will work as a read-aloud. On the negative side, the narrative focus spotlights the "Founding Fathers" rather than taking the more expansive view many modern history books adopt. The only women mentioned are Sacajawea, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison; the only references to African Americans are in the context of slavery, with no individuals mentioned by name. However, Native Americans do receive attention and Tecumseh is one of a group of leaders whose writings are included in a section of quotes. No bibliography or sources for further reading are listed. Because the book is not divided into sections or chapters, children may have difficulty extracting information for reports. While not a first choice for research, this book is successful in bringing history to life.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA END

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