Stories of America
Alex Haley, author of Roots, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and Queen, died on February 10, 1992. At the time of his death, Mr. Haley was general editor of the 28 books in this series, Stories of America. The education of children was a cause to which he was firmly and enthusiastically committed. This series represents part of Alex Haley's legacy to the children of America. ~ The Editors.
A Note About Alex Haley
All for the Better and Osceola, Patriot and Warrior are the two books in the Stories of America series completed after the death of Alex Haley in February 1992. Despite his involvement in a number of other projects, Mr Haley found the time to guide the formation of the Stories of America, As General Editor, he provided editorial direction through all stages of book development. And for each of the 26 books completed prior to his death, he wrote a special introduction.
Alex Haley was an inspiration to all of us involved in the project. We did our best to carry on in his spirit. We hope that readers will find evidence of Alex Haley's influence on these pages, just as we felt his influence while completing them. The Stories of America series is Alex Haley's contribution to the education of America's young people. These two books are respectfully dedicated to his memory. ~ The Editors.
Introduction To The Stories of America Series
By Alex Haley
The first historians were storytellers. They told the history of their village or town or kingdom from memory. Musicians often accompanied them on stringed instruments. Together the words and music told of adventures and conflicts, of glory and troubles, of failures and triumphs. And the audience of learners listened—entertained and inspired.
Today history is often presented as an assembly line of facts and skills. Information is offered without the music of a story.
Also lost in this mass of facts and skills are the people whose lives built our nation's history. People of all kinds and colors—African Americans, Hispanics, women, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and many others—are missing from our history.
Steck-Vaughn Stories of America returns people and the storyteller's music to history. It offers a rich portrait of the diversity of peoples who have made our national saga unique among the histories of the world.
So read Stories of America and listen to the music of your history and witness the sights, sounds, smells, and life of your past. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above introduction by Alex Haley was published by Raintree Steck-Vaughn. © 1993 by Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
|A Flag For Our Country||A Matter of Conscience:
The Trial of Anne Hutchinson
|A Place Called Heartbreak:|
A Story of Vietnam
- A Flag For Our Country - Legend or fact, no one really knows. But the story survives of young Betsy Ross, a war widow, who is startled when General George Washington visits her sewing shop with a special request. He wants Betsy Ross to make our nation's first flag.
- A Matter of Conscience: The Trial of Anne Hutchinson - Anne Hutchinson defends her religious faith against the leaders of the Puritan community in colonial Boston. Put on trial for following her conscience, she faces imprisonment and possible banishment in a contest of wills.
- A Place Called Heartbreak: A Story of Vietnam - Major Fred V. Cherry, a confident young Air Force pilot, is shot down over North Vietnam in 1965. He does not know how long he will be held prisoner or how he will be treated, only that his courage, patriotism, and will power will be fully tested.
|All For The Better: A Story
of El Barrio
|Building A Dream: Mary
|Coronado's Golden Quest
(Francisco Vásquez de Coronado)
|Dame Shirley and The Gold Rush|
- All For The Better: A Story of El Barrio - During the dark days of the Great Depression, eleven-year-old Evelina Lopez leaves Puerto Rico to live with an aunt in New York City. Evelina learns that one person can make a difference as she adjusts to life in her new home.
- Building A Dream: Mary Bethune's School - In 1904 Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune arrives in Daytona Beach, Florida, with a dream in her heart and a dollar fifty in her purse. Her dream is to use education to build a future for African-American children living in the segregated South.
- Coronado's Golden Quest - Determined to find the fabled cities of gold to the north of Mexico, Francisco Coronado leads an army of conquistadors into the lands that now make up the southwestern United States. American Indian leaders seek to protect their land and people from Coronado's army.
- Dame Shirley and The Gold Rush - In the 1850's, thousands of gold-seekers journey to California to strike it rich. Among them is a young woman whose restless spirit thrives in the exciting and dangerous time of the California Gold Rush.
|Days of Courage:
The Little Rock Story
A Chinese New Year Story
|Earthquake!: San Francisco, 1906|
- Days of Courage - In 1957, nine African-American teenagers attempt to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The courageous students are opposed by Governor Orval Faubus, the state's National Guard, a mob of angry segregationists, and many of their peers at Central High.
- Dragon Parade: A Chinese New Year Story - Norman Ah Sing, is a successful, newly-arrived Chinese grocer in the San Francisco of the 1850s. He is thrilled to be in the Land of the Golden Mountain - America. His delight prompts him to invite all to celebrate the lunar New Year and to organize the first big celebration in 1851 Chinatown.
- Earthquake!: San Francisco, 1906 - Amid the destruction, fires, and fear, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake brings people together. Rich and poor, neighbors and strangers, all are united in helping one another to save their city.
|Glorious Days, Dreadful Days:
The Battle of Bunker Hill
|LA Causa: The Migrant
|New Friends In A New Land:|
A Thanksgiving Story
- Glorious Days, Dreadful Days: The Battle of Bunker Hill - The Declaration of Independence will not be signed for another year, but in the late spring of 1775, the War for Independence has begun. An amateur army of ordinary citizens has occupied the hills overlooking Boston while the mightiest army in the world prepares to make them pay for their rebellious spirit.
- LA Causa: The Migrant Farmworkers' Story - Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta dedicate their lives to ending the exploitation of migrant farmworkers. Through nonviolent protest they struggle to build a union despite the resistance of wealthy farm owners.
- New Friends In A New Land - Damaris, a young Pilgrim girl newly arrived from England on the Mayflower, is a little afraid of her new Plymouth home. Gradually, she and the others in her group become friends with their Native American neighbors and celebrate a thanksgiving feast together.
|Never Turn Back: Father
|Osceola, Patriot And Warrior||Save The Everglades||Tales From The Underground Railroad|
- Never Turn Back: Father Serra's Mission - In 1769 Father Junipero Serra journeys to Alta California to found a Roman Catholic mission among the American Indian people. If successful, it will be the first Spanish settlement in present-day California.
- Osceola, Patriot And Warrior - In the 1830s, the United States government wants the Seminole Indians of Florida to abandon their homes to move to the Arkansas Territory. Unwilling to give up their land, Osceola leads the Seminoles in defending their homes and their freedom.
- Save The Everglades - For Joe Browder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and the Friends of the Everglades, the Florida wetlands are a priceless environmental treasure. When a surpersonic jetport is planned for construction in Big Cypress Swamp, both the swamp and the Everglades are threatened.
- Tales From The Underground Railroad - In the mid-1800's, untold numbers of enslaved women and men fled northward to freedom via a secret network of safe house and hidden routes called the Underground Railroad.
|The Mountain Man And
|The Tenement Writer:
An Immigrant's Story
|These Lands Are Ours: Tecumseh's
Fight For The Old Northwest
|They Shall Be Heard: Susan B.|
Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton
- The Mountain Man And The President - Naturalist John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt meet for the first time on a camping trip in the spring of 1903. The two men share a love of the great American wilderness and meet to discuss its future.
- The Tenement Writer: An Immigrant's Story - In her native Polish village, a little Jewish girl named Anzia dreams of coming to America. When her dream comes true, she finds the streets in America aren't paved with gold and that life in America can also be a struggle.
- These Lands Are Ours: Tecumseh's Fight For The Old Northwest - In an effort to keep the United States government from forcing his people off their lands, the Shawnee leader Tecumseh attempts to create a union of American Indian nations. He is opposed by William Henry Harrison and helped and hampered by his reckless brother, the Prophet
- They Shall Be Heard: Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton - When Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton first meet in the early 1850s, women in America are considered little more than the property of men. The two women dedicate themselves to the struggle for equality in America and build a lifelong friendship in the process.
|Three Ships For Columbus||To Fly With The Swallows:
A Story of Old California
|Viva México!: A Story of Benito|
Juárez and Cinco de Mayo
- Three Ships For Columbus - Christopher Columbus waits seven long years for Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand to help him with his plan to find the fastest way to the Indies. Of course, he reaches the shores of America instead, and the world is forever changed.
- To Fly With The Swallows: A Story of Old California - In the early 1800s, California is a quiet outpost of the Spanish Empire in America. It is too quiet for Concha, the teenaged daughter of California's acting-governor. She longs for the excitement of distant lands. But an unexpected visitor brings romance and a surprising challenge to Concha.
- Viva México!: A Story of Benito Juárez and Cinco de Mayo - Benito Juárez, a Zapotec Indian, begins life in very humble surroundings. Hard work, study, and the love of his people, however, lead him to become the President of Mexico and a great hero.
|Walking For Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott||We Want Jobs!: A Story
of The Great Depression
|When Justice Failed:
The Fred Korematsu Story
|Young Martin's Promise|
- Walking For Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott - A tired Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a segregated city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. She is arrested. To show its support for Mrs. Parks, the black community of Montgomery starts a boycott of city buses. Together, they use peaceful protest to challenge injustice in America.
- We Want Jobs!: A Story of The Great Depression - John Waskowitz, a Pennsylvania steelworker, finds himself, like millions of others in 1929, unemployed. Despair grips the nation. Many give up, John, with scores of other unemployed Americans, begins the call for government action.
- When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu Story - After the Japanese Navy attacks Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States and Japan are at war. For over one hundred thousand Japanese Americans, the war brings special tragedy. One and all, they are rounded up by the United States Army and imprisoned in internment camps. Fred Korematsu challenges his arrest and the treatment of Japanese Americans during the war.
- Young Martin's Promise - As a child, young Martin Luther King, Jr., is hurt and saddened by rules separating black children from white children. With dignity and courage, he determines to fight segregation, making it the cause of his life's work.
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