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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 A Matter of Conscience:
The Trial of Anne Hutchinson
A Place Called Heartbreak:
A Story of Vietnam
All For The Better: A Story of El Barrio Building A Dream: Mary Bethune's School Coronado's Golden Quest Dame Shirley and The Gold Rush
All For The Better: A Story
of El Barrio
Building A Dream: Mary
Bethune's School
Coronado's Golden Quest
(Francisco Vásquez de Coronado)
Dame Shirley and The Gold Rush
Days of Courage: The Little Rock Story Dragon Parade: A Chinese New Year Story Earthquake!: San Francisco, 1906
Days of Courage:
The Little Rock Story
Dragon Parade:
A Chinese New Year Story
Earthquake!: San Francisco, 1906
Glorious Days, Dreadful Days: The Battle of Bunker Hill LA Causa: The Migrant Farmworkers' Story New Friends In A New Land: A Thanksgiving Story
Glorious Days, Dreadful Days:
The Battle of Bunker Hill
LA Causa: The Migrant
Farmworkers' Story
New Friends In A New Land:
A Thanksgiving Story
Never Turn Back: Father Serra's Mission Osceola, Patriot And Warrior Save The Everglades Tales From The Underground Railroad
Never Turn Back: Father
Serra's Mission
Osceola, Patriot And Warrior Save The Everglades Tales From The Underground Railroad
The Mountain Man And The President 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
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
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 To Fly With The Swallows:
A Story of Old California
Viva México!: A Story of Benito
Juárez and Cinco de Mayo
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 We Want Jobs!: A Story
of The Great Depression
When Justice Failed:
The Fred Korematsu Story
Young Martin's Promise

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