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The Stories of America Series
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.
Personal 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.
Stories of America • Thematic Groupings
The stories in the Stories of America series are grouped into thematic collections titled: Holidays, Working Together, Against All Odds, Stand Up and Be Counted, and Personal Challenge. You can click on any book cover to view its respective page.
As students read the six stories in this collection, they will discover important people and events that contributed to the varied cultures and celebrations in the United States. These easy-to-read stories relate the origins of six major holidays through the lives of those who organized or inspired them.
Each of the five stories in this collection includes detailed accounts of determined individuals working together to make positive changes in their communities.
Against All Odds
Students reading these stories will relive the setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies of people who dared to take enormous risks as they faced overwhelming challenges.
Stand Up and Be Counted
Each story highlights the exceptional acts of people involved in the key political and social changes that helped shaped the development of the United States.
These stories portray the challenges and triumphs of individuals who have struggled to live by their convictions and to make a place for themselves in the world.