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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children November/December 2017

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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a quick who’s who

The 1800s were an exciting time in American history. A few individual states turned into a united nation, one that would become a world power in the next century. As the nation grew in the 1800s, it developed its own unique culture. That new “American” identity was captured in the literature that its citizens produced. Many of America’s first great novelists wrote fictional stories based on things familiar to them. Back then and today, people read them for the tales they offer as well as for the ways they bring to life past events or eras. Here’s a “bookworm’s-eye view” of some of the major authors of the 19th century and the classic works they produced. In 1809, Washington Irving, considered America’s first storyteller, began his career with the publication of…

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brown’s flair for writing

A little mystery, a pinch of insanity, a dash of murder, and a bit of romance. Do those elements sound like the perfect ingredients for a best-selling novel? Americans at the turn of the 19th century thought so. Recognized as the first significant American novel, Wieland, or, The Transformation was a danger-filled, romantic suspense story. It was written in 1798 by Charles Brockden Brown. Brown was born in Philadelphia in 1771. His parents were Quakers, and they made sure that their son had a good education. At age 16, he began studying law, but he found it dull. Brown wanted to be a writer instead. A Philadelphia magazine first published a series of Brown’s articles in 1789. By the 1790s, he decided to try supporting himself only by his writing. He felt…

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irving’s american stories

Washington Irving was born in New York City in 1783, the same year that the treaty ending the Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was signed. His mother named him “Washington” in honor of the nation’s new hero, General George Washington. Irving was the youngest of 11 children, but he didn’t go to college as his older brothers did. He studied the law. He also wrote a series of humorous essays for a newspaper owned by his brother Peter. After passing the bar examination in 1806, he practiced law, but he found greater enjoyment and success in writing. His first major work was a satirical history of the Dutch settlement of his native New York. History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty was published in…

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cooper’s frontier adventures

James Fenimore Cooper was only 13 months old when his family moved from New Jersey to Otsego Lake in 1790. Located in central New York, the lake is the source of the Susquehanna River, one of the largest rivers in the northeastern United States. The Coopers’ new home was surrounded by a wilderness that had formerly been controlled by the powerful Iroquois Nation. The head of the Cooper family, William, cleared a tract of land. He became prosperous and served as a local judge. A town developed on the spot and took the name Cooperstown. William often entertained influential men at home. James, the second youngest of 12 children, listened in on their conversations. The visitors discussed land claims and business and trade issues with cities to the east. They talked…

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hawthorne’s haunted heritage

Children often enjoy listening to tales of their ancestors’ brave adventures or principled actions. That was not the case for Nathaniel Hawthorne. He had no images of glorious war heroes or trailblazing explorers in his family history. His most famous relative was his Puritan great-great-grandfather, Justice John Hathorne. That man had left a legacy of injustice and death for his role in the Salem witch trials of 1692. Hawthorne’s Puritan ancestors haunted him and shaped his view of the human experience. He confronted the theme of puritanical judgments from an earlier time by writing about them in stories and novels. He may have even added a “w” to his last name to distance himself from Hathorne. Born on July 4, 1804, Hawthorne grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. His sea captain father died…

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melville’s maritime experiences

In the 19th century, a life at sea was full of perils and adventure. Nations depended on navigating the oceans for trade, travel, and military might. The lure of the sea was strong. It pulled young Herman Melville to try his hand as a sailor and a whaleman. It turned out that he was better at spinning tales than sailing ships. He used the sea as the setting in seven of the 10 novels he wrote: Typee (1846), Omoo (1847), Mardi (1849), Redburn (1849), White-Jacket (1850), Moby-Dick (1851), and Billy Budd ( posthumously published in 1924). Melville was born in 1819 in New York City, where he was one of eight children. The family was well-off, but they lived beyond what Melville’s father could support with his imported dry goods business.…