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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children March 2018

COBBLESTONE is the award-winning and respected leader in the study of American history for young people. COBBLESTONE tells America’s story through a unique mix of captivating articles, lively graphics, historical photographs, primary sources, and maps. Each themed-issue examines historical events in detail making them exciting and relevant to today. A must-have for every history classroom and media center. Grades 5-9.

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editor’s note

Women’s place in society was much different at the beginning of the 1800s than it is today. Women then were considered less intelligent, more emotional, and weaker than men. A male head of a household made all major decisions for the women in his family. Daughters only left home when they got married. Married daughters shifted from being a father’s responsibility to being under the authority of a husband. In most states, married women could not own property or pursue careers. They could not vote or hold office. They could not make public speeches. In a nutshell, women could not experience independent lives. In the 1800s, women’s sphere of influence was in the home. Most women were full-time mothers and wives. They devoted their lives to caring, cooking, and cleaning for…

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sacagawea explorer

Sacagawea (1788–1812) filled a unique role in history. She was a go-between for Native Americans and European explorers. She was the daughter of a Lemhi Shoshone chief and grew up in the area around the Rocky Mountains. When she was 12 years old, an enemy party of Hidatsas kidnapped her. She was then sold to a French–Canadian fur trapper named Toussaint Charbonneau. They lived as husband and wife in a Hidatsa–Mandan village near present-day Bismarck, North Dakota. In the fall of 1804, the famous Lewis and Clark expedition landed near the village. Led by captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the Corps of Discovery consisted of about 30 men. They were on the first leg of a journey to learn about the land west of the Mississippi River. They hoped to…

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sarah josepha hale editor

Long before Vogue or Glamour caught women’s attention, Godey’s Lady’s Book introduced the latest fashions. The magazine also gave readers a look at the world beyond their homes. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale (1788–1879) guided its content for four decades. She was the first American woman to manage a major publication. As editor, she had influence over many aspects of American life in the mid-1800s. Hale was born on a farm in Newport, New Hampshire, in 1788. Her parents believed girls should be educated just like boys. She studied her brother’s college textbooks and became a teacher. At first, her life looked typical for women in the early 1800s. In 1813, she married a young lawyer, David Hale. They had five children within seven years. David encouraged Sarah’s writing. The couple also formed…

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mary ann shadd cary publisher

In the decades before the Civil War (1861–1865), the issue of slavery divided the nation. In the North, free black Americans could live and work. But some of those states still limited the rights of free blacks. Delaware, for example, made it illegal to educate African American children. Mary Ann Shadd (1823–1893) and her 12 siblings were some of those children. After Delaware passed the education law, the Shadds moved to Pennsylvania. The parents wanted to make sure their children could go to school. During the 1840s and 1850s, many Americans joined the movement to end slavery in the country. Shadd’s father worked for the leading abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator. The Shadd family was active in the Underground Railroad. Slaves trying to escape often hid in the their home. Those early…

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the grimke sisters abolitionists

Every night, Dinah was supposed to brush the hair of her mistress, Sarah Moore Grimke (1792–1873). But one night, 12-year-old Sarah stopped her slave. She wanted to help Dinah instead. They had to be quiet so they wouldn’t get caught. It was 1804 in Charleston, South Carolina. The Grimkes were among Charleston’s major slave-owning families. Strict laws regulated the behavior of both master and slaves. “Flat on our stomachs, before the fire, with the spelling-book under our eyes, we defied the laws of South Carolina,” Sarah wrote in her diary. She wanted to teach Dinah to read. But teaching slaves to read was illegal in South Carolina. Sarah and her youngest sister, Angelina Emily Grimke (1805–1879), became the first female abolitionist agents in the United States. It was a remarkable accomplishment given…

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sojourner truth speaker

There was a time when slavery was legal throughout the United States. States abolished the institution over a number of decades. New York, for example, did not abolish slavery until 1827. Isabella Baumfree (c. 1797–1883) was born a slave in Hurley, New York. When she was nine, she was taken from her parents and sold. She then was sold several more times. Some of her owners were cruel and abused her. During that time, she had several children. One owner promised to free Baumfree. When he went back on his promise, she decided to escape with her infant daughter. Soon after that, she learned that her son had been sold illegally. New York law forbade selling slaves out of the state. But her former master had sold her son to a…