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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children January 2016

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

We have lots of choices today for how we can be entertained by live performances. Theatrical shows, musical concerts, and sporting events all draw huge crowds. Most cities offer a number of venues where large audiences can watch famous shows, performers, or athletes in real time. But a little more than 100 years ago, the options were narrower. This month’s issue takes you back in time to the era of Wild West shows, which brought a taste of the West to Americans just as the “Old West” was fading into history. A little bit of show, a few tricks, and a lot of talent—the Wild West shows entertained, educated, and enthralled viewers!…

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claiming the west

The West—and how people explored it, claimed it, fought over it, and settled it—is central to America’s story in the 1800s. When Thomas Jefferson took office as the third U.S. president in 1801, he set the tone for the new century with his support of westward expansion. Stories about the frontier had started to trickle back to Americans living on the East Coast. They were carried by fur traders and mountain men who had journeyed into the wilderness. Jefferson had long wondered what lay on the other side of the Mississippi River, and the stories made him only more curious. He decided to organize an expedition to find answers. Then, in 1803, the United States acquired the vast territory claimed by France that lay west of the Mississippi River. EXPLORATION The Louisiana…

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through artists’ eyes

What images come to mind when you think of the American West? Chances are that movies, books, advertisements, and art influence your impressions. In the 19th century, artists played an important role in helping people visualize the West. Nearly 200 years ago, artists from the East Coast of the United States and from Europe began traveling to places west of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. They wanted to see the landscape, the wildlife, and the people who lived there. The artists imagined that America’s frontier was full of new and unique subjects, and they were right. The people, animals, and natural scenery in the West provided dramatic themes for their work. One of the earliest American artists to use his paintbrush to capture the West was George Catlin. He made five trips…

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meet will cody

Like many Midwestern families in the mid-1800s, Isaac and Mary Ann Cody helped settle the West as they moved from one farm to another. Their second son, William Frederick Cody, was born on February 26, 1846, near LeClaire, Iowa. By 1853, the family moved to Kansas Territory. In Kansas, the Codys were caught in the national debate over the expansion of slavery into the western territories. When Isaac was asked to share his opinion at an outdoor gathering, he said he was opposed to allowing slavery in the territory. People in the proslavery crowd became angry. One man rushed forward and stabbed Isaac with a knife. Isaac survived the attack, but violence continued to plague the Cody family. Proslavery men showed up at the Cody home threatening to harm Isaac for his…

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cody’s career

During his career as an entertainer, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody traveled to all 48 contiguous states in the United States, Canada, and a dozen countries in Europe. The shows he participated in were organized under several different names: 1872–1882 “Scouts of the Prairie” launches Cody’s theatrical career and leads to Buffalo Bill’s Combination stage productions. The Old Glory Blowout, performed on July 4, 1882, becomes the basis for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. 1883–1908 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West (first show titled “The Wild West, Hon. W.F. Cody and Dr. W.F. Carver’s Rocky Mountain and Prairie Exhibition”) includes hundreds of performers and live animals, such as bison, elk, and cattle. 1909–1913 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Pawnee Bill’s Great Far East 1914–1915 Sells-Floto Circus 1916 Miller and Arlington 101 Ranch Wild West Posters captured the excitement and drama that awaited audiences.…

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the legend of wild bill hickok

He was a spy, a lawman, and a gambler. But James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok probably was most famous for his gunslinging and marksmanship, and his real-life experiences on America’s frontier were full of drama. Similar to the stories about William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the stories that followed Hickok’s trail across the West fascinated Americans back East. Hickok was born on May 27, 1837, in present-day Troy Grove, Illinois. In 1856, Hickok and his brother Lorenzo traveled to Kansas Territory to try homesteading, but his attempts to settle down were unsuccessful. He found employment as a constable in Monticello, Kansas, and worked as a freighter where he first met Cody. On July 12, 1861, Hickok participated in a shootout at the Pony Express’s Rock Creek Station, Nebraska Territory. While the exact…