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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children April 2019

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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getting started

Sometimes the trick to gaining a greater appreciation for a famous figure is to try to look beyond his or her fame. Most people know Dwight D. Eisenhower for two important roles. He was the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II (1939–1945), and he served as the 34th president of the United States. His leadership in those positions had a great impact on U.S. and world history. But what else do we know about him? Consider these two phrases associated with Eisenhower: “Peace and prosperity” and “the military-industrial complex.” Exploring the stories behind these phrases can add to our understanding of Eisenhower. In the 1940s, American troops fought and died in World War II, and Americans on the home front made sacrifices to support the war effort. But the United…

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the boy from abilene

Few people reach the powerful positions that Dwight D. Eisenhower held in his lifetime. But his childhood was not so different from that of many other boys growing up in the United States in the 20th century. Dwight was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, Texas. Of David and Ida Eisenhower’s seven sons, he was the only son not born in Kansas. His given name was “David Dwight.” His family started calling him “Dwight” to avoid confusion with his father. David worked for the railroad in Texas. Before that, he had invested heavily in a general store for local farmers in Hope, Kansas. When Dwight was one and a half years old, the family moved back to Kansas, to Abilene. David went to work in the Belle Springs Creamery, which was…

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what if?

Dwight D. Eisenhower had two serious injuries that might have changed the course of his life—and history. While a teenager, Dwight fell hard on a knee and developed a bad infection in his leg. The doctor who treated him could not stop the infection from spreading. He recommended amputating the leg to save Dwight’s life. But Dwight refused that “treatment.” Since he was not always conscious while he was sick, he asked his brother Edgar to make sure that no one cut off his leg. Dwight eventually recovered. He never would have been admitted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point missing a leg. Physical fitness is important at the school. Later, at West Point, Dwight injured one of his legs—twice. The injury was so serious that the academy was planning…

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dwight and mamie

Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower began his first assignment as an officer in the U.S. Army in the fall of 1915. He was sent to Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio, Texas. One day, while he was making his rounds of the camp, he met a young woman. Her name was Marie Geneva “Mamie” Doud. The Douds were a prominent and wealthy family from Denver, Colorado. To avoid the cold winters at home, the Douds had bought a house in San Antonio. They were visiting friends at the camp that day. Dwight and Mamie were immediately attracted to each other. Dwight later described their first meeting, saying that Mamie was “saucy in the look about her face and in her whole attitude.” He invited Mamie to join him on his rounds.…

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gaining experience

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s early years in the U.S. Army were disappointing for him. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in June 1915, he hoped for a post in the Philippines. Instead, he was sent to hot, dusty Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio, Texas. World War I had broken out in Europe in 1914, but the United States did not join the fighting right away. When the United States declared war in 1917, Eisenhower hoped for an overseas combat assignment. Instead, he spent the war years training soldiers for battle. The war ended in November 1918 right before Eisenhower was to be sent to Europe. After the war, he was named commander at Camp Colt in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His task was to teach soldiers how to operate a new type…

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supreme commander

Dwight D. Eisenhower was 51 years old in the spring of 1942. He was a two-star major general, but he had never commanded on a battlefield. Throughout his career, however, he had shown an ability to bring staff together. He was skilled at planning and organizing. He impressed his superiors with the high quality of his work. In June, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall sent Eisenhower to London, England, to command U.S. forces in Europe. World War II had been raging in Europe since 1939. Great Britain was the last Western European nation fighting to resist Germany’s domination. Eisenhower was ordered to find a way for U.S. and British leaders to work together to win the war. OPERATION TORCH After Eisenhower arrived in London, U.S. president Franklin D.…