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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children May/June 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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the call of the wild

The first inhabitants of North America lived in balance with nature. Native Americans, for the most part, practiced sustainable living. They took what they needed for living without permanently destroying their natural surroundings. The concept of ownership—of land, creatures, air, or water—to the exclusion of others was an unfamiliar concept to them. That changed with the arrival of European settlers in the 1600s. The new world in which the Europeans landed was a wilderness compared with the cities that they had left behind. The vast, unknown places beyond their initial small settlements along the coast were strange and foreboding, and the first colonists struggled to survive. But in time, the small settlements became towns, and the towns became cities. People wanted more space, and Americans looked westward. They discovered good land to…

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man on a mission

Every year, about 4 million people from around the world travel to California to see the stunning beauty of Yosemite National Park. The park exists thanks to the efforts of a single man who spent decades fighting to preserve wilderness areas: John Muir. Today, Muir is referred to as “Father of Our National Parks” and is famous as one of America’s first environmentalists. His love of nature and his writings inspired others to take action and protect our nation’s natural places. Muir was born on April 21, 1838, in Dunbar, Scotland. When he was 11, his family moved to a small farm in Wisconsin. He worked 16 hours a day on the farm, but he had a tremendous hunger for knowledge. “I loved to read, and I wanted to learn about…

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getting kids outdoors

John Muir believed that when people spend time in the wilderness, they are much more likely to care about it. So, in 1892, he and other supporters formed a special club to “make the mountains glad.” They called their organization the Sierra Club, after the mighty Sierra Nevada that frames Yosemite Valley. The club’s founding members helped people explore the Sierra Nevada. They taught about the plants, animals, and landforms of the area, and they tried to inspire people to preserve Yosemite Valley and other wild places. Today, more than 2 million people belong to the Sierra Club. It continues to help people explore, enjoy, and protect wild places. The group is especially committed to connecting children with nature. Not every child has easy access to ponds, forests, and other natural…

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government gets involved

Natural Resources Never Run Out . . . or Do They? Native Americans, the original inhabitants of North America, believed that people could not truly own land. Like the sky or the ocean, the land belonged to everyone. People could use it and its resources—such as for hunting deer and buffalo or gathering food—but those uses were shared among many people. Most Europeans, on the other hand, valued the ownership of land. They also believed that ownership meant no one else was allowed to use that land or its resources. Most settlers who came to North America in the 1600s and 1700s also considered wild or “unused” land available for anyone to take. Establishing Some Guides to Land After the Revolutionary War (1775–1783), the United States established a process to manage public lands. At…

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inside interior

Mission Statement: The Department of the Interior protects and manages the nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities. Its nine bureaus (offices) are: • Bureau of Indian Affairs • Bureau of Land Management • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management • Bureau of Reclamation • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement • National Park Service • Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service • U.S. Geological Survey…

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all for forests

Although the Department of the Interior and its various bureaus are responsible for three quarters of public land, one organization outside the department handles the remaining public federal land: the U.S. Forest Service. It is part of the Department of Agriculture, which today oversees 154 forests and 20 grasslands—almost 200 million acres! The federal government’s involvement in forestry evolved over time. In 1876, a special agent within the Department of Agriculture was named to study the nation’s forests. In 1891, the Forest Reserve Act authorized the creating of “forest reserves” from public lands. By 1905, the Transfer Act gave the Bureau of Forestry the management of the nation’s forest reserves. At that time, the official name of the organization changed to the U.S. Forest Service. Today, the forest service does everything from…