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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children February 2018

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

I came across a quote from Robert F. Kennedy recently: “Let no one be discouraged by the belief that there is nothing one person can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills, misery, ignorance, and violence. Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all those acts will be written the history of a generation.” Kennedy was a statesman in the 1960s and a candidate for U.S. president in 1968. To me, his remarks offer a nice way to think about philanthropy. Most of us may have the means or ability to help only in small ways. But small, kind actions can make positive changes. They have value. They can…

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for love of mankind

Zeus was the ruler of the Greek gods. He wanted to punish all mortals and keep them miserable and weak. So, he kept fire from them. The Titan Prometheus was known for his wit and intelligence. He thought Zeus’s action was wrong. He lived on Earth, and he liked humans. He wanted to help them. He asked Zeus to give them fire to make their lives less miserable. Zeus refused. Prometheus did not accept Zeus’s decision. He stole a spark of fire from the sun. He brought the spark back down to Earth and gave it to humans as a gift. Fire literally provided light, heat, and protection. Fire also represented knowledge. It gave men and women on Earth the ability to grow and prosper. This Greek myth tells a story from…

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random acts of kindness

Here are a few small ways to release your inner philanthropist. Have you ever seen one of those bumper stickers on a car that says: “Practice Random Acts of Kindness”? Imagine a world in which each person tried to do one random act of kindness each day. Imagine being on the receiving end of random acts of kindness each day. Some philanthropists believe that the act of giving provides them with as much benefit—and sometimes more—than the people or organizations they are hoping to help! ❤ Smile as you pass people on the sidewalk ❤ Pick up a piece of garbage or litter and put it in a garbage can ❤ Hold open a door for someone ❤ Say “hello” to people ❤ Offer to help someone ❤ Pay a compliment to someone ❤ Visit a nursing or…

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organized aid

When Benjamin Franklin was a boy, his Boston neighbors helped one another based on their personal relationships. In the early 1700s, most Americans settled in one place. People got to know one another. Massachusetts also had a tax fund system to assist the poor. Small towns collected money locally. They used the collection to help needy residents by providing money, food, medical care, and fuel for heating and cooking. Likewise, ethnic and religious groups set up organizations to aid people who shared similar beliefs or backgrounds. As early as 1657, Scottish immigrants in Boston established a mutual aid association called the Scot’s Charitable Society. So, for the most part, charitable aid existed in America in the early 1700s on a small scale. And it was generally local, personal, and family-oriented. As…

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notable givers

Meet some of the first Americans to embrace the concept of philanthropy. Then, turn to page 17 to read about some other generous givers. Isabella Graham (1742–1814) Graham became a widow when she had four young children and was pregnant with a fifth child. She knew how difficult it was to raise a family alone. Once her children were grown, Graham emigrated from Scotland to New York City. There, she helped found the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children. It was a charity with a lot to do. Its members helped fight waves of yellow fever that swept through the city. In 1806, Graham joined with Elizabeth “Eliza” Schuyler Hamilton to found the Orphan Asylum Society. The society provided homes and educations for orphans in New York. She…

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carnegie’s gospel of giving

“What is the proper mode of administering wealth after the laws upon which civilization is founded have thrown it into the hands of the few?”—Andrew Carnegie, Gospel of Wealth Steel built America. It provided the track for railways. It strengthened bridges. It was the skeleton that held up skyscrapers. It made motors and machines. Steel was the backbone of America’s growing industrial empire at the turn of the 20th century. And for Andrew Carnegie, manufacturer of America’s high-quality steel, it made him rich. Carnegie opened his first steel mill in 1875. In 1892, he and his associates consolidated steel mills around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They formed one large company named Carnegie Steel. By 1900, its profits topped a staggering $40 million per year. Financier J.P. Morgan offered to buy the company. When Carnegie…