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

United States
Cricket Media, Inc.
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9 Issues


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consulting editor

Catherine Allgor, Nadine and Robert Skotheim Director of Education, Huntington Library, San Marino, California, is a former professor of history and presidential chair at the University of California, Riverside. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University, where she also won the Yale Teaching Award. Allgor has taught at Simmons College, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Harvard University. She has written and won awards for her works on U.S. and women’s history. President Barack Obama has appointed her to a presidential commission, The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, and she serves on the board of directors of the National Women’s History Museum. ABOUT THE COVER Illustrator David Harrington captures a different midnight ride during the Revolutionary War—that of 16-year-old Sybil Ludington. Sybil rode through the…

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a different story

The story of the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) is often summed up by a list of leaders, events, and dates: Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence in 1776, General George Washington crossing the Delaware River in 1776, the surrender of the British at Yorktown in 1781. This issue tells a different story. At the beginning of the war, about 2.5 million people lived in the 13 Colonies. About half of those people were women, but not much is known about them. The few Colonial women who achieved fame often were wealthy or connected to famous men. Until the 1800s, girls and women were not offered the same educational opportunities as boys and men were. Most women and girls in the 1700s were not taught how to read or write, so…

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women under cover

At the time of the Revolutionary War, white women lived under a legal code called “coverture.” Coverture laws came to America along with colonists from England, France, and Spain. The basic idea of coverture is that women do not have any legal identity. At birth, a girl was covered by her father’s identity, and she shared her father’s last name. When a woman got married, she was covered by her husband’s identity, and she changed her last name to her husband’s last name. The law assumed that since women did not exist legally, they did not need a name of their own. What did it mean to have no legal existence? Of course, women could not vote or hold office, but coverture went beyond that. Married women could not make contracts…

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a supporting role

Wild colts make the best horses,” said Grandmother Quincy, trying to reassure Reverend William and Elizabeth Smith about their headstrong daughter, Abigail. Born in 1744, the second of four children, Abigail was raised in Weymouth, on the coast of Massachusetts. At a young age, she developed a love for reading. She wanted to go to school like her brother, William, but her mother believed daughters should be taught how to cook and keep a house, not how to read Latin. Abigail’s father and maternal grandfather, however, encouraged her to read books from their libraries. The pleasure she found in reading enabled her to think for and educate herself. Near the age of 20, Abigail married John Adams. John was a struggling lawyer who was nine years older than Abigail. He admired…

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loving letters

John and Abigail Adams exchanged more than 1,000 letters, offering each other guidance and support across the miles that separated them. Some letters were simply notes to a loved one greatly missed. Other letters contained scoldings for the lack of regular communication. Abigail begged John to include political news in his letters. John worried about the children’s upbringing. When John playfully wrote of his diplomatic success in the Netherlands (“Your humble Servant has lately grown much into Fashion”), Abigail reminded him of her valuable role, too: “I will take praise to myself. I feel that it is my due, for having sacrificed so large a portion of my peace and happiness to promote the welfare of my country.” The Adamses’ letters reveal a supportive relationship between a remarkable couple. As…

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changing attitudes

As Americans began to actively protest British policies in the 1760s, they raised the ideas of equality and liberty. Those conversations made everyone more politically aware, including enslaved people. White women, however, experienced the greatest transformation. Before the Revolutionary War, women felt intellectually inferior to men. In their letters, women constantly apologized for being uneducated and unable to understand “men’s business,” especially politics. The war changed those attitudes. At first, Colonial men did not intend to launch a full-scale rebellion against Great Britain. Forming Sons of Liberty groups, they tried to bring about change through organized protests and acts of resistance to British policies. In 1768, they decided to boycott British-made products, such as cloth and tea, to force Parliament to repeal certain taxes. The men knew that the only way…