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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children April 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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consulting editor about the cover

Eric Arnesen, vice dean for faculty and administration, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and James R. Hoffa Professor of Modern American Labor History, The George Washington University, is also the co-chair of the Washington History Seminar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. A specialist in the history of race, labor, politics, and civil rights, he is the author of two award-winning books, Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality and Waterfront Workers of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863–1923, and the editor or co-editor of four other books. His scholarly articles have appeared in the American Historical Review, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, Labor History, and other journals. He was a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, and his…

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getting started

Can you name a famous person or a key event from World War II (1939–1945)? Most people would come up with similar answers. For example, the following list might be offered: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Winston Churchill. Adolf Hitler. Joseph Stalin. The Battle of Britain. Nazi Germany. Pearl Harbor. The atomic bomb. D-Day. The Battle of Midway. During World War II, Japan and Germany aggressively set out to conquer other nations. Japan began by attacking island nations in the South Pacific. Germany invaded neighboring countries in Western Europe. When other nations joined together to stop them, nearly every country in the world became involved. The war’s history is full of dramatic stories. Pivotal battles captured examples of heroism and sacrifice on the fighting lines. Decisions made by strong leaders—on both sides—altered the…

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out of the great depression

For millions of Americans, the 1930s was a decade of hardship. It began with the “crash” of the stock market in October 1929. Thousands of banks and businesses went bankrupt. People lost their savings. Factories and stores closed. Millions of people lost their jobs. The nation sank into the Great Depression. At its worst, between one quarter and one third of the labor force was unemployed. People lucky enough to keep their jobs saw their hours of work reduced and their wages cut. Many Americans struggled to buy food. With so many people suffering at the same time, government at all levels seemed powerless. Promising to address the nation’s severe economic depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected in 1932. He offered a New Deal to Americans. He authorized a number of…

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making the case

Americans had believed that their support during World War I (1914–1918) would “make the world safe for democracy.” President Woodrow Wilson had used those words to convince Americans to join the fight. But the world had not been made safe for democracy. The victors had imposed a harsh peace on the defeated nations. They had gobbled up territory. The war’s aftermath had disillusioned many people. By the 1930s, Americans thought that it had been a mistake to fight in the Great War. Congress agreed. It passed neutrality laws. The laws restricted the U.S. president’s ability to lead the nation into another war that had nothing to do with American interests. Isolationist sentiment dominated U.S. politics. Franklin D. Roosevelt understood all that when he won election to an unprecedented third term as…

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fdr’s four freedoms

“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. “The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. “The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world. “The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings, which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world. “The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a worldwide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world. “That is no vision of a distant millennium. It…

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the reality

The Four Freedoms and the Atlantic Charter inspired millions of people during World War II. Their promises were far-reaching after the war ended, too. Two powerful nations, Great Britain and the United States, had championed a new world. Colonial nations that remained under European rule in the postwar world took notice. They took action, too. They fought for their rights and independence from the empires that had historically controlled them. Not all of the promises of a better world became a reality, however. For countless people across the globe today, freedom of speech and expression are limited. Religious freedom is denied. Fear is a constant. Poverty remains widespread. Even in the United States, “freedom from want” never became a right as freedom of speech did. Some Americans objected to the programs…