The catalysts, major events, and consequences of one of history's bloodiest revolutions are presented in a thrilling and academically rigorous way in this guide to the French Revolution. The stories of this historic episode's key players are narrated, including the tales of such well-known characters as Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte. There is a thorough treatment of France's economy, government, and social life both before, during the various phases of, and after the Revolution. Napoleon's post-Revolutionary European conquests and subsequent downfall and exile are also narrated in this title sure to captivate all readers.
The Louisiana Purchase stands out in American history for a number of reasons. It was the largest acquisition of land in United States' history. It was also the first time a president obtained new territory by purchase. But, perhaps most important, it fueled the American drive for westward expansion-a powerful force in U.S. culture and politics for the remainder of the 19th century. This authoritative title presents that history in depth, contextualizing the Louisiana Purchase and examining how it affected the early development of America, bringing this episode of American history to life for a new generation of readers.
While the ancient Romans continue to be regarded as highly civilized, there are aspects of ancient Roman life, including the foods that they ate (dormice were a delicacy) and their leisure activities (such as the notorious gladiatorial fights to the death), that seem strange and repellent to us today. This high-interest history book makes use of kids’ fascination with the disgusting to appeal to young readers who might not be as interested in a more straightforward history title. In its own unorthodox manner, the volume covers Roman culture, food, hygiene, medicine, religion, and military might, offering readers a comprehensive—if sometimes stomach-turning—view of ancient Roman life.
The story of the Cherokee Nation and its tragic displacement by early colonial settlers is an integral part of American history. Here that tale is told through an investigation of primary sources related to the historic episode. Images and textual transcriptions are presented of such historical documents as presidential addresses, treaties, and the Cherokee constitution. Such examination of primary sources and their use in the narration of this all-too-often overlooked piece of history is in line with the skills outlined in the Common Core standards for reading informational text.
As the number of first-hand witnesses shrinks, there is an urgent need to educate a new generation of readers on the tragedy of the Holocaust. Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, this title presents the harrowing details of one of the concentration camp's most infamous figures. Known as Auschwitz's Angel of Death, Mengele was the doctor responsible for some of the most unsettling Nazi human experiments. This title uncovers the details of his early life, his rise within the Nazi Party, his atrocious deeds at the concentration camp, and his life in hiding.