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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: A History of Us (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (February 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195327187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195327182
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Joy Hakim, a former teacher, editor, and writer won the prestigious James Michener Prize for her series, A History of US, which has sold over 4 million copies nationwide. A graduate of Smith College and Goucher College she spent years teaching students from elementary school up to the college level. She also served as an Associate Editor at Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot, and was an Assistant Editor at McGraw-Hill's World News

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I started my career as an author with a ten-volume U.S. history: A History of US, published by Oxford University Press in 1993, and now in a third updated printing. I had no idea the history would end up in ten books, or that it would be so much fun to write.
A History of US has been awarded a bunch of prizes. David McCullough commented, ". . .the idea that history might ever be thought of as a chore has clearly never crossed her mind." In testimony before the Senate Education Committee he called the series "superb." People Magazine described me as "the J.K. Rowling of the history world." (Umm, that would be nice. But the books have sold 5 million copies.)
Mine are narrative history books that attempt to set literary standards. I mean for them to be exciting to read. They're meant for young readers, and their teachers and parents, or for anyone without a deep background in U.S. history. These are books that can be found in bookstores, on Amazon, and in schools. Oxford and Hopkins have done teaching materials for those who want to use the books in academic study.
That series was followed by: Freedom: A History of US (published in 2003), the companion to a 16-part PBS series of the same name that was narrated by Katie Couric, with voices by a host of Hollywood figures, from Tom Hanks to Robin Williams. The videos are available to schools from PBS. And the book spawned a terrific website: (www.pbs.org/wnet/historyofus).

I'm now writing The Story of Science. The first three books are jointly published by Smithsonian Books and the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association). They focus on the quest to understand the universe--from ancient Greece to today's expanding universe. The first volume is Aristotle Leads the Way; the second, Newton at the Center; the third book, Einstein Adds A New Dimension, attempts to explain quantum theory and relativity with black holes and space travel too. Writing in the New York Times, Natalie Angier called the books, "richly informative." Alan Alda raved. These books have won prizes too. Science writer Timothy Ferris said he wished he had them when he was a boy. Educators at Johns Hopkins and NSTA have developing coordinated teaching materials for classroom use (available from NSTA or Amazon).

I'm currently working on two books that put biology into a narrative framework.

Before I began writing books, I was an associate editor, editorial writer, and business writer for The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk's morning paper) and a general reporter and photographer on the staff of The Ledger-Star (Norfolk's afternoon paper. I did a whole lot of freelance writing while raising three kids. And I was an assistant editor of World News, a foreign news service at McGraw-Hill.

Writing and teaching seem to be two faces of the same need to explain things. Which may explain why I've had dual careers--as writer and teacher.

I've taught elementary school (Omaha, NE), high school English (Virginia Beach, VA), special education in a middle school (Syracuse, NY), and English composition and American literature at a community college (Virginia Beach). I initiated and taught a writing course for high school teachers of English through the University of Virginia.

I do a lot of speaking, especially to education groups. For three years I worked with a group of history teachers in Los Angeles under a TAH (Teaching American History) grant. I've spent some of my time in an inner-city school where most of the students speak Spanish at home and reading English doesn't come easily. I'll be speaking at Teachers College, Columbia in the fall of 2009 where reading guru, Lucy Calkins, has called my books the "gold standard" in the field.

As to my schooling: I earned a B.A. from Smith College after high school in Rutland, Vermont. Then I received a M.Ed. and an honorary doctorate from Goucher College. Smith gave me the Smith Medal (2000); the Matrix Foundation, the Edith Workman Award (2003); I've taken graduate courses in journalism and in geography at New York University, child psychology at Johns Hopkins, and courses in American history and science at Brown, Harvard, Cornell, and Cambridge University. My website is: joyhakim.com.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
The reason Joy Hakim's "A History of US" series is so perfect for home schooling is that she actively engages her young readers in each volume. Usually in a history textbook like this the author is primarily concerned with presenting a lot of information in a captivating manner. There is some attention paid to the importance of people and events, but it is often left to the teacher in the classroom to make the connections and bring history alive for their students. However, Hakim takes a much more actively role in her textbooks. She is constantly asking her young readers to put themselves in the position of the people she is writing about and does an excellent job of anticipating questions that students would ask while reading about this particular events.
Volume 4 in this series deals with "The New Nation 1789-1850," which is the longest period of time covered in a single volume after the first two, which covered epochs from the first arrival of humans in North America to the entrenchment of the British in America. Hakim begins with the nation getting started with the inauguration of George Washington as the first President and ends with the Compromise of 1850, the watershed event that forestalled the coming of Civil War for another decade. However, the next volume in the series, "Liberty For All? 1820-1860" clearly overlaps with this one big time. This volume deals with the War of 1812 and the Seminole Wars while "Liberty For All?" covers the Mexican American War. The best way to describe the basic distinction between the two volumes is that this one looks at the country as a political experiment while the other deals with the expansion of the nation.
"The New Nation" is basically divided into four sections.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha Twitchit on July 8, 2009
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My daughter read most of this series in 8th grade as her home-school history text. She really enjoyed it. It sparked a deeper interest in history for her. I have just bought the first four books which we were missing so that my 7th and 9th graders can read the whole series in this next school year. I think these books tell the history in more of a story form and go into more detail than regular textbooks. That is what makes it so interesting for students.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Bence on March 20, 2010
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I thought this book was really good, however not for the age group I intended it for. I initially thought this would be a good home school book for history for my 3rd/4th grader. It is a little deep and not what I expected. If you have an advanced student this may do the trick. I was looking for a book that would be engaging for a younget student with interesting facts and written on a younger child's level. Don't get me wrong they are a great series just not what I was looking for. They may come in handy as a refernece book or if we want to read more on a certain topic, however for day to day schooling I'll be getting something else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie L. Herdering on May 21, 2010
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Joy Hakim is truly magical in her telling of history. My 4th grader is understanding and enjoying History. Mrs. Hakim has a wonderful way in weaving our history without going into too much detail but letting you know that there is more out there if you want to research an event further.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ta on November 16, 2010
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I have been reading this book every night for days with my 2nd grader who is a history buff. For younger readers who may not be familiar with more abstract vocabulary, the book takes the time to explain it. For example, one chapter starts with "What is a paradox?" and describes the central paradoxes of the young United States. One paradox was, how can a nation founded on "liberty for all" also allow slavery? It sparks a lot of interesting discussions, and works well if you are reading the book together. Another interesting discussion was the idea of "King Cotton", and how that had as terrible an effect as the real kings of old. It's an abstract metaphor that provokes higher-level thinking. The book has lots of first-person accounts (original sources) and interesting side-notes. In short, a well-written account of U.S. history that will leave your young reader interested in learning more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By beginner's mind on January 27, 2009
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I was just replacing my daughter's textbook from school (it met with an unfortunate end!) but I got hooked reading this book. Fascinating, I don't doubt the entire series is just as good.
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I found the book to contain a number of conclusions which were not supported in fact. Her attempt to include all areas of society in historical moments seemed agenda driven in some instances.
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