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The Making of America


The Making of America

The Making of America

Books in this series

by Teri Kanefield - Biography, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction
The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. He believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton’s vision put him at odds with his archrivals who envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states would control their own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak.
by Teri Kanefield - Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History
ANDREW JACKSON tells the story of one of our most controversial presidents. Determined to take down the wealthy, well-educated East Coast “elites,” he pledged to destroy the national bank --- which he believed was an engine of corruption serving the interest of bankers and industrialists.  A stanch nationalist, he sought to secure and expand the nation’s borders. Believing that “we the people” included white men only, he protected the practice of slavery, and opened new lands for white settlers by pushing the Native people westward.
by Teri Kanefield - Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Politics

The third installment of the Making of America series, Abraham Lincoln, tells of one of our most beloved presidents. Born in a cabin deep in the backwoods of Kentucky, growing up in a family considered “the poorest of the poor,” Lincoln rose to become the 16th president of the United States. As president, he guided the United States through the Civil War, helped end slavery in America and strengthened the federal government. Unlike other biographies, the Making of America series goes beyond individual narratives linking influential figures to create an overarching story of America’s growth.

by Teri Kanefield - Biography, Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction, Women's History, Women's Studies, Women’s Issues

In the fourth installment in the Making of America series, SUSAN B. ANTHONY, Teri Kanefield examines the life of America’s famous suffragette. Anthony was born into a world in which men ruled women. While the young nation was ablaze with the radical notion that people could govern themselves, “people” were understood to be white and male. Women were expected to stay out of public life and debates. Anthony began her public career as a radical abolitionist, and after the Civil War, she became an international figurehead of the women’s suffrage movement.